After completing community consultation that started in July 2014, Marrickville Council has started building a rather impressive rain garden in Scouller Street Marrickville. Actually, they are four rain gardens – two on each corner of Scouller Street at the intersection of Juliett Street with the footpath traveling between them.
The road has been narrowed on both corners allowing more land to be claimed for the rain gardens & for what appears to be landscaping. Only two parking spaces were lost to create so much gain.
This street is part of the Eastern Channel East Subcatchment that carries stormwater all the way to the Cooks River. Quite incredible really as this is the top end of Marrickville; almost Enmore.
The rain gardens will clean & filter the stormwater, as well as improving habitat. Narrowing the road for the rain gardens will also help slow traffic.
Scouller Street is one of those lucky streets that have old brick footpaths. Not only are these attractive in my opinion, I assume that they are also permeable to a degree. Council has retained the flow of the brick footpath between the rain gardens, which is great.
Even now it is easy to see how these rain gardens will increase the beauty & amenity of this corner & have a positive impact for local biodiversity. Work has a way to go yet, so I will write an update once it is finished. Well done Marrickville Council. I think this is going to be fantastic.