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PWP Receives Green City Award for Community Rain Garden Project

Art installation in rain garden

PWP received the Pasadena Green City Award for the Hotchkin Community Garden; a collaborative project that transformed 5,400 square feet of vacant city property into a sustainable, public rain garden.


In fall 2011, PWP, in collaboration with Public Works, the City's Rotating Public Art Program and a local property owner, identified a vacant parcel at the southwest corner of Union Street and Catalina Avenue; an ideal location to establish a green space or community garden.

The City's primary goal was to re-purpose and beautify the vacant, overgrown lot using California native plants, and establish a rain garden to avoid site runoff. The project was completed by City staff and contractors using private contributions.

Today, the garden is enjoyed by residents, workers and visitors to the area and is the model for a future rain garden that will be located at the southwest corner of Washington and Marengo in Northwest Pasadena.

The Green City award was presented by Vice Mayor McAustin during the April 20, 2013 Earth Day festival.

View a video of the project.