5 Boston Public Schoolyards


Green infrastructure design services for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission as part of Boston Public Schools' 10 year Green Infrastructure Master Plan

Offshoots is pleased to be involved with the green infrastructure design services for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission as part of Boston Public Schools’ 10 year Green Infrastructure Master Plan. The project entailed extensive soil and stormwater tests, charrettes and design services for 5 Boston public schools. Additionally there have been opportunities to engage and educate the local communities of the parents, teachers and children involved with the 5 selected Boston Public schools, with curriculum being developed related to stormwater management.

A unique plant community was created at each of the 5 Boston Schoolyards to test and compare how various matrixes of plants would perform in green infrastructure at urban schoolyards.  Each school’s plant palette was designed differently, so the planting strategies can be compared over time.  The plantings are designed to be an educational centerpiece for each school and additionally provide wildlife food and habitat in addition to stormwater cleansing benefits.  The planting designs are entirely comprised of low-maintenance plants to minimize weeding, irrigation and long-term maintenance inputs over time once the plants established. Implemented design strategies include bioswales, tree box filters, pollinator meadows and mimicking local ecosystems such as a river’s edge, a wetland, a forest floor, and the Charles River Basin Watershed.

 

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