Rahway to Build New Jersey’s Largest Rain Garden


The City of Rahway is about to construct New Jersey’s largest rain garden in Kiwanis  Park at the intersection of Central Avenue and St. George Avenue.  Rain gardens are beautiful, inexpensive, and low-maintenance gardens designed to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater at the source, such as a roadway, parking lot, rooftop, or driveway, before it becomes runoff.  The plants are native to the region and help retain contaminants that could otherwise harm nearby waterways.  Rain gardens act as sponges, soaking up water from paved surfaces and cleaning the water before releasing it into the ground.

Rahway’s Mayor, Samson Steinman, is committed to reducing flooding in the City of Rahway and cleaning up the Rahway River.  The City has partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension to design and construct the largest rain garden in New Jersey to treat rainwater that drain from Central Avenue and St. George Avenue.  The project is funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  This rain garden will help reduce flooding and improve water quality and will also enhance the beauty of Kiwanis Park.   This is just one of many efforts by Mayor Steinman to improve the quality of life for all the residents of Rahway.

For more information, please contact the City of Rahway or Rutgers Cooperative Extension (Christopher Obropta at 908-229-0210).

Submitted by Cherron Rountree, Business Administrator, Office of the Mayor (732) 827-2001