July 28, 2014 at 6:44 AM
MILLBURN, NJ - Within the next few weeks, Millburn Township will oversee construction of a new rain garden, located in Taylor Park behind the Millburn Deli. The garden will take up about 500-700 feet in total, and will have several types of plants, including phlox, wild oats, swamp milkweed and goldenrod. This will help to control the flow of water during rainstorms. TAP recently sat down with Committeewoman Sandara Haimoff and local resident and landscape architect Jan Saltiel to talk about the design, construction and planning of this rain garden.
Flooding has been a problem in Millburn for years. Downtown Millburn has been known to flood, as do the South Mountain and Washington areas of town. Some local streets will pond, even in heavy rain. To alleviate this problem the town forester selected this location for a rain garden. It helps to combat flooding, and will add to the beauty of the park. The garden will be paid for by a grant from the Sustainable Jersey Initiative. But this isn’t the first rain garden the state. The Rahway River Association has put several rain gardens in place along the river in Rahway. Millburn is located within the watershed of the river, and this will be an important upgrade to the park’s green space.
Mrs. Saltiel is the architect for this project, and she has worked in town before. According to Mrs. Haimoff, Jan is “one of the most helpful professionals in town. She’s willing to give her expertise in helping to beautify Millburn.” Saltiel has designed the 9-11 memorial in Taylor Park, helped to beautify Brookside Park, and done work in many other spots around town. Her vision for this rain garden is something that will capture excess floodwater, cleanse that water of debris and detritus, and help to slow down the water before it reaches the creek and overflows.
Saltiel said that she hopes that this rain garden will inspire people to consider planting their own. She says that it’s a great program for the town, and it’s in a vital spot where it can really make a difference. She also went on to say that of all the towns she’s worked with; Millburn does the best job of beautifying its public spaces.