GDYNIA RAIN GARDEN
(FINALIST 2018) Green urban spaces: designed to teach residents about rainwater retention through the creation of "rain gardens" in residential and commercial properties.
Over 60% of the Polish population lives in urban areas, and this proportion is expected to increase in the future. City dwellers expect increasingly higher standards of living, which includes green spaces, but what is often forgotten is the strong relationship between greenery and water. The city’s water is pushed into sewers and regulated in concrete channels, rainwater is closed in pipes and led out of the city. Such management of blue infrastructure reduces groundwater levels, pollutes other water bodies and increases flood-risk with overloaded sewage systems. Rain gardens help to resolve these problems and also allow people to experience the benefits of communing with water in urbanised space, as well as contributing to a healthier, greener urban environment. The Gdynia "rain garden" project encourages the inhabitants of Gdynia to make use of small-scale rainwater collection, and to educate them about the importance of rainwater in the urban environment. A subsidy programme supports residents to set up a "rain garden" - a green construction that cleans rainwater for use on their property. A set of good practices was created, which can be used by people when designing a "rain garden" and a demonstration site serves as an example.