The University of Maryland crew has been hard at work to make the LightScape Raingarden project a reality.
These images show the demolition of old play equipment, the digging for the rain garden, and the design, build, and painting of temporary benches to go onsite once the rain garden is complete. Undergraduate architecture student, Nicholas Przybocki and architecture professor, Ronit Eisenbach designed the benches. These became the inaugural service project for Roots: Home & Abroad, a service-based organization composed of UMD undergraduate architecture students. Nic and his partner, Brian Houstle, created the organization to help educate and empower communities to create a sustainable quality of life.
Once built, the benches were taken to the rain garden site to be painted during a neighborhood painting party. Brian and other Roots team members joined in the painting fun as did Electrical Engineers Daren Schumate and Tyler Jarrett of Built Environment Engineers, PLLC. Not just a fun community project, the temporary benches allow us to test colors and gives us clues about the permanent Lightscape design. Words, and possibly even a poem. about rain and the garden will be added to the benches after the paint dries. Once the garden is finished, the benches will be installed and the children will tend the plants until they are established. “We hope that the interim furniture will help to nurture the community and support the YMCA’s activities.”, said Ronit Eisenbach, who leads the UMD crew in the LightScape Raingarden project.