Rain Garden / Native Garden
The garden is located at Henninger High School in an outside courtyard.
The Rain Garden/Native Garden at Henninger High School is the first of this type garden at any school within the City of Syracuse. Work on this garden was started in 2008 through a grant by the Community Foundation. Extensive digging and planting were done throughout 2008. Additions to the garden, including the rain garden portion and a rain barrel were completed in 2009. Members of the Sunnycrest Park Association along with students and faculty from Henninger worked together to create this unique and environmentally friendly garden.
Students and facility from Henninger raised the funds needed to purchase the signage for the garden. This garden not only adds beauty to the school grounds, it serves as a learning laboratory for the students. It is part of the environmental trail system located throughout Sunnycrest Park. Needed structural repairs to the wall were completed in 2010. Throughout the spring of 2010, members of the Sunnycrest Park Association and Syracuse Parks Conservancy worked together to clean, mulch and install the interpretative signage. The grounds and garden are now ready for their formal dedication and to be enjoyed by everyone.
The Sunnycrest Park Association in partnership with the Syracuse City School District and the Syracuse Parks Conservancy hopes that this Rain Garden/Native Garden will serve as a model for other schools throughout the city and nation. The Syracuse Parks Conservancy hopes that other schools will join the Parks Pledge Program they have implemented and create their own gardens and trails. The proven value of this type of garden, along with the need to provide hands on environmental education to students makes this the right time to move forward with more of these types of projects throughout Syracuse.