Ballpark Farm- Rain Garden
The Ballpark Farm is part of the Pittsburgh Project's Urban Farming Initiative, which is focused on community outreach. The Pittsburgh Project aims at "developing servant-leaders and upholding the dignity of vulnerable homeowners." The Urban Farming Initiative is a multifaceted project which has transformed an abandoned baseball park into a farm. The farm produces fruits, vegetables, and herbs providing the surrounding community with fresh and affordable produce. The farm is maintained by members of the community as well as students at Duquesne University. The Ballpark Farm provides an area for recreational activities, as well as containing a rain garden.
The rain garden located at Ballpark Farm was established to collect rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces. The rain garden is depressed into the ground allowing for rainwater collection and absorption into the soil. Here the water can be filtered and plantlife can be grown. By diverting rainwater runoff the rain garden lessens flooding events, erosion, water pollution, and increases groundwater retention.