MAXWELL PARK RAIN GARDEN & SUSTAINABLE STORMWATER TREATMENT
Originally owned by the historic Maxwell Motor Car Company which eventually became the Chrysler Corporation, this 1.5-acre parcel has an interesting history. Back in the 1920’s, the parcel was deeded to the City of New Castle for $1 by Walter P. Chrysler with the intention that someday it would be a community park. For the next 60 years, it was used as a parking lot for factory workers and then, in the 1980’s, the parcel was vacated and left in disrepair.
The City wanted to commemorate Chrysler’s original intent by reverting the parcel to a sustainable community park. In reviewing their options, F&V assisted the community with design concepts that also incorporated their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and Long Term Control Plan (LTCP).
The theme of the park was walkability and educational interest, as well as green components. Green design features include retaining all storm water runoff on-site with the use of native plants, wetland / bog areas, rain gardens and porous pavement walking paths. Educational components will invite local high school students to gain hands-on science experience and learn about urban storm water runoff issues in this “living classroom.”