Rain Garden Information

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) builds and maintains rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff from streets and sidewalks. 

Rain gardens are planted areas that may look similar to a street tree pit or small garden. You can identify a rain garden by the following features: 

• Black metal fence with bright blue “rain garden” decal along the fence post
• Typically a tree and a variety of plants
• Curb inlet and outlet that allow stormwater to enter the rain garden
• Low area in the center to collect stormwater

DEP schedules new Rain Garden plantings and manages planting maintenance regularly during the spring and fall seasons.