Talmage Triangle Raingarden

Final Plans for the Talmage Triangle Rainwater Gardens

Thank you to everyone who sent feedback and suggestions! Click here to review the updated final plans for the Talmage Triangle Rainwater Gardens.


Decades ago a portion of 21st Ave. SE between the BNSF railroad tracks and Talmage Ave. SE was closed to through traffic. The asphalt was never removed and serves no purpose. It’s impervious surface runoff is a blight in our environment. SECIA and Community Gardeners have long sought changes. In 2010 Public Works Surface Waters and Sewers technician Paul Chellsen drafted a plan to divert storm water runoff from both the street and tracks into a large community rain garden there.  In 2019 the project was revived and put on the Minneapolis Public Works Schedule for 2021. Partners coming together to solve this environmental concern are Metro Blooms, Minneapolis Public Works Storm Water and Sewers, Community Gardeners and SECIA’s Environmental Committee. City Council support has also been crucial. 

Project Benefits

  • The garden will absorb stormwater preventing polluted runoff from reaching the Mississippi.
  • Native plants and wildflowers will provide habitat and sustenance for pollinators and other wildlife.
  • Aesthetically  it will transform an eyesore into a place of natural beauty.
  • Safety: The landscaping and fencing will separate the garden from the railroad tracks.
  • Community Gardening offers educational opportunities and Granite seating boulders can provide a place for neighbors and gardeners to rest and enjoy the a bit of nature or watch the trains from a safe distance.
  • A small Turfstone or Permeable paver area adjacent to sidewalk and other seating would allow wheelchairs.  
  • This amenity will be a sustainable landscape for future generations.