The Red Oak Rain Garden (RORG), the first rain garden on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, was established in 2006. Located between Allen Hall and McKinley Health Center, RORG provides flood protection, improves water quality, and serves as a model for ecologically healthy landscapes. Prior to the garden, rainstorms limited sidewalk use and impaired the red oak. The updated design enhances the garden’s ability to absorb rainwater in a beautiful, educational way.
The RORG Team, led by Eliana Brown, Water Quality Specialist with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Extension, is managing the design and build of the project, which just completed phases I and II as of October 2019. Read our blog for the latest construction updates.
Phase I: Demolition/soil preparation/hardscaping COMPLETED
Phase II: Plant installation COMPLETED See our plant collection
Phase III: Boardwalk construction and sign installation SPRING 2021 Help support Phase III
In fall 2019, after Phases I and II were complete, the Team hosted a soft opening event, which coincided with a couple of special RORG birthdays.