Reflexology path and rain gardens installed at new rec center

While crews remodel the inside of the Lynnwood Recreation Center, two new elements have been added to the exterior.

A reflexology path has been installed, one of several wellness activities that will be available at the renovated facility. It’s a cobblestone path with stones of many different sizes and shapes. Walking a reflexology path has been part of  many Asian cultures for thousands of years. It’s the only public reflexology path in Snohomish County. The $30,000 path was funded by the 1% for public arts ordinance.

Rain gardens have been also included in the landscape for the project. The city says rain gardens are a natural approach to manage the overall storm water system by reducing the amount of storm water and pollutants that runoff from roads and sidewalks. The soil and the plants work as filters, as the water is held and absorbed and naturally infiltrates the groundwater. Rain gardens also help reduce flooding and erosion.

Because of the wet and windy fall weather, there has been a slight delay in the schedule. Some of the crews are working extended hours and will continue to work six days per week on the pool and water slide. The newly renovated center is expected to open in April 2011.

Rain gardens help filter storm water and other pollutants
The water slide has arrived on site.

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