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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting at Simonds Gardens Community

 What: The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County have partnered with New Castle County and the Simonds Gardens Civic Association to transform a county-owned vacant lot into a rain garden and green space with seating to benefit community residents.

Who: DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin; Habitat for Humanity NCC Executive Director Kevin Smith; New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer; Jaywann Saunders, Simonds Gardens Civic Association; State Rep. Franklin Cooke

When: 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Where: 7 Simonds Drive, New Castle, DE 19720 (street parking available)

Why: Rain gardens help protect nearby properties from flooding and water damage by absorbing water and allows the growth of green spaces without the need for watering or frequent maintenance, as well as providing a place community residents can enjoy being outdoors.

Contacts: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, joanna.wilson@delaware.gov, or Kathi Barber, Habitat for Humanity NCC, KBarber@habitatncc.org.

About DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County

Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (HFHNCC) celebrates 35 years of impact in 2021. To date, HFHNCC has built 256 homes and served over 600 families. Committed to changing lives and landscapes, HFHNCC provides affordable housing solutions for hard working, low-income families. Habitat engages residents in improving their neighborhoods, provides free critical home repairs to preserve existing homeownership, conducts financial literacy and home maintenance education for families in our homeownership program and builds affordable housing.

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