'Sponge Park' to Appear in Manchester to Prevent Flooding and Combat Climate Change


The development of a new £1.3 million park has been proposed, and it’s said that the facility will act as a 'sponge' to prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester by soaking up excess rainwater in West Gorton. The park will serve as a green space with a children’s play area alike most parks, but will also combat climate change by limiting flood risk in the area.

The park is being referred to as ‘the park that drinks water’ or ‘sponge park’, as this park will re-use rainwater by absorbing it from nearby streets, and slow the progress into drainage systems by allowing the water to infiltrate the grass and soil, instead of moving into the existing drainage systems at the current rapid pace due to overland flow on impermeable surfaces.

Features that will assist in capturing the excess water include swales, wide shallow trenches home to aquatic vegetation, and ‘rain gardens’, which are filled with trees that respond positively to being waterlogged.

The funding for the currently unnamed park has come from the Grow Green project, set up in 2017 to fund projects with innovative solutions to tackle climate change. This imaginative park will be the size of three football pitches, and is due to open in the Spring of 2020.