We always thank our Emerson Elementary School residents for the pride and interest they take in our schools. District 205 is adding a detention pond on the west side of the Emerson campus in order to mitigate flooding. The project not only benefits the school but will improve conditions for neighboring residents.
Emerson has flooded for many years. The stormwater would flow from the adjacent church onto the school parking lot and straight into the first floor doors. In every heavy rain, District 205 staff would place sandbags in front of the doors to prevent the stormwater from flowing into the school. This project will help steer the water into a stormwater retention area in the southwest section of the Emerson property.
In order to establish the detention pond, several trees were removed. However, the District will plant about 22 new trees on the property after the construction is completed. The trunks from several trees will be repurposed as furniture in an outdoor classroom. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make our school better for our students and neighbors.