Depave Paradise

Depave Paradise is a project of Green Communities Canada and Green Venture that engages volunteers and neighbourhoods in Canadian communities, removing pavement and planting gardens filled with native species in its place.

Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots and buildings, interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground. This in turn leads to flooding, poor water quality, and creates urban heat islands that are warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with green space, we are increasing the infiltration rate of rain water, cooling our neighbourhoods, keeping our water clean, and providing us and our children with greater connections to the natural world.

Beyond the community building, the benefits of depaving are numerous. They include:

  • Increasing green, community space by adding in a natural playgrounds, community vegetable gardens, trees, rain gardens, or other permeable surfaces
  • Decreasing the heat island effect to help cool things down
  • Decreasing the runoff of stormwater to lower its impacts on our sewers and help improve our community’s water quality

Our Depave Projects:

R.A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton – 2016

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School,  Hamilton – 2014

Depave St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton, 2012

For more information about Depave Paradise in Hamilton, ON contact Program Coordinator Laura Anderson at 905-540-8787 ext 158 or

For more information on Depave Paradise across Canada, visit