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.782542_orig

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.

Through partnerships with local schools, organizations and community groups, Green Venture removes asphalt and concrete to renew and beautify community spaces by adding natural playgrounds, community vegetable gardens, trees, rain gardens and other permeable surfaces. In addition to building a strong sense of community, this program also increases usable public space and frequently improves a community’s water quality. Through our past projects, we have depaved over 281 m² of asphalt and concrete.

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

  • Decreasing the runoff of stormwater to lower its impacts on our sewers and help improve our community’s water quality
  • Increasing urban green space and ecosystems present in our cities and reversing the proliferation of hard surfaces
  • Reducing and filtering stormwater runoff to lower its impacts on sewers, help to improve community water quality, and restore natural hydrologic cycle
  • Increase natural habitat for birds, bees and butterflies
  • Educating residents about the effects of stormwater runoff and benefits of permeable surfaces, green space and reconnecting the urban landscape to nature
  • Fostering behavioural change and community engagement
  • Creating a sense of community through community space renewal and beautification
  • Filter polluted runoff
  • Decrease the heat island effect and help cool things down in this urban area

Our Upcoming Depave Projects:

St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton – 2017

Depave on Kenilworth at Our Lady of Vietnam and Holy Family Parish, Hamilton – 2017

If you would like to be involved in either of these upcoming projects contact Laura for more information!

Our Past Depave Projects:

St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton, 2012

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School,  Hamilton – 2014

R.A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton – 2016

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Depaving is a high impact event to restore the natural hydrologic cycle, reducing stormwater pollution and volume, while empowering the community, reducing flooding risk and increasing groundwater recharge. This project emphasizes the importance of water conservation and helping the public understand their potential impact on the watershed.

For more information about Depave Paradise in Hamilton, ON contact Program Coordinator Laura Anderson at 905-540-8787 ext 158 or laura.anderson@greenventure.ca.

For more information on Depave Paradise across Canada, visit www.depaveparadise.ca