This cornerstone Green Venture program will be looking a little different this spring.
Normally, community members come together to tear up under-used pavement and create green spaces that capture rainwater, beautify our community and transform the way rain is managed in urban areas. This hands-on initiative helps demonstrate how communities can create green spaces to divert water from our sewer systems and allow it to filter into the soil before entering our waterways, keeping our water cleaner and our communities more resilient to flood events.
Why are we ‘Depaving Differently’?
It’s 2021 – what isn’t different!?
We don’t want to delay the benefits of urban greenspaces in Hamilton, especially now. Building up community-based climate resilience simply can’t wait until the pandemic allows. Until it is safe to have volunteers on site, engagement is unsurprisingly going to be mostly remote and virtual (with some planning for future events—fingers crossed!).
Where are we depaving this spring?
We will be depaving two city boulevards on Barton St E in partnership with the Barton Village BIA. Between the two sites, we will be:
- Removing 2087 sq ft. of impermeable asphalt and concrete
- Adding 45 native trees and shrubs
- Adding 240 native perennials
- Adding 2 types of permeable hardscaping
How can community members get involved?
While it may not be possible to host volunteers on site to tear up pavement by hand, we still need volunteers and community support!
- Join a volunteer Stewardship Team!
- Participate in a clean-up (coming soon)
- Volunteer to help plant (On hold – pandemic restrictions pending)
- Share photos and help spread the word
- Attend an event in Barton Village in the future!