Green Communities Canada has received $740,000 over 36 months from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to depave 36 sites across the province.
Depave Paradise engages local volunteers to tear up unwanted pavement and replace it with gardens planted with native species. In addition to creating green space, depaving helps restore the urban water cycle and reduce runoff pollution.
“This Grow Grant funding allows us to build on the proven success of this program,” says GCC Director of Water Programs Sharyn Inward. “Community depaving events are a great opportunity to educate Ontarians about treating rain as a resource and managing it where it falls. They also reduce heat island effect and give new life to neglected areas.”