Depave Paradise, a project of Green Communities Canada, is applying to the Aviva Community Fund to depave six sites across Canada.
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Depaving engages volunteers in tearing up unused pavement by hand and replacing it with green space. Depaves increase community resilience by getting rid of unwanted hard surfaces and creating permeable areas for water to soak into the ground.
Depaves are great opportunities to educate volunteers, decision-makers, and the public about treating rain as a resource and managing it close to where it falls.
Since 2012, our partners have hosted 26 events, with three more to come this fall. The numbers to date are impressive:
- 4168 m2 of asphalt removed
- 4405 m3 of stormwater and 718 kg of pollution kept out of local waterbodies
- 109 trees and 3,535 plants and shrubs plants
- more than 1,500 volunteers engaged
Depaving creates welcoming community spaces, reduces the urban heat island effect, creates habitat for pollinators, increases carbon sequestration, increases property values, and promotes walkability.
GCC is looking to expand this successful program, and is applying for funds to depave at least 47 more sites over the next three years. We have a list of candidate depave sites and organizations eager to host events. Interested in hosting a depave? Get in touch.
Vote here to fund Depave Paradise. Voting is open until 19 October.