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Depave Paradise with Ecology Ottawa

  • 20 Jun 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church, 391 Booth Street, Ottawa

Depave Paradise with Ecology Ottawa


On June 20th, Ecology Ottawa is tearing out 80 square meters of pavement at St. Anthony Catholic School and installing plants and flowers in their place. Depave Paradise addresses the proliferation of hard surfaces in modern urban environments through the primal act of ripping up unused pavement and replacing it with soil and vegetation. Based on a sister program in Oregon (Depave started in 2007), Depave Paradise works with local organizations at highly visible sites to stage work bees, during which volunteers “liberate the soil,” using hand tools to pry up the pavement. Native plants, bushes and trees are then planted to act as filters and sponges for polluted stormwater runoff. The events attract media and political attention, and raise awareness of the issues surrounding the urban water cycle, while making measurable environmental impacts, reducing runoff and contamination and increasing green space. You can learn more and sign up to volunteer here:

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