Make way for trees in Beasley! We're Depaving Paradise in your neighbourhood and we need your input.
A 2017 online survey conducted by the Friendly Streets project in partnership with the Beasley Neighbourhood Association concerning better streets for Beasley, demonstrated an overwhelming desire for more trees. Trees improve air quality, provide shade and help create a vibrant and pleasing streetscape. Now, with funding from Councillor Farr's Plan Local budget, planning is underway for a greening project on Cannon Street. With Green Venture's Depave Paradise initiative, approximately 180m2 of asphalt will be removed in front of the Good Shepherd Venture Centre parking. This depaved area will be replaced with permeable surfaces, trees, and shrubs.
Removing asphalt at neighbourhood work parties is an exciting new trend that renews neglected urban spaces. At Depave Paradise events, local volunteers gather to reclaim the soil. Using pry bars and shovels, community members break up an area of unused pavement and turn it into a living green space. Learn more about Depave Paradise here:
Join our project partners Green Venture, Friendly Streets (Environment Hamilton & Cycle Hamilton), Good Shepherd and Beasley Neighbourhood Association in greening this space!
The Depave Cannon Planning Team needs your help! Please fill out the following survey by January 20th, 2020 to let us know your thoughts on the project, and how you'd like to be involved.
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How would you identify yourself?
I live/work/play in the neighbourhood
I am a member of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association
I am connected to the Good Shepherd Venture Centre
If you could remove asphalt from a section of the parking lot along Cannon, what would you replace it with? (Check all that apply)
Small native plants and shrubs
Seating (benches, chairs, etc)
We are recruiting volunteers to assist with this project. How can you be involved?
Become a working group member to plan the project (bi-weekly/monthly planning meetings until Spring 2020)
Become a stewardship team member to maintain the site (a few of hours a month)
Provide support with landscape design
Donate food and drinks for the volunteers on depaving and/or planting day
Provide profession or semi-professional photography/videography on event days
Lend tools (wheelbarrows, pry bars, hoses, etc.)
Donate contractor services (asphalt cutting, asphalt disposal, excavation, etc.)
Donate garden materials (plants, mulch, compost, soil, etc.)
Participate on Depaving day – Spring/Summer 2020
Participate on Planting day – Spring/Summer 2020
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