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From parking lot to paradise

Barrie's Unity Christian High School will be a lot greener in the following months thanks to joint efforts by students, teachers and the community who participated in a Depave event on April 22, 2016.

A Depave Event

Unity Christian High School partnered with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Windfall Ecology Centre and R.J. Burnside to coordinate the Depave event, which was the first phase of a much larger project to green the school grounds. Once complete, the project will become a demonstration site that showcases low impact development (LID) features and effective stormwater management techniques, such as rain gardens, bioswales, permeable pavement, and more.

On Friday April 22, 2016, Unity CHS students, staff and community members removed approximately 900 square feet of pavement from around their school. Prior to this event, the school's property was nearly 100% paved and impermeable, producing large volumes of rain and stormwater runoff that flowed untreated into storm drains and into nearby Lake Simcoe.

Removing hard surfaces, like pavement, and replacing them with LID features, like rain gardens, native plants and grasses, and permeable surfaces, allows rainwater to infiltrate and filter into the ground naturally, preventing polluted runoff from reaching Lake Simcoe.

Student Benefits

Students will benefit from the increased green space surrounding the school and it will encourage students, other schools, businesses and the community to rethink the use of paved surfaces and development of urban spaces. As part of their curriculum, Unity CHS students will help with the design and creation of certain features of the school yard greening, such as rain gardens, while learning about the importance of these LID features and their overall role in the watershed.

Thanks to everyone involved

Thank you to everyone involved in this project, especially the Unity Christian High School students and staff, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, R.J. Burnside, Windfall Ecology Centre, the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, the Barrie Lion's Club and Green Communities Canada.

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Rain Barrel Sale

Windfall Centre's Rain Barrel Truckload Sale is now closed! 

Thank you to everyone who purchased a rain barrel this year. You're helping to slow down stormwater and keep our local waterways clean.

Stayed tuned for more information about next year's rain barrel sale.

RAIN BARREL ACCESSORIES still available for purchase at Windfall Ecology Centre. Contact us for more information.