From parking lot to paradise

Creating green space at St. Nicholas in Newmarket

September 23, 2016

Staff, students and parents of St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School teamed up with Windfall Ecology Centre and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority on Friday September 23, 2016 to transform the paved Kindergarten area into a piece of paradise.

The St. Nicholas Depave Event was a huge collaborative effort, with close to 80 volunteers and community partners of all ages eagerly working together to green their school yard. Using hand tools and shovels, volunteers got their hands dirty and removed approximately 150m² of pavement by hand.

Once completed, the rejuvenated kindergarten area will feature native plants, shrubs and trees, as well as a natural outdoor classroom space for students.  A rain garden will be added to the area in Spring 2017. In addition to the increased green space in the schoolyard, this project will also benefit our local bodies of water by letting water naturally absorb and filter into the ground.

Thank you to RBC Blue Water Project, Green Communities Foundation, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, St. Nicholas Catholic School Council, and the St. Nicholas Green Team for providing funding for this project!

This Depave project is a partnership of Windfall Ecology Centre, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School, the York Catholic District School Board, the Town of Newmarket, Green Communities Canada, and Depave Paradise.

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