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Depave Paradise Depave Days

October 11, 2018 - October 12, 2018


The Depave Paradise Site

GreenUP has partnered with the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) and the City of Peterborough to bring the Depave Paradise project to the south end of Water Street in downtown Peterborough, as part of the Downtown Vibrancy project, led by the DBIA.

The Depave site is located at the southern end of Water Street, behind the No Frills parking lot. This site boasts tremendous potential as a connective space between Millennium Park and Del Crary Park along the shore line of the Otonabee River.

The space is being transformed by Depave Paradise as part of a larger revitalization through the Downtown Vibrancy Project. This area of the urban landscape will be forever altered with the removal of 787 m2 of asphalt and the creation of a significant rain garden, while providing water management to help protect water quality of the Otonabee River and to mitigate flooding in the Downtown.

Event Details

The Depave Paradise Peterborough event will occur over three days!

Who can volunteer? EVERYONE! Community members and downtown businesses are welcome to volunteer as individuals or in teams of 5-7 people. This is a great opportunity for team building among colleagues and provides a chance to raise awareness of your business through community involvement.

Come and get dirty!

Feel free to come along to volunteer at either 10am or 1pm to help transform the site. If you can please send me a quick email to let me know you’re planning to attend so I can ajust the lunch order accordingly. Email me with any dietary requirements asap. (if you have already signed up no need to contact me again unless you have questions).

Volunteers must wear: Long pants and closed toe shoes. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and/or coffee mug. Please bring/wear steel toe cap boots if you have them. Also if you have a wheelbarrow or pry bar feel free to bring those along too! If you have no safety gear or tools… no worries! We will provide you with the tools and safety gear for the day!


  • 10am-12pm Depave Paradise
  • 12pm-1pm Sean Conway will be entertaining us with his musical talent while we break for a delicious lunch from La Hacienda!
  • 1pm-3:30pm Depave Paradise


  • 10am-12pm Depave Paradise
  • Hunt the Hare will be entertaining us with their musical skills while we break for a delicious lunch from La Hacienda!
  • 1pm-3:30pm Depave Paradise

(Coffee and snacks are being provided for volunteers by Turnbull Café, Silver Bean Café and Greg’s No Frills)

What will volunteers be doing?

You will help to liberate the soil at the Depave site by removing 787 m2 of asphalt. Join us for either a morning shift or an afternoon shift. Each shift will include:

  • Registration
  • Welcome
  • Health and Safety
  • Instructional Demonstration
  • Time to Depave
  • A well-deserved lunch!

We hope you can join us!

Many thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Green Communities Canada for funding support for this Depave Paradise project.


October 11, 2018
October 12, 2018


Dawn Pond
705-745-3238 ext. 200


Vibrancy Project Depave Site
100 Water Street
Peterborough, ontario K9J 3G8 Canada
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City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough

Green Communities Canada

Green Communities Canada

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

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