Depave Paradise

In 2014, Ecosource led a Depave Paradise project in partnership with Russet Homes Cooperative and the Toronto and Region Conservation Area’s Dixie- Bloor Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan program to undertake a demonstration community depaving project in Mississauga! Together we removed pavement from an under-utilized basketball court to transform it into a vibrant garden and gathering space.

Why de-pave? Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground and creating heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants and permeable pavement, we are increasing the infiltration rate, recharging our groundwater supply, and cooling our neighbourhoods.depave

You can see more photos from this project and learn more about the Depave Paradise Project by visiting

Acknowledgements: Depave Mississauga in 2014 is brought to you by Ecosource in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Russet Homes Co-Operative. We are proud to be a part of Green Communities Canada’s 2014 Canada-Wide Depave Project, generously supported by the RBC Blue Water Project and Intact Insurance.