Parts of Barton Street getting depaved to make way for more green space and cleaner water

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Published June 10, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Barton Street in Hamilton is getting a little more green.

Concrete and asphalt outside of 579 Barton St. East were dug up and replaced by plants, shrubs, and trees. The same will be done at 539 Barton St. East.

The project, funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is being headed by the local non-profit, Green Venture; in partnership with the Barton Village BIA and Amaprop Canada Inc.

Green Venture says its goal is to help restore the “natural water cycle and create pockets of green space downtown.”

Since 2012, the volunteer-based organization says it has removed more than 12,300 square feet of asphalt at ten different sites, absorbing 1.2 million litres of stormwater annually.

“The Depave Paradise program is an amazing representation of what Green Venture strives to achieve — creating and connecting resilient communities, improving the local environment, and providing education that drives climate action,” said Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director of Green Venture. “(We have) been depaving Hamilton since 2012, and we’re extremely excited to introduce more green space on Barton and throughout Hamilton in the next few years.”

The organization hopes the initiative helps to demonstrate how communities can create green spaces to divert water from sewer systems and allow it to filter into the soil before entering waterways — keeping water clean and communities more resilient to flooding.

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