Pavement returned to paradise at Mountain school

News Oct 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

They “depaved” a parking lot and set up a piece of paradise at St. Margaret Mary elementary school.

Volunteers from the east Mountain school community and Green Venture removed 1,300 square feet of pavement on Sept. 27.

On Saturday, they planted trees and native plants, arranged rocks and installed picnic tables.

“It’s a typical old schoolyard, all pavement,” said Deirdre Connell of Green Venture. “This will give them some nature.”

The school was built in 1957. Two years ago, when students were asked what they would like to see at the school, the survey results were clear, says Teresa Gambale, a past president of the student council.

“The common theme was grass, trees and benches,” she said. “This is a start, to give them more greenery.”

The students helped design the space, said Gambale.

The trees will provide some shade on the tarmac and having less blacktop will help keep the area cooler.

“I think it’s good because there’s lots of sun and it will provide shade,” said Emma Martino, a Grade 6 student.

Ivana Fortino, the superintendent responsible for the school, said more pavement could be removed in the future.

“There is a will to see more green space,” she said.

St. Margaret Mary is the second Depave Paradise project in Hamilton, said Connell. A smaller depaving took place at St. Augustine in 2012.

CN EcoConnexions provided a $11,600 grant for the St. Margaret Mary project.

Pavement returned to paradise at Mountain school

News Oct 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

They “depaved” a parking lot and set up a piece of paradise at St. Margaret Mary elementary school.

Volunteers from the east Mountain school community and Green Venture removed 1,300 square feet of pavement on Sept. 27.

On Saturday, they planted trees and native plants, arranged rocks and installed picnic tables.

“It’s a typical old schoolyard, all pavement,” said Deirdre Connell of Green Venture. “This will give them some nature.”

The school was built in 1957. Two years ago, when students were asked what they would like to see at the school, the survey results were clear, says Teresa Gambale, a past president of the student council.

“The common theme was grass, trees and benches,” she said. “This is a start, to give them more greenery.”

The students helped design the space, said Gambale.

The trees will provide some shade on the tarmac and having less blacktop will help keep the area cooler.

“I think it’s good because there’s lots of sun and it will provide shade,” said Emma Martino, a Grade 6 student.

Ivana Fortino, the superintendent responsible for the school, said more pavement could be removed in the future.

“There is a will to see more green space,” she said.

St. Margaret Mary is the second Depave Paradise project in Hamilton, said Connell. A smaller depaving took place at St. Augustine in 2012.

CN EcoConnexions provided a $11,600 grant for the St. Margaret Mary project.

Pavement returned to paradise at Mountain school

News Oct 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

They “depaved” a parking lot and set up a piece of paradise at St. Margaret Mary elementary school.

Volunteers from the east Mountain school community and Green Venture removed 1,300 square feet of pavement on Sept. 27.

On Saturday, they planted trees and native plants, arranged rocks and installed picnic tables.

“It’s a typical old schoolyard, all pavement,” said Deirdre Connell of Green Venture. “This will give them some nature.”

The school was built in 1957. Two years ago, when students were asked what they would like to see at the school, the survey results were clear, says Teresa Gambale, a past president of the student council.

“The common theme was grass, trees and benches,” she said. “This is a start, to give them more greenery.”

The students helped design the space, said Gambale.

The trees will provide some shade on the tarmac and having less blacktop will help keep the area cooler.

“I think it’s good because there’s lots of sun and it will provide shade,” said Emma Martino, a Grade 6 student.

Ivana Fortino, the superintendent responsible for the school, said more pavement could be removed in the future.

“There is a will to see more green space,” she said.

St. Margaret Mary is the second Depave Paradise project in Hamilton, said Connell. A smaller depaving took place at St. Augustine in 2012.

CN EcoConnexions provided a $11,600 grant for the St. Margaret Mary project.