Volunteers Wanted to Help ‘Depave Paradise’

Another Downtown Vibrancy Project gets underway July 18

Help de-pave paradise and put up a park by participating in an upcoming activity.

The Downtown Vibrancy Project is soliciting volunteers now for an event July 18 to beautify an area of Peterborough’s urban core.

The Downtown Vibrancy Project, led by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), is a collaboration that is “breathing life” back into several neglected areas of the core, says GreenUP’s Dawn Pond, Downtown Vibrancy and Depave Paradise project co-ordinator.

“Last year was so fun and we can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and transform another space with the Peterborough community,” Dawn says.

The transformation takes place from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Euphoria Wellness Spa, located at 290 Water St.

For those who work downtown, “it’s a great activity to do with your work colleagues and get some sunshine. Sign up and help for a few hours and get a free lunch.”

People can sign up for the entire day or be part of the morning or afternoon shifts.

Here’s the schedule:

Morning Shift:

10:30- 10:45: Registration, welcome and training

10:45-12:00: De-pave

12:00-12:30: Lunch

Afternoon Shift:

12:00-12:30: Lunch

12:30-12:45: Registration, welcome and training

12:45- 2:00: De-pave

Organizers ask participants to wear or bring the following:

  • Long pants (mandatory)
  • Closed-toe shoes (preferably boots)
  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Clothes for the weather (it’s a rain or shine event)
  • Steel-toe boots, work gloves and safety glasses (organizers will provide these items for those who don’t have them)
  • A refillable water bottle and a coffee mug.

Through this Downtown Vibrancy Project initiative, the corner of King and Water streets will be transformed into a mini park that will host an art installation celebrating the canoe and its roots in the Anishinaabe culture of the area.

It’s part of a larger initiative for enhancing the city’s core. “The goal of the project is to demonstrate the potential for beautification of our downtown core through citizen action and to create valuable and ecologically-friendly public gathering spaces,” Dawn says.

Each year, The Downtown Vibrancy Project transforms a site in downtown Peterborough. One large-scale revitalization project will happen every year for three years (2018-2020).

For more details, e-mail Dawn at dawn.pond@greenup.on.ca

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