A 2017 online survey conducted by the Friendly Streets project in partnership with the Beasley Neighbourhood Association concerning better streets for Beasley, demonstrated an overwhelming desire for more trees. Trees improve air quality, provide shade and help create a vibrant and pleasing streetscape. Now, with funding from Councillor Farr’s Plan Local budget, planning is underway for a greening project on Cannon Street. With Green Venture’s Depave Paradise initiative, approximately 180m2 of asphalt will be removed in front of the Good Shepherd Venture Centre parking lot. This depaved area will be replaced with permeable surfaces, trees, and shrubs.
Removing asphalt at neighbourhood work parties is an exciting new trend that renews neglected urban spaces. At Depave Paradise events, local volunteers gather to reclaim the soil. Using pry bars and shovels, community members break up an area of unused pavement and turn it into a living green space. Learn more about Depave Paradise here: greenventure.ca/depave-paradise
Join our project partners Green Venture, Good Shepherd and Beasley Neighbourhood Association in greening this space!
The Depave Cannon Planning Team has a survey inviting residents’ input on the project, and how they would like to be involved.
Friendly Streets: Working together towards more walkable, bikeable neighbourhoods is a collaborative initiative between Cycle Hamilton and Environment Hamilton designed to engage community stakeholders in securing safer cycling and walking/rolling/wheeling conditions in urban Hamilton.
We explore innovative ways to involve residents of all backgrounds, abilities and age groups in assessing current challenges and barriers to active transportation and re-imagining neighbourhood streets as places that are enjoyable for walking and biking. We aligned project outcomes and recommendations with municipal transportation planning processes in order to influence the design of the neighbourhood streets to best serve community members.
Started as a pilot project in 2017 and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the project targeted the area around the Hamilton General Hospital, and surrounding neighbourhoods of Gibson-Landsdale, Beasley and Keith. We continue to work in these areas, and have added a new area of Riverdale (Centennial Neighbourhoods).
Friendly Streets Toolkit
The Friendly Streets Toolkit is a living document that we developed in our first year of the initiative that continues to be updated as new information emerges. It includes a collectively developed strategy to address community needs and work together to pursue policy and infrastructure solutions.
Visit our blog to learn more about the project and project updates.