Depave coordinator, Barb Hicks, from Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) in Smith’s Falls spent her summer months planning the town’s first depave!

Working in partnership with the township, the team helped to depave a 100m2 section of Daniel st. between the local library and the town hall as part of a larger road-decomissioning project that will expand the town square. There are even plans to install a large bandshell for future outdoor events!

The event took place on June 19th, and planting took place two weeks later, on July 3rd – creating two beautiful pollinator gardens! Despite pandemic measures, everything went off without a hitch! Way to go, REAL!