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Depave Paradise


May 28 2022


Walter Murray Collegiate


Did you know that Saskatoon storm water flows into the South Saskatchewan River without being treated? Most of this runs right off our roads and sidewalks, picking up road salt, pet waste, litter, and other pollutants along the way.

To help slow down, soak up, and clean storm water while also creating habitats and benefitting our community, SES will be holding a Depave Paradise event in Saskatoon in the spring of 2022. Depave Paradise, a project of Green Communities Canada, aims to improve rain flow in urban centres by “depaving” (removing the asphalt) in a small area and cultivating the site by planting native plants and trees.

SES is working with Walter Murray Collegiate to depave a portion of their obsolete tennis court. We need volunteers on Saturday, May 28th to depave and on Sunday, June 5th to plant. Please fill out the volunteer form and let us know how you can help transform the space!

Volunteer Sign-up Form

Below are some of the items that we will need for the events. If you have ideas on where SES can obtain these items by loan or donation, please let us know.

Materials to borrow

  • Prybars
  • Fulcrums
  • Sledge hammers
  • Wheel barrows
  • Shovels
  • Safety glasses for volunteers (40 pair)
  • Work gloves for volunteers (40 pair)
  • Water jugs
  • High-visibility vests or shirts (~5)

Materials for donation

  • Compost (bulk quantities, delivery preferred)
  • Soil (bulk quantities, delivery preferred)
  • Mulch (bulk quantities, delivery preferred)
  • Fruit bearing plants including haskap, Saskatoon Berry, rhubarb, highbush cranberry, grapes, sour cherry, and strawberry
  • Annual vegetable seedlings and seeds
  • Prairie wildflowers, and Indigenous plants
  • Trees (apple, plum, maple, cedar)
  • Tree watering bags (5 bags – 20gallons)
  • Snacks and refreshments for volunteers
  • Refreshment materials (cups/plates/cutlery/napkins)
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • First aid supplies for construction site
  • COVID safety materials including masks, sanitizer, and hand washing station
  • Garbage and recycling facilities
  • Duct tape, marking tape
  • Flags or markers for plants location


Saskatchewan Environmental Society