Sheppard Public School staff, students, and Parent Council are working together with Reep Green Solutions to DEPAVE an underutilized area of tarmac and transform it into a dynamic naturalized play space! On Sunday, October 28 at 10am volunteers from the school and surrounding community will work together to liberate the ground from tarmac and gravel subsurface and install healthier soil and mulch in its place to kick-off the tarmac makeover.
Afterwards, we will be working with students and Parent Council to install:
- Native trees and shrubs to provide shade for students and a buffer between the tarmac and the teacher’s parking lot.
- Natural objects, like boulders and logs, and a mud table
- A naturalized ground surface that will absorb more stormwater runoff and reduce the heat radiating off of the play surface during hot days.
The plans for this area were developed after consultation with students and staff and design workshops with Grade 5 and 6 classes in the spring that illuminated some of the problems with the status quo. Our proposed solution will help absorb rain (reducing mud problems) and provide shade in an otherwise hot play area.
We’ve partnered with Waterloo Public Health to look at the need for shade in the schoolyard, and sampled temperatures on various surfaces, such as the tarmac, the “kindy area” and the “natural area”. On a hot day, typical for the beginning and end of the school year, there was sometimes a 15C° difference between the black tarmac and a softer surface material like wood chips! We want to create more shady and cool play surfaces for our kids as extreme temperatures and high UV warnings are becoming more prevalent.
Interested in being part of this makeover?
- Register for the event to rip out tarmac and place soil
- We are seeking in-kind donations of tarmac saw cutting, provision of a disposal bin, soil, mulch, pry bars, trees and shrubs, and food and refreshments. Contact [email protected] if you can help.
- Parent Council is still raising money to purchase additional challenging obstacles like a log jam climbing structure. Contact [email protected] if you are interested in donating towards this.