Oxford completes revitalization projects

Justin Dickie
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Oxford town councillor Trish Stewart would like Oxford to steal Springhills tourism slogan.

"You should see us now," she said.

Oxford town councillor Trish Stewart would like Oxford to steal Springhills tourism slogan.

"You should see us now," she said.

Through the teamwork of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, Communities in Bloom and the towns community enhancement committee, Oxford appears a lot more inviting these days.

"I just know that the response Im getting from people is Wow, things look great. The flowers are blooming, the cenotaph areas been planted, theres a lot more flowers in the community. Things are cleaned up, and people have only had good things to say about it," said Stewart, chair of the Oxford Communities in Bloom and community enhancement committees. "Were just beginning to realize our beautiful surroundings and were capitalizing on it and showing ourselves off."

Stewart has been trying to get the town prettier since she joined town council three years ago. Now the results are showing up.

Changes have included new signage, flowers and banners, cleaner streets, and a park on Black River. Theres lots more to come.

"We saw a real need to kind of spruce up the downtown core," she said. "I just found that the town looked unkept, rundown.

"A lot of garbage on the street, a lot of unkept properties, and a lot of for sale signs."

Now thats all changed for the better.

"Im very proud of the way things are starting to look," she said. "When you live in a community and it looks really nice, people are proud of their surroundings. Its a self-confidence booster."

Stewart said the towns revitalization was necessary to keep tourists coming.

"We have to look inviting and we have to invite people into our community because when it comes down to it, its about dollars and cents, its about our businesses being utilized by tourists and in order to provide, we had to do this," she said. I cant say whether or not its going to lure the tourists in. Im quite sure its going to help, but I think if the residents feel good about the community, our goal is reached."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, Oxford Communities

Geographic location: Oxford, Springhills, Black River

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