Beautification efforts seeking public participation
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Donna Hanna (left) and Dawn McCully are among the local Communities in Bloom members hoping to see widespread public participation in the upcoming community cleanup events.
PARRSBORO – Prettying up starts with cleaning up, and effort are well underway in Parrsboro.
Several community cleanup efforts are being planned, many under the auspices of the revived Communities in Bloom project, and the public is invited to pitch in and offer their help.
“It’s for everybody,” said Donna Hanna, one of the members planning the activities. “I’m planning on putting posters up everywhere – the schools, the seniors’… I don’t care if they come with their walkers. If they’re involved, even if they pick up a Tim Hortons cup, that would be great.”
The local scouts and cubs will begin the cleanup efforts on April 15 with a litter pickup on First Beach, concentrating on the grassy area beside the Harbour View Restaurant.
Later in April, the girl guides and brownies with their families will be beach sweeping in the Partridge Island area.
On April 19, in celebration of Earth Day and in partnership with Clean Nova Scotia, a “major” Main Street cleanup will commence at 9 a.m.
“I have a letter written up that I’m going to present to store owners and managers, and I’m going to talk to them about coming together as a town and uniting to clean up Main Street,” said Hanna. “I’m asking that either they or an employee(s) go around the whole perimeter of their establishments and pick up the litter.”
Finally, on May 11 will be the town’s annual spring cleanup, with participants encouraged to meet at town hall at 10 a.m., where they will be assigned streets. The activity will conclude with a reception and barbecue.
Also during the month of May, Communities in Bloom is holding a photo contest, where participants can post their own photos of Parrsboro on a Facebook event page, with winners to be announced on May 31.
Hanna and Dr. David Howe presented some of their ideas to town council at its March 26 meeting, seeking assistance for things such as flags, prizes, posters, awards for volunteers. Howe also asked for regular cleaning of town sidewalks, including the aboiteau boardwalk, more frequent checkups on town garbage receptacles, more flowers, “No Littering” signs and more.
His requests were referred to council’s tourism and economic development committee.
While encouraging words have been received since the Communities in Bloom effort was re-launched at a public meeting on March 12, member Dawn McCully said they are still “crying for volunteers” to join its various committees, which are separated into the eight categories of tidiness; environmental action; heritage conservation; urban forestry; landscape; turf and ground covers; floral displays; and community involvement.
Many people have joined a Facebook site set up for the project, but volunteers are needed to come forward and get involved, she explained.
“For Communities in Bloom, we want the whole community involved,” said McCully. “Part of the whole thing is to create pride in our community and togetherness. Everyone is welcome to join.”