A shortage of volunteers will force the Broadview Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee to scale back its beautification efforts this year.
Carol Mills, president of the Broadview CIB, said the town will not be entered into this year’s provincial competition and previous plans for expansion at Memory Park will not move forward.
“We’re cutting back a bit because we’re really short on volunteers. We generally have about 10 barrels of flowers down Main Street but I think we’re going to cut it back to four,” she said, adding the committee is made up of only 10 members.
“We’re all 60-plus and some over 80. These ladies are out there working and doing the best they can do.”
Previous plans to expand the flower bed and install a picnic table at Memory Park will not happen this summer, but Mills said all else will remain the same.
Marigolds in the front bed of Memory Park have been planted, hanging baskets have been installed throughout and plot watering and caring will continue.
Mill said the Broadview CIB will not compete in the provincial competition because of the large amount of money, time and work required.
“We thought we would just take a year to coast and see what happens. Hopefully the people in town will keep doing their part as they have in the last 10 years,” she said, in respect to keeping residential and commercial properties tidy.
This year marks the 11th year for the Broadview CIB. The town participated in the 2011 Provincial CIB competition and received four blooms of a possible five. Special recognition was paid to the efforts related to the tidiness and heritage conservation of Broadview.
The town scored 124 points of a possible 150 in the Tidiness category, with attention paid to the efforts made by the town, businesses and residents of the community. Elements of the evaluation included green spaces, medians, boulevards, sidewalks, streets, properties, ditches, road shoulders, vacant lots and buildings, litter clean-up, graffiti and vandalism.
Broadview also received a special mention in the Heritage Conservation category, receiving a complimentary 122 points of a possible 150.
“It’s all about keeping our community up,” said Mills. “It’s our town and we would just like it to look nice and respectful when people come to visit.”
For more information or to become a volunteer contact Mills at 696-2733.