Volunteers are working diligently to make Grenfell a more beautiful place to work, live and play.
Members of the Grenfell Beautification Committee have begun their season, potting and planting baskets and barrels throughout the town.
First established in 2004, the Beautification Committee has motivated residents and business owners to take pride and prudence in the care and maintenance of their properties.
“I think most people have kept their yards looking nice…there’s always a few that get away on people but most of the streets, homes and yards look well kept,” said Carol Speidelsbach, president of the Grenfell Beautification Committee. “It’s really helped to beautify our town.”
The Beautification Committee is responsible for the installation and care of the hanging baskets along Desmond Street; landscaping of the Tourist Booth vicinity; pruning and caring for the flower pots at the Grenfell Regional Park campground and maintaining the flower plot at the end of Main Street.
Speidelsbach said the beautification of Grenfell affords the Committee hundreds of hours of work and approximately $3,500 each season.
The Committee funds its beautification through fundraising endeavours and a community grant offered by Sask. Lotteries.
The Committee also received money from the Centennial Grant in 2011, which will be used to complete the Memorial Centennial Park ( at the corner of Front Avenue and Anderson Street) this year.
“This year we are going to finish our Memorial Park which was started last year in honour of our Centennial,” said Speidelsbach. “What’s planned is a silhouette replica of a train and train station. We’re
also going to be planting some roses and a few
other shrubs which people can purchase in memory
Two benches will also be installed at the Memorial Park, in addition to a Blue Spruce donated by the Cliff Lowenberg family in memory of his wife Doreen, and a second tree donated by the Friendship Club.
Despite winning the National Communities in Bloom competition in 2009, the Grenfell Beautification Committee will not compete in 2012.
“It takes a lot of work and a lot of manpower and we just don’t have that many on our committee,” said Speidelsbach. “It’d be nice to have a few more volunteers; especially the younger ones so they could learn what’s happening. It would be nice to have the schools involved…and just (have people) offer to help instead of waiting for us to put something out.”
For more information or to become involved with the Grenfell Beautification Committee contact Speidelsbach at 697-3200.