Sicamous plans to get growing

Sicamous is planning to submit an entry for Communities in Bloom (CIB) in 2017.

  • Thu Nov 10th, 2016 8:00pm
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District of Sicamous gardener Kayleena Taylor waters one of the berry planters next to the new community garden near the beach park.

Sicamous is planning to submit an entry for Communities in Bloom (CIB) in 2017.

The deadline for submitting an entry is March 31, 2017. Judging takes place mid to late July, with CIB provincial awards ceremony and announcements in the fall of 2017.

Although much of the work will be done in the spring and early summer, CIB is a four-season initiative, so there are always things to do for those interested in helping.

The district had an evaluation done by CIB reviewers in 2016 as a novice, non-rated entry and the feedback was that Sicamous is on the right track for an entry for the coming year.

Volunteers are needed to participate with CIB projects in the coming year, such as:

showcase projects which beautify high profile sites in the community. The Legion Cenotaph is one suggested project, but other targeted locations would also be considered.

assisting with initiatives already underway for cleanup.

organizing / judging competitions between businesses / residents / neighbourhoods

Organizers are looking for help with planting, weeding, watering, construction, painting, project planning, decorating, art installations and administrative help.

Sicamous recently completed their new Official Community Plan (OCP).

Town centre revitalization and community beautification are guiding principles of the new OCP and were identified as high priorities by residents.

Communities in Bloom can be an effective tool for implementing these priorities and ensuring a positive transformation of Sicamous.

The district is planning public open houses in November to present the final result for the OCP and will have more information regarding Communities in Bloom at that time.

If you would be interested in participating, volunteers need to provide their contact information and availability as soon as possible to Deb Heap at 403-970-0114 or debheap@hotmail.com.