By Craig Baird
It all started with an idea for the Town of Gull Lake. How do you make an already beautiful town, even more beautiful? The answer came through Communities in Bloom. At first, it had begun with a flower here, a flower there in April and May but by June, the entire town was blooming. Trees were planted where lots were once empty, signs were replaced and the entire community jumped on board the endeavour.
The recycling centre, once only a lot with a few bins, now featured several trees. An old building across the street now had its entire siding replaced. The 104 year old building that houses the local newspaper also went through extensive renovations prior to Communities in Bloom.
One night the fire hydrants were a dull colour, the next, they were a vibrant red, painted by the town crews to make the town stand out.
Through all of this hard work, the volunteers of Communities in Bloom must be singled out. Volunteers with the town spent every weekend of the spring and summer, painting, cleaning and constructing. Almost overnight a community garden had sprung up, tended to by volunteers and local school children.
The swimming pool had a fresh coat of paint and all over town houses were being spruced up prior to the day the judges would arrive. It was impossible to walk down any street and find a house that didn’t have flowers planted somewhere on the property.
If there was a prize for the town that saw the biggest change and most community involvement, chances are you would see Gull Lake in the top three at the very least.
It was a spring and summer of the community banding together and showing why this little town on the TransCanada was one of the most bloomin’ beautiful in Canada.