It is official the Communities in Bloom Judges will be coming to evaluate Gull Lake on Thursday, August 14th. Judges will be coming to evaluate our community and everything from the Cemetery to the Landfill will be judged. Last year Gull Lake was only 1 percentage point from scoring 3 blooms, and this year we hope to beat last year’s score.
Earlier this year the CIB committee kicked off the program with an open house at the Gull Lake Recreation Hall meeting room. Guest speaker Andrew Exelby spoke about the Communities in Bloom program and methods for caring for trees. A back alley cleanup was organized by the committee and gave residents a chance to cleanup their yards and alleys.
The Communities in Bloom Committee has been hard at work planning and executing some new initiatives to help improve last year’s score. The committee will be working hard right up to the last minute to complete as many of the initiatives as possible. The committee has three projects it would like to complete before the judges arrive. The projects are as follows:
- The Xeriscape Garden at the corner of Main Street and Conrad Avenue. Still some more work to do on the Xeriscape, but the committee hopes to have much of it done before the judges arrive.
- Painting the Elks Hall is another downtown beautification project. The committee will be looking for volunteers’ to help paint the hall sometime in the next couple of weeks.
- Banners will be installed on light poles from the north entrance and continue on into the downtown area.
The Committee also hopes to pick up some points for initiatives being taken by other Committees and Town Council:
- The Cemetery Committee has installed a new sign this year, and will be installing a map in the shelter very soon.
- The Town Council also has plans to place a plaque on the Wong Guy Shoe Shop declaring it a heritage property.
- The Tourism Committee has been working on a heritage project of its own that will no doubt help boost Gull Lake’s CIB score with its, “Downtown Heritage Walking Tour.”
- The Town Crew will also be working hard to clean .streets, rid sidewalks of weeds, keep grass cut in public areas, and blade alleys.
Enter a Competition
Last year the CIB committee created had a Business Flowerpot competition and best block competition. This year the committee has 5 categories residents can participate in:
- Curb Appeal.
- Floral Displays.
- Vegetable Gardens.
- Business Flower Pot Competition.
These competitions are meant to be fun and help the committee in two ways. First community involvement is a judged category so just by entering you can help the community score some extra points. Second the community is also judged on tidiness and floral displays so by having a nice yard you also help build more points for our score. Some have already entered, but we have many nice yards and it is not to late to enter. If you would like to enter a competition call the Town Office (306)672-3361 before July 31st. Local judges will judge the entries no later than August 9th.
Other ways to help your Community
The Communities in Bloom Program is all about community pride and participation. You can help just by keeping your yard neat and tidy. If you like you can also volunteer to help the CIB Committee on the odd job squad and help them complete a project.
Let’s Put Gull Lake on the Map
Gull Lake is competing against other communities in Saskatchewan that have a population close to our own. Let’s show Saskatchewan that Gull Lake is #1 in Saskatchewan when it comes to community pride by doing our best to make our community look great!!! Let’s band together and do our best to beat last year’s score and shoot for 4 Blooms!!!