Communities in bloom, by Pam Haldane
Dan Wood, Brian Sullivan and Jim McCready, staff members from the parks and recreation department in the Town of Truro, construct a new chin-up bar at the top of Jacob’s Ladder in Victoria Park. The chin-up bar and a triceps bench are two new pieces of upper body workout equipment put in place through a partnership between the Communities in Bloom committee and the parks and recreation department. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Haven’t we been having the best summer weather ever? It’s perfect for strolling around the town and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.
One of Communities in Bloom’s significant projects this year is the placement of an 2.4-metre (eight-feet) tall, three-tiered planter at the corner of Prince and Court streets in front of the old bowling alley. The flowers have started to cascade over the planter bowls making for an impressive floral display.
For the athletes among us, Communities in Bloom, in partnership with the town’s parks and recreation department, has placed two pieces of upper body workout equipment at the top of Jacob’s Ladder in Victoria Park. Now you can get a full-body workout by hopping on Jacob’s Ladder (no gym membership required) to tone your glutes, calves, quads and hams while improving your cardiovascular system. In between trips up the ladder you can do sets of chin-ups, tricep dips, push-ups, and body planks on the new, chin-up bars (three heights) and triceps bench.
The equipment is made from all natural materials, except for some necessary hardware required for functionality. A big thanks to ‘George’ for his very generous donation of the wood required to build the triceps bench. In addition, he provided the labour to cut, de-bark, split, and haul this very heavy piece. Also thanks to Larry and his team at Victoria Park, Jim, Brian and Dan for installing the equipment.
Take a trip to the park and test your mettle. For those just contemplating a workout, the triceps bench doubles as a place to sit and relax, so there are no excuses not to get out and check out these new additions to the park.
Communities in Bloom is extremely proud of forming partnerships with other committees, organizations and businesses within the town. Working as a team creates a powerful, positive energy that results in powerful, positive change. Our recent partnership with the Dairy Queen on the corner of Walker and Prince streets has turned this corner into an attractive, park-like setting. The Communities in Bloom committee partnered with the Truro tree committee and, of course, Dairy Queen, to help make this happen. It’s a fine example of local business, the Town of Truro, and a volunteer organization working together to create positive change.
We are particularly proud to have joined forces with the Truro Police Department and the parks and recreation department to help beautify the property located behind the Truro Boys and Girls Club.
A large group of volunteer police officers, spearheaded by Const. Sherry Pictou, took the initiative to recruit the Communities in Bloom committee and the department to help restore neglected planters, fencing, railings and other areas.
Cameron’s Paint Centre donated the paint, the parks and recreation department provided materials and manpower (thanks Andy and Mark) and Communities in Bloom donated the plants, flowers and time to help with the restoration.
The children were also involved in the project giving them an opportunity to work side-by-side with the volunteer police officers and develop a healthy relationship with our men and women in blue. It also gave the children an opportunity to put their own sweat equity into beautifying their grounds and gave them some hands-on experience with planting flowers and vegetables; and later in the season, they will be able to harvest the vegetables they planted and nurtured along the way. A big congratulations to the children of the boys and girls club for enthusiastically taking part in this project.
What’s next? Watch for our ‘walk of flowers’ on Queen Street. Thanks to the homeowners/business owners on Queen Street who wholeheartedly endorsed and supported this Communities in Bloom project.
Within the next couple of weeks, the boulevards on Queen Street will blossom with an array of colorful flowers. The Communities in Bloom committee will plant beds on both sides of Queen Street from Park Street to Walker Street. Many residents have agreed to adopt the bed in front of their home and keep it weeded and watered as necessary. Such a great show of community spirit. Thank you!
Here’s a reminder that the national Communities in Bloom judges will be visiting Truro on Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Monday, Aug. 12, is judgment day. Help Truro to look its best for the judges’ visit by picking up litter, mowing your lawns, trimming your hedges, weeding your flowers, and smiling at everyone you meet. Let’s show Canada that Truro is one of the most beautiful and friendly communities in the country.
If you get a chance, check out the Art in Bloom art show sponsored by the fine people at the Truro Art Society. It’s free and you can see it at the McCarthy Art Gallery at the NSCC on Arthur Street until Aug. 31.
Pam Haldane is the chairwoman of the Communities in Bloom committee for the Town of Truro. She lives in Bible Hill.