Society seeks ideas to help spruce up rural areas

NANAIMO – Communities of Cedar, Cassidy, South Wellington and Yellowpoint are invited to weigh in on new beautification project.

If rural residents have ideas to dress up their communities then the Vancouver Island and Coast Conservation Society wants to hear them.

The society is spearheading the Heritage and Beautification Project, an initiative to create enjoyable spaces in neighbourhoods spanning Cedar, Cassidy, South Wellington and Yellowpoint.

A series of public meetings will be held this spring to ask residents what areas they want to beautify with planters, artwork and benches and their ideas for future projects and improvements that could mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

Ideas could include a time capsule to a museum.

“Who knows what folks come forward with,” says Laurie Gourlay, president of the Vancouver Island and Coast Conservation Society.

“It’s a rural community with a long history and we want to recognize both [heritage and beautification] and provide places that people can enjoy and remember all that’s been given to us,” said Gourlay, who considers it a community initiative.

The series kicks off with a public meeting at the Cedar Heritage Centre, 7 p.m. tomorrow (April 22). People are invited to give input on where planters, benches and artwork should be installed and important places they’d like to see remembered and enjoyed.

Free, young Garry Oaks will also be available this week. Other meetings on May 27 and June 24 will focus on different topics, including ways to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

For more information, please visit www.viccs.vcn.bc.ca.