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Council lauds Cranbrook in BloomPosted: September 22, 2011

Cranbrook in Bloom continues to grow in the esteemed eyes of city council.

Following an update presentation to council Sept. 12 by Cranbrook in Bloom’s Pat Adams, council seized the opportunity to thank the volunteer group that continues to beautify the city, with the assistance of city staff and funds.

“I think of where we were seven years ago to where we are today and it is night and day,” remarked Mayor Scott Manjak. “We can’t thank you enough.”

Coun. Jim Wavrecan, running for mayor Nov. 19, noted, “each year the accolades grow and grow.”

He suggested that Cranbrook in Blooms efforts have even spurred city residents to take better care of their own yards and homes.

“Anywhere you go in Cranbrook I think you see spinoffs from your work,” he said.

Coun. Angus Davis said the group’s work “has changed the face of the community. You are giving and when you give, something happens.”

Coun. Bob Whetham told Adams her group has “taken the importance of beautification to another level.”

In her update to council, Adams reported that 16 new trees have been planted along Cranbrook boulevards, including eight maples and eight crab apples.

“They don’t look the best right now but expect great things next year,” she said, explaining that the “medical donation” has now resulted in 30 trees being planted in the city.

Three years ago the city’s medical community provided a donation to be used toward beautification.

“I’d like to thank the medical community,” Adams said.

Fundraising began Sept. 13 to raise $54,000 for Centennial Garden Three, which will be located east of Centennial Garden Two.

The new project will follow the same theme as the previous two, Adams said, explaining that different trees are planted each year in accordance with the city’s Urban Management Strategy report and its Urban Forest Management recommendations.

It is hoped that phase three will be completed by June 2012, Adams told council, fundraising allowing.

Manjak urged her to approach the city and apply for Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiative Program funds.

Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

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