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Volunteers needed for Mile of Flowers plant-in

The community is invited come out and help brighten Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay during the annual Mile of Flowers plant-in Tuesday. - Photo submitted
The community is invited come out and help brighten Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay during the annual Mile of Flowers plant-in Tuesday.
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The City of Courtenay invites you to bring out family, friends, or clubs and work together to brighten Cliffe Avenue.

The annual Mile of Flowers plant-in happens Tuesday, May 27 starting at 5 p.m.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to fill both sides of Cliffe Avenue with summer blooms.

New this year; all community youth groups who plant will be entered in a draw to win a pool party at the Courtenay and District Outdoor Pool at Lewis Park.

Randy Wiwchar, the City's director of community services, said the plant-in has many benefits.

"It's great to see many people working together at this event," noted Wiwchar. "The best part is seeing the flowers you planted bloom for the summer and knowing you've been part of making that positive impact on the community."

Anyone can volunteer; just find an empty spot on Cliffe Avenue between Eighth and 21st Streets, and start planting. The City recommends bringing a trowel or spoon for digging, as well as gloves.

City parks staff will lay out all the flower trays ahead of time, and they'll be on-hand to answer questions and keep the event running smoothly.

Participants are advised to stay off the road and plant safely on the sidewalk. Depending on the number of volunteers, the plant-in can take as little as one hour.

The Mile of Flowers plant-in will be followed by a free barbeque at Standard Park, courtesy of the City of Courtenay and the Courtenay Rotary Club. Standard Park is located on Cliffe Avenue at 14th Street.

The plant-in is a Comox Valley tradition dating back to 1967, when Kathleen Kirk set out to commemorate Canada's centennial year. That year she planted 7,800 seedlings as a welcome to tourists. What began as the initiative of one woman now involves hundreds of volunteers and 35,000 flowers.

For more information, contact the City of Courtenay community services department at 250-334-4441.

— City of Courtenay

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