Plans and plants begin to bloom

Mission Communities in Bloom Society strengthens partnership with district

Now that spring is here, Mission’s Communities In Bloom (C in B) Society is gearing up to beautify the community.

At its March 19 annual general meeting, members discussed the four programs taking place in Mission this year: Beautify Mission, Streetscapes, BC Day at Jack Pool Harbourside Park, and the school program.

Mission will not be participating in the national competition this year, said C in B president Heather Stewart. “We will do it in 2015.”

Mission’s C in B team is focusing its efforts on working with its counterparts in Maple Ridge this year, which is just starting a C in B program, Stewart added.

“We’re mentoring them,” she explained. “They can ask us questions and learn from our experience.”

As well, C in B judges have said in prior years that Mission’s marks won’t rise until there are impactful changes downtown, said Stewart.

“We’re depending on the downtown plan to give us that wow factor in 2015,” she said.

C in B has strengthened its partnership with the District of Mission this year, said Stewart, noting the Parks, Recreation and Culture department will be administering the Beautify Mission program and recruiting volunteers and fundraising.

For more information about C in B e-mail cinb@mission.ca or visit www.mission.ca/municipal-hall/departments/parks-recreation-culture/communities-in-bloom.