While the Kawartha Lakes region has always been visually pleasing with its natural landscapes and pristine lakes, this area has always been more than meets the eye. The Beautification Committee of Coboconk, Norland, and Rosedale see an opportunity for growth in this area. Since its existence, the Beautification Committee has made excellent progress. For the past two years, the committee has received a total of $63,050 in grant funding, and this money has since been put to good use.
With each season brings different beautification initiatives such as seasonal banners, fall and winter decor installations, bikes and flowers, and the brand new pergola that was recently installed in Norland. However, the beautification committee does more than just decorate the towns. The committee is also responsible for the installation of new garbage bins, the rejuvenation of baseball diamonds, and the organization of community clean ups. While this all contributes to the aesthetic appeal to our communities, it does not stop there. Having a community that is pleasing to the eye adds to the neighbourhood reputation.
The beautification of Coboconk, Norland, and Rosedale is an opportunity to attract new businesses and families to the area, as well as building pride and commitment in the community. Just recently a Paint, Party & Pinot event was held in Coboconk in an effort to raise money for the Beautification Committee. It is clear that the community sees the value in beautification as tickets were sold out, and a number of volunteers dedicated their time to the event. The Norland and Coboconk Horticultural Societies have also held an important role in the Beautification of our communities by maintaining the hanging baskets, barrels, and gardens.
The Beautification Committee is closely working with Kawartha Lakes Economic Development on the Downtown Revitalization Project. The Ministry defines a Downtown Revitalization as: “the process of improving the economic, physical and social well-being of a community’s traditional town centre” in a number of ways including strengthening local businesses, creating enjoyable public spaces, and providing work and living opportunities that are specific to people’s needs within the community.
It is clear that the beautification of our communities is an important endeavour- one that works best in teams. If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact Jennifer at the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce office at 705-454-1110.