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26 P arks and green space are valuable assets to a community of any size. The Village of Bracken for example even with a population of approximately 25 has transformed its park into a destination. Local groups and volunteers came together and revitalized their soccer field purchased new playground equipment and beautified the space with flowers trees and park benches. Their soccer program draws over 80 children from the surrounding area and while this might not be considered your typical tourist destination it is an opportunity to draw visitors to the community. With any visitor to your community regardless of the length of their stay your community is on display. They might be coming for a soccer game or maybe a weeklong getaway but a positive first impression is what your visitors will remember. To put it into perspective your community is already being evaluated and assessed by every visitor. Your visitors might not tell you your community has poor signage highlighting its attractions and services or compliment you on your pristine parks but the Communities in Bloom program will The Town of Gull Lake embraces Communities in Bloom as a way to make their already beautiful town more beautiful. They have only been involved with the program for few years but the impact on their community will leave a legacy. Visible improvements were made by revitalizing empty lots giving the pool a fresh coat of paint planting trees enhancing their recycling program and replacing signage. What Communities in Bloom brings to Gull Lake is a unity and a sense of belonging. It also brings in a sense of showmanship because there is something beautiful for visitors to see when they come to town. - Ed Lowenberger Chairperson Gull Lake Communities in Bloom Committee1 Parks and recreation brings people together not just through the physical infrastructure like the campgrounds spray parks or trails but also through the experiences they create. Even the smallest efforts like planting flowers at your park or keeping your ball diamonds litter-free can benefit your community and make it a more desirable destination. Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association www.spra.sk.ca L esparcsetlesespacesvertssontdesatouts de grande valeur pour une collectivit quelle que soit son importance. titre dexemple le village de Bracken qui ne compte quenviron 25 habitants a transform son parc en une destination recherche. La ville de Gull Lake a adopt Collectivits en fleurs dans le but de rendre leur belle ville encore plus belle. Cette ville ne participe au programme que depuis quelques annes mais cela va constituer pour elle un hritage. On a apport des amliorations bien visibles en redonnant vie des terrains vacants en donnant une couche de peinture la piscine en plantant des arbres en amliorant le programme de recyclage et en renouvelant laffichage. Ce que Collectivits en fleurs apporte Gull Lake cest lunit et un sens dappartenance. Cela lui donne aussi le got de se mettre en valeur car il y a toutes sortes de belles choses voir pour les visiteurs. -Ed Lowenberger Prsident du Comit Collectivits en fleurs de Gull Lake1 Les parcs et les installations rcratives contribuent rassembler les gens non seulement par les infrastructures comme les terrains de camping les jeux deau ou les sentiers mais surtout par les expriences que cela procure. Mme les plus petits efforts comme de planter des fleurs ou dliminer les dchets des terrains de balle profitent la collectivit et en font une destination attirante. Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association www.spra.sk.ca Parks and Recreation Create Community Destinations Examples from Saskatchewan Les parcs et les activits rcratives attirent les gens vers les collectivits Des exemples de la Saskatchewan Gardens are in full bloom local paths pools and playgrounds are bustling with activity these are signs that summer has arrivedCampsitesarebookedyourgolfswinghasbeenperfected and the family picnic basket is packed. Whatever summer plans you have made recreation is likely on your itinerary. Les jardins sont en pleine floraison les sentiers les piscines et les terrains de jeux dbordent dactivits lt est arriv Les terrains de camping sont entirement rservs vous avez eu le temps damliorer votre swing de golf et les paniers pique-nique sont prts. Quels que soient vos plans pour lt les activits rcratives en font partie. 1 As quoted in Gull Lake Advance. August 7 2014. Southwest Communities are blooming brightly. Retrieved from www.gulllakeadvance.comp606 1 Citation de Gull Lake Advance 7 aot 2014 Les collectivits du nord-ouest fleurissent brillamment www.gulllakeadvance.comp606