This Saturday, June 27th, from 11 am to 3 pm, Taking Back Downtown, in collaboration with the community members, organizations and businesses of Gore Street, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Flower Bomb; a day of collective community action resulting in a renewed and vibrant neighbourhood.
“It’s really amazing to see the community pull together such a dedicated team to make the Flower Bomb happen again this year. It shows how much people from inside and outside the neighbourhood feel that Gore Street is an important part of the history and future of the downtown,” says Dana Chalifoux, one of the organizers of the first Flower Bomb in Jamestown in 2013.
All community members are welcome to join us on Gore with the street closing to vehicle traffic and open the public from Queen to Albert starting at 11 am.
Some gloves, gardening and clean-up tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own from home.
Activities this Saturday will include planting and hanging can planters that have been painted by children from the community, cleaning up garbage and weeds, washing windows, chalk art demonstrations and other activities for the kids, BBQ and music.
Cameron Dutchak, one of this year’s community organizers, will be onsite sharing his skills and creating a chalk mural.
“When I started my business, CTD Designs, the Flower Bomb was one of the first community events I was able to volunteer at. I am so excited to be here again this year as a sponsor and co-organizer and look forward to what we create together this weekend.”
The continued success of the grassroots organized Flower Bomb, is due to the amazing support from community leaders, businesses, private donations and of course volunteers who pull this all together by showing up to plan, offer their musical and culinary gifts and participate during the clean up and planting. We extend the biggest of thank-yous to our organizing team and these special folks:
Food – Low & Slow, Gore Street Cafe Toni’s Cakery, Prime Cuts Meat & Deli
Music – DJ Seith & the Gore Street Cafe Open Mic Musicians
Supplies – Lyons Timber Mart
Kid’s Zone – Métis Nation of Ontario
Art – CTD Designs
Vision/Planning – Neighbourhood Resource Centre SSM
Publicity/Planning – Arts Council of Sault Ste Marie & District
Flowers – New North Greenhouses, Downing’s Landscaping