West Kelowna’s mayor says he hopes the beautification of a once vacant piece of property at the corner of Highway 97 and Ross Road will act as a catalyst for the area the municipality now calls Boucherie Centre.
“This project is an excellent example of the great things that can be accomplished when organizations work together to achieve common goals for the betterment of the community,” said Doug Findlater, at the opening of a small grassed and treed area at the corner between the highway and the road fronting a nearby strip mall.
Findlater noted that the area is the geographic centre of West Kelowna and is home to the municipal office, the Westside’s only high school, a nearby middle school, a light industrial park, the future home of a stop for the new Rapid Bus transit line, retail outlets, homes and other amenities.
The beautification projects, described as the first of many throughout the district, were envisioned a year ago by Mary Mandarino, with the Westside Residents and Business Association.
It found funding for the project through TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada.
At the ceremony, TD Canada Trust turned over $15,000 towards the projects. Another $7,500 was donated by the former Lakeview Irrigation District with the municipality contributing $7,500 worth of labour to do the actual landscaping work.
The partnership follows on the heels of a similar project that led to the creation of the small Wildfire Commemorative Park on Glenrosa Road last year. That park was part of the restoration work that followed the 2009 Glenrosa wildfire.
“This year, the Boucherie Centre project is breathing new life into a high-traffic area where the addition of trees and shrubs will benefit the environment and beautify the neighbourhood,” said Findlater.