THUNDER BAY – A crew of volunteers took on the grounds behind the former Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on East Victoria Avenue this evening. The crew was cleaning up the area, and preparing flower gardens to help beautify the neighbourhood. Organizers said, “We Had a great turnout of volunteers at tonights cleanup at the Old Commerce Bank, up to 15 people working at one time during the evening. Lots of cleanup done and some of the flower beds started”.
The downtown Fort William core is an area in transition. As the new provincial courthouse continues to rise up there remain issues in the area, where some areas, for lack of a better term need a little ‘love’. Tonight, that attention and ‘love’ was fueled by the clean-up crew.
Over the past weeks, the former bank property has seen garbage, empty hair-spray bottles, empty bottles from alcohol and discarded needles.
Tonight the crew was working to put a new look to the landscape.
The goal was set to “Cleanup and greenup of the property. A sculpture garden and greenspace is being planned here. Bring gloves and wear good working shoes”.
There are other similar grassroots based clean ups planned in the downtown south core. Each step forward is offering a real difference to revitalizing the neighbourhood.