Beautification

Heartland Beautification

What is the Beautification Committee?

Town Council set a goal to beautify the Town of Stettler in 1995. A committee of local residents, town staff and Councilors was put together to make sure the community had input. The new “Heartland Beautification Committee” soon began producing more attractive things in the town like the mural on the water reservoir, the hanging baskets, the banners, the recycling program and the memorial tree park. Some of these were controversial such as the threshing machine in Pioneer Park directing the public to the museum and  the pergola, a hard landscape feature symbolising local architecture while providing visual value summer and winter without obstructing traffic. All of these projects have been done on a reasonable budget with volunteer help and donations.

In 1998 the committee joined the increasingly popular “Communities in Bloom” competition as a tool to get the businesses and residents thinking about how they can beautify Stettler. The Beautification Committee has been highly complimented on their improvements to Stettler by the Provincial and National Judges.

The committee is broken down into sub committees which each focus on different areas of beautification.  They are Environemental Action, Stettler Blooms, Heritage Conservation, Tidinees and Parks Trees

Some of the goals of the committee for the future are to engage younger people so that the improvements done will have value for young residents of Stettler who are becoming engaged with in their town and will be here for many years to come.

If you have an interest in making Stettler a more attractive community, please feel free to call the Parks and Leisure office at 403-742-4411 for more information on how your input might be best utilized, and that could very well be be by joining the committee or one of their sub-committees!

 

Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom Website

The Town of Stettler has competed in the National Communities in Bloom competition since 2008, achieving a 5 Bloom rating (the highest) each year.  In 2011, Stettler was chosen as the winner in their population category, making them the National Champion for the 3001-7500 population category.

In 2012, Stettler competed in the Small category of the International Challenge of the National Communities in Bloom competition (there were 12 communities from across the world) and achieved 5 Blooms again.  The judges indicated that marking is harder in this competition; Stettler did not decrease in their evaluation scores from previous years; a significant accomplishment.

Since 2010, Stettler has been applying for Outstanding Achievement Awards in various evaluated categories, where each entrant competes against ALL other entrants in each category.  In 2010, Stettler was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Landscape category.  In 2011, Stettler was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Environmental Action category and in 2012, Stettler received the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Landscape category and was a finalist for Environmental Action.

In 2014, the Town of Stettler received a 5 bloom rating and a special mention for Project: Walk 'n' Roll during the National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Charlottetown, PEI.  Stettler also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Natura Tidiness Award.  The Town of Stettler participated in the International Challenge (Small) category along with Castlegar BC, Fogo NL, Killarney-Turtle Mountain MB, Jasper AB, Moynalty Village Ireland, and Trail BC. 

Keeping our town beautiful requires the involvement of all citizens.  Please give some thought to what you or an organization you belong to might do, not just to give Stettler an edge in the competition but to make it an even better place to live.  If you have any ideas or projects you would like to see implemented and would like to discuss these with the Heartland Beautification Committee, please call the Town Office at 403-742-8305 and ask for the Beautification Committee contact.

Stettler Blooms

Community Gardens

Community Gardens Application Package

Stettler Community Gardens officially opened at its first location in May 2010, with 5000 square feet.  In 2011 and 2012, the site was expanded by approximately 8000 square feet, working around existing shrubbery and low areas.  The original fence corners were expanded to create a continuous fence along the west side of the gardens.  In 2011, raised beds were added, and in 2012, low, tiered raised beds  containing edible and floral plants were placed on the eastern edge of the expansion.  Perennial vines and fruit bushes were planted along the borders and an additional water tank was added.

In 2013, to accommodate increased demand for garden space, funding was obtained to build a second community garden site.  This raised garden site consists of approximately 6500 square feet of garden space, plus additional beds containing fruiting shrubs along the grassed berm edges.

Community Orchard

 

 

Container Contest

 

Environmental Action

 

Walk 'n' Roll

Walk N Roll

The Walk 'n' Roll is an annual challenge organized by the Heartland Beautification Committee! In years past, there has been a friendly competition between the Towns of Wainwright, Ponoka and Stettler.

Residents of all three communities are encouraged to park their cars in spring and summer, and walk or bike to their destinations instead. The Town whose residents walk or ‘roll’ to the most destinations during the months of May through August wins bragging rights and takes home the contest trophy in the fall.

Here’s what you need to know about the Challenge and how you can get involved:

  • Stettler residents will be able to register their ‘trips’ here starting on May 1 to August 31. Results for each participating community will be announced each month.
  • A ‘trip’ means a destination reached via walking, biking or any other non-motorized means of transportation.
  • The distance of each trip is not important.
  • The ‘to’ and ‘from’ portion of each trip is counted as two trips in total.
  • A ‘trip’ does not mean going for a walk or for a bike ride purely for exercise or recreation.
  • Students and schools are encouraged to register all of their trips when they walk or bike to school each day or when classes walk to the pool or other field trips.

Tidiness

Heritage Conservation