With spring finally here, people might have noticed the flowers along Main Street or the gardens around town full of blooming plants. These colorful projects are the work of the Beautification Committee of Great Bend.
“The Beautification Committee is important to Great Bend,” Chairwoman Linda Dougherty said. “Our goal is to make the city look nice. Flowers and gardens make this happen and a nice looking city makes it look friendly.”
The Beautification Committee has been around for about 18 years, starting with its first and biggest project which was redoing the islands that run down Broadway Avenue.
“This project is what started the committee,” Dougherty said. “These islands were in rough shape and today it looks like a park driving down the road. After we finished the project the city took it over for the upkeep of the islands. They take care of the mowing and trimming.”
The Committee has done many other projects around town, such as the landscaping and the rock garden in front of the Great Bend Public Library, and the bronze statues, flowers and rock garden in front of the Post Office. They have done work at the Great Bend Municipal Airport and Veterans Memorial Park, along with many other gardens around town.
“Every year we do the planting of the flowers in the pots around downtown,” Dougherty said. “We like to get this done within the first two weeks of May. That way people can start enjoying the flowers as they walk around.”
The next project the committee is looking to complete is a garden west of the tennis courts at Veterans Memorial Park.
“The garden west of the tennis courts needs some work,” Dougherty said. “Before we can start, we have to get water to the area, which is going to take some time for completion.”
There are six members on the committee and they are always looking for more volunteers to help out. Anyone who is interested in joining can call the Chamber of Commerce office, 620-792-2401.
“There are no requirements in joining the committee,” Dougherty said. “People just must love gardening, flowers and don’t mind getting your hands dirty.”