In September 2018 Wally Keeler teamed with Lydia Smith to ask Council to fix the eyesores of ugly garbage cans around town (see link below). The Parks and Recreation committee agreed with them and in June 2019 Council passed a resolution to implement a “Trash to Treasures Pilot Program” and add it to the 2020 budget. This did not happen and also did not happen in the 2021 budget – it’s currently listed in the 2021 operating budget as a special project in 2022/2023 with an estimated amount of $2000. But all is not lost. The Art Gallery of Northumberland has taken it on as an Education project for the Youth Council. They plan to beautify 25 metal garbage cans located in our community – initially in Victoria Park.
Beginning with 10 blank metal garbage drums, our Youth Council got to work to beautify the bins. After purchasing supplies from local businesses, the team primed the bins to create a smooth canvas for designs. The participants were encouraged to apply their own style when generating their ideas for the bins. From simple stripes to whimsical florals to fire breathing dragons, there was no shortage of creativity in this project. We had two painting sessions at the grounds of the Marina to complete all the bins. Once dry, the artwork was locked in with sealant. Keep your eye out at Victoria Park for the AGN Youth Council’s creations!
For more information about upcoming projects and events, along with volunteer opportunities, contact Education Program Assistant Ella Brouwer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town supported the initiative on Twitter:
COMMUNITY: Great news! Victoria Park and surrounding areas will soon feature these wonderful garbage cans, designed and created by youth in our community. Help keep our parks clean. Next time you’re out, look for one of these stunning bins to dispose of your trash.
So what do we learn from this?
- Wally Keeler does indeed directly lobby Council with projects involving creativity and they get supported
- The Council does not want to spend even small amounts on such projects
- The AGN does do community projects (see also their Mini-Art Galleries)
- Unsightly Trash Cans – 25 Sept 2018 (article on Cobourg News Blog)
- Council Resolution – Trash to Treasures Pilot Program – 10 June 2019 – pdf on Town’s web site.
- 2021 Operating budget – 2022/2023 7230852 Special Project – Trash to Treasure – Trash to Treasure Pilot Program – page 176
- AGN Facebook – go to Sept 9 entry. – There’s no mention on their web site.