Centennial Park beautified thanks to St. Pat’s students and Communities in Bloom

Colourful begonias and potato vines now grace the waterfront park

(Pictured left to right) Al Duffy, member of Communities in Bloom; Patti Ross, Sarnia's manager of parks, forestry and horticulture; Anne Marie Gillis, City Councillor and Chair, Communities in Bloom; and Matt Abbott, teacher at St. Patrick’s High School, stand beside three new metal planters at Centennial Park. (Photo provided)

Fifteen metal planters have been installed in Centennial Park thanks to a partnership between St. Patrick’s High School, the City of Sarnia, and Communities in Bloom.

Communities in Bloom proposed the planters to brighten the cement areas and walkways along the water at Centennial Park.

Three planters beside the Suncor Agora. (Photo provided)

Students in Matt Abbott’s manufacturing class at St. Patrick’s High School worked with Communities in Bloom to design and create the planters. 

Abbott said the project provided the students with an opportunity to measure, cut, weld, and bend the metal for the baskets before grinding the welds and sending the planters off for a powder coating paint job.

The planters are expected to last decades and were designed to resist rot and take up less space compared to traditional wooden planters.

The City’s parks and recreation department installed the planters and filled them with colourful begonias and potato vines.

Al Duffy, a Communities in Bloom member, is pleased with the planters and said this project is a “real collaboration of different community groups working together to benefit our city.”

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