Band shell conservation measures, friendship gardens and hedgerow among Green Leader grants

Workers from Westhoek Construction were digging in the cold and the muck to lay the footings of the new band shell at Victoria Park in Petrolia in January. The band shell, complete with an accessible washroom, is expected to open late this spring and is considered a “Legacy Project” during the town’s anniversary year. The municipality set aside $200,000 for the band shell. The tender came in at over $439,000. The difference will be made up through revenue made during some of the 150 events and community donations.

The Town of Petrolia will get getting $10,000 in grant money for two environmental projects as part of a grant program it runs with Waste Management.

The town and WM announced the winners of Green Leader Program Monday on Earth Day. WM contributes $15,000 for projects which “build sustainable communities” and “encourage community engagement.

A committee of community members look over the applications and grade each
application and rank the applications with assigned dollar value
recommendations. “Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia would like to thank our volunteers for their assistance in the selection of this year’s recipients,” said Petrolia’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Jule Bullock in a news release.

The town will receive $7,000 to install low-flow washroom features, motion-activated faucets, LED lighting and motion-activated lighting to reduce energy consumption and water use at the new Petrolia 150 Legacy Bandshell project.

The municipality is also receiving $3,000 for an Indigenous Friendship Garden next to the band shell. It will feature orange plants and flowers and a stone with a land recognition message.

Three other groups are also receiving grants;

• Petrolia Discovery will receive $3,000 to build a hedgerow of native trees and shrubs on the north perimeter to stop soil erosion and reduce surface water runoff

• The Kiwanis Club of Petrolia will expand its preschool gardening project, supplying more seeds and a rain barrel to the three year old project with its $1,000 grant

• Generations Daycare will use $1,000 to create a multi-generational nature garden to conserve butterflies and native insects.

The program has been running since 2020.