May flowers are among us! We are sure you can agree with us that it is nice to see the sun shining and the temperature rising into the double digits. The spring rains followed by a few sunny days sure have greened things up, lots of trees are in flower with leaves about to unfurl and tulip buds are bursting. Amherst Recreation has been busy spring cleaning within our many parks, greenspaces, and throughout our gardens.
Outdoor facilities are opening as weather and maintenance permits. The Church Street tennis courts are open for business. The windbreak mesh at Lion’s Park courts is up and nets and benches are schedule to be installed. The Robb Complex basketball courts are open for play as well as the skatepark located beside the Stadium. Visit Amherst.ca and our Facebook page for indoor walking track spring hours as well as park washroom facility hours. Stadium upgrades, maintenance and renovations will be starting over the next few weeks. We have maintenance ongoing at Robb Complex and with weather permitting we should be opening very soon.
Signs of spring are finally here, the birds are back, the crocuses are blooming and the tulips are slowly beginning to emerge. Soon the sun will warm up the earth in our gardens and we’ll be growing once again. Are you worried that you haven’t planted your tomato seeds or other veggies yet? No need to fret, you still have time to get your seeds planted and have a bountiful harvest this growing season. In fact, if you solely rely on the growing power from the sun for your seedlings, you may notice that when you plant earlier, they tend to get leggy and have weak stems this is because they are stretching to reach for the light. A later planting date for your veggie seeds may help you to produce a stockier, healthier plant or if an earlier planting is required, the addition of a small grow light may help to give your seedlings the boost they need to produce strong, healthy stalks.
It sure feels like spring! Early morning sunrises, warmer temperatures and tulips are starting to sprout up. Spring clean-up is in full force. Town crews are working in parks, trails, and green spaces picking up sticks, litter, tidying up left over winter debris and prepping flowerbeds for the upcoming growing season and any maintenance needed. Town employees can be seen working to improve areas such as the downtown, Beacon Street park, Rotary park, Lion’s park, Dickey park, and other green spaces.
Each year communities across Canada celebrate National Volunteer week to thank and honour individuals who donate their time to help others and support causes in which they believe. This year National Volunteer Week runs from April 15-21. We will be honouring our nominated local volunteers at the Town of Amherst Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, April 17. Over 40 individuals will be recognized for their outstanding contribution to our community.