Kinistino joined the Communities in Bloom program in 2006. Initial plans were to continue with replanting the tubs that were used to enhance the Town for the centennial celebrations in 2005. Plans were soon underway to construct a walking trail, starting at Chic n Bones restaurant, along the grass right of way between Railway Avenue and the railway tracks. The path continues west to the Sports Complex, then around the school sports ground, behind the old hospital and to the east to the grid road that goes north out of town. The path consists of wood chips acquired from the pulp mill and has foot bridges. Benches were later added along the trail as well as several areas planted with trees and shrubs. Unique bird houses built by David Woods were also installed.
The committee has also undertaken or initiated several other projects to enhance and better our community. Hanging flower baskets are installed on brackets on the lamp posts on Main Street and part of Kinistino Avenue each summer. The tubs are also replanted each year by volunteers and placed around town. Garbage containers, colorfully painted by local children are also around the town. Another project was the installation of cardboard and paper recycling bins. This was in an effort to extend the life of the town landfill and has been well used by all. An collection day for Household Hazardous Waste has been held in the past and has also been very successful. The committee has also seen to the purchase of a large BBQ for use by non-profit groups for fundraising BBQ’s and it has been well used. The Heritage Garden on Kinistino Ave has an area for memorial plaques for loved ones to be displayed. The link for the donation/order form is on this page.
Each summer we have welcomed judges to our community. After a tour of the Town, a BBQ is held for the judges. Each year has brought more improvements and it shows in how everyone in Town has made an effort to enhance their own yards. We have scored well in the Provincial competition, with special mention of overall tidiness and for the walking trail as well. In 2009 and 2010 Kinistino won the Provincial Competition for towns with population of 500-1000. The committee competed in the National Edition in 2011, 2012 & 2013.
Our committee consists of 5 main members as well as several volunteers. We welcome anyone interested to join us.