City of Welland flower bed celebrates College’s 50th anniversary

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Photo by: Anthony Gallacio A new flower bed in the city of Welland pays tribute to Niagara College’s 50th anniversary.

In 1967, Niagara College put down roots in Welland. Five decades later, the ‘rose city’ has the planted seeds for a new floral tribute to mark this significant milestone.

A flower bed to commemorate NC’s 50th anniversary is now blossoming at the corner of Prince Charles Drive and Colbeck Drive. A joint venture between the city of Welland and the College, the flower bed spells out ‘Niagara College 50 years’ with the NC logo featured prominently inside the zero in ’50.’

“The City of Welland values the strong partnership we have formed with Niagara College. We recognize and appreciate the positive impact and contribution the College has made to our community,” said Welland mayor Frank Campion.  “With the 50th anniversary of Niagara College this year, it was fitting to acknowledge and designate one of the City’s floral beds to commemorate this anniversary.”

The idea stemmed from city landscape technician Dave Steven, who designs all floral beds for the city of Welland, as well as the City’s parks manager Peter Boyce, who thought it would be fitting to design one of the floral tribute beds for the significant anniversary. They also designed a floral bed for the College’s 25th anniversary.

Steven contacted Stacey Wilson from the College’s Marketing department to find out if there was any interest from the College to pursue the project as a joint venture.

Wilson and Marketing and Recruitment director Dorita Pentesco embraced the idea. They began to work with the City on design concepts and met with City staff to select the final design. It took six months of careful planning to pull off the final design and installation of the floral bed. Design work began in January and the beds were installed in June.

“We appreciate the work the City of Welland did in creating this flower bed to mark Niagara College’s 50th anniversary,” said Pentesco. “It’s been an amazing 50 years for Niagara College and we are excited for the next 50 years!”

“I thought it was a good idea and a great way to represent the College’s 50th anniversary,” said Wilson. “The city did an amazing job. It was really exciting to see it come together.”

While the flower bed is a new colourful addition to the Welland intersection, the best is yet to come. It is expected to be in full bloom by the end of July.

Twenty five years ago, the City of Welland planted a flower bed dedicated to the College’s 25th anniversary.

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