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Jul 19, 2016 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Prepares for National Communities in Bloom Judges

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 19, 2016 – Coquitlam will be rolling out the red carpet for a panel of visiting judges July 20 and 21 as it seeks a national Communities in Bloom win to mark the year of its 125th birthday.

Coquitlam qualified for the nationals in the annual civic pride and beautification competition this year after achieving the top “five bloom” ranking at the provincial level in 2015. 

The City’s national entry this year features Coquitlam in Bloom projects such as public produce gardens in Austin Heights, a signature rose named “Coquitlam,” a photo gallery of 125 local gardens, toy libraries at six parks, and giveaways of the flower of the year, the dahlia. 

To help the City put its best foot forward, residents and businesses are being asked to spruce up their property, help keep the community tidy, and participate in the various Coquitlam in Bloom activities. The two judges will evaluate Coquitlam on such areas as tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays, within four sectors: municipal, business and institution, residential and community involvement.

Hailing from Ontario and Nova Scotia, the judges will receive a Community Profile Book and tour City highlights such as the Centennial Rose Garden, Riverview Arboretum, Mundy Park, Mackin House, Place des Arts, Austin Heights, Coquitlam River and Town Centre Park. At each stop, the judges will be hosted by local business owners and community members.

Coquitlam’s 2016 entry builds on the success and judge’s feedback from 2015, when the City was declared B.C.’s Communities in Bloom 5 Bloom champion for its overall mark of over 88 per cent and special recognition for heritage conservation. 

Projects such as the Scott Creek Community Garden, a selfie project, a pop-up beach at Blue Mountain Park, and special events at area parks helped the City secure its 2015 designation. Details and a video are posted on the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage.

Communities in Bloom is seen as a natural fit with the City’s strategic goal of strengthening neighbourhoods, which is also one of the goals of Coquitlam 125.
More details on the following Coquitlam in Bloom projects can be found at the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage.: 

  • Coquitlam Munch – 37 public produce gardens along Ridgeway and Austin Avenues are available for touring and tasting from June to October.
  • 125 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery – The public is invited to submit photos of 125 favourite Coquitlam gardens until Oct. 1. 
  • Flower of the Year – Gardeners are encouraged to plant dahlias this year and free potted dahlias were distributed at select City events.
  • Coquitlam Rose – A new variety of rose named “Coquitlam” has been planted adjacent to the Centennial Rose Garden and in other civic gardens.
  • Little Toy Libraries – Balls, Frisbees, jump ropes and other toys are on loan at free toy libraries at six parks this summer.

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering community pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community. 

Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement. Each of these sectors is judged on their performance in six categories:

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental action
  • Heritage conservation
  • Urban forestry
  • Landscape
  • Floral displays 

For more information, visit the Communities in Bloom website. To learn more about Coquitlam’s 2016 entry, visit the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage.

About Coquitlam 125

Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca

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Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3533
kreinheimer@coquitlam.ca