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May 02, 2017 Return to Headlines

Join Us as We Showcase Coquitlam to the World

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 2, 2017 – The City of Coquitlam has unveiled new initiatives aimed to engage the community and invoke civic pride as it gears up for the international 2017 Communities in Bloom competition.

Coquitlam will showcase its best qualities to the world in the coming months as it competes on an international scale in Communities in Bloom, a civic pride and beautification competition. In moving forward at the international level the the City is building on its 2015 provincial and 2016 national Communities in Bloom successes.

The City will compete this year against Brugge, Belgium, Holland, MI, and Wood Buffalo, Alta. Judges will tour Coquitlam on July 17-18 to assess the city on six categories: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Results will be announced Sept. 16.

Never has there been a better opportunity for residents and businesses to show the world all that’s great about Coquitlam. Coquitlam in Bloom highlights for 2017 include: 

  • Protect Our Pollinators! What’s a pollinator, you might ask? Coquitlam in Bloom is raising awareness this year about the importance of planting gardens designed to attract and sustain pollinators – such as bees. Take part in community planting events and learn about how you can plant your own pollinator garden.
  • MosaïCanada 150: Coquitlam is representing B.C. during the MosaïCanada 150 exposition in Gatineau, Que. This national exposition opens on Canada Day and features a living sculpture using plant material within a frame, which is modelled after the famous Bill Reid killer whale. The original Bill Reid killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea World, is on display at the Vancouver Aquarium.  This eco-sculpture will be installed in Coquitlam at the close of the exposition in fall 2017.
  • 150 Gardens: Following up on the success of last year’s 125 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery, the City of Coquitlam is aiming even bigger and brighter. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, members of the community are invited to submit photographs of their gardens, landscaping or flowers to be included in a 150 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery. Email your photos to parkspark@coquitlam.ca (please don’t include images of people due to privacy concerns). Photos will be displayed on the City’s website.
  • Park Blitz: Drop in for outdoor fun this summer as Coquitlam in Bloom takes to the parks. Take part in pollinator plantings, flag painting and other fun crafts and activities aimed to breathe new life and colour into parks that are undergoing renovation. Further information and upcoming dates will be posted online on the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage
  • Flower of the Year: Plant Coquitlam’s 2017 Flower of the Year, the fuschsia! These will be distributed at community events throughout June/July, while supplies last. 
  • Canada 150 floral displays: View themed red and white floral displays in parks and public building grounds across the city, including the O Canada and maple leaf beds inTown Centre Park. Also view the red and white Canada 150 tulip garden at Blue Mountain Park, planted by the Park Spark team, 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Scouts.

Background 

Coquitlam in 2016 was recognized as the winner of the national Over-50,000 population category of Communities in Bloom. It received a “5 Blooms Silver” rating and a special mention for Mackin House Museum and Mackin Park. The City qualified for the nationals in 2017 after achieving the top “five bloom” ranking at the provincial level in 2015.

For Coquitlam, the national win recognized the combined influence of residents, businesses, service clubs, schools, institutions and the civic government, all working together to make the City a place where people want to live and do business. 

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. www.communitiesinbloom.ca

More information: 

For more information about Coquitlam events and activities, visit the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage

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