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Jun 08, 2017 Return to Headlines

Join in Coquitlam in Bloom Events June 10-11

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 8, 2017 – Coquitlam residents can learn about bees, butterflies and other pollinators and maybe take home a free fuchsia at two Coquitlam in Bloom activities this weekend.

A Park Spark Park Day on June 10, 1 to 3 p.m. at newly updated Shiloh Park will offer residents a chance to win a fuchsia – Coquitlam’s flower of the year – as well as join in plantings that encourage pollinators (e.g. bees and butterflies), flag painting and other fun crafts and activities. About 50 fuchsias will be given away at the event, which will also celebrate the recent refresh of Shiloh Park through the City’s Park Blitz program.

Those attending the Teddy Bear Parade and Picnic on June 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Centre Park are encouraged to drop by the Coquitlam in Bloom tent to learn about pollinators and have a chance to win one of 150 free fuchsias. 

Both activities are part of the City’s entry in the international 2017 Communities in Bloom competition, which promotes community pride, beautification and environmental responsibility. 

Coquitlam earned its place at the world level after its win last year in the national over-50,000 population category. It received a “5 blooms silver” rating and a special mention for Mackin House Museum and Mackin Park. The City had qualified for the nationals after achieving the top “five bloom” ranking at the provincial level in 2015.

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

The annual Coquitlam in Bloom program not only readies the City for the competition, but provides residents and businesses a chance to take part in community-building and beautification activities.

Highlights for 2017 include: 

  • Protect Our Pollinators! Coquitlam in Bloom is raising awareness about the importance of planting gardens designed to attract and sustain pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Take part in community planting events, learn how to plant a pollinator garden, and watch for signs and pollinator displays being installed at local parks and near civic buildings.
  • MosaïCanada 150: Coquitlam is representing B.C. in the national MosaïCanada 150 exposition in Gatineau, Que., which opens on Canada Day. The City’s entry is a living sculpture using plant material within a frame modelled after the famous Bill Reid killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea World.  This eco-sculpture will be installed in Coquitlam at the close of the exposition in fall 2017.
  • 150 Gardens: In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, residents are invited to submit photographs of their gardens, landscaping or flowers to a 150 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery. Email photos to parkspark@coquitlam.ca (no images of people for privacy reasons). Photos will be displayed on the City’s website.
  • Park Blitz: Take part in pollinator plantings, flag painting and other fun crafts and activities aimed to breathe new life and colour into parks undergoing renovation. See CIB webpage for event details and dates. Visit the Park Blitz webpage for details on efforts to refresh 12 neighbourhood parks in southwest Coquitlam.
  • Flower of the Year: Residents are invited to plant Coquitlam’s 2017 Flower of the Year, the fuchsia. Watch for fuchsia giveaways at community events in June and 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 in Town Centre Park and the red and white Canada 150 tulip garden at Blue Mountain Park.

For more information and schedules, visit the CIB webpage.

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

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