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Jun 21, 2017 Return to Headlines

Connect with Nature and Neighbours at Crestwood Park

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 22, 2017 – Connect with nature and your neighbours at a free Coquitlam in Bloom event taking place from 1-3 p.m. at Crestwood Park this Saturday.

Coquitlam residents can learn about bees, butterflies and other pollinators while taking part in plantings, flag painting and other fun crafts and activities. About 50 fuchsias – Coquitlam’s Flower of the Year – will also be given away!

Join the Coquitlam in Bloom team as we celebrate the results of recent Park Blitz enhancements to the park at 907 Crestwood Drive. By helping plant pollinator plants in the garden, you’ll be doing your part to further beautify the park while building ties within the community.

Coquitlam is showcasing its best qualities to the world as it competes on an international scale in Communities in Bloom, a civic pride and beautification competition. This builds on its 2015 provincial and 2016 national Communities in Bloom successes.

The City will compete this year against Bruges, 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.

Other 2017 highlights include:

  • 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 are displayed on the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/cib
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

More information:

Download related images from our flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskWQjxsF

For more information and schedules for future events, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cib

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