Jul 04, 2017 Return to Headlines

Join Us for a Family-Friendly Party at Dawes Hill Park

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 4, 2017 – Round up the kids for a fun afternoon of crafts, plantings and playground adventures at the newly upgraded Dawes Hill Park.

Join the Coquitlam in Bloom team from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 as we celebrate the results of recent Park Blitz enhancements to the park at 2215 Dawes Hill Rd.

Drop in to take part in plantings, flag painting and other crafts and activities. You’ll learn all about pollinators – such as bees, butterflies and ladybugs – and the vital role they play in pollinating plants in our gardens.

By helping paint flags and plant pollinator flowers, you’ll be doing your part to further beautify the park while building ties within the community. As a thank you, the Coquitlam in Bloom team will be handing out about 50 fuchsias – Coquitlam’s Flower of the Year – while supplies last.

Dawes Hill Park improvements include a fresh new playground, new and updated furnishings including benches and picnic tables, new accessible paved pathways, and site beautification featuring new trees, shrubs and enhanced lawn areas. 

About Coquitlam in Bloom:
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


Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager of Parks, City of Coquitlam