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Coquitlam Prepares to Wow Communities in Bloom Judges

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 12, 2017 – Coquitlam will gain global recognition this summer as it welcomes a panel of visiting judges from July 16-19 for the international Communities in Bloom competition.

This is an opportunity for Coquitlam residents to show their community pride and showcase our best qualities to the world. The City competes this year against Bruges, Belgium, Holland, MI, and Wood Buffalo, Alta. in the annual civic pride and beautification competition. Results will be announced Sept. 16.

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. Let’s show the evaluation team what we love about this city.

The City’s international entry features special projects such as Park Blitz events at community parks, Canada 150 floral displays, giveaways of Coquitlam’s flower of the year, the fuchsia, and an online photo gallery of 150 local gardens (view it online at www.coquitlam.ca/cib).

This year’s focus also includes educating residents about the importance of planting gardens designed to attract and sustain pollinators such as bees and butterflies. This has been promoted through community planting events, signage and pollinator displays at community events, parks and civic buildings.

The Communities in Bloom judges include Bob Ivison from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, U.K., and Bob Lewis from Ottawa, Ont. They will evaluate Coquitlam on six categories involving tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.

The judges will receive a Community Profile Book and tour more than 20 Coquitlam highlights including Centennial Rose Garden, Riverview Arboretum, Mundy Park, Mackin House, Coquitlam River and Town Centre Park. At each stop, local business owners and community members will host the judges.

Coquitlam’s 2017 entry builds on the success and judge’s feedback from 2016, when the City was declared the national Communities in Bloom champion in the over-50,000 population category. It received a “5 blooms silver” rating and a special mention for Mackin House Museum and Mackin Park. This followed a 2015 provincial win, when Coquitlam was awarded 5 Blooms and declared B.C.’s Communities in Bloom champion.

Coquitlam in Bloom initiatives 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.

    • MosaïCanada 150: Coquitlam is representing B.C. in the national MosaïCanada 150 exposition in Gatineau, Que. 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.

    • Park Blitz: Take part in pollinator plantings, flag painting and other activities aimed to breathe new life and colour into parks undergoing renovation. See www.coquitlam.ca/cib for event details and dates. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkblitz 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 giveaways at community events in July, while supplies last.

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