2015

Jun 04, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Opens New Community Garden

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 4, 2015 – Coquitlam will officially open the Scott Creek Community Garden in Eagle Ridge Park (1240 Lansdowne Drive) on Thursday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The City of Coquitlam applied for a grant from the Scotts Miracle-Gro GRO1000 Showcase Garden Program and was awarded $15,000 in cash and materials towards construction costs. 

The new community garden will be located between Scott Creek Middle and Eagle Ridge Elementary schools facilitating the involvement of students from both schools as well as those from Glen Eagle Secondary. In addition to school curricular programs, the Scott Creek Community Garden will act as a secondary campus for the Inspiration Garden composting, food gardening and interpretive programs.

Council and City staff, along with Scotts Miracle-Gro officials will be on hand for presentations at 11:00 a.m. Activities will include plantings by students and presentation of Youth Gardener Awards by Scotts.

As one of four community gardens located in Coquitlam, the new Scott Creek Community Garden complements Coquitlam’s community garden programs which encourage students and families to learn how to grow their own produce and connect with others in the community. The students are planting vegetables and there will be some vegetables grown for the Food Bank through the Plant a Row, Grow a Row program.

Folks interested in participating in Coquitlam’s Community Gardens can find out more at www.coquitlam.ca/inspirationgarden.

Coquitlam Crunch users should note that the parking lot will not be accessible from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 11 and are encouraged to use the following locations for alternate parking (visitors are encouraged to walk, bike or take transit):
• Eagle Ridge Pool parking lot at 1200 Landsdowne, or
• Eagle Ridge Field parking lot at 2635 Runnel Avenue.

About Coquitlam in Bloom
This community garden project is another way the City is engaging the public – especially youth – in making positive contributions to our community. It is the first new initiative in support of Coquitlam’s entry into the 2015 Communities in Bloom competition.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification of public spaces. It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community. Judges visit the City over a two day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors:
1. Municipal;
2. Business and institutions;
3. Residential; and
4. Community involvement

This summer, the City will host a variety of fun and interactive events through our Coquitlam in Bloom program and will invite the public to participate in adding summer colour and excitement to Coquitlam parks. Find out more at www.coquitlam.ca/CiB.

About Scotts Canada
Scotts Canada, a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, believe in the life-enhancing qualities that gardens bring to people and the environment. More information on the Scotts Miracle-Gro GRO1000 Showcase Garden Program is available at www.gro1000.com

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For more information, contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Parks Manager
P: 604-927-3533