2015

Oct 20, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Wins BC Provincial Communities in Bloom Competition

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, October 20, 2015 –Coquitlam has received a “Five Bloom” award in the BC Provincial Communities in Bloom competition and was also given a special recognition award for excellence in the area of Heritage Conservation. Coquitlam received an overall mark of over 88%, an impressive score that earned the City the highest award.

Communities in Bloom judges visited Coquitlam over a two-day period in August 2015 and assessed the community’s performance in six categories -- Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays – within the following sectors:
1. Municipal;
2. Business and institutions;
3. Residential; and
4. Community involvement

An inter-departmental task team worked with a Community Committee to prepare the submission and plan for the judges’ visit to Coquitlam. Community Committee members included: Carol Baillie, Fraser Pacific Rose Society; Erin Davidson, Austin Heights Business Improvement Association; Heather Edwards, eco-sculpture designer; Doug Halverson, Como Lake Park neighbour; Joy Kirkwood, local artist; Aaron Robinson,  Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce; Cyd Smythies, Community Sports;  and Wim Vander Zalm, local nursery owner.

Coquitlam’s 2015 CiB entry provided a spotlight for many initiatives already underway in the City such as the Park Spark, Adopt-a-Street and solid waste reduction programs, while providing the opportunity for the community to get involved in additional community enhancements. 

New initiatives for 2015 included:
• Scott Creek Community Garden;
• Coquitlam in Bloom events at Mackin, Victoria and Como Lake parks;
• Coquitlam Selfie Project; and
• Pop-Up Beach in Blue Mountain Park.

Coquitlam previously participated in the program between 1998 and 2002, winning at the provincial level prior to moving to the national competition. Planning is already underway for Coquitlam’s entry into the National CiB competition for 2016 timed to coincide with the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations.

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.

More information on “Coquitlam in Bloom,” including Coquitlam’s submission book and a recap video is available at ​www.coquitlam.ca/CiB

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Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Parks Manager
P: 604-927-3533