The Coquitlam entry in 2015 provided a spotlight for the many related initiatives already underway in Coquitlam such as the Park Spark, Adopt-a-Street and waste reduction programs, while providing the opportunity for the community to focus on additional community enhancements.
Coquitlam received a “Five Bloom” award in the B.C. 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.
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
- Wim Vander Zalm, local nursery owner
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.