Mar 12, 2019 Return to Headlines

Youth the Focus of 2019 Coquitlam in Bloom Activities

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, Mar. ​12, 2019 – Drop-in youth activities, anti-litter projects, a towering whale-shaped plant sculpture and more are in store this spring and summer as Coquitlam prepares to enter the international Communities in Bloom competition.

Each year, Coquitlam plans activities that engage residents and encourage community pride, beautification and environmental responsibility as it participates in the friendly annual competition between cities in B.C., Canada and around the world.

Following its first-place national win in the 2018 Class of Champions category, the City is competing internationally this year in against three other large cities in Hungary, Kentucky and England. Coquitlam will also host the provincial Communities in Bloom conference and awards event Sept. 20 and 21.

Two judges will visit Coquitlam in July to evaluate the community and its 2019 activities, which will include a focus on youth, based on findings from the City’s new youth recreation strategy.

Highlights of this year’s activities include:

  • Pop-up Youth Park: Run by youth with help from City staff, it will be a place where young people can gather or join in social, recreational and art activities. A modified shipping container will be installed near the Mundy Park lacrosse box this spring, along with portable furniture, a temporary sand volleyball court, mobile bike track, basketball hoops and a new sports equipment lending library.
  • Fun Nights at the Stadium: Drop-in fun nights will be held at Percy Perry Stadium on weekend evenings throughout the spring and summer, offering music, food and pick-up games for youth and young adults.
  • Tidiness Initiative: New volunteer-based clean-up activities and a cigarette butt campaign are planned, building on existing programs such as Adopt-a-Street, Adopt-a-Trail and the Austin Heights Business Improvement Association’s cigarette butt recycling program.
  • Chief of the Undersea World: A 23-foot-tall eco-sculpture – featuring plant material on a frame modelled after the famous Bill Reid killer whale statue – will be installed in Town Centre Park in late May. The sculpture was Coquitlam’s entry in the Canada 150 MosaiCanada exposition in Gatineau, Quebec in 2017, carried over to 2018 due to popular demand.

Successful initiatives from previous years will also make a comeback, including Park Spark enhancement programs, Coquitlam Munch edible gardens, pollinator gardens and Spotlight on Sport activities.

Coquitlam sees its participation in Communities in Bloom each year as a way to strengthen staff and civic pride, and rally residents, businesses and community groups in efforts that improve the community.

The City’s international competitors this year are Székesfehérvár in Hungary, Lexington in Kentucky, and Halesowen in Bloom in the U.K. The results will be announced Sept. 28 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

For more information, 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