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Sep 30, 2019 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Wins 2019 International Competition

by Sarah Rossi |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. 30, 2019 – Coquitlam has claimed first place in the 2019 international Communities in Bloom competition, earning global recognition for our community’s civic pride and beautification efforts.

The City would like to thank everyone who has been instrumental in supporting this year’s Coquitlam in Bloom program. For all the volunteers, community organizations, local businesses and Coquitlam in Bloom Community Committee, your efforts have helped showcase Coquitlam to the world.

Coquitlam in Bloom is the winner of the International Challenge Large category, receiving a 5 Blooms – Silver rating, which requires an overall score of 87-89.9%. Coquitlam competed against Barrie, Ont.; Wood Buffalo, Alta.; Halesowen, U.K.; Lexington, KY, U.S.; and Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

Communities in Bloom judges assess each community across six categories, including tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Awards were announced this weekend during an award ceremony in Yarmouth, N.S.

Judges John Lohuis and Alex Pearl also gave special mention to the Coquitlam Crunch.

“The Crunch is an example of innovative use of a utility right-of-way that has been designed to bring out the best of Coquitlam’s residents in mind, body and spirit by the provision of a community garden, trails and a series of 890 wooden ‘fitness’ stairs reaching from the base to the top of the valley,” the judges wrote. “The Crunch attracts a full range of users from recreational users along with top-tier athletes, families and canine companions.”

About This Year’s Initiatives

Coquitlam in Bloom fosters community pride for greenspace enhancements through stewardship events and programs such as Park Spark, Adopt-a-Park and Bad Seed community weed pulls. The program highlights the initiatives of local businesses, organizations, residents and municipal staff.

This year’s efforts were focused on youth, youth initiatives and keeping our city clean for future generations. This included a Pop-up Youth Park at Mundy Park, Fun Nights at the Stadium, community tidiness initiatives, the addition of the Chief of the Undersea World eco-sculpture at Town Centre Park, and the return of Coquitlam Munch edible gardens and pollinator gardens.

Initiatives also shined a spotlight on community sport – and all the people who make it happen. The City would like to thank to the volunteers, players, coaches and club executives who play important roles in our sporting community.

About Coquitlam In Bloom

This year’s success follows a national win in the 2018 competition, where Coquitlam placed first in the Class of Champions category and received a ‘5 Booms Silver’ rating with a special mention for Town Centre Park. Coquitlam competed on an international level in 2017, claiming second place after Holland, Mich. It received a ‘5 Blooms Silver’ award and special mention for its tree risk management on Burke Mountain. This follows a national win in the over-50,000 population category in 2016 and a provincial win in 2015.

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. This friendly competition between communities brings 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