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Oct 01, 2018 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Scores National Win at Communities in Bloom

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Coquitlam, BC, October 1, 2018 – Coquitlam has scored a national win in the 2018 Communities in Bloom civic pride and beautification competition.

This win celebrates the efforts of the many volunteers, businesses, community organizations and staff involved in Coquitlam in Bloom, working together to make Coquitlam a vibrant and proud community. 

Class of Champions Win– A Community in Bloom
Coquitlam placed first in the Class of Champions, beating Edmonton and Wood Buffalo, Alta., and Sarnia, Ont.  Competitors in this category are the ‘best of the best’ having previously won the National competition in their size category. Communities in Bloom judges visited Coquitlam in July and judged the City on six categories; tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Winners were announced during an award ceremony on Sat. Sep 29, in Strathcona County, Alta. Coquitlam received a “5 Blooms Silver” rating with a special mention for Town Centre Park.

Pollinator-Friendly Community of the Year 2018
Coquitlam also received special recognition and was named the Pollinator Friendly Community of the Year 2018, for working to support the health and diversity of pollinators through public education initiatives like our mason bee program at Inspiration Garden, seed giveaways, pollinator parties and pollinator-friendly landscape displays with interpretive signs.

Coquitlam in Bloom – thank you to our community!
This year celebrated the many volunteer contributions to our community, including Spotlight on Sport projects such as family-friendly park events, coaching and volunteer workshops, a Sports Speaker Series, and an Adopt-a-Bench initiative that enabled groups to take ownership of a team’s bench, dugout or spectator stand.

In addition, Coquitlam in Bloom Sports Fairs brought together more than 20 Coquitlam sport associations under one roof, giving members of the public an opportunity to learn more about and try out a variety of sports and activities. 

The City would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in Coquitlam in Bloom events and community initiatives, and particularly this year, the sporting community. Whether you’re a volunteer, a member of a business or service club, or a proud resident, Coquitlam wouldn’t be the same without you. 

Past Community in Bloom Wins
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 Coquitlam in Bloom 2018 
Coquitlam in Bloom fosters community pride for greenspace enhancements through stewardship events and programs such as Park Spark, Adopt-a-Park and community weed pulls (Bad Seed). The program highlights the initiatives of local businesses, organizations, residents and municipal staff. 

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.

Media Contact
Kathleen Reinheimer 
Manager of Parks, City of Coquitlam 



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