[Coquitlam-news] City of Coquitlam - Information Bulletin - Coquitlam Wins National Communities in Bloom Competition

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Information Bulletin
City of Coquitlam
Coquitlam Wins National Communities in Bloom Competition
COQUITLAM, BC, October 31, 2016 - After almost a year of 125th birthday festivities, Coquitlam now has one more reason to celebrate: a national Communities in Bloom win.
Announced Oct. 29 at the 2016 Communities in Bloom National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Regina, Coquitlam was recognized as the winner of the national Over-50,000 population category of this year's Communities in Bloom civic pride and beautification competition. The City of Coquitlam competed against St. John's, Newfoundland.
Coquitlam was among 76 national and international cities named as finalists this year, and a total of 11 winners were named.
Coquitlam received a "5 Blooms Silver" rating and a special mention for Mackin House Museum and Mackin Park. The City qualified for the nationals this year after achieving the top "five bloom" ranking at the provincial level in 2015.
Coquitlam's approach for 2016 was to build on the success and judge's feedback from last year, when the City was declared B.C.'s Communities in Bloom champion for its overall mark of over 88 per cent and special recognition for heritage conservation.
Showcased in a video at www.coquitlam.ca/cib<http://www.coquitlam.ca/cib>, this year's entry featured Coquitlam in Bloom projects such as public produce gardens in Austin Heights, a signature rose named "Coquitlam," a photo library of 125 local gardens, toy libraries at six parks, and giveaways of the dahlia, the flower of the year.
City representatives also rolled out the red carpet for the competition's visiting judges in July, presenting them with a Community Profile Book and taking them on a tour of City highlights such as the Centennial Rose Garden, Riverview Arboretum, Mundy Park, Mackin House, Place des Arts, Austin Heights, Coquitlam River and Town Centre Park.
Prior to the visit, residents and businesses were asked to spruce up their properties, help keep the community tidy, and participate in the various Coquitlam in Bloom activities.
The judges evaluated Coquitlam on such areas as tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays, within four sectors: municipal, business and institution, residential and community involvement.
For Coquitlam, the national win recognizes the combined influence of residents, businesses, service clubs, schools, institutions and the civic government, all working together to make the City a place where people want to live and do business.
Taking part in the competition each year encourages the City to focus on the interplay between aesthetics - such as tidiness and public spaces with a "wow factor" - and the community's economic and social well-being.
While significant work went into achieving this year's win, increased community pride and civic engagement are seen as the real payoff. As well, the competition helps the City deliver on its strategic goal of strengthening neighbourhoods, which is also one of the goals of Coquitlam 125.
More details on Coquitlam in Bloom can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/cib<http://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.
Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement. Each of these sectors is judged on their performance in six categories:

*    Tidiness

*    Environmental action

*    Heritage conservation

*    Urban forestry

*    Landscape

*    Floral displays
For more information, www.communitiesinbloom.ca<http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca> . To learn more about Coquitlam's 2016 entry, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cib<http://www.coquitlam.ca/cib>.
About Coquitlam 125
Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community's rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.
When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill - the future Fraser Mills - under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.
The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision - Stories told, stories to be created - as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.
For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca<http://www.coquitlam125.ca>.

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Downloadable photos of the 2016 Coquitlam in Bloom projects are available on the City's Flickr page at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBSCst9.

Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks
City of Coquitlam
kreinheimer at coquitlam.ca

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