2004 Program and Results
City Receives Top Marks At National Communities In Bloom Competition
The Communities in Bloom National Awards Ceremony, hosted this year by the City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on September 18, 2004 bestowed the annual “Bloom Ratings” to the national finalists and announced the winners in each population category.
Mayor Kelly proudly accepted the “5 Bloom” award presented to the City of Kawartha Lakes. The “5 Bloom” honour is the top score a community can receive from the judges. The City received an overall score of 83.2, with special recognition in Floral Display. The City received excellent marks in Community Involvement and Landscaped Areas and saw significant improvement in both the Environmental Awareness and Turf and Groundcover criteria. The overall winner of the 50,001 – 100,000 population category was Kamloops, BC. Other municipalities that competed were: Sherwood Park, AB; City of Saint John, NB; District of Maple Ridge, BC; City of Medicine Hat, AB; City of North Bay, ON; Metro Moncton, NB; City of Lethbridge, AB.
The hard work and dedication of community volunteers and organizations once again was the key to the City’s success. These individuals and groups who contributed to this year’s success were recognized in the local Communities in Bloom Awards Ceremony that took place on Thursday, September 30th in the Glenn Crombie Theatre, Sir Sandford Fleming College. Over 25 community groups participated in the welcoming Community Showcase event, 14 individuals and organizations were recognized through the Healthy Plants, Healthy Planet program, and, over 40 individuals and organizations were recognized through the Green Thumb Garden Awards program.
General Comments and Suggestions Made by the 2004 National Judges
Kawartha Lakes is an extensive territory composed of amalgamated communities. During their tour the judges were enchanted to discover a unique countryside. Rolling hills, farmlands, quaint villages, and an abundance of lakes and waterways compose a stunning landscape. Local residents are friendly, proud of their heritage and many of them are dedicated volunteers who work countless hours to beautify their community.
Judges were warmly welcomed by city staff, mayor, councillors, CIB committee members and many group volunteers. A community showcase highlights projects and accomplishments in forestry, environment, beautification and heritage. Exhibits were set in a new wing of Fleming College which uses up to date technology for energy efficiency.
Tidiness is a challenge for a community of that size who deals with older roads and sidewalks infrastructures. Some groups and BIA’s do excellent work in sweeping and weeding the sidewalks in front of their store. Promoting a down to the curb program would initiate residents to keep sidewalks and streets weed free.
Residents care for their environment and many good examples of stewardship were visible throughout the community. Shoreline naturalization beds were established along waterways to prevent erosion and to control geese. Judges recommend these practices to be extended to private properties along lakes, through information programs or through by-laws.
A forest management plan has been implemented to protect and enhance the city’s 10,000 acres natural forest.
Citizens are proud of their heritage and very knowledgeable of their local history. Judges have visited the museums and a Settler’s village that depicts the pioneer lifestyle in the 19th century. City and residents are to be commended for preserving their heritage for the understanding of future generations.
Floral beds and hanging baskets were evident in each community. Distinct color scheme and diversity of plantings contributed greatly to enhance the streetscapes of the different downtown cores. Local beautification groups, horticultural societies, Downtown Enchantment Committee, city staff are to be commended for their involvement and wonderful work.
It is nice to see that communities of Kawartha Lakes have embraced the CIB program and reunited their forces for this competition. Judges wish to thank the Mayor, Councilors, city staff, CIB committee members, volunteer groups and citizens for their kind hospitality and communicating enthusiasm.