Richmond Hill Scores 5 Blooms at the National Communities in Bloom Awards
The Town of Richmond Hill is pleased to announce it will participate again in the national Communities in Bloom competition in 2003. The Town's annual program has blossomed each year to include additional participants and earn higher judging scores. Organizers are planning a year-long program that's bound to be another blooming success.
For its 2002 program, Richmond Hill was awarded the highest possible rating of 5 Blooms in addition to earning Special Recognition for its park system. The Town received its best score of 89 per cent in the category of community involvement. The judges commented that "community involvement is a real strength at every level" and credited the work of the Communities in Bloom Committee as being the "galvanizing force" that brought local groups together. A high score in community involvement indicates that the Town has been successful in soliciting participation from all sectors.
High scores were also achieved in the categories of natural and architectural heritage conservation - 87 per cent, and floral displays - 85 per cent. The judges rated the Museum of the Streets program as "outstanding" and called the hanging baskets and tub planters grown and maintained by the Town, "spectacular both in terms of species composition and maintenance."
About the program
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of national competition.
The Communities in Bloom Awards Ceremony is held every year to honour municipalities from each province and territory across Canada. This is the first year that 5 Blooms have been granted to any community other than the overall winner, an indication of the caliber and intensity of the competition. There were five competing communities in the 100,001 - 300,000 population category, of which Richmond Hill was a part.
This is the third consecutive year that the Town of Richmond Hill has been involved in the Communities in Bloom program; the second that the Town has competed at the national level. At the national awards in 2001, the Town was awarded 4 Blooms and a special mention for heritage restoration; at the provincial awards in 2000, the Town scored 4 Blooms and was the first runner-up in landscaping. For further information please call (905) 884-8013, ext.4407.