Communities in Bloom ceremony highlights civic pride
For the first time, the City of Cold Lake was the host city for the Alberta Provincial Communities in Bloom awards. “It’s a real honour to be hosting Communities in Bloom,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We’re very thankful to the Communities in Bloom Committee for organizing and carrying out the event.”
Special guest speakers were Rhonda and Daryl Sidoryk, who spend their time cleaning up various parts of the community. They spoke about what they do and why they are proud to be part of the community.
The City of Cold Lake received five blooms last year, which is the maximum number of blooms a community can receive. As the host city this year, Cold Lake was not evaluated.
In attendance was the City of Edmonton, the City of Red Deer, the Hamlet of Woking, the City of Grande Prairie, the Town of Bruderheim, the Town of Taber, Saddle Hills County, the Village of Boyle, the Town of Ponoka, and the Town of St. Paul. “Everyone who was involved did a really great job,” said Greenspace Coordinator Jazelle Robb. “Communities in Bloom is not just about the flowers, it’s about the community as a whole. Everything we did during the event really reflected that.”
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and beautification through community involvement. Communities in the program are evaluated either provincially or nationally by a volunteer jury of trained professionals.
The City of Cold Lake currently has 46 garden beds in 18 different locations, 77 planters, and 59 hanging baskets across the city.
*Press Release from the City of Cold Lake