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Town of Cobourg to Participate in 2016 Communities in Bloom Program

Cobourg Communities in Bloom Committee Announces Local Garden Competition

(Cobourg, ON) April 8, 2016 – The Town of Cobourg is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2016 Communities in Bloom provincial program.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

The program promotes friendly competition between Canadian communities to beautify civic spaces.

Communities across Ontario are evaluated by a volunteer jury of trained professionals on the accomplishments of their entire community. Volunteer judges will visit Cobourg for two days in July to evaluate the community based on the following key criteria:

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental action
  • Heritage conservation
  • Urban forestry
  • Landscape
  • Floral displays
  • Community involvement
  • Youth involvement
  • Community of gardeners

All participants are showcased on the Communities in Bloom website through the “Explore our Communities” section, with a description page and a link to their respective community website. The Communities in Bloom Magazine, published twice a year, also features participants and program results.

The Town of Cobourg has struck a new Communities in Bloom Committee with Chair David Cromlish leading the way. The Communities in Bloom Committee will be responsible for engaging local organizations regarding the benefits of participating in the program. The Committee will showcase the Town when the volunteer judges visit in July. Committee members include Councillor Theresa Rickerby, Joseph Peristy, Roma Colbert, Gina Brouwer, Trish Whitney, John Draper and staff Teresa Behan and Renee Champagne.

“Participation in the Communities in Bloom program promotes civic pride and encourages the community to be interested and engaged in showcasing their home town, says Councillor Theresa Rickerby, Coordinator of Parks and Recreation Services.” “Cobourg has been very successful with this program in the past, winning five blooms for Heritage Conservation in 1997. When Campaigning for Town Council, this was an initiative I sought to bring back because of the excellent benefit it has for tourism and culture. We are very excited to announce our participation and look forward to working with all members of the community on this exiting endeavor.”

The Cobourg Communities in Bloom Committee is also pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Garden Competition as a local initiative. Eligible contestants for the Garden Competition are homeowners, schools and businesses. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in each category.

To register for the Cobourg Garden Competition please email blooms@cobourg.ca . Committee members will be judging these local gardens in June, 2016.

For additional information on Communities in Bloom visit their website at http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/.




Media Contact
Ashley Purdy
Communications Officer

Town of Cobourg
p: 905-372-4301 ext 4105

e: apurdy@cobourg.ca

About The Town of Cobourg
The Town of Cobourg is a lakeside community (population 18,500) located on the north shore of Lake Ontario halfway between Toronto and Kingston and has been recognized multiple times by MoneySense Magazine as “One of Canada’s Best Places to Live” in populations under 25,000.

Founded in 1798, Cobourg is rich in heritage offering a vibrant downtown, sophisticated small town atmosphere and renowned waterfront that serves as a popular getaway destination.  As the largest town in Northumberland County, Cobourg is personified by historic Victoria Hall, hosts a 27.4 million community centre, an educated and skilled labour force, flourishing commercial sector and supportive municipal government. Cobourg has received the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Award, accolades from the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, and multiple heritage, environmental, and event awards.