2008 National Edition City of Prince George, BC
National Finalist in the International – Large Population Category
5 Blooms - Special Mention for Quality Turf on Sport & Park Facilities
The City of Prince George, a finalist in the International challenge – large category of the 2008 Edition of Communities in Bloom, received a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention for Quality Turf on Sport & Park Facilities. The results of the national challenge were revealed at the annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday.
The City of Prince George Parks and Solid Waste Services Division is responsible for, and has taken ownership of, the quality of turf for both sport and passive park users. The enhanced maintenance program developed by the municipality has ensured quality turf through the management of weed and disease using proven sustainability techniques. The program to provide quality turf, free of both weed and disease, has been developed to utilize best practices of Integrated Pest Management, aeration, top dressing, over seeding, and mowing frequencies. The municipality has partnered with the University of Northern British Columbia in a sustainability landscape project researching alternative ground covers and maintenance regimes appropriate for differing site requirements. The success of this program is evident through the excellent reviews received from both national and international tournament organizers.
National Communities in Bloom Champion Signs at City Entrance!
The City of Prince George was the proud winner of the 2006 National Communities in Bloom Championship. The award was presented to the City at a gathering of its peers during the National Awards gala in Brandon Manitoba on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006. National wins provide the opportunity for winning communities to post signage promoting the award. Signs denoting Prince George as the 2006 National Communities in Bloom Winner will be placed on most Welcome to Prince George signs in the City.
Photo: Unveiling Communities in Bloom 2006 National Winner Sign Installed at City Entrance Signs
Top (L-R) : Laura Sandberg, CIB Committee member, His Worship Mayor Colin Kinsley
Bottom: Counselor Bassermann, Counselor Gratton, Anne Martin, CIB Chair and Tom Kadla, Parks and Solid Waste Services Manager
“Our 2006 win was just one more example of our community’s spirit and pride,” says Mayor Colin Kinsley. “The September 2006 awards ceremony was just one form of recognition for our efforts. Placing these CIB National Win signs on our Welcome to Prince George signage gives us an ongoing opportunity to recognize and celebrate that win.”
Prince George was the overall national winner in its category with five blooms and a score of 86.3%. The city was judged in eight categories including Tidiness, Landscaped Areas, Turf and Groundcover, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Floral Displays, Environmental Effort and Community Involvement. Some of its competitors in the 50,001 to 100,000 population category included Kawartha Lakes, ON; Saint John, NB; Lethbridge, AB, North Bay, ON; Medicine Hat, AB; Peterborough, ON; Wood Buffalo, AB; and Sault St. Marie, ON.
A number of organizations were involved in coordinating the Communities in Bloom program including a CIB Committee chaired by Anne Martin, and many volunteers and sponsors.
Prince George Wins!
The City of Prince George is the winner in the 50 000-100 000 Category of the 2006 National Edition of Communities in Bloom. Prince George was competing with: Kawartha Lakes, ON; Saint John, NB; Lethbridge, AB; North Bay, ON; Medicine Hat, AB; Peterborough, ON; Wood Buffalo, AB; and Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
- Shawn Cook (middle) and Shirley Gratton (lower left) receiving the award -
Prince George, BC, is a very proud community in which the City Hall’s team of elected and appointed officials work closely with all sectors of the community to ensure a high quality of life for all of its residents. Civic pride is abundant in Prince George as is a strong sense of community spirit. Prince George is indeed a “Community in Bloom”.
The judges, Dave Hilton and Barb Jordan who evaluated the City of Prince George, were most impressed with the involvement at all levels in the community. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment was most pleasant to note. The whole community excelled in all criteria: tidiness effort, urban forestry, landscaped areas, floral displays, turf and groundcover areas, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, and community involvement.