What is Communities in Bloom?
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement.
Participating communities are evaluated by a volunteer jury of trained professionals on the accomplishments of their entire community (municipal, private, corporate and institutional sectors, citizens) on eight key criteria:
- Environmental Action
- Heritage Conservation
- Urban Forestry
- Turf & Groundcovers
- Floral Displays
- Community Involvement
Town of Redwater & Communities in Bloom Committee—Partners in Action
Beautification has long been a priority for Town Council and Administration. In March of 2011, with full support from our Mayor and Council, a call went out to the community to establish a Communities in Bloom Committee. Since the CiB Committee was established, this enthusiastic and hard-working group of volunteers has helped to create and implement a dynamic and ambitious three-year strategic plan that aligns with the Communities in Bloom Program criteria and local priorities. The Town of Redwater continues to work with the Communities in Bloom Committee; providing funding for Committee projects and working cooperatively to achieve the identified goals.
The Town of Redwater has participated in the provincial Communities in Bloom program since 2011. Since that time, the Town of Redwater and the Communities in Bloom Committee have worked together to achieve the highest possible rating of 5 blooms every year. In 2013, the Town of Redwater was the Provincial Award Winner in our population category of 2001-6,000. In 2014, the Town of Redwater once again achieved a five bloom rating with special mention for the “Generations United Project” lead by Ochre Park School.
In 2014, the above achievements were recognized by the Town of Redwater with the installation of two recognition signs in the community. The signs are located at the new gazebo (Highway 38 and 55th street) and at the east entrance Welcome to Redwater sign (Highway 38 and 44th street). Our thanks and appreciation is extended to Arc Resources for their generous donation of $500 towards the cost of the sign and/or future landscaping around the signs.
Communities in Bloom Committee Programs and Events:
The Communities in Bloom Committee provides input and recommendations on floral displays within the community each year. In the fall of 2013 hundreds of tulip bulbs were donated to the CiB committee. Volunteers diligently planted these bulbs in various locations around town including the flower bed in front of the Town of Redwater sign.
The Mower Mania Campaign encourages residents to fire up their mowers in preparation for Communities in Bloom Judging Day, and also builds community pride and awareness.
Yard & Business of the Week: During the summer months,Communities in Bloom Committee volunteers select one yard and one business each week to recognize the beautification efforts of the property and business owner. Photos of the storefront and the yard of the individual are then posted on the CiB sandwich board in front of the Post Office each week.
We’ve Noticed Program: Once every summer, the Communities in Bloom volunteers select homes that are neat, tidy and well groomed for recognition. Each home owner selected by the Committee receives a ‘We’ve Noticed” card in their mailbox in recognition of their efforts to help make Redwater a “Community in Bloom”.
Annual Perennial Exchange: Every spring, the CiB Committee hosts an annual Perennial Exchange and fundraiser event. In 2014, $64 was raised towards the purchase of flowers for the cedar planter box project with Redwater School.
Rain Barrel and Composter Program: This program was initiated by the Communities in Bloom Committee to encourage residents to conserve water and create natural soil improvement for residents’ gardens and flower beds. Committee members volunteer to assist with delivery and pick up of the composters and barrels each year.
Youth Projects: The CiB Committee established a strong connection to local youth through several successful school based projects, for example through the initiative of the CiB Committee four cedar planters were built by students at Redwater School using donated materials from the local Home Hardware store. These planters were then planted by volunteers from the CiB Committee and placed at Devonian Park. Click here to see photos of the completed project.
Additional information about the 2015 Communities in Bloom Program in Redwater is available in our Municipal Profile Book. Free copies are also available at the Community Services Office.
How You Can Get Involved?
The Communities in Bloom Committee is currently seeking new members. Residents interested in joining the Committee, volunteering for CiB projects or looking for more information on the program may contact contact Jodi Brown, Community Services Manager, at 780-942-4101 or via email at email@example.com.