July 25, 2015 - 2:00 PM
WEST KELOWNA - On July 26 and 27, the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation, the Partners in Bloom, will be visited by two judges with the National Communities in Bloom competition. The judges will evaluate the Partners on environmental action, urban forestry, landscape, heritage conservation and floral display.
“West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation are truly magical places, both to visit and to live. We are blessed by our surroundings and we work hard to preserve, protect and enhance our community,” says Annette Beaudreau, Partners in Bloom Committee Chair. “That’s why it’s a pleasure each year to tour Communities in Bloom visiting judges through our community, showcasing our best attributes.”
This is the eleventh year of partnership between the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation in the National Communities in Bloom competition, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of green spaces in community settings. The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Regional Parks service has also contributed to the Partners in Bloom efforts.
“We feel exceptionally good about this year’s competition. Our Partners in Bloom have stepped it up a notch with the launch of a new website, partnersinbloom.ca, and celebration of Difference Makers in our community as well as the countless improvements West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation have undertaken,” says Beaudreau. “We’ve always scored very well, but we haven’t been named best in our population category yet and that’s what we want our communities to achieve.”
On July 26 and 27, the judges will be toured throughout the two communities to view special points of interest. Tour highlights include:
· Gellatly Nut Farm
· Kalamoir Park including new ‘Traditionally Speaking’ (Nsyilxcen) signage
· Westlake Road Upgrade
· Shannon Lake
· Gellatly Bay including CNR Wharf
· WFN waterfront including revitalized Boucherie public beach
· Sneena Road including new bike lanes & sidewalks to Bennett Bridge
· WFN public art
· Wildfire Commemorative Park
· Webber Road Children’s Garden
· Westbank Centre Park
· Westbank Cemetery
· Brown Road revitalization
· WFN Snc?wips Heritage Museum
· Pritchard and Paddlewheeler Parks
· WFN Community Core including upcoming Youth Centre
The City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation truly appreciate the support given by many sponsors and community volunteers and businesses in this annual competition. Special Thanks to the Westside Weekly, Bylands Nursery, Dockside Marine Centre, Dogwood Nursery & Landscaping, The Cove Lakeside Resort, Westside Farm Loom and Westside Wine Trail.
During a welcome wine and cheese event being held July 26 in honour of the visit from the Communities in Bloom judges, the winners of the local Most Beautiful Competition will be announced. Watch for news about who won this year’s Most Beautiful awards at www.partnersinbloom.ca.
Westbank First Nation and the City will learn how they fared in this year’s competition at the October National Communities in Bloom award ceremony in Kamloops, BC, October 3, 2015.
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