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Blooming champions again

The two Communities in Bloom international judges are greeted by mayor Peter Milobar and councillor Tina Lange as well as dozens of volunteers from various city organizations this summer.
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October 28, 2013 - 12:32 PM

KAMLOOPS – We've done it again. The city has once again topped the competition, winning the Communities in Bloom International Challenge for large communities beating out Barrie, ON; Chatham-Kent, ON; Northhamptonshire, England; and Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

While all the communities in the category earned a five-point rating the management plan for Kenna Cartwright Nature Park area won special recognition from the judges and helped propel Kamloops to the top.

The win this year will help pave the way for the city to host the 2015 National Symposium and Awards. Mayor Peter Milobar was told the city was successful in it's bid for the annual conference while attending the awards in Ottawa last week. The city will take 2014 off from the competition side to prepare for the conference.

"Hosting the Communities in Bloom annual Symposium and Awards will be an honor. The City of Kamloops believes strongly in this program, which has led to major beautification projects throughout the community. The huge efforts of the Communities in Bloom Committee, residents, sponsors and city staff have resulted in many national and international awards," states Peter Milobar, Mayor of Kamloops. "We look forward to bringing city representatives from around the world to Kamloops to showcase our great city."

Ashcroft also won in the 1,001-2,000 national category and Sun Rivers received the Natura Tidiness Award. Ashcroft got special mention for the Versatile Community Volunteers  in beating out Bruderheim, AB; Dawson City, YT; Lac du Bonnet, MB; and Sun Rivers-which was recognized for water conservation in landscape in the judging. Clinton was judged in the up to 1,000 national category but was beat out by Tignish, PE.

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