City of Sarnia receives ‘Communities in Bloom’ ranking at national competition

Community also earns special mention for its work on Veterans Park

Patti Ross, manager of parks, forestry and horticulture with the City of Sarnia, is shown at a presentation of awards for the Communities in Bloom program.

The City of Sarnia received a silver ranking at this year’s Communities in Bloom competition following judging by volunteers who travelled to participating communities across Canada ahead of a national/international symposium and awards event that took place in Alberta last week.

In addition to the “Five Blooms” or Silver ranking, Sarnia received an Outstanding Achievement Award (the Scotts Turf Builder Landscape Award).

Two of the judges who visited Sarnia earlier this summer were laudatory in their written comments:

“The citizens of Sarnia enjoy a quality of life not experienced in many larger cities,” wrote Evelyn Alemanni and Jim Baird. “The crystal clear blue waters of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River belie the city’s heavy industrial heritage. Parks and open spaces provide for both active use and appreciation of the natural environment.”

The judges also pointed to the city’s mature tree canopy as being well cared for, floral gardens that are varied and distributed throughout the community, and a downtown area that features numerous heritage buildings that have been repurposed while respecting their origins.

They made specific mention of the work done at Veterans Park, pointing to the introduction of special benches with symbolic tributes to veterans.

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 the enhancement of green spaces.

More information on Communities in Bloom can be found at its website—www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

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