County wins top Communities in Bloom award

October 8, 2015

County wins top Communities in Bloom award

Strathcona County delegates to Communities in Bloom 2015 Symposium and Awards held in Kamloops, BC.
(Left to right)Ward 2 Councillor Dave Anderson, Marlys Cooper, Jerry Dubyk, and Cindy Hanson.

Strathcona County was awarded a National Award as the winner of the Grand Champions category at this past weekend’s Communities in Bloom awards ceremony. The County received a five-bloom – silver rating with a special mention for their Outdoor Public Art Plan during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Evaluation criteria for this award included heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscape and horticulture design, cleanliness and public art. Strathcona County competed in the Grand Champions category along with Barrie, Ontario and Boissevain-Morton, Manitoba.

“Congratulations to the Strathcona County Communities in Bloom team – made up of over 100 committed volunteers from the Strathcona In Bloom Society and staff,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “This award highlights the work our dedicated team has done over the years to support and create public art continues to strengthen our sense of community and overall quality of life in Strathcona County.”

Strathcona County features 15 outdoor public art pieces throughout the community. Most recently, two new pieces of public art were unveiled at the Bethel Transit Terminal on September 26, 2015. These pieces include Lynn Malin’s “Fall Approach” and Tammy Henkel’s “Connection-Connotation.”

Strathcona County has committed to developing outdoor public art since the 1990’s, in both urban and rural communities. Council adopted a Public Art Plan in 2014, promoting the integration of public art for the enhancement of public places, architecture and landscape. Strathcona County continues to further its sense of place and community by collaborating with local arts groups and neighbouring artists.

In 2014, Strathcona County was awarded the CIB national achievement award for Community Involvement.

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. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada.

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Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 95,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595