Following last year’s national Communities in Bloom (CiB) win, the Town of Orangeville is looking to prepare for future competitions by participating in a non-competitive evaluation in 2019.
The Town has opted to enter the “Circle of Excellence – evaluated category” in 2019. This category is reserved for past national winners only. Two international judges will be in Town July 21-23 and the Town will receive the full CiB evaluation report but will not compete with other municipalities.
In 2018, the Town of Orangeville emerged the winner of the 10,001-30,000 population category in the national CiB contest. The Town of Orangeville achieved a Five-Bloom Silver rating and a special mention for the Friendship Gardens at the Headwaters Health Care Centre. In 2017, Orangeville competed at the national level, achieving a five-bloom bronze rating and a special mention for collaborative partnerships. The Town was also a finalist for two Outstanding Achievement Awards -- winning the national Community of Gardeners Award and being one of three finalists for the Canada 150 Award. In 2016, Orangeville was one of 10 Ontario municipalities to achieve a full five-bloom rating at the provincial level, allowing them to compete at the national level. Provincially, the Town also received a special mention for the “Tranquil Gardens” and the dedicated volunteers at the Headwaters Health Care Centre. Plus, the Town picked up the criteria award for Heritage Conservation which takes in both built and natural heritage.
In July and August, qualified volunteer Canadian and International judges will visit participating communities and evaluate each one on its overall performance within the following criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. As community involvement is the essence of the program, the evaluation, which provides guidance on further steps of improvement, is based on the local conditions and achievements of citizens, businesses, organizations, institutions and the municipal government working together towards common objectives.
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. Judges travel to participating communities over the summer to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments, industry, businesses and the private sector, including volunteer efforts, in regards to the following criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.
Orangeville’s 2019 profile book can be viewed online. For more information on the Circle of Excellence, visit https://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/how-to-participate/national-edition/.