Communities in Bloom judges will be in Castlegar next week. File photo

Communities in Bloom judges will be in Castlegar next week. File photo

Community asked to pitch in as Communities in Bloom judges head to Castlegar

Judging will take place July 19

Submitted by City of Castlegar

Castlegar is competing in Communities in Bloom’s Grand Champion Category this year – the best of the best – and the city is asking for resident’s help before the judges arrive July 19.

The Communities in Bloom program inspires communities to enhance the quality of life and environment through people and plants, to create community pride. Castlegar’s group is a volunteer-driven organization which puts in hundreds of hours year-round to beautify our community.

“Community appearance reflects an overall effort by the municipality, businesses, institutions and residents, to creative great first impressions,” says Darlene Kalawsky, chair of Castlegar’s Communities in Bloom program. “Let’s work together and make our community look fantastic.”

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The judges visit is one week away and you can help your neighbors and businesses and prove that community pride is what we are known for.

Lots can be achieved in a short time, and her are some ideas:

• pick up and recycle any litter you see

• sweep and pressure wash store fronts

• weed whack boulevards

• weed and tidy around your yard

• get rid of any visible unused items

Castlegar has participated in the Communities in Bloom program since 2004 and has consistently achieved five blooms recognition, successfully winning provincial, national and international competitions. In addition to outstanding achievement awards, we have also been recognized for tidiness, landscape management, heritage conservation, and the prestigious Landscape Reclamation Award for Millennium Park and Ponds.

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