City of Pickering Awarded Communities in Bloom's Highest Honour Once More

    PICKERING, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, the City
of Pickering has been awarded Five Blooms at the annual Communities in Bloom
Ontario Awards Conference. Since its inaugural entry in the Communities in
Bloom program in 2007, Pickering is a perfect two-for-two in achieving the
program's highest rating.
    Participating communities were evaluated on eight criteria - Tidiness;
Environmental Awareness; Community Involvement; Natural and Cultural Heritage
Conservation; Tree/Urban Forest Management; Landscaped Areas; Floral Displays;
Turf and Groundcovers. In addition to the Five Blooms rating, Pickering's
sophomore entry won the Landscaped Areas award, as well as a Special Mention
for its youth programs.
    "Communities in Bloom has once again validated that the City of Pickering
is truly one of the most beautiful municipalities in the province," said Mayor
Dave Ryan, Communities in Bloom Advisory Committee Co-chair. "More
importantly, having a beautiful, healthy and vibrant community is a key part
of our journey to become the most sustainable municipality in North America."
    "I am very pleased and excited by the results of the CIB Awards
Conference held last weekend," said Regional Councillor Bill McLean,
Communities in Bloom Advisory Committee Co-chair. "Once again, the community,
volunteers, sponsors and staff have come together and shown what a great
community we live in. Congratulations and thank you to everyone for their
    For more information on the City of Pickering's Communities in Bloom and
Sustainability initiatives, please visit

    As the gateway city to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is
strategically located between Toronto and Durham Region. Pickering is an
affluent community that is steeped in history, natural beauty and small town
charm with all the amenities and services that a big city has to offer. The
City of Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management,
service delivery, sustainability and the environment; and offers a wealth of
sports, leisure and recreation opportunities for its residents. Pickering has
been recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for
growth companies and received the 2008 FCM-CH2M Sustainable Community Planning


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For further information: Media Contacts: Tom Melymuk, Director, Office
of Sustainability, (905) 420-4660 ext. 4636,;
John Hannah, Superintendent, Municipal Operations, (905) 420-4660 ext. 5247,

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