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									valuation Form
                                                                          2008 Evaluation Form
Municipality:                                       Municipality:           R.M of Wood Buffalo

province:                                           Province:               Alberta

category:                                           Category:               55 001 to 150 000




The municipality is evaluated on the efforts of all sectors in the community in the following criteria :

Tidiness                                                                                       106         /   125
Environmental Awareness                                                                       100,5        /   125
Community Involvement                                                                         108,5        /   125
Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation                                                     102         /   125
Tree/Urban Forest Management                                                                  107,5        /   125
Landscaped Areas                                                                              103,5        /   125
Floral Displays                                                                                111         /   125
Turf and Groundcovers                                                                          108         /   125
                                                                            Total Marks :       847        /   1000

Percentage :              84,70

Bloom rating:             5 Blooms

Mention :                 "Placemaking" Landscape Design

Representative (s) of Community

Name:                     Karen Puga                                        Function :       Community Development Coordinator


Name:                     Seville Kwan                                      Function :       CIB Programmer

Name:                     Melissa Blake                                     Function :       Mayor, Municipality of Wood Buffalo




Judges

Name:                     Berta Briggs                                      Name             Steve Preston

Evaluation date:          August 5&6,2008

IMPORTANT NOTES:
All criteria are adjusted to the climate and environmental conditions of the municipality.
Some aspects of a criterion might not be applicable: in such cases, scoring will be prorated.
The evaluation score may vary from the previous year based on the facts that the evaluation form is subject to modifications
each year and that the evaluation is based on the perception of the current judges.
General Comments and Suggestions

      Municipality of Wood Buffalo in north eastern Alberta comprises 10% of the province's land area and the
 The
     
 principle city of Fort McMurray is the fastest growing community, by far, in the province. The exploration and
     mining of the oil sands is the reason for such growth along with the construction and service industries to
 the
     
 support them.
     
 Communities in Bloom is one of the tools the municipality has used to guide and measure many of their
 efforts. The Mayor and Council are strong supporters of the programme with a municipal employee having
 CIB as part of her job description. The Communities in Bloom committee works particularly closely and
 effectively with municipal employees. They have a good relationship with community groups, businesses,
 agencies and residents. The media is very supportive of Communities in Bloom and are very active in
 reporting both CIB activities and programmes, as well as those of other groups who make great contributions
 to making their community a quality place to live.

 Due to the huge area covered by the municipality, the judges were able to tour only Fort McMurray in the
 allotted 2 days for evaluation. However, it was good to learn of a variety of outreach programmes undertaken
 by Communities in Bloom in most of the other communities in this expansive region. Well done.

 There are some community groups with very good projects. The group who has taken on the Helen Pacholko
 Park is a good example as is the Historical Society. Getting newcomers to become active in the community is
 a challenge; continue to reach out to them by providing a 'face' with the name of a person to get information
 from, then be sure they get a job if they are interested so they feel they have a place.

 Because of the growth of and the mobility of the population of Fort McMurray, both industry and residents look
 to the municipality to provide leadership and services that in other communities would come from community
 groups or the population at large. Municipal staff are doing an amazing job of trying to meet the needs of a
 growing city and its population. The judges are impressed with the talents and productivity of staff in the Parks
 and Planning Departments. Equally impressive is that, in addition to the demands of maintaining and creating
 infrastructure, there is such careful planning for future developments to create neighbourhoods not just
 housing developments. "Placemaking" is such an all encompassing way of approaching and implementing
 landscaping for a municipality - really impressive!

 While, with constant construction, the municipality is not particularly clean - it certainly is litter free. There is
 little evidence of strewn garbage, especially 'old' garbage. The Mad Max machines are definitely doing their
 job along with diligent staff, effective clean-up campaigns and adequate refuse containers. The CIB murals
 on the Mad Max machines and on the transit bus are wonderful!!!

 Thank you for the very kind hospitality and for showing us your community and allowing us the opportunities to
 meet great staff and wonderful volunteers. We greatly appreciated you sharing your community with us. And,
 thank you for participating in Communities in Bloom!
TIDINESS


Tidiness of green spaces, medians, boulevards, sidewalks, streets, ditches, road shoulders, signage, vacant lots and buildings, with
regard to garbage, weeds, maintenance and repair, dog droppings, notices/posters, graffiti and vandalism.


                                                                                                                   Max          Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
   Tidiness, order, cleanliness and first impressions                                                               10           9,00
   Community anti-litter awareness and support for community organizations in clean-up efforts                      9            8,00
   Effective bylaws / policies and their enforcement; effective programs in smaller communities;
operational programs for notices, posters and graffiti prevention / removal, derelict removal                       9            8,00
   Maintenance of public roads and shoulders: weed – free sidewalks, curbs, streets and roads, regular
hard surface / street sweeping program                                                                              9            7,50
   Condition of buildings and urban furniture: benches, litter and recycling containers                             8            7,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
  Tidiness, order and cleanliness                                                                                   7            5,50
  Condition of buildings, grounds, sidewalks and parking lots                                                       7            5,50
  Condition of urban furniture: benches, litter and recycling containers                                            7            5,50
  Support – financial and/or in-kind - for community clean-up programs                                              7            5,50

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for-profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind; involvement – organization, participation; impact on the community           13           11,00
   Tidiness, condition of buildings and yards of churches, schools and any other buildings                          11           9,00

Residential / Citizens
   Tidiness, order and cleanliness                                                                                  10           9,00
   Condition of buildings and yards                                                                                 10           8,50
   Involvement in block or individual street tidiness                                                               8            7,00




Tidiness                                                                                                           125          106,00
Comments and Suggestions - Tidiness

     
   STRENGTHS:
      entering the City of Fort McMurray litter is conspicuous by its absence. Although the entire city
   Upon
     
   appears to be a construction site there is almost no litter. The municipality has made a concerted effort to
      up old litter, educate citizens not to litter, plus effect an efficient and concerted effort to keep the city
   clean
   clean
      on a daily basis.
   The Pitch-In campaign mobilizes thousands of people (7100 registered volunteers), particularly the youth,
   in numerous clean-ups that blitz entire neighbourhoods. The 20 minute challenge in the downtown core
   brought out elected officials, merchants and office workers to clean up their part of town. The Centre of
   Hope (a drop-in centre for the homeless) oversees two clean-ups per year in the area of town they
   frequent - a fine gesture to the community. Well done!

   Areas of the city where there is not active construction the sidewalks and streets are kept well swept and
   clean.

   The Shoreline Clean-up and trail clean-ups also contribute to that wonderfully litter free look.

   The Youth Graffiti Workshop sees youth volunteers coming together twice a years to actively paint over
   graffiti.

   The Municipality has embarked upon a bear smart programme that not only keeps the city tidy but also
   much safer. Part of this programme has been to replace open mouth refuse conatiners with bear proof
   and larger volume containers that work very effectively. The judges are pleased to note that bus shelters
   each have a garbage and a recycle container adjacent. In the interests of not wasting the old, open mouth
   containers have been donated to organizations and schools for use where bears and/or wind are not an
   issue.

   WEAKNESSES:
   Although there is little evidence of litte,r many streets are in poor driving condition with many cracks and
   potholes. The judges recognize that manpower is a challenge with the heavy pressures of new street and
   road construction.

   Graffiti is quite prevalent (e.g. the gazebo on Burton). Continue efforts to inform citizens of the graffiti
   hotline then follow up with a 24 hours removal policy.

   In Alberta ,Tansy is now considered a noxious weed. There appears to be several infested areas
   especially near waterways and some was seen to be cultivated in gardens. Efforts should be made to
   control it on public lands and try to educate the public that it is, indeed, a weed.

   On a private visit to a lookout near Abasand Heights, the judges observed that the cliff has evidently been
   used as a site to throw bicycles, car bodies, mattresses, etc. Special areas like this could be the target of a
   clean-up effort in future.

   OPPORTUNITIES:
   With the success of the 20 Minute Challenge for the downtown perhaps similar challenges could be
   launched in other areas such as malls or shopping districts.
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
Sustainable development, policies and bylaws, waste reduction, landfill sites, hazardous waste collection, sewage disposal,
transfer/recycle stations, recycling initiatives, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), water source, treatment and conservation,
naturalization, environmental clean up activities and friendly transportation
                                                                                                                   Max          Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
      Sustainable development strategy: bylaws / policies and their enforcement or effective programs in
                                                                                                                    10           8,00
smaller communities; guidelines and long-term planning/vision
      Waste management programs such as recycling, re-use, composting, shredding of Christmas trees,
                                                                                                                    10           8,00
hazardous waste including e-waste collection, waste water treatment , community outreach
      Water conservation and reduction programs: efficient appliance incentives or promotion, reduced
reliance and efficient irrigation and use of non-potable water, water restriction policies
                                                                                                                    10           8,00
      Watershed management plans and alternative storm water management: retention ponds, pervious
hardscapes, green roofs, shoreline erosion control programs
      Energy conservation programs such as: Alternate forms of energy: geothermal, biomass, wind, solar
     Conversion programs for efficient lighting and shielding for night skies issues
     Promotion of energy audits and energy efficient buildings and landscapes
    Greening of operations fleet: conversion to higher efficiency vehicles, use of alternative fuels
     Efficient use of vehicle fleet such as use of crew cabs, bicycles, any other energy-saving                     14          11,00
     Conversion of older maintenance equipment to more efficient and reduced emissions
     Transportation management strategies: promotion and incentives of public transit and car pooling
      Conversion of roads to integrate new bike lanes, expanded recreational pathways
    Air quality programs: monitoring, anti-idling advisory / bylaws, promotion for the reduced reliance/use
of high air polluting small engine equipment
    Use of Integrated Pest Management / Plant Health Care principles: timing, policies / bylaws and/or
                                                                                                                     6           5,00
effective procedures
    Initiatives such as:
 Innovation: through green buildings, green roofs; reuse of sites and buildings
                                                                                                                     6           5,50
 Green procurement policies (use of local products, material energy lifecycle considerations)
Brownfield redevelopment, remediation

Commercial / Industrial Sector
  Participation in the environmental effort                                                                          6           4,50
  Corporate environmental innovation / stewardship, initiatives, activities                                          6           4,50
  Sustainable development strategies, safety and emergency preparedness                                              6           4,50
  Energy efficient buildings / landscapes.                                                                           6           4,50
  Greening of operational fleet and equipment.                                                                       6           4,50

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for-profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind                                                                                7           5,50
   Involvement –organization, participation                                                                          7           5,50
   Impact of efforts on community                                                                                    7           5,50

Residential / Citizens
   Participation in the environmental effort                                                                         9           8,00
   Involvement / support / direction to municipality                                                                 9           8,00

Environmental Awareness                                                                                            125          100,50
Comments and Suggestions - Environmental Awareness

     
 STRENGTHS:
     
 Environment Week is hugely visible and sucessful in Wood Buffalo. Residents were offered numerous
 educational and informational workshops, were given opportunities to safely dispose of hazardous household
     
 materials as well as oversized refuse such as furniture and appliances. The numerous events during
     
 Environment Week are well supported by a number of corporations in the area through active sponship and by
     
 sharing their expertise through workshops.

 Schools are particularly active in environmental awareness. In the SEEDS Green Schools Programme Fort
 McMurray can boast one "Earth School" and 5 "Green Schools"! These standings require concerted effort and
 dedication by both teachers ans students. 15 schools are registered in the ecoActive School Programme.
 Such interest and demonstrated actions by youth bode well for the future.

 Recycling opportunities in Wood Buffalo at present at somewhat limited but those available are well used and
 statistics demonstrate that there is tremendous increase each year to support recyling. At present material
 accepted for recycle include glass, plastic milk jugs, cardboard, and various papers. With new facilities to open
 in the fall of 2008 there will be the ability to accept and sort a variety of plastics, tin, e-waste, and organics. A
 number of the larger companies have broad spectrum recycling within their facilities. The community is very
 eager to 'do the right thing' and participate actively in a recycle programmme.
 RRRibbet, the frog, visits schools to promote the value of recycling and play the NIMBY game.

 Community gardens are gaining in popularity. there are a number around the city but to most prominent one is
 Helen Pacholko Park which is the largest Adopt-a Park in the city. In this park there is not only 28 garden plots
 planted and mantained by citizens, there is also a compost demonstration site and the 'mountain' colourfully
 planted with hardy perennials and maintained by volunteers. This is a great place for young and old to enjoy
 the outdoors, the love of growing and to learn much from each other. The participants in the park call
 themselves "League of Nations" which speaks well of the diversity of the volunteers.

 The waste water treatment facility is due to open later this year and will be the most up to date facility to spill its
 treated waste water into Arctic waters. There will be capacity for a population of 133,000. There is potential
 for waste water to be diverted to the plants to reduce their need for fresh water.

 Also near competion is the new Regional Landfill Facility which will allow for the aforementioned opportunities
 for broader recycling as well as up to date landfill technologies and strategies.

 Wood Buffalo has an impressive and ever expanding trail system that is carefully planned to provide for
 linkages. Good partnerships are being forged with trail user groups for ongoing trail mainteneance.

 A fleet of buses whose numbers exceed those of Greyhound across Canada canvass the city to carry workers
 to and from the mines for their shifts.

 WEAKNESSES:

 Recycling capabilities will of course improve with new landfill systems but the existing recycle depots could be
 improved with clearer signage on each of the bins in addition to the main sign that has good but limited
 information on it. Also, the judges noted that the bins may require more frequent pick up as they were very full.

 OPPORTUNITIES:

 Water is such a critical resource, continue and enhance programmes that teach conservation as well as the
 importance of protecting waterways from runoff and pollution.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 Citizens’ involvement in various community projects, including horticulture and garden clubs, service groups, recreation and sports clubs,
school children, teens, seniors, municipal workers and local businesses
                                                                                                                    Max            Actual

Municipality / Public Properties
     Volunteer recognition                                                                                           8            7,00
     Support – financial and/or in-kind for volunteer activities                                                     8            7,00
     Information and educational programs                                                                            8            7,00
     Promotion of local businesses, products, tourism                                                                8            7,00
     Organization/facilitation of local events/festivals, fundraising, support – financial and/or in-kind            8            7,00
     Innovation; involvement with youth / seniors and other initiatives towards broader social inclusion             7            6,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
  Involvement in community projects, volunteer initiatives, community outreach programs                              10           9,00
  Sponsorship – financial and/or in kind – of the local CIB program                                                  10           9,00
  Innovation; involvement with youth / seniors and other initiatives towards broader social inclusion                10           9,00

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for- profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind                                                                                8            6,50
   Involvement –organization, participation                                                                          8            6,50
   Impact of efforts on community                                                                                    8            6,50

Residential / Citizens
   Support - financial and/or in kind - of projects / programs                                                       8            7,00
   Participation in community programs                                                                               8            7,00
   Provision of ideas / initiatives for projects/programs                                                            8            7,00




Community Involvement                                                                                               125          108,50
Comments and Suggestions - Community Involvement

     
 STRENGTHS:
      McMurray is essentially a company town and the glue that brings and keeps the community together is
 Fort
     municipality and they are doing a fine job. The municipality supports and promotes community activities
 the
 and
      groups. Among these groups are some very strong ones that make huge contributions to the
 community. The Communities in Bloom Committee is to be highly commended for showcasing to the judges
     
 a number of these groups and their activities and achievements.

 The judges witnessed a close and effective working relationship between the mayor, municipal workers,
 community groups and volunteers.

 The media is actively involved in and very supportive of community activities in the region. Televison,
 newspapers and radio all report extensive local news and community events.
 Given the large size of the municipality the judges toured only Fort McMurray but learned of a number of
 outreach programmes by CIB to include the distant communities; for example, Fort McKay hosted a "What
 Grows" workshop and Anzac a "Composting" seminar. Fort Chipewan held a garden competition. All
 centres participate in Pitch-In and they receive any grass seed, flowers and fertilizer that they request.

 The Alzheimer Society has established a "Forget Me Knot" garden on the terrace of the 4th floor long term
 care wing of the hospital that is not only beautiful but serves as a healing garden with raised planters, great
 fragrances and a variety of textures in the plant material.

 Affordable housing is a priority in Fort McMurray with 459 families on the waiting list. Great effort is made to
 not only build housing but to create neighbourhoods with parks, playgrounds, trails and natural areas.

 Keyono College is a great neighbout in the city. They provide an attractive campus ofr many community
 activities and offer meeting rooms to not for profit groups to meet in.

 WEAKNESSES:
 With such a mobile population it is very difficult to maintain long term interest in community groups. Try to
 revive the BRZ and encourage the development of neighbourhood groups along the lines of a commuity
 league (the fine group that care for and use Helen Pacholko Park are a good example). Neighbourhood
 groups can speak for the needs of an foster pride in the community.

 Service Clubs seem to have a very low profile.

 OPPORTUNITIES:
 With the permission of groups put together an up-to-date list of all organizations along with contacts
 (telephone, email website, etc.) to give easy access for newcomers. Distribute these through company h. r.
 departments, real estate agents, etc. Make that first phone call for a necomer as easy and wecloming as
 possible; the "Community Guide" gives phone numbers, but try to produce a smaller and more personal
 contact list with names.
NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION
Heritage policies, bylaws and natural heritage management plans; preservation and restoration of buildings, homes, churches,
monuments, artefacts, sites, parks, heritage gardens, trees; preservation of traditions and customs; festivals/celebrations; heritage foods
and the arts; museums and history, archives, Architectural Advisory Committee


                                                                                                                     Max            Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
     Heritage policies / by-laws and their enforcement or effective programs in smaller communities                   10           9,00
     Natural and cultural heritage management plan and preservation initiatives: cultural landscapes, use             10
of native plants, heritage gardens, trees                                                                                          9,00
     Preservation, restoration and reuse programs                                                                     8            7,00
     Information and support programs                                                                                 6            5,00
     Promotion of heritage by Historical Society / Heritage Committee / Tourism Association                           5
     Interpretative and signage programs, walking tours, museums, festivals/celebrations                              6            5,00
     Cultural heritage programs: first nations, explorers, first and subsequent settlers and more recent              5
immigrants                                                                                                                         4,00
     New programs and initiatives to promote local heritage                                                           5            4,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
   Conservation, restoration and reuse of sites/buildings                                                             7            6,00
   Building façade and improvement plan. (original colours, styles, materials, lighting)                              7            6,00
   Participation in municipal, provincial or federal programs                                                         7            6,00
   Innovation and participation in promotion of local heritage                                                        7            6,00

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for-profit groups
    Support – financial and/or in-kind                                                                                7            6,00
    Involvement –organization, participation                                                                          7            6,00
    Impact of efforts on community                                                                                    7            6,00

Residential / Citizens
    Conservation / restoration and reuse of sites / buildings                                                         7            5,50
    Preservation of traditions, customs, food, music, dance and crafts                                                7            5,50
    Participation in heritage community events/activities                                                             7            6,00




Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation                                                                           125          102,00
Comments and Suggestions - Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation

 STRENGTHS:
     
 Wood
      Buffalo has a very colourful history that tells of an ongoing 'frontier' legacy. Heritage Park takes the
 visitor back through time to tell many wonderful stories of the region and its people. This Park reflects the
     
 passion of the volunteers in the Historical Society who created it and taken it to become an accredited
     
 museum.. The Park sponsors exceptional school programs that work within the cirriculm to bring history to life
     
 for students in grades 1 to 5. Day camps and summer camps allow children to pursue their interest in local
history. the Park is the site of a number of festivals that celebrate and promote culture and heritage. - Celtic
Festival, National Aboriginal Day, Old Fashioned Christmas and the biggest - Heritage Day. Heritage Park
offers archival services and is hoping to acquire more and better storage for archives.

The Fort McMurray Marine Park is well underway and with the vision, determination and hard work of Torchy
and friends it will be a wonderful way to tell the amazing story of life and commerce on the importance of the
Athabasca River. The family focus should attract a wide audience.

Discovery Centre is a provincial museum that very clearly and creatively demonstrates the oil sands story and
the process of extraction.

Fort McMurray has been very clever in memorializing noteable people through street signs - everything from
Franklin Drive to the streets of Dickensfield being named after bush pilots. The judges are happy to hear that
interpretive signs to background these famous figures are to come. Street banners of mayors reflects more
recent history.

Natural history is respected with an extensive and accessible trail system through the boreal forest.

Congratulations for protecting the spruce on MacDonald Island by designating it as a heritage tree. The
protection of the Clearwater River under the Canadian Heritage River System is good.

The Northers Alberta Heritage Trail is a good self-guided tour to explore both the natural and the cultural
history from Edmonton to Fort Chipewyan. And, of course, Wood Buffalo National Park is well recognized for
its uniqueness and has World Heritage status.

WEAKNESSES:
There is little in the centre of Fort McMurray that reflects the history of the area. Continue to pursue plans to
create a downtown walking tour using plaques, buildings and stories to tell the history.

OPPORTUNITIES:
Entire neighbourhoods have a story to tell; eg. Grayling Terrace started as company housing then was sold
when times got tough - a storyboard by the gardens at the entrance could tell this story.
TREE / URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT
Written policies, bylaws and regulation plans both long and short-term. Distribution of trees, inventory, variety, suitability, new plantings,
main street programs, new survey developments, preservation of heritage trees, commemorative trees, woodlots, succession planting,
Plant Health Care and Integrated Pest Management, qualified/trained individuals (volunteer or on staff)


                                                                                                                        Max          Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
     Policies, regulations and tree by-laws, tree protection and planting on public and private lands                    10            9,00
     Plan of action: procurement, species diversity, selection of hardy species with potential to contribute
                                                                                                                         10
to the plan                                                                                                                            9,00
     Strategic Management, Operational and Emergency Plan in place, an inventory of trees,
                                                                                                                         8
demonstration of good planting techniques and a maintenance program                                                                    7,00
     Measures to preserve, protect, manage and expand woodlots                                                           7             6,00
     Qualified personnel and/or crew training                                                                            7             6,00
     Integrated Pest Management / Plant Health Care, plan of action for invasive pest detection and
                                                                                                                         7
control, information on current infestations and diseases                                                                              6,00
     Participation and recognition in programs such as Green Streets Canada, Maple Leaf Day…                             7             6,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
    Concept, design and planting for commercial enterprises                                                              7             5,50
    Maintenance programs                                                                                                 7             6,00
    Existing tree protection and preservation during construction: in by-law and/or in practice                          8             6,50
    Involvement and promotion of tree planting programs and conservation through groups such as
                                                                                                                         6
Business Improvement Association                                                                                                       5,00

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not - for - profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind and involvement – organization, participation                                      10            8,50
   Impact and maintenance                                                                                                10            8,50

Residential / Citizens
   Selection of varieties – inclusion of native, hardy species                                                           11            9,50
   Maintenance                                                                                                           10            9,00




Tree / Urban Forest Management                                                                                          125          107,50
Comments and Suggestions - Tree / Urban Forest Management

     
 STRENGTHS:
     
 The City of Fort McMurray has demonstrated a strong commitment to urban forest management. The
      noted a number of programs that are to be commended. One favorite is the Tree Doctor. This is an
 Judges
     
 excellent public relations program that brings the public service closer to the community and demonstrates
     
 the value of your division.
The tree inventory is a valuable program that along with the public information brochures educates the public
in good maintenance practices.

The community also, the Judges noted, play an important role in tree planting through its Arbour Day
activities at Beacon Hill and Good Shepard and the Memorial Tree Recognition program. This, in conjunction
with this 187 trees planted by the City will continue to compound itself for years to come.

Special mention should go to the following, noxious weed control, the Heritage Tree, Dutch Elm Disease
program and the Prunus moratorium and program to educate the public.


WEAKNESSES:
While visiting one of the neighbourhood parks the judges observed a leaner (a windfall leaning against
another tree), which could present a hazard to the public.

The flagging tape on new trees should be removed soon as it appears to be girdling the trees.

The judges also noted construction damage to trees throughout many areas of the city.

OPPORTUNITIES:
While it cannot be expected that the Urban Forest Team can be everywhere, all employees including
contractors, should be taught to be aware of potential hazards regardless of whose responsibility and report
immediately for quick remediation.
LANDSCAPED AREAS
This criteria supports all efforts to create an environment wherein plants form an essential element of the overall surroundings;
design and suitability for location and use; native and introduced materials; balance of plants, materials and constructed elements;
harmony (colour, texture, shape); tasteful integration of hard surfaces and art elements; standards of maintenance.


                                                                                                                    Max            Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
    First impressions of the community including gateway / entrance treatments                                       10            9,00
    Development of policies, standards and best practices                                                             7            6,00
    Plan of action: distribution through the community                                                                8            7,00
    Urban and civic design standards for streetscape and other public places: flags, banners, public art,             7
fountains, site furnishings, lighting design, walkways and paving materials, signage and accessibility                             5,50
    Specifications for planting (with suitable varieties) and maintenance                                             7            6,00
    Sustainable designs: energy efficient, use of green materials, naturalization, xeriscaping                        6            5,00
    Site rejuvenation, rehabilitation and maintenance (life cycle management)                                         6            5,00
    Qualified personnel (including seasonal staff) and/or training                                                    7            6,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
    Innovation in concept and design                                                                                  6            4,50
    Public involvement: support – financial and/or in-kind, participation                                             6            4,50
    Sustainable designs: energy efficient, use of green materials, naturalization, xeriscaping                        6            4,50
    Contribution to urban and civic design and public greenspaces above and beyond requirements:
                                                                                                                      6
such as public art, streetscape, site furniture, fountains                                                                         4,50
    Adequate ongoing maintenance (life cycle management)                                                              6            4,50

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for-profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind and involvement – organization, participation                                   8            7,00
   Sustainable designs: energy efficient, use of green materials, naturalization, xeriscaping                         8            7,00

Residential / Citizens
   Streetscape appeal of landscapes                                                                                   8            7,00
   Overall maintenance                                                                                                7            5,50
   Inclusion of sustainable plant materials                                                                           6            5,00




Landscaped Areas                                                                                                    125          103,50
Comments and Suggestions - Landscaped Areas
 STRENGTHS:
     
 There has been a lot of thought put into landscape innovation for the City. The new parks the Judges saw are
      laid out and functional. The playgrounds provide shade and seating and are highly visible for security and
 well
     
 vandalism prevention. They clearly meet the needs of the various neighbourhoods. This is very apparent with
     
 the amount of use by parents and their children during the judge's visit.
     
 The storm water sites fit in nicely with the neighbourhoods. So while not only functional they are esthetically
 pleasing and add value to the area.

 Community 'placemaking' is front and center for Fort McMurray through innovative design and functionality. It
 is good to see landscape plans for new development goes through Parks and then Planning.

 The Judges noticed an active school-naturalizing program. In fact in most sites visited, naturalization plays a
 key role in Parks planning. A good example is Prospect Pointe.
 The tour of Keyano College was informative. They are fortunate that this school has both a tree farm and a
 greenhouse.

 The staff and students of St. Martha should be proud of the landscape work done around their school and the
 neighgbourhood grateful for their efforts.

 It was clearly demonstrated to the Judges that there is a lot planned for the future of parkland and trails and
 the residents should be excited at the prospect.

 The Judges found a jewel in the Fort McMurray Golf and Country Club. This facility demonstrates
 environmental practices in both pesticide application and water conservation. This course is sure to be
 successful in its quest for Audubon Certification.

 WEAKNESSES:
 The athletic fields and parks the Judges reviewed are all new and for the most part still under warranty. The
 judges would have liked to see some of the older sites in order to see the long term effect of the city's
 maintenance programs.

 OPPORTUNITIES:
 The boulevards are very well landscaped with a nice placement of the trees in keeping with the 'placemaking'.
 To offset the salt damage along the sides of the road, the installation of a “kill strip” of asphalt at the curb
 would be a great addition.

 The City could consider municipal greenhouses in order to get a head start on its floral displays and for
 growing of indoor plants for its various facilities.
FLORAL DISPLAYS

Arrangements of flowers and plants (annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses), originality, distribution, location, diversity and
balance, colour, harmony, quality and maintenance. These pertain to flowerbeds, carpet bedding, containers, baskets and window boxes.

                                                                                                                 Max         Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
    Diversity of displays: flowerbeds, raised beds, planters, hanging baskets, window boxes, carpet
                                                                                                                 12
bedding, mosaics                                                                                                              11,00
   Plan of action: programs, distribution through community. Concept and design including sustainable
design                                                                                                           12
                                                                                                                              11,00
     Diversity of plants: annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, woody plants, natural flora                       12           11,00
     Quality, maintenance, best practices                                                                        10           9,00
     Qualified personnel (including seasonal staff) and/or training                                               7           6,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
  Concept and design                                                                                              9            7,50
  Quality and maintenance                                                                                         9            7,50
  Contribution to overall floral program                                                                          9            7,50

Service Clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for-profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind and involvement – organization, participation                              11           10,00
   Concept, design, selection and maintenance on their own properties                                            11           10,00

Residential / Citizens
   Arrangement, diversity, colour                                                                                11           9,50
   Quality and maintenance                                                                                       12           11,00




Floral Displays                                                                                                  125         111,00
Comments and Suggestions - Floral Displays

     
  STRENGTHS:
      Judges feel with the challenges the Horticultural Team faces in terms of volume of work and
  The
  climatic conditions, they are doing an admirable job.
     
     
  The
      variety of plant material used and how it is displayed is pleasing to the eye. The hanging baskets
  (114 of them) and the self-watering design have proven effective and have turned out a good product.

 The entrance features are well done and can only further instill “pride of place” for those living in or
 visiting the area.

 The group at Helen Pacholko Park/Community Garden was just beaming with pride at their
 accomplishments with this garden. The composting learning centre is a nice and very effective touch.

 The judges note the effort put forward by the schools and Keyano College in establishing floral displays.
 Also, the bridge planters as one enters the city are colourful.

 The flower garden at the food bank is exceptional.

 WEAKNESSES:
 There is very little by way of contribution from the commercial/industrial sector for the judges to review.

 OPPORTUNITIES:
 A good partnering opportunity would be with the Post Office to enhance this very busy public place with
 a floral display.
TURF AND GROUNDCOVERS
Quality, naturalization, use of groundcovers and wild flowers, turf management (manicured to rough), use of artificial turf, maintenance
(mowing height and frequency), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) / Plant Health Care, fertilization programs, irrigation and water
restrictions. Areas include private homes, public buildings, municipal and private sports fields and athletic parks.


                                                                                                                    Max          Actual
Municipality / Public Properties
    First impressions; plan of action, distribution of turf and ground cover areas                                   14           13,00
    Diversity / species, types of plantings / drought tolerance                                                       8           6,50
    Turf Management / Integrated Pest Management / Plant Health Care, alternative solutions to                        8
diseases and infestations when appropriate                                                                                         7,00
    Review of maintenance plans to consider increased naturalization, alternate mowing frequency for                  8
reduced and more efficient operations                                                                                              6,50
    Information programs for water requirements, mowing frequency and height, rain gardens                            8            6,50
     Qualified personnel (including seasonal staff) and/or training.                                                  7            6,00

Commercial / Industrial Sector
  Concept and design, use of alternative ground covers                                                                8            6,50
  Quality and maintenance on these properties                                                                         8            6,50
  Site naturalization                                                                                                 8            6,50

Service clubs, Schools, Churches, Not-for-profit groups
   Support – financial and/or in-kind and involvement –organization, participation                                   12           11,00
   Quality and maintenance on these properties                                                                       11           10,00

Residential / Citizens
   Concept and design, use of alternative ground covers                                                               8            7,00
   Quality and maintenance                                                                                            9            8,00
   Participation in lawn watering conservation programs                                                               8            7,00




Turf and Groundcovers                                                                                               125          108,00
Comments and Suggestions - Turf and Groundcovers

     
 STRENGTHS:
     
 This
      is another group who face workload and climatic conditions with commitment and success.
     
 Sound maintenance practices are demonstrated through the team's turf program. Aerating and fertilizing
     
 all parkland with continuous soil amendments can only enhance the quality of turf the judges observed.

The judges would have liked to see some of the older park sites to observe the success of this program.

The City of Fort McMurray has made sound business decisions in the installation of sand based fields
and investing in irrigation for it premier sites. The quality of these fields will be the pride of your sports
groups and the envy of the visiting teams.

The zone mowing plan should prove to be efficient and successful.

The Judges noted that the service clubs, schools and the residents of Fort McMurray are generally
involved either personally or as an organization in enhancing and maintaining their properties.

WEAKNESSES:
It is difficult to effectively judge commercial sites due to the lack of presentation.

OPPORTUNITIES:
The judges recommend that the CIB Committee strike a “nominate a business” program or a recognition
program for businesses that invest in providing an attractive landscape in front of their establishment.
This could be large facilities, office buildings, restaurants or stores. Perennial groundcovers are often
very appropriate for such areas.
Evaluation Checklist / Questions on organization:

Yes          No      N/A

                                Were the judges, upon their arrival, presented with the itinerary and the Community Profile Book,
      X                         which was completed according to the "Guidelines..."?

      X                         Was there an initial orientation meeting with introductions ?

      X                         Were the community representatives knowledgeable about the community and all criteria?

                                Were the judges able to ask questions and modify the schedule if they thought that there was not
      X                         enough time spent on a judging criteria ?

      X                         Did the judges meet with the media?

      X                         Were the judges asked to give presentations?

      X                         Were the judges able to meet with and talk with the volunteers?

                                Did the community, with its allotted time, distribute it so there was adequate coverage for
      X                         each of the eight criteria?

      X                         Was there enough time allotted to start the evaluation form in a quiet place?
                                         PROGRAM INFORMATION
       Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering
       civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of
       life through community participation and the challenge of a national program.
  “People, plants and pride… growing together” is our slogan, and it captures the essence of the program.

History, Established with the guidance of Britain in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland and Villes et Villages
Fleuris de France, Communities in Bloom held its first edition in 1995 and 29 participating municipalities were
honoured at the first awards ceremonies on Parliament Hill. The program now includes more than 500
communities across the country and an international challenge involving communities from the United States,
Japan and several European countries allows participants to compete internationally.

Program. The program consists of communities receiving information and being evaluated either provincially
or nationally by a volunteer jury of trained professionals on the accomplishments of their entire community
(municipal, private, corporate and institutional sectors, citizens) on eight key criteria: Tidiness, Environmental
Awareness, Community Involvement, Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry,
Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays, and Turf & Groundcovers.

Benefits. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are
visible in communities all over Canada. These benefits make Communities in Bloom a program where
everyone wins. Participants can benefit financially from the program through community tourism initiatives,
business opportunities for the entire community, and other related projects. A valuable information exchange
network allows communities to share accomplishments, best practices and projects.

All participants are showcased on the Communities in Bloom website through the “Explore our Communities”
section, with a description page and a link to their respective community website. The Communities in Bloom
Magazine, published twice a year, also features participants and program results, as well as articles and
educational content. Communities in Bloom develops, with its partners and sponsors, initiatives and
promotional opportunities such as the Gardens at the CN Tower and the VIA Rail Garden Route.

Provincial and National Awards – National Symposium on Parks and Grounds. These events are a
unique opportunity for elected officials, parks and grounds professionals and community volunteers to learn
and share about current issues, trends and challenges not only in horticulture and gardening but in
community tourism and projects, environmental awareness, and much more. Awards ceremonies, along with
workshops and symposiums, are held in most provinces throughout the year.

A winter edition – WinterLights Celebrations – created in 2001, features community efforts in the following
criteria: Winter Pleasures, Festive Celebrations, Visual Presentation, Goodwill Program and Tourism /
Promotion. The WinterLights Celebrations Symposium and Awards Ceremonies are held in February.

The Communities in Bloom Foundation, established to support the educational aspect of its activities, is
dedicated to funding, developing and disseminating education and awareness to a wide audience on the
value, improvement, importance and sustainable development of green spaces and natural environment in
Canadian society. The foundation also awards bursaries to students in horticulture / environment programs.

                Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental challenges,
                 Communities in Bloom can rightfully and proudly state that the program,
                       through the efforts of all those involved in their communities,
                                   is actually contributing to the solution.

                                           People, plants and pride...growing together
                      112 Terry Fox, Kirkland (Québec) H9H 4M3 Tel: (514) 694-8871 Fax: (514) 694-3725
                                  bloom.fleurs@sympatico.ca * www.communitiesinbloom.ca

								
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