Estes Park Wins America in Bloom National 2013 Awards
America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom is helping participants of all types achieve their potential. The accomplishments and progress shown by this year’s towns and cities is remarkable.”
Estes Park earned a four bloom rating and is the overall winner in the 4,001 to 7,000 population category. In addition, they received an outstanding achievement award for their efforts in landscaped areas. Outstanding achievement awards only go to one participant among ALL the AIB entrants across ALL population categories. They also received a special award for the most effective use of bold foliage.
Estes Park was judged on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage, urban forestry, landscape, and floral displays, across four sectors: municipal, residential, commercial, and community involvement.
Evelyn Alemanni and Billy Butterfield, two specially trained AIB judges, visited towns of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Other competitors in the 4,001 to 7,000 category were Belpre, OH; Greendale, IN, and the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH.
Alemanni and Butterfield were very impressed with the city’s landscapes and commented, “Landscaped areas are maintained by a small, dedicated, and very professional staff. They extend throughout the town and seamlessly integrate with the beautiful, natural areas for which Estes Park is known. The town’s landscaping efforts have inspired businesses and residents to match those of the town. The use of hanging baskets, planters, and attractively designed flower beds enhances the downtown area to the point that businesses have followed suit and provide their own decorative plantings that are privately maintained, which is very rare to see in a town of this size.”
Congratulations to Estes Park!
Registrations for the 2014 national awards program can be submitted until February 28, 2014. Eligible participants include towns, cities, college and university campuses, business districts, military installations, and recognized neighborhoods of large cities.
America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. America in Bloom provides educational programs, resources, and the challenge of a friendly competition between participating communities across the country.
For more information, visit www.americainbloom.org.