Communities in Bloom - 2014 National Edition
Peace Ground in Eaton Park
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CHARLOTTETOWN, September 20, 2014 — The Village of Pugwash is the winner of the Up to 1,000 population category. The village received a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention for the Peace Ground in Eaton Park during the 2014 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Charlottetown, PEI. The Village of Pugwash competed against Arnold's Cove NL, Clinton BC, Kinistino SK and Valhalla Centre AB.
In July, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities 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.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Steve Preston and Gail Pearcey wrote: “A three month collaboration between Pugwash’s CiB Committee, the Village Commission and a talented group of grade 8 and 10 visual art students cumulated in a May 22nd “Peace March” from the Pugwash District High School, through the Village’s main streets and a student “sit in” at the CiB’s new Peace Ground installation in Eaton Park. Four benches purchased by CiB, installed by the Village, and decorated with peace motifs by students, now provide a contemplative space in this waterfront park. The peace symbol recreated in landscaping mulch in front of this semi-circle of benches ties this space to the Pugwash’s 50 plus year legacy of promoting peace. The decorated benches link this space to the tradition of educational institutions gifting chairs to Eaton Lodge as a symbol of co-operation and collaboration. Equally important aspects of this project were the students’ research and classroom discussions about: anti-violence; anti-bullying; anti-vandalism; peace; Cyrus Eaton’s contributions to Pugwash; and the July 1957 Cold War discussions by an assembly of 22 scientists at Eaton Lodge, a National Historic Site of Canada”.
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.
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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. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.
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