The Municipality of Jasper received a 5 Blooms - Bronze rating and a special mention for Municipal Library and Cultural Centre Landscape during the 2017 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Ottawa.
The Municipality also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Natura Tidiness Award.
The Municipality of Jasper participated in the international challenge (small) category with Castlecaulfield, Northern Ireland; Listowel, Ireland; Stettler, Alberta; and Sun River Resort Community, British Columbia.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges traveled 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 Roger Younker and Mauro Franco Paradisi wrote: “Situated in the heart of Jasper National Park is the community of Jasper, Alberta. The Park, Canada’s largest and furthest north, is home to 5,000 residents and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today more than two million visitors make their way to and through the town.
The Municipality of Jasper, Alberta is proud to show off the latest environmentally friendly addition to the community. The Municipal Library and Cultural Centre is partly new and partly re-purposed from the original RCMP headquarters in the community in 1926. Children enjoy many hours of library fun where once RCMP staff worked to protect the west.
The landscape changes are well integrated into the natural surrounding environment. The use of wood and stone is prevalent in the new/old structure. The workmanship is characteristic of the many older buildings and structures in Jasper.
Today an expanded library, art gallery, Council Chambers, Mayor’s office, Service Clubs and numerous meeting rooms, provide a convenient meeting place for elected officials and residents alike. The green building makes wise use of energy, water and building materials. The design reduces the impact on human health and the environment in general. The structure is appropriately landscaped with native plant materials, appealing to the natural landscape of Jasper, making it a showplace for the residents of Jasper”.
Communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation:
0 to 55 %=1 Bloom 56 to 63 %=2 Blooms 64 to 72 %=3 Blooms 73 to 81 %=4 Blooms 82 % and over=5 Blooms
There are four (4) levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition:
5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9% Bronze: 84 to 86.9% Silver: 87 to 89.9% Gold: 90% and over
About Communities in Bloom
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