Evaluation2011FormCity of Charlottetown, PE
Community: City of CharlottetownProvince & Country: Prince Edward Island, CanadaCategory: International Challenge – Large Categoryassessing 4 sectors of the community:The evaluation is based on 8 criteria, divided into the 6 following sections,Tidiness 140.00 / 150.00Environmental Action 138.00 / 150.00Heritage Conservation 144.25 / 150.00Urban Forestry 149.25 / 175.00Landscape (including Turf & Groundcovers) 188.25 / 200.00Floral Displays 160.00 / 175.00* Community Involvement is included in each of these sectionsTotal 919.75 / 1000.00Percentage : 91.98%Bloom rating: 5Bloom rating:Up to 55%: 1 bloom. 56% to 63%: 2 blooms. 64% to 72%: 3 blooms73% to 81%: 4 blooms. >82%: 5 blooms.Mention :Sustainability In ActionRepresentative (s) of CommunityName: Karen Lavers Function : Executive Asst. to MayorName: Nancy McMinn Function : Parks SuperintendentName: Clifford Lee Function : MayorJudgesName: Bill Hahn Name: Stephen KingEvaluation date: July 28/29
2011 Evaluation FormIMPORTANT NOTES:Evaluation is adjusted to the climate and environmental conditions of the community.Some aspects of the evaluation might not be applicable: scoring will be prorated.The score will vary from the previous year based on the facts that the evaluation form is subject to modificationseach year and that the evaluation is based on the perception of the current judges.SECTORS OF EVALUATIONMunicipal:- Municipal properties, parks and green spaces, streets, streetscapes- Properties owned and run by municipality such as Museums, historical sitesBusiness and Institutions:Properties owned and managed by- Business : commercial sector, shopping centres, commercial streets, industrial parks, manufacturing plants- Institutions : schools, universities, churches, hospitals, service and community organization buildings (YMCA,Legion), private museums, Canada Post- Tourism bureaus, Chamber of Commerce offices- Farms : in rural communities, farms can be considered in this sectionResidential:- Citizens and Citizen groups acting within their own properties- Residential property owners, rate payer groupsCommunity Involvement:The principle of community involvement is so fundamental to the program that it deserves to be evaluated in each ofthe sections of evaluation. Community Involvement will continue to be a highlight of the awards ceremony- Individuals & Service and citizen groups – all contributing to various aspects of community improvement- Organized clubs such as horticultural societies, garden clubs, community associations- Social clubs such as Rotary, Lions, Optimist- Participation (financial and/or in-kind or employee participation) by the Municipality, Businesses and Institutions.4 | P age
GENERAL COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONSThe following comments provide a snapshot of what we saw, heard and read leading up to and during our visitto Charlottetown. For brevity, the comments are in bullet format. We hope that our suggestions andobservations will be helpful. More specific comments are noted for each of the criteria.First impressions coming into Charlottetown were of a very charming, welcoming and vibrant City. This historiccity, the capital of P.E.I. and birthplace of Canadian Confederation enjoys a rich heritage district with magnificentVictorian era homes, thanks to the tireless efforts of citizens and others who worked many years to ensure theirpreservation. The 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada is a very fitting and well-deserved designation.The City is very clean and tidy with beautiful parks and green spaces, attractive entrances with a colourful,bright and vibrant downtown. Residential, institutional and business areas reflect similar civic pride andattractiveness.Charlottetown has been involved with CIB since 1996 winning numerous awards and recognitions over theyears. What we see are great benefits for the City and people. The CIB programs have engaged citizens,enhanced civic pride and have helped provide a colourful and functional overall landscape that is socomplimentary to this beautiful city. The splashes of colour in the street corner plantings, hanging baskets,planters and window boxes reflect a gardenesque and very Victorian style. A great fit.The very dedicated and enthusiastic staff is to be commended with strong support from the Mayor, Council,residents and the business community, all evident throughout.Charlottetown has moved forward with an Integrated Comprehensive Community Sustainability Plan and wehope they are able to transition these efforts into the greater community. Further, it is suggested thatperformance measurement and public reporting mechanisms be put in place.Congratulations Charlottetown, your Communities in Bloom and directly related sustainability efforts arecommendable. Keep up the excellent work.
2011 Evaluation FormTIDINESSTidiness includes an overall tidiness effort made by the municipality, businesses, institutions, and residents of thecommunity. Elements for evaluation are green spaces (parks, etc.), medians, boulevards, sidewalks, streets, municipal,commercial, institutional and residential properties, ditches, road shoulders, vacant lots and buildings and signage, withregard to weeds, maintenance and repair, litter clean-up (including cigarette butts and gum), graffiti and vandalism.MaxActualMunicipalTidiness, order, cleanliness and first impressions 15 14Community anti-litter awareness programs 5 4.5Effective bylaws & policies and enforcement; for litter control, graffiti prevention includingnotices & posters10 9Cleanliness of public green infrastructure: parks, streetscapes (sidewalks, planters, etc.) 15 14Cleanliness of urban signage and furniture such as benches, litter and recycling containers 15 14.5Business & InstitutionsTidiness, order and cleanliness and first impressions. 15 14Condition of buildings (exterior maintenance), grounds, sidewalks and parking lots 15 14Condition of urban furniture: benches, litter and recycling containers 5 4.5ResidentialTidiness, order and cleanliness 20 19Condition of buildings, grounds and yards 15 14Community InvolvementPublic participation in community, neighbourhood or individual street tidiness, clean-upprograms, activities and annual maintenance (including promotion, organization, innovationsinvolving youth and seniors, etc.)Support – financial and/or in-kind or participation by the Municipality, Businesses andInstitutions for community clean-up programs10 910 9.5Tidiness Total 150.00 140.006 | P age
TIDINESSObservations:First impressions of Charlottetown included a very tidy and attractive waterfront, downtown and Cityigateways. There were many people enjoying the downtown and waterfront parks including numerous touristsand visitors. A large cruise ship was in dock as well as a number of bus tours. The boardwalk along thewaterfront was spotless right down to the hand cleaning of the brick sidewalks.We saw no graffiti, a testament to the success of the Downtown Charlottetown Inc. Graffiti Removal Program.We saw the downtown litter pick-up crew busily carrying out their duties and learned that a number ofvolunteer clean–ups take place as well.Park and street furniture and related infrastructure is in good repair with combination litter/recyclereceptacles strategically located throughout the parks and walkway systems.Business and residential areas were generally quite tidy with very minimal litter, if any, all indicative of anoverall community approach.Biodegradable doggie bag dispensers are located in all major dog walking parks.Victoria Park, one of the most popular parks in the city, has a myriad of trails that are well used and wellmaintained including regular grooming and litter pick–up.Recommendations:• The City and all of its community and business partners are doing an excellent job on keepingCharlottetown very tidy. This includes the gateway areas into the City. We were shown proposed plansfor an enhanced entrance display near the causeway. It was impressive. We suggest that this be givensome priority status and be phased in, if total costs are a budget concern.• The waterfront is the first point of contact for cruise ship visitors and the parks and boardwalk are topnotch. A suggestion to further enhance this gateway would be a large floral welcoming display. Thisdisplay would eave quite a first impression with ship visitors.• Provincially-owned boulevards also serve as gateway areas into the capital city. It is suggested that theProvince work cooperatively with the City on plans to enhance and beautify these well -travelled areas.• Continue to build on the excellent foundation of community and business partnerships that are helpingkeep Charlottetown very tidy and attractive.
2011 Evaluation FormENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONEnvironmental action includes efforts and achievement by the municipality, businesses, institutions, and residents of thecommunity, with respect to: policies, by-laws and best practices, 3-R initiatives (reduce/reuse/recycle), waste reduction,landfill sites, hazardous waste collections, water conservation, naturalization, environmental stewardship activities, andenvironmentally friendly transportation, under the guiding principles of sustainable development.MunicipalSustainable development strategy: policies, guidelines, long-term planning / vision; effective bylaws/ policies and their enforcement; and public education programs and activities.Waste management programs such as 3-R (recycling, re-use, reduce), composting and includingactivities such as landfill site management, shredding of Christmas trees & handling of hazardouswaste including e-waste collectionWater conservation and reduction programs: efficient appliance incentives or promotion, efficientirrigation and use of non-potable water, water restriction policiesEnergy conservation programs such as alternate forms of energy (ex. geothermal, biomass, wind,solar), efficient street and signal lighting and shielding for night skies issues & promotion of energyauditsEnvironmental actions such as:Greening of operations fleet for park maintenance: such as conversion to higher efficiency vehicles,use of alternative fuels and air quality programs: monitoring, anti-idling advisory / bylaws, efficientuse of vehicle fleet such as use of crew cabs, bicycles, any other energy-saving transportation.Development and expansion of bike lanes and recreational pathways.Initiatives and Innovation, such as: green roofs, green walls; re-use of sites; engineered wetlandsand bio-walls.Brownfield redevelopment, remediation, land reclamation.Business & InstitutionsParticipation in the environmental effort : such as waste management (recycle, reuse, reduce),water conservation, energy conservation, brownfield managementCorporate environmental innovation / stewardship, initiatives, activities (Ex. Environmental clean-upactivities)ResidentialMaxActual20 19.510 910 910 920 1910 910 9Participation in the 3-R (recycle, reuse, reduce) initiatives and composting 20 18.5Adoption of water conservation practices & policies including rainwater collection. 15 14Community InvolvementPublic participation in public forums and policy development on environmental issues 5 4.5Public participation in community, neighbourhood or individual street environmental activities andprograms (including, promotion, organization and evidence of taking ownership), etc.)Support – financial and/or in-kind or participation by the Municipality, Businesses and Institutionsin public environmental activities and programs10 910 8.5Environmental Action Total 150.00 138.008 | P age
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONObservations:Charlottetown has embraced sustainability putting in place an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, anICSP standing committee and hiring its first Sustainability Coordinator. Staff and Council members are engagedin sustainability training that will help provide a solid and consistent corporate understanding of the theme (akey underlying principle of Communities in Bloom as well).The City is a key participant of the Island Waste Management Corporation. This was set up by the Provincialgovernment to handle all solid waste management on Prince Edward Island. A modern central facility is locatedin the Charlottetown area. It includes a second generation landfill, central composting facility and a majorrecycle centre. Six transfer stations are located around the Island. This coordinated approach has enabled Islandresidents to reach a Nation leading 60% plus diversion rate.The Sustainability Plan has laid out some immediate priorities including water conservation. The City hasrecently hired a Water Conservationist with several priority initiatives underway including a new WaterConservation Plan completely done in-house. Key priorities include universal metering, rainwater harvesting andpublic engagement. The various community Watershed Committees report to the ICSP Committee. Efficientwater use will allow more capacity for new growth and ensure efficient and sustainable water use.An Integrated Transportation Plan, also flowing from the ICSP, is a next step and will include public and activetransportation options.The University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College, both located in the City, provide outstandingresearch, learning and environmental partnership opportunities. The new Applied Science Technology Buildingat Holland College has a number of energy efficiency and sustainability characteristics built into it, making it aworking model/example of building sustainability.Charlottetown has a number of public environmental awareness programs in place including OutreachPrograms. Community and edible gardens are located throughout the City along with Farmers’ Markets. EarthHour, Earth Day and other recognized environmental events are celebrated each year.In the natural environment, there are protected areas such as the remnants of the original Acadian Forest andseveral protected watershed and natural areas. Successful brownfield redevelopment in Charlottetown isnoteworthyand includes beautiful park and public areas (e.g. Joe Ghiz Park) and waterfront park areas.
2011 Evaluation FormRecommendations:• Charlottetown is to be commended on its corporate and community sustainability efforts. It is suggested thatthere be a prioritized focus on community engagement perhaps extending the Sustainability e-learningopportunities to representatives of community partners. Internally, a transition/implementation teamrepresenting all departments and agencies could be helpful to existing ICSP Committee.• It is suggested that the outstanding CIB efforts continue to be entrenched into the ICSP. Performancemeasurement and public reporting mechanisms should be developed to report on success, set priorities andkeep everyone aware.• Prince Edward Island has an impressive solid waste management program. Consider a curb side pick–up,twice a year, for old appliances and furniture for residents’ convenience.• Charlottetown has embarked on a publically driven water conservation program. What an excellent initiative.It is suggested that universal metering, rain harvesting, gray water reuse and public engagement priorities bevigorously pursued.• The University of PEI and Holland College are outstanding local resources. The City should continue to pursueand enhance existing environmentally related partnerships, training and research opportunities e.g. sharingthe City’s ICSP.• Continue to build on the great foundation of community environmental partnerships and initiatives.10 | P age
2011 Evaluation FormHERITAGE CONSERVATIONHeritage Conservation includes efforts made by the municipality, businesses and institutions, and residents to preserveheritage within their community. Priority in evaluation is given to natural heritage, as well as the integration of landscapeand streetscapes as it pertains to the built heritage of a community. Also consists of preservation of cultural heritagewhich includes monuments, memorials, artefacts, museums and history, archives, traditions, customs, heritage foods andthe arts and festivals and celebrations. The evaluation includes:-natural heritage management plans: sites, parks, cemeteries, heritage gardens and trees, native plants;- the relationship of the landscape to the built heritage;-overall preservation of traditions and customs through year-round festivals and celebrations, events and parades,heritage foods and the arts.As well, the participation of groups such as the Historical Society is considered.MunicipalMaxActualHeritage policies, by-laws and their enforcement and effective programs 15 14.75Natural and cultural heritage management plan and preservation initiatives: including culturallandscapes, use of native plants, heritage gardens, heritage trees, cemeteries, museums,15 14.5heritage sitesManagement and promotion of heritage (through communications, information and supportprograms, economic development / tourism) including natural and cultural heritage initiatives 15 14.5throughout the year, and preservation of traditions, and customsInterpretative and signage programs, walking tours, festivals/celebrations (year round) 15 14.5Activities and programs (year-round) for education and use of natural heritage sites for and bythe public15 14.5New programs and initiatives to promote local heritage 10 9.5Business & InstitutionsConservation, restoration and reuse of heritage buildings and grounds 15 14.5Promotion of local heritage, including heritage gardens, native plants, and heritage trees 15 14.5ResidentialConservation / restoration and reuse of sites / buildings 10 9.5Conservation of cultural and heritage elements pertaining to their own private lands andstructures.5 4.5Community InvolvementPublic participation in community, neighbourhood or individual in cultural and naturalheritage programs including heritage community events/activities, including year roundcultural festivals & celebrations and preservation of traditions, customs, food, music, dance10 9.5and crafts (including promotion, organization etc.).Support – financial and/or in-kind or participation by the Municipality, Businesses andInstitutions (including Historical Societies) in community initiated, natural and culturalheritage activities and programs including cultural festivals & celebrations throughout the10 9.5year and preservation of traditions, customs, food, music, dance and crafts.Heritage Conservation Total 150.00 144.2512 | P age
HERITAGE CONSERVATIONObservations:In 2011 Charlottetown received the designation of Cultural Capital of Canada, a program of the federalDepartment of Canadian Heritage. This is an outstanding accomplishment, congratulations. This nationaldesignation recognized the City’s ongoing commitment to arts, culture and heritage as its vibrant, thrivingcultural atmosphere. A number of related initiatives are tied directly into the local landscape, parks and greenspaces e.g. Aboriginal Garden, Art in the Open and colourful heritage banners downtown and in the waterfrontpark areas.The Cultural Capital program also includes a focus on four historic Squares located in the City centre.Charlottetown’s designated Heritage Area is to be expanded to include 700 properties with 350 designated atthe moment. Twelve structures have Federal Heritage designation. The collection of ornate Victorian era homesin the older part of the City is stunning. The properties are also very tastefully landscaped, many with remnantVictorian plantings and trees.We must mention the outstanding contribution of individuals and groups who worked tirelessly over the pastmany years helping ensure this very valuable heritage was not lost. Congratulations.Known as the Birthplace of Canadian Confederation, Charlottetown continues to build on its rich history andheritage with sound municipal heritage policies, incentive programs, research and a key component of theoverall ICSP. Brochures and self-guided walks help introduce history to visitors and residents alike.Public art reflects heritage as well, with 8 pieces being commissioned as part of the Cultural Capital of Canadaprogram. At Holland College a compass rose, giant sundial is being erected in honour of Samuel Holland, a late1700’s surveyor.The natural heritage and conservation is evident in the protected watershed areas and in historic park areassuch as the four official squares and Victoria Park.A multitude of heritage and community festivals take place annually in Charlottetown.Recommendations:• Charlottetown, citizens and community partners have and continue their efforts on built history and heritage(recognized nationally and internationally) but on natural heritage as well. For example, Victorian gardens atone or more of the heritage homes, with labeling. Examples of Victorian gardening in one of the four Squaresmay be appropriate as well, by simply recognizing the various plantings of the particular era of theestablishment of Charlottetown.• Charlottetown has a mature urban forest in the older areas many with heritage tree status. It is important tocompile a recorded list with the tree condition as part of a future Urban Forest Plan (Please refer to UrbanForestry section). A list of heritage and special trees could be compiled and recorded. Future protection i.e.ensuring tree removal not done without knowledge/permission of the City would provide parallelconsiderations similar to the heritage homes.
2011 Evaluation FormURBAN FORESTRYUrban Forestry includes the efforts made by the municipality, businesses and institutions, and residents with regards towritten policies, by-laws, standards for tree management (selection, planting, and maintenance), long and short-termmanagement plans, tree replacement policies, tree inventory, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), heritage, memorialand commemorative trees.MunicipalMaxActualOverall impact, benefit and first impression of the urban forest 10 9.5Policies, regulations and tree by-laws, tree protection and planting on public and private lands 10 8Urban forestry planning and design, including integration with overall landscape plan 10 7.5Measures to preserve, protect, manage and expand overall tree inventory, including woodlots 10 8Plan of action: procurement, species diversity (including native trees), selection of hardy species 10 8Integrated Pest Management (IPM) / Plant HealthCare (PHC): plan of action for invasive pestdetection and control, information on current infestations and diseases10 9Public information program on good planting techniques and maintenance programs 10 8Qualified personnel and/or crew training 10 8Business & InstitutionsDesign, species diversity and planting of trees in landscapes 15 13.5Maintenance programs and best practices: watering, pruning, IPM 10 8.5Inclusion of diversified (including native), hardy species for planting on properties 10 8.5ResidentialDesign, species diversity and planting of trees in landscapes 15 13Inclusion of diversified (including native), hardy species for planting on residential properties 10 8.5Maintenance best practices 10 8.75Community InvolvementPublic participation in tree planting and conservation programs such a Green Streets Canada,Arbour Day, Maple Leaf Day, and other tree planting and maintenance programs and activitieson public lands (including promotion, organization etc.).Support – financial and/or in-kind or participation or promotion by the Municipality, Businessesand Institutions for community tree planting and conservation programs on public lands.15 13.510 9Urban Forestry Total 175.00 149.2514 | P age
URBAN FORESTRYObservations:Charlottetown has recognized the importance of its urban forest and trees through the establishment of adepartment dedicated to urban beautification and forestry. The City has a Tree By-Law.Most of the tree maintenance work is contracted out to companies who have certified arborists on staff andsupervised by the City Internal staff do some pruning.Much of the overall urban forest canopy in the older parts of Charlottetown is the result of excellent foresightmany decades ago. It has been supplemented with newer plantings by the City over the past number of years (inthe downtown and along major streets).The forestry management program in Victoria Park is noteworthy and includes removal of invasive species,pruning, removal of damaged limbs, and the planting of suitable native species. Some excellent specimen treesare located in this park. An informative booklet has been published which includes descriptions of the trees.Charlottetown is very cognizant of the negative impacts of invasive species and diseases. A Dutch elm diseaseeducation program is in place and there is monitoring/control for other potential invasive problems such asKnotweed. In 2010 an injection system was started on the elms that helps trigger the trees’ own immunesystem.Arbour Day is celebrated and planting programs involve school children and City staff.Recommendations:• Charlottetown staffers are very open and interested to learn from others in the urban forest industry. A keysuggestion is to work towards an overall Urban Forest Plan. A good starting point would be to talk withother cities that have successful urban forest master plans in place (to scope the City’s own needs andpriorities). Some initial priority areas may include a tree inventory, hazard tree assessment of street andpark trees, pest and invasive species plan, climate change impact assessment on trees, planting anddiversification plan, heritage tree program, etc. Ensure that the Urban Forest Plan is tied directly into theICSP and other related park and sustainability plans.• Staff has embarked on efforts to become ISA certified arborists and it is suggested that this be givenpriority in the training budget. Professional tree organizations such as ISA are an excellent source of proventraining and certification programs in urban forestry and proper tree care.• A City Tree Commission or Committee is suggested to help provide guidance with the overall urban forestefforts and bring more attention to this valuable asset.• The City has been diversifying tree planting programs in the downtown and along streets. Some suggestedadditional zone 4 cultivars to consider include: both Am. and hybrid Elms (Princeton, Liberty, Frontier,Prospecter, etc.) Wright Brothers Sugar Maple (and other varieties), Am. Yellowwood, Maackia amurensis,Common and Hybrid Hackberry, Royal Raindrops, Siberian and Harvest Gold Crabapples, KentuckyCoffeetree and others upon request.• Continue to investigate a small tree nursery, particularly for growing native species, i.e. whips fornaturalizing, watershed areas, etc.• Encourage developers to plant more trees in new developments.
2011 Evaluation FormLANDSCAPE (Parks & Grounds, Green Spaces, Streetscapes - including Turf & Groundcovers)This section of the evaluation supports all efforts to create an environment showcasing the overall surroundings. The overall plan anddesign must be suitable for the intended use and location on a year-round basis. Elements for evaluation include: native andintroduced materials; balance of plants, materials and constructed elements; appropriate integration of hard surfaces and artelements, use of turf and groundcovers. Landscape design should harmonize the interests of municipal, commercial and residentialsectors of the community. Standards of execution and maintenance should demonstrate best practices, including quality ofnaturalization, use of groundcovers and wildflowers, turf management and maintenance. The evaluation will consider how the spacescreate a sense of place within the community, actively utilized year-round.Max ActualMunicipalLandscape Plan: integrated and implemented throughout the municipality 10 9Turf management programs, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Plant Health Care (PHC),alternative solutions to diseases and infestations when appropriate, increased naturalization,10 9.5alternate mowing frequency and water managementFirst impressions of the community including gateway / entrance treatments 10 9.5Landscape maintenance policies, standards, best practices and programs 10 9.25Sustainable designs (seasonally adjusted year round): energy efficient, use of green materials,naturalization, xeriscaping, suitable plant varieties10 9.5Urban and civic design standards for streetscape and public places: flags, banners, public art,fountains, site furnishings, seasonal design and décor, walkways and paving materials10 9.5Landscape maintained to appropriate standards and specifications 10 9.5Demonstrated year-round opportunities and programs for education and use of parks and greenspaces (parks and recreation programs, city festivals and events)10 9.5Qualified personnel (including seasonal staff) and/or training 5 4.5Business & InstitutionsSustainable designs (seasonally adjusted year round): energy efficient, use of green materials,naturalization, xeriscaping, alternate groundcoversContribution to urban and civic design and public green spaces above requirements: such as publicart, streetscape, site furniture, fountains & innovation in concept & designAdequate ongoing life cycle management (ongoing maintenance, ground & asset management,rehabilitation & replacement ) of all landscape elementsResidential10 910 9.510 9.5Streetscape appeal of landscapes (year-round, seasonal, themed) 15 14Maintenance of properties: lawn care, tree and shrub maintenance 15 14Selection of plant material (native, local, innovative, including edible gardening) 15 14Community InvolvementPublic participation in community programs such as: "yard of the week", volunteer parkmaintenance, holiday illumination & decoration (including promotion, organization etc.).15 14.5Recognition (by municipality and/or by volunteer groups) of volunteer efforts in all aspects of theCommunities in Bloom Program including tidiness, environmental action, urban forestry, landscape, 15 14.5floral and natural & Cultural Heritage activities .Support – financial and/or in-kind or participation by the Municipality, Businesses and Institutionsfor community landscape programs and activities10 9.5Landscape Total 200.00 188.2516 | P age
LANDSCAPEObservations:The overall landscape in Charlottetown is very pleasing with a good transition between more manicured, builtareas and natural areas, waterfront and the rivers and streams.The Municipal parks system includes close to 100 properties strategically located throughout the City alongwith 27 athletic fields. Turf areas appear in good condition. Equipment and park furniture are generally in goodorder and attractive landscape treatments exist at the entrances. Flagship parks of note include Centennial,Queen Elizabeth, Joe Ghiz, Victoria and the various waterfront parks.Local cemeteries such as the Sherwood Cemetery add greatly to the overall landscape with mature trees, floralentrances and a beautiful sandstone garden in Sherwood.Service clubs and other community organizations make substantial contributions to the local landscape, parksand green spaces. Lions Park is an excellent example.Landscapes in the business and institutional areas include: attractive entrances downtown, effective landscapetreatments at a number of small businesses as well as tree and turf areas, that are well cared for, at Universityof PEI and Holland College.Charlottetown has a successful CIB related residential landscape competition and we saw some very attractiveproperties including #50 and #53 Thorndale. Hillsborough Subdivision is a good example of one of the attractiveand nicely landscaped neighbourhood entrances.Charlottetown’s sustainability philosophy extends to its landscaped areas with successful brownfieldreclamations in the past few years (such as the highly used Joe Ghiz Park and Waterfront park areas) and thereare major plans for new park and public areas near the harbor front.Recommendations:• The City’s well maintained public parks and landscaped areas are the direct result of outstanding effortsand dedication of its staff. If possible consider making some of yearly part-time positions more permanentto ensure skill sets and dedication are not lost. An in-house mentoring program may be beneficial, i.e.pairing newer staff with veteran staff periodically to share knowledge.• It is suggested that the Province work cooperatively with Charlottetown regarding landscape enhancementson Provincially-owned boulevards and along City gateways.• The floral salamander in Victoria Park is well done. It may provide an opportunity for some publicitythrough postcards, a “tree top” photo etc.• If affordable and top quality, consider using some of the organic compost from the Island WasteManagement Corporation for park and garden use.
2011 Evaluation FormFLORAL DISPLAYS"Floral Displays" evaluates the efforts made by the municipality, businesses and institutions, and residential sectors ofthe community to design, plan, execute, and maintain floral displays of high quality standards. Evaluation includes thedesign and arrangements of flowers and plants (annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses) in the context oforiginality, distribution, location, diversity and balance, colour, and harmony. This pertains to flowerbeds, carpetbedding, containers, baskets and window boxes.MunicipalIntegration into overall landscape plan and distribution through community. Concept anddesign including sustainable designDiversity of displays: flowerbeds, raised beds, planters, hanging baskets, window boxes, carpetbedding, mosaicsMaxActual15 13.515 13.5Diversity of plants: annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, woody plants, natural flora 10 8.5Quality, maintenance to appropriate specifications and standards, best practices: watering,weeding, edging, dead heading, etc.20 18Qualified personnel (including seasonal staff) and/or training 10 9Business & InstitutionsConcept and design (including arrangement, diversity, colour of display and plants) on grounds 15 13.5Quality of planting and maintenance: watering, weeding, edging, dead heading, etc. 10 9Contribution to, and integration with, overall community floral program 10 9ResidentialConcept and design (including arrangement, diversity, colour of display and plants) onresidential properties15 14Quality of planting and maintenance 15 14Community InvolvementPublic participation in community projects, volunteer initiatives, outreach programs in floraldisplays (including promotion, organization, etc.).10 9.5Volunteer recognition (by municipality and/or by volunteer groups) of volunteer efforts infloral displays15 14Support – financial and/or in-kind or participation by the Municipality, Businesses andInstitutions in community floral displays activities.15 14.5Floral Displays Total 175.00 160.0018 | P age
FLORAL DISPLAYSObservations:Civic pride and floral beautification efforts abound throughout Charlottetown, the result of the outstandingefforts of the City and many community or business partners. Over 160 floral hanging baskets adorn thedowntown along with another 100 in Victoria Park and other public areas. These, along with the period lightstandards add greatly to the Victorian charm of the City. Floral and edible garden planters are located in severalareas including City Diamond, Memorial Park and Victoria Park.Confederation Park along the waterfront and Joe Ghiz Park, provide excellent examples of effective andcolourful floral displays in both parks and public areas.The Adopt a Corner is a resounding success with 70 corners in 2011. Local businesses adopt and plant citycorners with a friendly competition. This initiative boosts civic pride while beautifying; a job well done. The Citycarries out its own floral competition for residents and businesses and the Councillor.Over a Barrel is a unique way of involving the Mayor and Council in the floral beautification efforts.The Adopt a Barrel is a successful floral partnership throughout the downtown and adds to the downtowncolour and ambiance. We saw a number of beautiful floral window boxes throughout the City which addsunique character.City gateways and major park entrances had effective floral treatments. Two carpet beds were of note, the CIBbed and the Crown Carpet Bed at Friends of the Farm.Several residential properties had very colourful floral displays with a number of property owners participatingin the local CIB contest. The overall effect was a rich mosaic of colour throughout the entire City.Recommendations:• Charlottetown has its own CIB awards program which is commendable. It is suggested that the Citycontinue to build on this great foundation by perhaps giving consideration to a beautiful properties ofCharlottetown tour or something along those lines.• It is suggested that Charlottetown give consideration to a City Flower(s), something relatively easy to grow,hardy, long season blooming and attractive. Perhaps a community contest could be held to select a CityFlower, or having students and others vote for their favorite flower at schools, libraries and other publicplaces.• It is suggested that a Master Gardener program be investigated. These programs are often set up inconjunction with a local horticultural school and provide an excellent resource of qualified communitygardeners who could work as mentors with community and business groups.• Continue to build on all of the excellent community and business partnerships established to date.
2011 Evaluation FormTHANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT“Within the context of climate change and environmentalconcerns, communities involved in the Communities in Bloomprogram can be proud of their efforts, which provide real andmeaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.”COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM IS MADE POSSIBLE BYThe commitment of local, provincial and national volunteersThe support of elected officials and of staff in municipalitiesThe dedication of our judges, staff and organizationsThe contribution of our sponsors and partners20 | P age