Portage la Prairie, MB, September 18, 2017 – Portage la Prairie received a 3 Bloom rating with a Special Mention for Urban Forest with Inclusion of Fruit Trees for All, during the Manitoba Communities in Bloom provincial awards held at the International Peace Garden on September 9, 2017. The City of Portage la Prairie participated in the over 5,000 population category.

Jean-Marc Nadeau, City Manager and his daughter Sarah attended the Communities in Bloom Conference and Awards Ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the City of Portage la Prairie (pictured).Communities in Bloom

“I’m thrilled with our 3 bloom rating”, said Jean-Marc Nadeau “I want to recognize the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation and our local Communities in Bloom Committee – James Kostuchuk, Victoria Espey, William Plenty, and Arishya Aggarwal, their hard work and efforts have paid off”

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.

Over the summer judges toured Portage la Prairie evaluating our community in six judging criteria: Tidiness; Environmental Action; Heritage Conservation; Urban Forestry; Landscaped Areas; and Floral Displays

Portage la Prairie participated in the novice program last year, with 2017 marking our 1st year participating in the regular Communities in Bloom competition. “We’re very proud of our 3 bloom rating” said Victoria Espey, PCRC Executive Director and Communities in Bloom co-chair “We were only 4% shy of receiving 4 blooms which gives us a goal to work towards next year.”

In addition to the 3 bloom rating, Portage la Prairie scored 4 out of 5 leafs in the Canada 150 Special Edition Award for completing significant projects in celebration of Canada 150.

The full Communities in Bloom Portage la Prairie Evaluation can be found here.

For more information:

James Kostuchuk, PCRC Board Member & Communities in Bloom Co-chair

Victoria Espey, PCRC Executive Director, Communities in Bloom Co-chair