NAR: Increasingly recognition is being given
to private gardens. And to beautifully landscaped commercial
properties by a group called Take Pride Winnipeg.
TAKE PRIDE WINNIPEG
Take Pride Winnipeg is an organization dedicated to keep
Winnipeg clean and beautiful.
One of our most popular programs
is our Winnipeg in Bloom Contest.
We had 485 people participate: businesses, residential,
community efforts like churches and parks as well. Some of
our contestants are so enthusiastic they call us in January
for their entry forms and we don't have them printed yet.
When people find out they have won they are very excited.
They take a lot of pride in their gardening; so to be recognized
is a real source of pride for them.
A beautiful city helps to instil a sense of civic pride
and also is great for tourism. We have a lot of people who
ask for a list of entries so they can visit on tours. We
have a lot of commercial projects that enter each year and
they are beautiful. Waterfront Drive in Winnipeg is just
beautiful, they have done an excellent job landscaping very
new street, really breathtaking. When people are working
downtown it's a great way to step away from your office and
stop and smell the roses.
There is also a national contest that Winnipeg is a part
of called Communities in Bloom and Winnipeg captured that
contest in 2001.
CITY OF WINNIPEG PARK SERVICES
It's very important for a city to have beautiful parks it affects the quality
of life. A great example of this is at Vimy Ridge Park and secondly at Kildonan
Park. And our boulevards are just teeming with colours and beautiful displays
of annuals throughout the city. We have over 1400 plants and beds throughout
There is a national communities in bloom program and Winnipeg
has won twice since 1995. It made everyone involved in the
CIB so proud.
It has been harder to maintain public open landscapes in
GARDEN CENTER OWNER
The level of interest that should exist in public planting
doesn't exist and hasn't existed for a very long time.
That passion has been replaced by a careful look at the
There is I believe a lot of pressure on municipalities not
to overspend and unfortunately the public gardens public
parks and public places have really taken that hit. It's
unfortunate but that's the way it is.
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