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America In Bloom

 
Estes Park will once again participate in the America in Bloom program in 2014, and community members and businesses are invited to become involved. America in Bloom is a non-profit, nationwide program promoting beautification through education and community involvement, while utilizing flowers, plants, trees, and other lifestyle enhancements. Locally known as Estes Park in Bloom, the project is a community-wide effort involving businesses, residents and Town government.
 
America in Bloom is the only organization of its kind offering an award program with on-site, one-on-one mentoring and coaching by a team of expert judges. The team will be in Estes Park in July and will provide the local committee with a detailed, written evaluation following its visit. The evaluation is based upon six criteria: floral displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, heritage preservation, environmental efforts, and the overall impression/cleanliness of the community.
 
America In Bloom logo
 
Flower Island at intersection of Hwys 34 & 36
In 2013, the Town of Estes Park was honored with three awards, including as the nationwide winner in its population category of 4,001-7,000 residents. It also received the outstanding achievement award for “Landscaped Areas.” And finally, the Town won a special award for “Most Effective Use of Bold Foliage.”
 
Mayor Pinkham commented, “We are so proud that in Estes Park’s first year participating in this program, the hard work of our staff and fellow community members made such an outstanding impression on the judges.”  He continued, “These awards are a testament to the long-term pride and dedication of the entire community to maintain a beautiful, welcoming town.”
 
Judges Evelyn Alemanni and Billy Butterfield visited Estes Park July 11 and 12, 2013, to evaluate Estes Park in its first entry in the America in Bloom program. The judging team provided a detailed, written evaluation in September at the annual America in Bloom symposium, where the Town received a “bloom rating” of four out of five possible points.
 
“At the heart of the program is not just the possibility of an award or recognition, it’s the effort to bring the community together with the common goal of community beautification,” said Keri Kelly of the Town of Estes Park Parks Division. She added, “Getting involved in Estes Park in Bloom will bring satisfaction to everyone who participates, as we make the community where we live, work and play an even better place.” Kelly has established a local steering committee with representatives from businesses and other organizations. The committee is currently planning and seeking more public involvement.
 
Since America in Bloom was founded in 2001, nearly 200 cities in 40 states have participated. For more information or to become involved in the Estes Park in Bloom project, contact Keri Kelly at 970-577-3782 or email kkelly@estes.org
 
Town Hall floral