A seven-member delegation from Castle Rock attended the 2018 America in Bloom (AIB) National Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky on September 27 to 29.
From the AIB website: "America in Bloom is a non-profit organization that provides a framework for continuous improvements in quality of life through its national awards program and educational offerings. America in Bloom envisions communities as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work and play - benefiting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage, and planting pride through volunteerism." Forty cities from across the nation participated in 2018.
The annual symposium is an opportunity for the SIB cities, the judges/evaluators and the AIB board and officers from across the nation to come together to learn, celebrate and share their experiences. This year's enrollment included cities of all sizes. From tiny Washtucna, Washington with 200 population to Lexington; the largest city with more than 300,000 citizens.
This was Castle Rock's seventh year of participation and the third year in the row the city has been awarded 1st place in the head-to-head competition with cities within their population category (population under 3,000 for 2018). Castle Rock received special recognition for their flowers and also placed within the top three in the nation (regardless of city size), for use of flowers in containers, landscapes and baskets.
Castle Rock received a twenty-seven page evaluation report provided by the 2018 judging team upon their return from Kentucky. This comprehensive analysis will provide the 'road map' for continuous improvements for the city. The involvement of city leadership and staff; school district staff, students and administration; business and local organization support as well as volunteers will continue to flourish.
Castle Rock is committed to the vision of the national America in Bloom program and has realized benefits from their participation.