The Town of Eston is once again being recognized provincially for Communities in Bloom.

The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association announced this week that Eston received a total of 4 out of 5 Blooms in the 1001-2000 population category. Even getting a special mention of "Enthusiastic Communities in Bloom Committee - 18 Years and Going Strong". 

Sandy King, Communities in Bloom Committee member, spoke to West Central Online about what they aim to do each year.

"It's a volunteer group, we go out and try to make the community a better place. The town employees do help us substantially with watering and hanging our banners that we put up on Main Street.  It's a partnership between the town and Communities in Bloom that we work together and try and keep the community clean and looking good.  Everyone benefits if we are showing pride in our town and wanting to keep it looking good."

King also described a main difference from previous years.

"We had to water a little more, obviously it was a dry year so that played a factor all over Saskatchewan.  It took a little bit more time watering and making sure everything was staying beautiful and alive."

Eston competed against Kamsack and Wynyard this year in their population category. 

Michelle MacDonald Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Eston shared what the win means to Eston.

"We're very proud of the accomplishment and hard-work that went into this.  We have a wonderful volunteer committee that does a ton of work, as well as every community member that keeps up their yards and properties and helps out around town.  As well as our public works staff.  We have won in past years, but it's always exciting, and we're always very proud to win our category, especially with getting a special mention.  Communities in Bloom has only been in the province for 20 years and we've been participating for 18 years, so it was great to see that recognized"

Communities in Bloom sets ratings based on six criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays. 

The official scores and awards from the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association will be revealed October 20th in Warman.


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