Dubuque Receives Top Honors at America in Bloom National Awards Program
October 3, 2022
The City of Dubuque was recognized at the 2022 America in Bloom (AIB) National Awards Program held in St. Louis from Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Dubuque received top honors including the Over 35,000 Population Category Award and an All-America Selections Showcase Garden Award.
Dubuque also received special recognition for its Environmental Efforts from its AIB advisors who spent two days this summer touring the community and meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. City Council member Susan Farber, Parks and Recreation Commission member Jennifer Tigges, and Leisure Services Lead Administrative Assistant Kristen Dietz attended the AIB symposium and accepted the awards on the City's behalf.
In addition, City Council member Susan Farber was honored as a nominee for the 2022 Dwight Lund Community Champion Award which recognizes an individual who exemplifies community leadership and has demonstrated a vision and selfless commitment to moving the community forward.
Th AIB National Awards Program promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. All AIB participants were evaluated on seven criteria: community vitality, overall impression, environmental efforts, heritage celebration, urban forestry, landscaped areas, and flowers.
Dubuque’s participation in the National Awards Program was part of a $25,000 AIB/CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up grant the City received for the Re-Imagine Comiskey Park Redevelopment Project to be used for trees, native forbes, grass seed, shrubs, and flowers. Comiskey Park is being updated to meet current recreation needs and expanded from 3.6 acres to 5.7 acres. To learn more about the park redevelopment project, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/comiskeypark.
Over 280 communities from 45 states have participated in the National Awards Program impacting the lives of more than 22 million people across the country. To learn more about America in Bloom, visit www.americainbloom.org.
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