Winners Announced for Local Beautification Program

Winners Announced for Local Beautification Program
Posted on 08/25/2020
The lawns and gardens of Charlottetown are being celebrated this month as the Make Our Hometown Beautiful winners are announced.

The gardening program is designed to recognize those who maintain buildings and landscapes within City limits. Businesses and residents can self-nominate or nominate someone else. This year, the properties were chosen based on curb appeal or what could be viewed from the road without entering private property.

Judging took place the week of August 10, with one property chosen from each of the 10 City wards. Winners will receive a gift card to a local business and will be contacted directly with details of prize pickup. The Ward-specific properties being recognized are as follows:

• Ward 1: 93 Hillsborough Street
• Ward 2: 20 Hawthorne Avenue
• Ward 3: 105 Spring Park Road
• Ward 4: 26 Confederation Street
• Ward 5: 47 Corrigan Court
• Ward 6: 46 Birch Hill Drive
• Ward 7: 78 Kirkcaldy Drive
• Ward 8: 44 Southway Crescent
• Ward 9: 24 Angus Drive
• Ward 10: 133 Parkwood Crescent

Mayor Philip Brown reviewed the winning properties from the 10 wards and chose the best overall for the Mayor’s Award. The 2020 Mayor’s Award was presented to Evelyn and Darrell Vessey (24 Angus Drive). The recipient received a gift certificate to a local business and a handmade, live-edge bench made from the historic elms that were removed in Charlottetown due to Dutch elm disease.

“There are people in this city who go to great lengths to beautify and take care of their lawns and gardens, their business properties, and the greenspaces and gardens in their neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Brown. “It’s a real pleasure to be able to recognize some of those people each year. Some of the charm and appeal of the City of Charlottetown – the Birthplace of Confederation – is how picturesque and clean it is and we owe a lot of that to the residents and businesses of the Capital City. We thank each and every one of them for their work.”

During Make Our Hometown Beautiful, judging also took place for the annual Adopt a Corner program, in partnership with Downtown Charlottetown Inc. The winners are as follows:

• 1st Place: Trinity United Church
• 2nd Place: Frank Zakem Memorial
• 3rd Place: Atlantic Hypnosis Centre

“We are so proud of the award winning Adopt a Corner” Program, now in its 14th year” said Dawn Alan, Executive Director, Downtown Charlottetown Inc. “What really makes this program successful are the partners; The City of Charlottetown ensures that the flower beds are prepared and maintained, local businesses adopt the space, purchase flowers, and their teams do the design and planting. The results are always beautiful and unique, and give all those involved a great sense of pride and ownership. We encourage the community to tour around the Downtown to view the over 70 Adopt a Corner gardens, no two alike”

City departments and members of Council also planted barrels as part of the gardening program. The prize for the best department barrel went to the Public Works Department, and the prize for the best Councillor barrel went to Councillor Terry MacLeod.

Each property or recipient of Make Our Hometown Beautiful and the Adopt a Corner program will be featured on the City’s social media channels over the next two weeks on Facebook @CityofCharlottetown on Twitter @ChtownPE and on Instagram @city_of_charlottetown