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Arroyo Grande wins national honors from America in Bloom

Members of the community gathered at the new Arroyo Grande mural Friday, July 25, for an official unveiling ceremony.
Members of the community gathered at the new Arroyo Grande mural Friday, July 25, for an official unveiling ceremony. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Arroyo Grande recently received an outstanding achievement award and a five-bloom rating at the 2014 America in Bloom national awards ceremony in Philadelphia.

The city was also honored Oct. 4 with a special award for its water management program and a special mention for the mural project in the Village, according to a news release from the nonprofit America in Bloom organization.

Arroyo Grande competed against Ottawa, Ill.; Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; and Holliston, Mass., in the 15,001 to 19,000 population category. But the outstanding achievement award only goes to one participant in all population categories.

Two judges visited Arroyo Grande and the other cities and spent two days touring the town, meeting with city officials, residents and volunteers. All participants were evaluated on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped area and floral displays.

In the news release, judges James Sutton and Karin Rindal commended Arroyo Grande’s community involvement and praised its “volunteers that work tirelessly to display the town at its very best.”

For more information, visit www.americainbloom.org.

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