Prestigious global award for ‘best downtown area’ given to Oakville

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Published October 13, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Downtown Oakville was presented with the "Best Downtown Area Award" at the 29th Annual Communities in Bloom National and International Awards held in late September in Alberta. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

When it comes to downtowns, Oakville’s is simply the best.

Downtown Oakville topped all global competition to be presented with the “Best Downtown Area Award” at the 29th Annual Communities in Bloom (CiB) National & International Awards held in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo, Alberta in late September.

In being awarded the prestigious honour, Downtown Oakville edged out participating municipalities from Canada, Ireland, Slovenia, and South Korea.

Oakville’s Downtown Business Improvement Area said receiving the award is not just a testimony to its beauty, but a testament to the hard work, community spirit, and sustainable practices that the community has upheld.

“This award is a reflection of the unwavering dedication and collaborative spirit of our community,” said Adrienne Gordon, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area. “We’re incredibly proud of what Downtown Oakville represents – a perfect blend of heritage, vibrant spaces, innovative businesses, and forward-thinking sustainability initiatives.

“This recognition motivates us further to enhance our beloved downtown.”

To evaluate the competition, Communities in Bloom uses a process aimed at fostering community involvement, strength, and constant enhancement.

The organization, which has the motto “Growing Great Places Together”, champions environmental sustainability, green space enrichment, and heritage conservation. These efforts are geared towards augmenting the essence of municipal, residential, commercial, and institutional spaces, making cities and towns more inviting and vibrant.

Susan Ellis, National Chairperson of Communities in Bloom, praised the collective strength of the communities, highlighting the resolute spirit shown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The past years have thrown at us unprecedented challenges like the global pandemic and extreme weather events,” said Ellis. “Yet, we’ve shown remarkable tenacity and resilience. 2023 is a testament to our communities’ drive to make their regions healthier, more sustainable, and thriving.”

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