The City of Richmond’s 2017 street banner collection was unveiled at the Monday, January 23 City Council meeting. This year, 11 winning banners were selected from just under 300 entries reflecting Richmond’s Canada 150 tagline: One nation, hundreds of cultures, thousands of communities, millions of people and limitless stories. Inspiring Richmond to welcome our future.
“The annual street banner contest provides residents a grassroots opportunity to become more involved in the beautification of their city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Entries received in the contest showcase the places, activities and experiences that make Richmond beautiful and unique.”
One of the winning designs unveiled Monday evening captures one of Canada’s national symbols, the maple leaf. Winner Ellane Reyes said, “I was inspired to take a photo of some leaves my daughter collected. The different colours of the maple leaves in my design, for me, not only symbolize Canada, but also symbolize all the people that make Richmond a beautiful city to live in.”
Over 1,200 street banners are produced for the city. A complete set of the new street banners are currently on display at Richmond City Hall. The winning banners will beautify the City Centre area and gateways throughout the city starting later this week, and will remain on display until early next year. For more information on the street banner program and to view the winning designs, visit www.richmond.ca/banners.
Beginning in April, last year’s banners will be available in their original banner form and also as recycled banner bags. These items can be purchased from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, from the Community Services Division reception located at the City of Richmond’s Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane.
As a popular component to the City’s Partners for Beautification initiative, the City hosts a street banner contest every fall that encourages community members to submit original images or artworks with creative and visually appealing designs that represent Richmond. Winning designs are selected through both an online community voting campaign and a panel of volunteer jurors.
About Richmond’s Partners for Beautification Program
The Partners for Beautification program is dedicated to the continued beautification of the city of Richmond. Residents of all ages, community groups, service clubs and businesses who call Richmond home can make a difference in a park, trail or streetscape, and create a legacy for the city. Activities include the annual street banner contest, stewardship opportunities and the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up.