In addition to winning in its population category, West Lafayette was recognized for the tremendous contribution members of the community make to improve the quality of life. Numerous groups and organizations volunteer thousands of hours to help the city. Students and faculty at Purdue University also volunteer many hours to the city by cleaning up public and private areas, especially on Boiler Bash Day and at the De-trash the Wabash event.
Participants in the 25,001-50,000 category:
|Collierville, Tennessee: The judges recognized the city for its landscaped areas. The buildings and landscape are very impressive as you drive up to them, and the entrances into town have been well thought out and planned. The greenbelt project offers bikers, walkers and joggers the opportunity to exercise in a safe and pleasant environment, while the boardwalk from Johnson Park to the Wolf River Loop is fabulous!|
|Michigan City, Indiana: The community once called the Coney Island of the Midwest was recognized for its heritage preservation. Tourists used to arrive on excursion steamships from Chicago to enjoy the sun, fun and excitement of its beach. Today, the park has a monument to the Civil War, along with many structures from the WPA work program of the Great Depression.|
|Norwich, Connecticut: The city has a comprehensive program featuring an aggressive recycling program, including curbside, hazardous waste, leaf and brush composting, cardboard, scrap metal, appliances and tires. Consequently, the judges recognized Norwich for its environmental awareness.|
|Richmond, Kentucky: The judges recognized Richmond’s turf and groundcover areas. The city has an extensive park system with active and passive parks. The gem of the system is the 450-acre Lake Reba Recreational Complex, which includes a public golf course, sports fields, a dog walk park, bird sanctuary and a world-class horseshoe pit.|
This population category was judged by Jack Clasen and Ed Rhinehart.