Ugliest Schoolyard Contest

Ugliest Schoolyard Contest

Greater Sudbury’s Ugliest Schoolyard Contest takes place every spring, and is hosted by VETAC, City Council’s Advisory Panel on Regreening. The purpose of the contest is to help local schools create greener and healthier schoolyards.

  • See Greater Sudbury’s ugliest schoolyard makeovers on our interactive map!

How it works

Every year local elementary and secondary schools compete for the title of ugliest schoolyard in Greater Sudbury. A winning school is awarded the grand prize and runner ups may also be selected, depending on funding. The winning school receives resources to regreen their schoolyard. Runner ups receive smaller amounts for similar projects.

A landscape designer will work with the school to design the project and the Sudbury Master Gardeners and Sudbury Horticultural Society assist in selecting plant material. Local businesses and organizations donate equipment and supplies.

The winning school must commit to:

  • hosting the launch of the project at the school site;
  • erecting a suitable sign on the site which will include the logos of our organization and the sponsors;
  • supporting the project for at least one year.

This contest is made possible through a major financial contribution from Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), a Glencore Company.

Ugliest Schoolyard Contest 2018

If you think your schoolyard could be greener, healthier and more student-friendly, we invite your school to enter the Ugliest Schoolyard Contest 2018.

You could win a package worth thousands of dollars to transform your school ground!

Resources and Past Winners