The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program was established in 2002 with funds from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and the Hotel Room Tax, an additional 5% paid by guests at local hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts to support tourism initiatives. The goal of the program is to improve the landscaping and appearance of places where tourists might go. Visit the pages in this section to see the many ways our program helps to make Tompkins County a more beautiful and welcoming place!
Click on the Strategic Plan to the left to learn more about Beautification and Tompkins County.
"Who painted your van?" and "Is this kale edible?" are just a couple of the questions our volunteers are asked. See more questions -- and answers -- here!
Come learn more about volunteering with our Community Beautification Program on March 26 or March 29. Beautify Ithaca - no experience required, dinner provided.
These gorgeous new planters were installed on The Ithaca Commons following the renovation of this popular public space in 2016.
At the east end of the Commons, several roads intersect in an area known as the tuning fork, forming three triangles of land: the Aurora St. Triangle, Sign Triangle and Zelkova Triangle.
Every year in early May, the Community Beautification Program offers downtown businesses the opportunity to have their containers planted with lovely and dramatic foliage and flowering plants.
The Rotary on Old Elmira Road is filled with spring bulbs, followed by summer flowers--a mix of annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses.
Last updated January 29, 2018