The flower van used by the Beautification Brigade

The flower van used by the Beautification Brigade

The planters on the Commons
Image by Martha Gioumousis

The planters on the Commons

Hardy hibiscus blooming on Sign Triangle

Hardy hibiscus blooming on Sign Triangle

The bright zinnias and sunflowers at Purity Point

The bright zinnias and sunflowers at Purity Point

Iris blooming on Dryden Road

Iris blooming on Dryden Road

 Flowers at Seneca Point
Image by Dan Klein

Flowers at Seneca Point

Community Beautification

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.

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FAQs

"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!

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Beautification Brigade!

Come learn more about volunteering with our Community Beautification Program on 3/30 & 4/5. Beautify Ithaca - no experience required, dinner provided.

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What's Blooming Now?

All around Ithaca, the first flowers are pushing through and blooming. Click here to see the current blooms and sites.

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E. State St. Triangles

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.

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Business Planting Day

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.

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Ithaca Commons

These gorgeous new planters were installed on The Ithaca Commons following the renovation of this popular public space in 2016.

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Contact

Martha Gioumousis
Community Beautification Program Manager
mg10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 123

Last updated March 13, 2017