The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program recognized businesses, civic associations, community partners and volunteers who have contributed to beautification efforts at an awards ceremony at La Tourelle on November 10. Winners of the new awards were selected from nominees in four categories: Business, Civic Association, Residence, and Placemaking.
The Community Beautification Award for a Business was presented to Ithaca Agway for their colorful landscape plantings on either side of their building on Route 13 and on Fulton Street. Staff Linda Brown and Stephanie Andersen are responsible for planting and maintaining the gardens and accepted the award for Agway.
The Community Beautification Award for a Civic Association went to the Groton Public Library for outstanding landscape plantings in front of the library on Route 222. Volunteers Chris Griffin and Mary Roberts replaced the existing evergreen shrubs with flowering shrubs and perennials and maintain the garden each year.
The Community Beautification Award for a Residence was presented to Lynn and Kate Coffey for their excellent curbside garden at the corner of Farm and Aurora Streets in the City of Ithaca. Flowering annuals and perennials are planted in the stone-edged bed, and a free little library next to the garden is colorfully painted to match the garden.
Press Bay Alley on Green Street received the Community Beautification Award for Placemaking for transforming a formerly unused alley into a vibrant space for pedestrians and customers with tables, chairs, planters and landscape plantings. David Kuckuk and John Guttridge, developers of Press Bay Alley, received the award.
The annual event also recognized Super Volunteers and Community Partners with award plaques.
Nominations for the 2017 Community Awards are accepted all year in the four categories: Residential, Business, Civic Association and Placemaking. If you see exceptional beautification out in Ithaca and Tompkins County, send in your nominations to the contact below.
Last updated February 6, 2017