Commons planters
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Beautification Brigade members plant the containers on the Commons.

planters W State St
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Beautification Brigade members plant the containers on W. State St.

Image by Martha Gioumousis

The planting at Tompkins County Public Library

About 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. In the City of Ithaca, this is accomplished through the efforts of a group of volunteers called the Beautification Brigade. If you are interested in volunteering with the Beautification Brigade, please contact us.

Volunteers with the Tompkins County Community Beautification Program are called the "Beautification Brigade". They help to make Ithaca more beautiful while learning useful gardening tips and techniques. The Brigade plants and maintains spring and summer flowers on city traffic medians and the Ithaca Commons.

The Community Beautification Program also distributes grants to the rural Towns in Tompkins County for them to do their own beautification programs. The funds are disbursed through participating municipalities that sign a contract with the Community Beautification Program, and must be matched with money, goods, or services by the people working on the project. If you live in a rural municipality in Tompkins County and want to learn more about these

Rural Beautification Grants, please contact us.

The semi-annual Open Days Garden Tour in Tompkins County is coordinated by the Community Beautification Program in partnership with the national Garden Conservancy. This event opens many exceptional private gardens to the public for one day, and brings visitors into Tompkins County to enjoy the tour.

Watch Community Beautification on Pegasys Cable

The Community Beautification Program was featured on a Pegasys (local cable community access) television show 'Cayuga Lake Heritage'. You can watch the show on line HERE.

Last updated March 31, 2021