Since its inception, the Beautification Program has been supported by funds from the Tompkins County Tourism Program. This funding is expected to continue at its present level and support the existing program.
As the Beautification Program looks to expand its plantings and reach throughout the City of Ithaca and surrounding areas, we are seeking additional funding sources, including sponsorship of existing and new planting sites by businesses, groups and individuals. Funds will be used to support new plantings as well as to add staff to the program.
Sponsorships are on an annual basis and will be recognized with a metal sign visible in the planting as well as recognition on the Beautification Program website and at the Annual Beautification Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the end of the season.
Benefits to the Sponsor include visibility and branding in the planting site, possibly adjacent to the sponsoring business.
See more about existing plantings and current sponsors at Ithaca Public Plantings.
The Ithaca Rotary Club has sponsored the Rotary planting with a cash contribution since 2015, prompting the Rotary Rotary designation.
Specific adoption opportunities also exist for groups who wish to provide gardening work on the sites: planting, weeding, watering and picking up trash throughout the season (typically April through November). The Beautification Program will work with groups to provide the work. Adoptions are on an annual basis and will be recognized with a metal sign visible in the site as well as recognition on the Beautification Program website and at the Annual Beautification Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the end of the season.
The Pump House has been adopted by NYSEG since 2015, providing plants, sculpture, a Star Magnolia tree, trellises, a bird house, a garden bench and garden care. A new native and pollinator planting in 2018 at Brindley Park by the flood control channel behind Cayuga Medical Center/Island Fitness is also sponsored by NYSEG. A second Pump House on Cherry St. is being established.
Last updated January 29, 2021