Each year, the Beautification Committee coordinates and sponsors three primary activities:
Clean Up Day
Every spring, the Committee solicits several volunteers to participate in a citywide Clean-Up Day effort. Every citizen is welcome to participate. Volunteers also include local schools, clubs, social or fraternal organizations, and businesses. Volunteers may request a specific area within Bloomington to clean or the Committee will assign a particular area. The Parks & Recreation Department provides trash bags and picks up the filled bags at the end of Clean-Up Day. Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact any Committee member for more information.
In Illinois, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April every year. Along with the Parks & Recreation Department, the Beautification Committee sponsors the City's recognition of Arbor Day by selecting and distributing tree seedlings to all third-grade students in participating Bloomington schools. This event is also recognized with an Arbor Day ceremony, which occurs at a selected Bloomington school. The Mayor of Bloomington delivers the Arbor Day proclamation, a special Tree City USA flag is presented to the school, and a large specimen tree is planted at the school with the assistance of the third-grade students.
Annually, the Beautification Committee presents Beautification Awards to residential and non-residential properties in Bloomington that enhance the appearance of the City. The Committee has hosted the awards program each summer since 1977 to recognize property owners who are making a positive contribution to Bloomington’s appearance through landscaping or architecture. Nominations for both residential and non-residential categories are solicited from citizens, City Council members, and Committee members. Winners are presented with an award at a City Council meeting in late summer. Interested citizens may submit nominations directly to any Committee member.