Annual Activities

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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.

Arbor Day
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.

Beautification Awards
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.