TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Beautification Program has announced the winners of its annual awards. The program highlights local residents and organizations that have made their community a little more beautiful, whether it’s through flower displays and gardens or even artistic bike racks.

The winners were announced at a ceremony on Nov. 14 at La Tourelle and the awards were presented by Beautification Coordinator Martha Gioumousis. Launched in 2016, the awards program recognizes “businesses and civic associations that contribute to community beautification in the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County.” The winners fall under five categories, including business, civic association, residence, residential business and placemaking.

If you travel anywhere in Ithaca or Tompkins County, you’ve likely enjoyed the labor of the Tompkins County Community Beautification Program, which was established in 2002. The program is funded by the Tompkins County Tourism Program and Hotel Room Tax. Volunteers with the organization improve landscaping throughout the community, like the vibrant flower boxes (with kale!) throughout the Ithaca Commons.

Here’s a look at this year’s winners.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.