Beautification Watch Awards


Beautification Watch Awards

 

If you were one of 4,106 Akronites or 280 Akron businesses who were nominated for a beautification award in 2017, congratulations! The Beautification Watch Award program has been an agency program for 36 years. While it is one of our most anticipated programs, it should not be viewed as a competition, it is simply our agency's attempt at saying "thank you" for caring about how your private property looks to others. The over 19 city routes are canvassed by volunteers who freely give of their time and gas to subjectively select addresses during the month of July each year. To be nominated for a Beautification Watch Award, property is judged on the following criteria:

  • Litter free
  • Well-maintained with flowers, shrubs and/or trees
  • Free of weeds
  • Stand out from its surroundings.

Volunteers nominate properties in public view, which is similar to our programming--that is, it is for the community to enjoy. Note that our volunteers do not leave their vehicles to look at properties. You are welcome to nominate your neighbors. Nominations are taken in July.

 

Below are comments received from recipients throughout the years:

 

McKinley, Inc.: We are so excited to be a give the beautification award again this year and we proudly display this award in our office. McKinley, Inc. manages both the Akron centre Plaza building as well as the FirstEnergy building.
Theresa and Steve: (September 25, 2015): It was a pleasant surprise to receive your nomination! We love the city of Akron and are proud to be able to keep it beautiful. 
Firestone Country Club (Facebook post October 2, 2015): A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Firestone Country Club Grounds Crew for helping us to win the Beautification Watch Award form Keepe Akron Beautiful! What a great honor!
Mary (Received February 2015): I was so surprised, and thrilled, to receive my first award and very pleased to know that my gardens are appreciated by someone in my neighborhood!  Buckeye Chuck predicted an early Spring, I'm ready plant, again!  Thank you so much! 

Steve and Missy: Just wanted to say thank you for the Beautification Award you sent us! We enjoy trying to make our home and property inviting and pleasant, and we were delighted that you enjoyed in too! Thanks again!

McKinley, Inc.: We are so excited to be a give the beautification award again this year and we proudly display this award in our office. McKinley, Inc. manages both the Akron centre Plaza building as well as the FirstEnergy building.

Theresa and Steve: It was a pleasant surprise to receive your nomination! We love the city of Akron and are proud to be able to keep it beautiful. 

Firestone Country Club: A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Firestone Country Club Grounds Crew for helping us to win the Beautification Watch Award form Keep Akron Beautiful! What a great honor!

Mary: I was so surprised, and thrilled, to receive my first award and very pleased to know that my gardens are appreciated by someone in my neighborhood!  Buckeye Chuck predicted an early Spring, I'm ready plant, again!  Thank you so much! 

George: Since 1995 we enjoyed working in our yard, and have received 11 of your Beautification Awards.

Stacy: This year 2014 is the 2nd time being honored for my west Akron lawn. It is good to be recognized but I can not take all the credit. I have had  J&G Home And Lawn Care pamper my lawn and home all year around service. Thank you also City of Akron lot service for caring for a vacant lot just down the street, it really makes a difference in how our neighborhood looks.  

Dolores: Once again we are deeply honored to receive the beautification award for our home...  We were thrilled to receive it in 2012.  WOW====What a honor.  Thanks.

Doug: My wife and I just work on the house and yard for our own enjoyment. So, it was a very nice surprise to receive your award in the mail, Friday. Thank you very much.

Kathy: I came home last week from spending an awful day at the hospital with my husband who had surgery for colon cancer…I was very surprised and pleased when I opened my mail and found I had been given an award. I just want you to know that made my day!

John: Thank you for the Beautification Watch Award which arrived today. We have a friend, for whom life is difficult, who lives in a different part of the city, who was thrilled to receive her certificate. I know she has put a lot of thought into developing and maintaining her small yard and garden. Keep up the good work! We are making progress every year on getting flowers planted, yards maintained and developing a cleaner city! Thank you for your hard work!

S.L.: Please accept my gratitude upon recently receiving a 2012 Keep Akron Beautiful Beautification Watch Award for my property and home. It is a pleasure to be a responsible homeowner in Akron, so thank you for your efforts in caring for our outstanding city!

Marjorie: Since I live in a Section 8 home, I take great pride inside and outside.

Dolores: Our home was selected as a Beautification Watch Award winner. We are grateful and wish to thank you for such an honor. Our 11 year-old granddaughter Alexandra, under our supervision, planted the flowers. You made her day! Your letter is framed and hangs in our home. Thank you.

Bruce & Theresa: We've never won a Beautification Watch Award before, so we were shocked to get one in the mail this year! What a great surprise and honor to be recognized by your organization. The award is proudly on display on our front counter for all of our customers to see. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for Keeping Akron Beautiful!

 

The Beautification Watch Award is a program that Keep Akron Beautiful has had for 36 years. Volunteers, members of the Board of Directors, staff and local civic organizations take their time to canvas the city during the month of July by driving through assigned neighborhoods. They nominate addresses they think meet all of the above criteria. Nominations can also be made by calling our office at 330- 375-2116 in July 2018! If you would like to volunteer to canvass in July 2018, please email us at keepakronbeautiful@akronohio.gov!

 

Thanks for keeping Akron beautiful....it's up to all of us!