The Auburn Beautification Commission strives to be a leader in the community of Auburn, NY through beautification initiatives, partnerships, and community outreach. Here are some past and present projects that the Auburn Beautification Commission has undertaken.
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- Auburn Permaculture Park- Auburn Permaculture Park is an edible forest garden and educational gathering space located at Michael Lepak Memorial Park that Auburn Beautification Commission helps fund.The park provides a welcoming and accessible oasis of abundance and diversity, a serene place to unwind and reconnect, and a place for personal and perennial cultivation and growth.
- Park-Pick-Up Day- With everyone catching a case of “spring cleaning” by early May, Auburn Beautification Commission is looking to clean more than 20 parks across the city of Auburn, NY. Nothing creates a sense of community more than a city-wide effort to get our beautiful parks clean, and ready for a summer of recreation.
- Dazzle in Downtown – Designed to highlight the attractive features of the city’s bustling downtown area, the Dazzle in Downtown project will entail the installation of solar-powered, LED light strands, white in color, in the trees that line the streets of he Business Improvement District (BID) zone. The concept, used in other cities and places—such as Fayetteville, AR; Walla Walla, WA; and downtown Disney—lends a certain charm and vivaciousness to the area and its nightlife.
- Extreme Gateway Makeover – the ABC partners with IGNITE, Cayuga County’s Young Professional Group to complete phase one of a multi-phase project to makeover the City of Auburn’s gateway signage. Beginning in the Spring of 2012 this project began with the removal, redesign and reinstallation of 2 new brick-clad “Welcome to Auburn” signs located on E. Genesee Street and Lake Avenue. Additional signs will be reinstalled over the next couple of years along with plantings that will create a better first impression for our visitors and convey an image of a vibrant, prosperous community.
- Art Around Auburn – Launched in 2010, Art Around Auburn is an interpretive sculpture competition that invites area artists to create a large-scale outdoor sculpture based on a theme. In 2011, winning artist Audrey Iwanicki created the “Wheel to Reel” sculpture in honor of Theodore Case, inventor of sound-on-film technology and one of Auburn’s most famous founding fathers. “Wheel to Reel” was unveiled at the 2011 Founders Day Celebration and still stands today on Exchange Street.
- Fall Bulb Planting – In an effort to create lasting beauty, the ABC started their first-annual Fall Bulb Planting in October, with the installation of over 500 spring-flowing bulbs. An assortment of tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, and crocus were planted around the South Street Gazebo which will multiply over time and create a lasting beauty at this downtown spot. Each year, the ABC will choose a different public green space in hopes of eventually bringing color to every corner of the City.
- Downtown Flower Program – This annual project is a partnership with the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), Dickman Farms Nursery and ABC to install and maintaining over 60 hanging flower baskets and 45 ground planters throughout Downtown Auburn. This annual project has highlighted downtown with a splash of color and vibrancy with an assortment of annuals and greenery indigenous to the Central New York region.
- Community Mosaic Project– The ABC partnered with local artists Jesse Kline, Dave Tobin and Janie Darovskikh, financial supporter the Stardust Foundation of CNY and community volunteers to collaboratively produce two original “Community Mosaic Projects” (CMP) during the summer and fall of 2010. The Angelo’s Pizza sign was recreated in a collage of broken tile, glass, mirror, mortar and pallet of vibrant colors bright enough to stop traffic on East Genesee Street. The canvas for the second mosaic project was the public space on Exchange Street, enhancing the existing low concrete walls with two new designs representing the beauty of our closest finger lake, Owasco Lake, and a pair of dragonflies symbolizing peace, prosperity, harmony and change.