The new Toledo Annual Neighborhood Beautification Contest, sponsored by the City of Toledo and Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, focuses on promoting community involvement in keeping our city a beautiful place to live, work, and play, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Neighborhoods Director Rosalyn Clemens announced.
“We are at the home of Tom and Debbie Armstrong, who have for 40 years been an anchor in this community, this neighborhood,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We are here with the Armstrong family because we know they are the perfect representation of what we are announcing today, and what we are trying to promote all throughout the city.”
Individual residents, neighborhood blocks, small businesses, and nominated homes whose properties reflect community pride will receive recognition from the mayor and Toledo City Council under the new contest program, and will also receive a plaque. Two small businesses, two blocks, three houses, and two nominated houses will be selected as winners in each council district. Contest details can be found at toledo.oh.gov/neighborhood-contest. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Aug. 30.
“We want people to show their pride in their neighborhood and their home, which for most of us is the most valuable thing we will ever own,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We want to celebrate people like the Armstrongs and encourage people of Toledo to compete with them for the award. This focuses on community involvement and keeping Toledo the beautiful place that it is.”
District 4 Councilmember Vanice Williams lauded the efforts of residents like the Armstrongs to keep their neighborhoods beautiful.
“This is an exciting time for Toledo: we get to highlight some of our good and also our neighborhoods,” Ms. Williams said. “We want to be sure we highlight neighbors who are working hard and being impactful. Please get involved and please get your block involved.”
“This is an opportunity we have – while we are dealing with challenges that all cities have, like crime or blight – to take a moment to celebrate residents like the Armstrongs and others,” Ms. Clemens said. “I hope Toledo gets excited about this and really shows their neighborhood pride.”