City Beautification Board


A volunteer organization, working without professional staff, the Board acts as coordinator, contributor, commentator and catalyst. These efforts are based upon a union of enthusiastic citizens and professionals who advise the City Commission on matters pertaining to beautification, sanitation and the environment.

The Gainesville City Beautification Board was established in 1960 as an Advisory Board to the City Commission. It consists of volunteer members who donate their time and efforts to organize and implement many projects. The Board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Thomas Center A, located at 302 NE 6th Avenue, 32601.

Plan to join us for the 2017 Urban Forestry Workshop

2017 Urban Forestry Workshop
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11 am–5 pm
Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Avenue
For information, please call 352-393-8181

By attending this workshop, according to your certification,
you may receive up to 4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate 2017 Florida Arbor Day, see the whole album


The celebration took place outside the A. Quinn Jones Museum

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2016 Urban Forestry Workshop - Program materials

Earline: Luhrman Welcome
Tricia Peddicord: Overview of Workshop
Dave Conser: Champion Trees
Mark Siburt: Tree Planting and Pruning Demonstration
Dr. Gail Hansen “Using color in the Landscape: Messages and Meaning
Dr. Jason Smith: Diversity in Tree Canopy
Panel Discussion with all speakers... and much more!

For information about the Urban Forestry Workshop, please call 352-393-8181.


GET INVOLVED Interested in joining us?

The purpose of the City Beautification Board is to improve the livability of Gainesville and its surrounding areas. The Board addresses the environmental and aesthetic concerns of the community. The City Beautification Board promotes and encourages: Stewardship, improvement and maintenance of community assets Coordinated planning and supportive beautification programs Excellence in design Opportunities for general public participation in beautification endeavors Gifts, grants, bequests and other contributions for beautification.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 City Beautification Board Presentation on April 27, 2016 at the Historic Thomas Center!

Photo: Jeff Knee

The CBB awards featured in Business Magazine!
Here is the link to the program.

The annual City Beautification Awards recognize excellence in a variety of design categories. The awards highlight projects of outstanding aesthetic and artistic appeal. Projects are evaluated for originality, innovation, and creativity, as well as for their sustainability, maintenance and use of serviceable materials. An award-winning site must exhibit appropriate land utilization, effective planning, compatibility with the area and screening of unsightly views. All projects must meet applicable building and landscaping codes. Each must result in the improvement of the area, property or neighborhood.

Award-winning projects reflect the commitment of many individuals to excellence in design. Owners, managers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers and others have contributed to these prize-winning projects. The City Beautification Board salutes those who have made a significant contribution to our community through each outstanding project.

The City Beautification Board is currently working on establishing design standards and guidelines for the future development and improvement of primary thoroughfares in the Gainesville area. The goal is to establish visually unifying landscapes along these corridors throughout the City. This program will be referred to as the Gateway Corridor Design Project with the hopes of funding and development through the Florida Department of Transportation's Highway Beautification Grant.

The City Beautification Board 2016 Member’s List 


Tricia Hood-Vice Chair - 


Dr. Fletcher


Dr. Anita Spring-

Karla Shopoff-Secretary





Earline Luhrman-City Beautification



John Paul Fiore





Kimberly Buchholz


Lissa Campbell-Chair 

Jacquelyn Smith,




City Beautification Awards

Florida Arbor Day

Urban Forestry Workshop

A big thank you to everyone that came out to the 2015 URBAN FORESTRY WORKSHOP! Check pictures here and access the online materials:






Kimberly Buchholz

Arbor Day and Tree Plantings
The Board has planted many varieties of trees along major corridors, in parks, in downtown Gainesville, and at the Thomas Center. Each year an event is held on the third Thursday in January in recognition of Florida Arbor Day.

Tree City USA
Beginning in 1983, Gainesville received the Tree City USA designation because of the combined efforts of the City Beautification Board, the City Parks Division and the Florida Division of Forestry. Each year the CBB renews its designation.

Comprehensive Civic Design
The City Beautification Board conceptualizes Gainesville and its environs in a comprehensive and holistic way, aiming toward beautification efforts and area-wide guidelines instead of piecemeal development. It has commissioned a comprehensive Gateway Corridor Study, a Median Guidelines Study, a Roadway Lighting Guidelines Study, It has also identified target areas for improvement related to utilities, tree plantings, medians, signage, etc. It is assisting in formulating strategies to implement the enhancements.
Comprehensive Beautification and Civic Design Program
Gateway Corridor Study
Median Guidelines Study
Roadway Lighting Guidelines
Transportation Corridors

Gateway Corridor Study
The City Beautification Board has established design standards and guidelines for the future development and improvement of primary thoroughfares in the Gainesville area. The goal is to establish visually unifying landscapes along these corridors throughout the City with the hopes of funding and development through the Florida Department of Transportation's Highway Beautification Grant. Read the complete Gateway Corridor Design Workshop for The City of Gainesville: Gateway Corridor Study Official

Median Guidelines Study
The City Beautification Board has established Guidelines for median design, maintenance, planting materials and signage. See the complete study here: Median Guidelines Study

The Florida Department of Transportation allows corporations, organizations and individuals to sponsor and maintain medians on selected corridors. This is an excellent way to promote a business and beautify the community at the same time.

Park Development/Adopt-a-Park
The City Beautification Board works with the City and community groups to upgrade and maintain our existing parks. There is also an opportunity for groups or individuals to Adopt-a-Park.


The City Beautification Board recognizes excellence in design in the following categories. Properties that have received an award previously should not be submitted unless substantial changes have been made. Application Categories:

  • Outstanding Individual Award
  • Outstanding Group Award
  • Institutional Facilities
  • Commercial and Retail Businesses
  • Apartments
  • Restoration, Revitalization and Adaptive Reuse
  • Façade Improvements
  • Uniquely Gainesville
  • Outstanding Commercial Awards
  • Outstanding Institutional Awards

Please note: Categories may change each year.

The architecture, landscaping, restoration, and signage are assessed by using the following criteria: aesthetic and artistic appeal; originality; innovativeness, and creativity; long term strategy and effective planning (e.g., attractive and serviceable materials, maintenance); compatibility or upgrading of the area; screening of unsightly views; and appropriate use of site.