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Keep Ohio Beautiful partners with the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
to improve neighborhood access.
Keep Ohio Beautiful was awarded a grant from Keep America Beautiful (KAB), in partnership with its sponsor Diageo, to provide resources to implement a KAB Martin Luther King, Jr. Corridor and Neighborhood Building Project.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted our first of two workdays to clean-up existing beds, correct erosion issues, and landscape areas near the Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ new Centennial Peace Plaza. The majority of the work will include the walkway from East Boulevard between the German and Hungarian Gardens west towards the Plaza. Federation members were joined by nearby neighbors in the Glenville neighborhood for a community-building, get-to-know-you day of fun.
The Centennial Peace Plaza, completed in June, is a central gathering space for all of the gardens, and includes a stage and amphitheater seating.
Our goal is to reconvene in late April 2021 for a planting day and to work on other walkway improvements. Our goal is to have the neighbors join the garden members to complete the project.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to work with Keep Ohio Beautiful on this project. The walkway looks wonderful and it was a real pleasure getting to know some of our neighbors on either side of the park,” said Lori Ashyk, executive director of the Gardens Federation.
“On behalf of Keep Ohio Beautiful we are so pleased to partner with KAB, Diageo, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and the surrounding Glenville neighborhood,” said Linda Rosine, board president, Keep Ohio Beautiful. “The garden members had a visionary plan to enhance the walkway from the new Centennial Peace Plaza to welcome and allow the neighbors to enjoy the beauty and tranquility that the Gardens provide.”

Keep Ohio Beautiful and Honda Volunteers
Plant New EdibleWoods Arboretum at Camp Willson

Camp Willson benefits from a second-phase tree planting project
with Keep Ohio Beautiful funded by Honda

Honda (#HondaGO and #TeamHondaCares) continues to give back to our local Ohio communities by partnering again with Keep Ohio Beautiful. This three-year project continues to benefit YMCA’s Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, Ohio. On Saturday, October 17, Honda’s dedicated volunteers joined staff from Camp Willson and Keep Ohio Beautiful to complete the second-phase of the three-year habitat improvement project.  Volunteers planted 51 native Ohio fruit and nut trees to create Camp Willson’s new arboretum and tree trail located on the west side of the lake.  These tree species included: Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Hazelnut, Paw Paw, Persimmon, and Allegheny Serviceberry.

“On behalf of Keep Ohio Beautiful we are so pleased to partner with Honda and Camp Willson,” said Karen Wise, Past Board President of Keep Ohio Beautiful and Vice President, Davey Resources Group, Inc.  “The staff at Camp Willson had a visionary plan to create the start of three separate natural resource projects.  First, a Sugarbush, now a native Ohio fruit and nut tree arboretum, and next year, a pollinator garden & habitat.  These enable them to teach today’s kids and future campers how to steward the land and realize the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Together, with the help of many dedicated HondaGo volunteers, we’ll establish a working forest that will benefit future generations.” 

            Keep Ohio Beautiful encourages public-private partnerships and the connections that strengthen our communities, protect our land and water, and improve our quality of life.  Ours is not an isolated mission. It requires diverse partnerships with all community stakeholders. Working together, we can be successful in improving our communities. 

In 2019, Keep Ohio Beautiful statewide affiliate network volunteers planted 32,186 trees and 111,435 plants, shrubs, flowers, and bulbs through our mission of empowering Ohio communities to take greater responsibility for improving our local environment through litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction and recycling.



At Keep Ohio Beautiful, the safety of our volunteers, staff, guests, sponsors and community supporters is our number one priority.  We would like to share more with you about what we are doing to ensure your health and safety, as you may have concerns related to COVID-19.

We thank all of our volunteers, sponsors and community supporters for always enabling us to provide programs and services to thousands of people throughout Ohio.  We look forward to beautifying communities and celebrating Keep Ohio Beautiful at a later date.  


Please enjoy our 2019 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report.  Click Here