The Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) organization was created in September, 1982 to promote civic involvement through public interest in the general improvement of the environment of Lakewood. The volunteer board initiates, plans and coordinates programs for litter prevention, solid waste reduction, recycling and green space beautification. New programing is always being developed, and new volunteers are always welcome.
KLB is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful organization.
Want to nominate a home for the annual Beautiful Home Awards? Couple of ground rules first. The home needs to be in Lakewood. Include the address and any additional information with your email.
Want to learn about the Gift-A-Tree initiative? Here’s more information.
Beautiful Home Awards+-
Beautiful Home Nomination Process is OPEN!
The Keep Lakewood Beautiful Board has been sponsoring the “ Beautiful Home Award” process for over 10 years. One home from each of the original seven school districts is chosen from nominations submitted by ….well, by YOU. In 2015, over 75 homes were nominated!
The nominations are winnowed down to two per district and then voted on by a panel comprised of KLB members and local luminaries who select one home for each area. The gala award ceremony takes place at a City Council meeting in the cold winter months !
Now is the time to submit your nominations for the home(s) you think show case: eye popping landscaping, well maintained property, and that extra something that makes it “beautiful”!
Nominating is easy. Simply email Luann.firstname.lastname@example.org with the address of the property that you are nominating.
Don’t wait! All nominations should be in no later than August 19.
Adopt-A-Spots dot our city streets, parks and parking lots. They add beauty to otherwise dull street corners and other venues. Volunteer gardeners prepare their designated spots early in the spring and care for the locations throughout the year.
For decades, the Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization recruited volunteers to aid the city with maintaining green spaces within our community. The initiative has grown the program from a handful of Adopt-A-Spot locations in 1986 to dozens in the past 30 years. The city continues to look for interested and engaged new gardeners to participate.
To reserve a location, email Luann.Baker@lakewoodoh.net.
Keeping, maintaining our tree canopy+-
The City of Lakewood maintains all of the trees on public property, including those on tree lawns. Trees are removed when they are diseased or dead and pose a danger to the public. A certified urban forester supervises a crew of arborists who have all of the required equipment to trim branches, remove diseased trees including the stumps, plant new trees and shred the resulting wastes for recycling into mulch. Tree lawn trees are replaced according to a master reforestation plan. Mulch is available to Lakewood residents free of charge at the location near the Animal Shelter in the Rocky River valley. Logs are also available to residents for use as fire wood free of charge at the same location.
As the city’s aging trees begin to die — many of them planted around the same time, 100 years ago — many of the warm and inviting canopies have disappeared.
The city’s forestry department and Lakewood Tree Task Force have developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the tree canopy and add diversity to the variety of species around the city.
In just two years, the organization has already helped plant dozens of trees at Madison and Lakewood parks, presented 19 recommendations to Lakewood City Council supporting tree legislation and worked with the city’s forestry department to plant nearly 600 trees around Lakewood.
The city’s strategy also includes an effort to prepare the city for climate change, add diversity to the urban forest, withstand pest infestations and storms, and add in trees with more fall colors. More trees also means less storm water runoff.
The Lakewood tree canopy has been assessed by satellite at 28.5 percent.
“It’s good for a high-density, urban area,” said Chris Perry, the city’s public works unit manager, who oversees the forestry department. “But we can do better.”
The goal is to increase the tree canopy by 10 percent, to 38.5 percent by the year 2035.
Want to contribute? The task force is encouraging residents to support its Gift-A-Tree initiative.
For more on the city’s tree strategy, see the city’s two recent videos: Planting Trees in Lakewood and Lakewood Working With the Tree Task Force to Improve Tree Canopy.