The Toledo Neighborhood Beautification Contest is a challenge for homeowners, business owners, and community garden groups to showcase their community pride by enhancing the curb appeal of their properties.

This contest encourages participants to improve the facades of their homes, businesses, and gardens, reflecting their dedication to beautifying their neighborhoods. Those whose properties best demonstrate this community pride will receive recognition from the Mayor and Toledo City Council.

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Contest Timeline

Contest beginsMonday, June 24th
Contest endsMonday, July 22nd
Evaluation periodWednesday July 24th - Friday August 2nd
AwardsWednesday August 7th


Any home, business, or community garden can participate. Property enhancements are defined as "community beautification," which includes exterior improvements to the front yard, fencing, and home or building. The condition of streets and sidewalks will not affect judging, and properties cannot have any outstanding code violations.


We will select three homes, two businesses, and one community garden as contest winners. These winners will be invited to receive recognition at the Wednesdays with Wade public meeting on August 7th.

Evaluation Criteria

Sponsored by the City of Toledo's Housing and Community Development Department and the Building Inspection and Code Compliance Department, the winning properties will be chosen by a committee including City Council members, our Neighborhood Navigator, an Environmental Specialist, a Code Compliance Investigator, and a 2021 Beautification Contest winner.

The committee will evaluate that the:

  • landscape enhances the neighborhood
  • plant selection is appropriate for the site and the climate
  • footpath to the property is clear and inviting
  • front porch is clean from debris and in good condition
  • front door is crisply painted and clean
  • front yard lawn is green and well-trimmed
  • fencing and exterior paint of the home is in good condition
  • yard is free of litter

How It Works

Plan Your Facade Enhancements

To be considered for the contest, property enhancements must focus on community beautification and include improvements to the front yard, fencing, and the exterior of the home or building. The condition of the streets and sidewalks will not be taken into account during evaluation.

Get to Work

Property owners have from June 24th to July 22nd to complete enhancements before entering the contest. To be considered, properties must be submitted using the entry form below. Please review the evaluation criteria to ensure your property meets the eligibility requirements.

Enter the Contest

We want to see how you have beautified your property! Provide us with a maximum of 10 photos using the entry form below. Before photos are encouraged, but not required. The deadline to enter the contest is Monday, July 22nd.

Get Inspired

2021 Winners

The Toledo Neighborhood Beautification Contest was launched in 2021. In its inaugural year, we awarded beautification prizes to 12 homes, 2 blocks, and 1 business for their outstanding efforts. Click below to view all the beautiful properties that participated!

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Submission of Property

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Please share up to 10 photos of your hard work here.