348 Huntsville commercial properties receive beautification awards

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The best of the best gathered at Oakwood University for the 42nd annual awards ceremony.

Select commercial properties were recognized for making Huntsville beautiful and serving as a role model for others. Beautification board chair, Joy Parker, says they keep this going year after year for one reason.

"What we try to strive is to keep our city beautiful. Our city is already beautiful but we have to keep it that way," said Parker.

Mayor Tommy Battle has been part of the beautification awards since the beginning of his mayor ship and says these awards are all about first impressions.

"I have people from outside of the city come in from other places, they come in and say 'How do you keep the city so beautiful? How do you keep it so clean?' And those are the kind of things that give you great first impressions of a community," said Battle.

The awards don't require a green thumb, either.

"You don't have to have flowers, it just has to look nice. It has to have curb appeal," said Parker. "When people go by, they'll notice it."

The beautification board wants to encourage other commercial properties to participate in the awards for years to come.