Ruth A. Miller Beautification Award

In the spring of 2013, this award was created to honor Ruth A. Miller upon her retirement, for beautification contributions to the Rockford Park District, City of Gardens committee, and City of Rockford. Throughout Ruth's career, she was a civic leader for the Rockford community who was proud of her community, and sought to continually improve its appearance and image. She provided motivation that encouraged others to join together and create enthusiasm for community beautification. With Ruth's leadership, the City of Gardens hanging basket program expanded, beautification initiatives increased, and two America in Bloom awards were received.

The Ruth A. Miller award will be awarded annually to a local citizen, business, or organization that has provided exceptional contributions to beautifying the Rockford region. The recipient contributions could include, but are not limited to: property beautification, historical preservation, urban forestry, environmental efforts, neighborhood programs, events, projects, or community volunteerism.