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We're Incorporated

Beautify Pullman became incorporated in the State of Michigan on October 13, 2020. Charitable Solicitation Approval was received from the Office of the Attorney General on October 16, 2020.

We're a 501(c)(3)

Beautify Pullman received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS on December 12, 2020.

Community Beautification Lifts Spirits and More

Did you know that beauty is among the top three most influential factors in community attachment? Beautify Pullman is working hard inspire community spirit through beautification. You can read more about the benefits of community beautification and some interesting opportunities for beautification in this article.

Beautify Pullman featured in the Holland Sentinel, March 18, 2021

 

 

 

Beautify Pullman presents to the Lee Township Board April 12, 2021

On Monday, April 12th, Beautify Pullman made a presentation of its accomplishments and Plans to the Lee Township Board and community.  

Pullman Parks Initiative 

On Monday, September 13, 2021, Beautify Pullman made a presented a plan to improve Pullman's parks to the Lee Township Board and community.  

Feb 23, 2022 - Beautify Pullman Awarded $100,000 Grant

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Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969 who advocated beautifying the nation's cities and highways, said "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." She added "Though the word beautification makes the concept sound merely cosmetic, it involves much more: clean water, clean air, clean roadsides, safe waste disposal and preservation of valued old landmarks as well as great parks and wilderness areas. To me...beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children and the future."  We agree!

 

Beautify Pullman was launched in 2020 with high hopes and plenty of optimism. Our mission is to enhance the natural beauty of our neighborhoods for everyone to enjoy, regardless of income, for citizens and visitors alike.  We have spent most of our time and effort (along with a small army of dedicated volunteers--you know who you are!) landscaping and maintaining spaces that welcome our friends and neighbors.

 

Last spring and summer the Allegan County Road Commission added infrastructure to our town center in the form of curbs, gutters and improved drainage, all much needed. Unfortunately the price we paid was high, in the loss of century old trees and landscaping.

 

We, along with all the folks walking and biking along 56th Street and 109th Avenue, are aware of and concerned about access to businesses, school and the post office, especially with only one marked crosswalk. Over 20% of Lee Township residents do not drive or have access to a car.  The loss of our beautiful trees and accessibility are important issues for all of us and particularly so for those who do not drive.

 

With every challenge though, new opportunities arise. After all we are optimists!  Beautify Pullman applied for a Rural Readiness Grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to create a plan for landscaping and pedestrian and bicycle access in our community and we were awarded the grant.

 

We are working with Abonmarche, an engineering and planning firm to develop this plan. Abonmarche has worked with communities all over our corner of Michigan and we are thrilled to have them onboard!  We are also working closely with Pullman Elementary School on a Safe Routes to School grant, which is a federal program making our streets safer, more convenient and fun for children, including disabled children, to walk or bike to school.

 

In order for all of these exciting plans to progress we are asking for input from all to include everyone's thoughts and opinions. Please take our survey and stay tuned for more information!



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As we reflect on the events held at Pullman Town Square throughout 2023, we are unsurprised that the time seemed to fly by!  From the unveiling of the Veteran’s Memorial on Memorial Day to the beautiful community decorated Christmas trees in December, it has been a memorable year.


A summer concert series featured a wide variety of musical talents. Concert goers included multi-generational groups of toe tapping, rug cutting people, and even dancing horses! Who would have guessed 20 years ago that we could sit in downtown Pullman and listen to bands of this caliber?


The weekly Farmer’s Market was another dream come true for many residents and vacationers alike. It was great for hard working vendors to be able to sell locally and everyone enjoyed the fresh products brought to market.


The Pavilion and Gazebo have been ideal places to gather whether we we’re serving a community picnic for 300 or as an intimate birthday party setting. So many events have taken place here in 2023, but one of the most special was inviting all Pullman Elementary School students to the Town Square to experience a logging camp reenactment. We all learned so much about our town’s roots and the truth of the statement that “Michigan timber built America.”


The features of the Town Square, the children’s play area, the benches, and both Gazebo and Pavilion have proven ideal for building community pride and togetherness. We are looking forward to 2024 by continuing existing programs and adding to them. 


How do we accomplish these goals? Only with the help and support of our volunteers and financial donors. Without you there is no Beautify Pullman.

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