Gallatin takes pride in its green and clean community. The Gallatin Beautiful Commission plays a big part in doing this. The commission coordinates the efforts of volunteers, city departments businesses, and community groups to provide environmental programs and beautification projects.
The City also has a property maintenance division that works to keep properties mowed, free of garbage, and compliant with the City's Zoning Ordinance as well as addressing dangerous buildings.
Monthly Work Parties
These impromptu gatherings involve a few dedicated City of Gallatin staff members and citizens interested in targeting a specific road or shoreline. While cleanup supplies are provided by the City, the extras such as event banners or free t-shirt are not included. We do this with just a few concerned citizens with a specific and attainable goal in mind.
Every 3rd Friday from March to August
Gallatin's Adopt-A-Street Program provides an opportunity for individuals and groups concerned about the environment to take an active role in preserving and protecting our city's natural beauty. Groups are asked to make a commitment to adopt approximately 2 miles of roadway for at least 1 year and conduct a total of 4 litter clean ups on their adopted stretch of roadway. One pickup per season is recommended, although groups may conduct clean ups more frequently if desired. The City of Gallatin provides volunteers with all necessary supplies and safety materials, and filled trash bags are removed from roadsides by Public Works' crews. Volunteer groups will have their name posted on an official Adopt-A-Street sign.
Business Beautification Award
The Business Beautification Award recognizes businesses that exemplify innovative and extraordinary beautification efforts. The quarterly award is given to a Gallatin area business in recognition of enhancing the visual image of their properties including general maintenance, landscaping, building improvements, historical preservation, and parking lot beautification. Nominate a business now.
Volunteers picked up more than 1,000 pounds of trash along roads, trails, and public spaces in a three hour sweep of this amazing neighborhood in Gallatin.
Arbor Day Tree Planting
In an effort to reclaim a previously closed park, the Rotary Club in together with the City of Gallatin and local residents teamed up to plant 700 trees in Liberty Branch Park. Volunteers of all ages were trained on how to properly plant a tree so it will survive. Trees native to the area were selected including Northern Red Oak, Blackgum, Persimmon, and Overcup trees.
Lock 4 Park & Woods Ferry Boat Access
In 2016, 100 volunteers assembled at these two sites to tackle trash in and around the shoreline. A number of young volunteers were present including Pope John Paul's Hockey Team, Scouts Pack 425 and Pack 426, and Vena Stuart Student Council. On foot and on Kayaks, volunteers swept the area and captured more than 3,000 pounds of trash. Servpro and Rogers Group were sponsors of the event.
Clean Our Streams & Shorelines Event
The City of Gallatin Public Works, Parks, and Engineering Departments, in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, held 3 volunteer events to clean shorelines and waterways, remove litter and debris, reduce waste, and improve recycling. City and County employees lead the cleanups during the work week at Lock 4 and Triple Creek/Town Creek Greenway, and local volunteers were the driving force on the 3rd event at Lower Station Camp Creek.