The umbrella organization representing the city's BIAs has honoured the Riverside District Business Improvement Area's (BIA) Take a Walk on the Riverside event for its creativity.

The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) hosted its inaugural recognition event on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the St. Lawrence Hall.

A total of 39 business improvement areas across Toronto were honoured in a range of categories including outstanding capital streetscape improvement, decorative lighting, community improvement, creative solutions, membership engagement, perseverance and social conscience, and decorative lighting to name a few.

Locally, the Danforth Village BIA received the outstanding floral award, while the GreekTown on the Danforth BIA was given a festival award for its hugely successful Taste of the Danforth event.

The Pape Village BIA received the small budget, big impact award for its annual shop local contest.

"The awards just begin to recognize how much BIAs contribute to the fabric of life in the neighbourhoods of Toronto, and they do it on their own dime or through capital cost-sharing with the City," said John Kiru, TABIA's executive director, in a release.

Michael Comostock, TABIA's volunteer board chair, credited BIA members for the time and concern they bring to enhance the lifestyle, culture and neighbourhoods of Toronto.

"Over the last 30 years TABIA Board of Directors have often exchanged stories about the many successes, perseverance and dedication happening in our Toronto BIAs," he said.

For the inaugural awards, TABIA's executive chose the winners.

Down the line, people will be invited to submit nominations.

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- Joanna Lavoie