It takes a lot of work to keep a town beautiful. One organization in Graham does that on a weekly basis and it's finally paying off. Keep Graham Beautiful was awarded $130,000. The organization was one of 10 Texas cities that received the Governor's Community Achievement Award. It goes to the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year.
The motto in town is Graham's beauty is our duty.
"We carry that through Keep Graham Beautiful," said volunteer and former mayor, Ed Hinson.
The volunteer organization cleans up the town; literally picking up one piece of trash at a time
and often use their green litter buggy, an old car that formally served as a mail carrier to pick up trash.
"Graham had started to lose some of its unique charm and there were some areas that need help and cleanup," said Roy Robinson, President of Keep Graham Beautiful.
Last year, after being inactive for six years they resurrected the Keep Graham Beautiful organization. And what they've done since has gotten them noticed and now they're
on their way to a much bigger project.
Located off Elm Street at Shawnee Park a project was already in the works by the city and TxDOT to put stained stamped concrete along the channel that needs some repair.
"We think it will be a great addition for aesthetics and for drainage flow through here," said David Casteel, Director of Public Works.
Now with an extra $130,000 from the Governor's Community Achievement Awards, they can do much more and expand it to South Street.
"They're going to come in and take our sidewalks and move them away from the street for safety and serpentine them through trees and add some park elements as you come through town," said Casteel.
Everyone who is a part of the project says the channel and park needs some life especially something with such history.
"This was originally Shawnee Springs, where the Indian reservation was right here, so it's a pretty historical place," said Hinson.
The expect construction to begin March of 2014 and the crews will work through the summer months and eventually finish next summer. The City of Graham and TxDOT are heading the project.