The Old Blanco Courthouse is getting a face lift. As part of the landscape renovations, the OBCCPS began work on removing the old ramp walkway on the west side of the courthouse to make way for a new, more gradual grade ramp that will comply with both the ADA guidelines and appease the regulations of the Texas Historical Commission. The goal is to make sure it not only complies with the regulations, but that it also increases functionality and is aesthetically pleasing.
According to Bob Boydston, member of the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society, the grounds are also protected under the Texas Archaeological Society, and the group has a permit that allows them to do the work that needs to be done.
The OBCCPS began this landscaping project in 2003, when they built sidewalks around the north, south and east sides of the courthouse. Because the courthouse is not owned by the county, it is ineligible for state funds provided by the Texas Historical Commission that could be used to help pay the cost of the updates and repairs. The group has started and completed projects using money that they raise from fundraisers, such as their Annual Gala, which will celebrate 20 years this year with a special Fall Gala.
The group will also begin cutting down trees that are either dead or have the potential to bring harm to vehicles or people who are visiting the courthouse. Trees that are older or that are diseased are much more likely to fall, possibly injuring things or people. Carolyn Boydston, also a member of the OBCCPS, says that the society does its best to only remove those trees that seem to be an immediate threat or those with no hope of rebounding. Once the dead and dangerous trees are removed, the OBCCPS will work on replacing them with better, longer lasting choices that will also enhance Blanco’s Square.
For more information, contact the OBCCPS at 833-2211.