Sometimes one must make a big mess before building a masterpiece. For many years now folks have been calling for attractive landscaping around the Old Blanco County Courthouse and it seemed as though little was done. Yet behind the scenes dedicated Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society members and board directors had been working diligently to develop a workable landscape plan, attain permits and raise funds to renovate the grounds.
“You must build the understructure and grade the lot before you can plant trees and grass”, said Bob Boydston, a member who has worked on the landscape plan since 2001. The recent ground work, the second phase of landscaping began in January and now has completed all sidewalks, improved handicap access, added new walkways, corrected drainage issues, improved soil, installed sprinklers and installed electrical features for new lighting and Market Day.
Just as the OBCCPS Board was ready to begin landscape work, the Coen brothers began to show interest in using the Old Courthouse to stage scenes for their remake of the old John Wayne film True Grit. The Board gave pause and decided to proceed rather than delay the improvements another year. To accommodate movie production the Board agreed to postpone renovations on the south side until after filming concludes.
The OBCCPS Board has also been moving forward with more improvements such as the installation of HVAC in the common hallways and repainting the windows and doors outside. “None of this could be done without donations and members.” says current OBCCPS Board President Glen McFarlin who asks that people “please continue to support the Old Blanco County Courthouse.”
Expectations are high that the new landscape will mirror the refinement of the Old Blanco County Courthouse and enhance tourism, commerce and civic pride. The OBCCPS asks for your help. Your donations to this project will enhance the natural elegance of Blanco, a benefit to you and all of Blanco's citizens and businesses. Thank you to those who have already given and please excuse our mess while we create a masterpiece.
For more information, contact the OBCCPS at 833-2211.