The efforts to create an improved entry to Julia Randall Elementary School have been recognized by the Design Review Committee of the Payson Main Street organization.
"This is the first recognition we've made," said Diane Enos, one of the eight members on the committee. "There are few more we'd like to do. We will be recognizing anyone who does something positive to improve their property."
The committee, which is an extension of the Main Street Design Group, shares a vision of the Payson community, which includes attracting tourism and residential possibilities.
One of the goals is to encourage residents and businesses to preserve property values with public space improvements and landscaping projects that utilize drought-tolerant plants and native vegetation to establish a sense of community pride.
The committee selected Julia Randall Elementary School's xeriscape project as a beautiful example of an existing property improvement, Enos said.
The xeriscape design by Jill Ridley, landscape architect, strengthens and preserves the historic character of the "Rock Building" at Julia Randall. She selected low water use and low maintenance plants including red yucca, red carpet roses, sienna sunset nandina, rubeckia coreopsis, artificial turf and a stone veneer to match the stone in the existing historic building.
Between contributions from the Town of Payson, private individuals and Ridley, the project became a reality, Enos said.
The committee is chaired by Sue McIntye, and in addition to Enos, includes Mareena Cords, John Hanna, Bob Hershberger, Jeanie Langham, Andy Romance and Carol Thompson.