For some time, real estate and business experts have said Payson needs to spruce up its run-down image to attract new businesses and growth.
Throw a fresh coat of paint up. Plant some new flowers. Pick up the junk.
To commemorate the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary and to help the community, some 50 scouts are hedging this advice and cleaning up one of Payson’s most visible and boring corners.
Starting the first week of October, scouts will be revamping the northeast corner of Highway 87 and 260.
Scoutmaster Roger Kreimeyer said scouts of all ages would plant new tress, bushes and flowers, install a low granite rock wall, spread new gravel, remove weeds and generally tidy up the area. The project is expected to take several months to complete, with additional plantings in the spring.
The corner, arguably the most visible piece of real estate property in Payson, has gone to waste over the years with no tenant.
Peach granite and a few lowly bushes and shrubs dot the corner, but it lacks overall design. Kreimeyer said the scouts are working with the property owner, who is reportedly all for fixing up the corner.
The Town of Payson is also working closely with the Boy Scouts, helping Kreimeyer with irrigation plans, staking and gathering supplies.
“The Town of Payson seemed quite excited about it,” he said.
APS donated seven ponderosa pine saplings for the project, and more local businesses are donating plants, gravel and equipment. Initial plans include installing a rock wall on the eastern side of the corner. Excess dirt will be moved to the west side and mounds created.