At a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Belton City Council recognized an award the City received last week from the Texas Downtown Association for the 2015 Best Public Improvement (population under 50,000) for the Nolan Creek Project, which improved flood mitigation measures and enhanced recreation in the downtown area.
Since 1998, the Texas Downtown Association's Awards Program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. The categories are divided based on populations of over and under 50,000 inhabitants.
The Best Public Improvement award recognizes excellence in public projects and planning in downtown or commercial districts. Judges thought the transformation of the creek made an impressive impact on downtown and the community.
Judging for the awards took place on Friday, September 11, in Austin. The distinguished jury panel included the following representatives: Darren Drewitz, Mind Ecology; Chet Garner, The Daytripper; Becky Kauffman, Historic Waxahachie, Inc.; Emily Little, Clayton & Little Architects; and Kate Singleton, Preservation Austin. Winners were announced on November 5 at the President’s Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2015 Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference in Waxahachie.
The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is an independent, statewide nonprofit organization comprised of over 450 members involved in downtown and commercial district revitalization projects. TDA provides resources to members through networking opportunities, marketing, education and advocacy to achieve community goals. To learn more, visit www.texasdowntown.org.