Fairgrounds beautification project complete
June 25, 2015
link Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Norma Delarosa, the Curry County administrative services coordinator, and Global Spectrum employees completed a beautification project at the Curry County Fairgrounds Thursday with the installation of a stone bench near the entrance. The county received more than $4,000 in grant money to complete the project.
County employees and Global Spectrum staff completed a beautification project Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds.
The county received two grants to complete the project — $2,000 and $2,400 — from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and Keep New Mexico Beautiful, according to Norma Delarosa, the administrative services coordinator.
“They've been so helpful in letting us get what we want to do with it,” Delarosa said. “They've been able to help a lot with getting the stuff done.”
The New Mexico Clean and Beautiful grant was used for county cleanup efforts and the installation of a new flowerbed at the fairgrounds.
Texico High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America students volunteered for weed pulling and received a lesson from county volunteer gardener George Krattiger in the installation of the flowerbed, which includes sage and other drought tolerant plants.
Krattiger said he waters the flowers every morning and evening. Krattiger is so devoted to his duty that when he goes out of town he recruits his daughter to help accomplish the task.
“It's real important when you plant when it's hot right now to keep everything moist,” Krattiger said. “After 90 days I'll go out less.”
Delarosa said the Keep New Mexico Beautiful grant was originally set at $800, but after showing the organization what she wanted to do with tree replacements and added seating they were convinced to dole out $2,400.
“I called and re-convinced them, I said 'we could really do so much more,'” Delarosa said. “It's been great so far.”
The grant paid for three Chinese Pistache trees near the historic and oldest house in Clovis, a bur oak tree and stone seating at the square dance pavilion, and a stone bench near the fairgrounds entrance.
“I've been planting trees in Clovis for a long time — those are trees that have been in this area for years and they do really well in our climate,” Krattiger said. “I think the trees are really going to enhance the lawn by the Curry County (historic) house. When they get big it's really going to provide shade on that house that people will enjoy.”
Delarosa said future beautification project ideas include improvements to the medians on county roads and additional landscaping at the fairgrounds, particularly near the restrooms.
“What I am really wanting them to do with any grant money is to spend it at the fairgrounds,” Krattiger said. “Because they have a caretaker out there to help get plants established. It's really going to improve the fairgrounds.”