GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Keep Jones Beautiful is celebrating the completion of the W.E. Knox Civic Center courtyard.
The globe fountain was the last part of the project. The courtyard is now complete with manicured sidewalks, gardens, park benches and even little reminders to keep people from littering.
Keep Jones Beautiful Executive Director Judy Webb says it makes her proud to look out of her office window and see how much has changed.
"I see mothers with their children stopping and taking pictures in front of the fountain. During certain events, I see veterans marching along Veteran's Walk. Students take their prom pictures and senior pictures at the park and we even see a couple of weddings. It makes me proud to be apart of this," Webb says.
Since it's start, Keep Jones Beautiful has won several awards including a few national awards. It's renovated parks like Carol's Park outside of the courthouse and it's implemented litter programs. The organization was recently recognized as a Tree City USA for it's forestry efforts.
"Everybody loves the county they live in and they want to maintain it. Our goal and objective is to obtain the natural beauty," said Webb.
Webb believes beautification projects boost local morale and economic development. Keep Jones Beautiful works closely with local governments, schools and volunteers to keep the community involved.