Denton has been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Program of Scenic Texas. Denton is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-19 period. Denton’s Main Street Program, resilient unity of design standards (which include eight Special Purpose and Overlay Districts), robust waste management efforts, and citywide sustainability and conservation initiatives were all heavily featured in the city’s application, which played a role in earning the recognition.

The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of the nonprofit organization Scenic Texas and its program partners. This program is the first in the U.S. to incorporate a comprehensive set of design and development standards for both public roadways and public spaces. Scenic City draws a direct correlation between the visual appearance of community public spaces and successful economic development efforts. Municipalities recognized through the program, including Denton, are regarded as pacesetters for their efforts to implement high-quality scenic standards at a community-wide level.

Denton’s application to the Scenic City Program was a cooperative effort, soliciting involvement from a number of community organizations and City departments. Representatives from the nonprofit Keep Denton Beautiful, the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau, Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Denton Municipal Electric, and Downtown Denton contributed to the application, along with staff from the City’s Planning, Parks & Recreation, Community Improvement Services, Watershed Protection, and Solid Waste & Recycling departments.

Representatives from Denton will accept the Scenic City Certification at a reception in early October, held in conjunction with the annual Texas Municipal League conference in Houston.