Nestled between the Upper Hill Country and North Texas is a hidden jewel called Granbury, just 30 minutes from the DFW metroplex. Founded in 1860, the town of Granbury, Texas, began its community history with the construction of a square and courthouse. Today, the Downtown Square, the first town square in Texas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has become a prototype for maintenance and restoration projects. The square is located at the intersection of Bus. US377, SH4 and SH51, and serves as both destination and 'crossroad'. It is the centerpiece of the community and is a critical part of its economic and social vitality, providing a place to host numerous festivals and events annually.
In 2015, the City chose to apply for a TAP Grant seeking to improve deteriorating downtown sidewalks and roadway pedestrian crossings, implement traffic calming measures and allowing for the installation of lighting and vegetation while maintaining the historic charm of the square. It was clear that the investment in the historic square, done correctly, would provide greater opportunities to further promote its historic downtown and surrounding area and more importantly, provide a safer, more pedestrian-centric environment.