The beautification project on the corner of Fourth and Ranney streets was meant to accomplish two goals.
One, it was supposed to take a community eyesore and transform it into something that is easy on the eyes. From dirt and a dumpster, a 30-by-50 patch of land has been landscaped to include grass, shrubbery, a bench, some red brick paving stones and a Whittle The Wood statue.
And it looks great. But that is not the best part.
It was novelist Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach who wrote, "What delights us in visible beauty is the invisible."
In this case, it's all the people who helped put this two-year project together.
People helped the project along in several ways, from playing in the Mud Splash volleyball tournament to help generate funds, to the people at Correctional Alternative Placement Services who came up with a design and agreed to maintain the land, to a few government officials who poured a bit of sweat into the project during the weekend as some final touches were put in place.
APH Construction Inc. did concrete work, and Anson Excavating donated the dirt work.
Notably, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the committee that put the project together did the lion's share of the work, by generating funding -- from the volleyball tournament as well as getting financial assistance from the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, the Moffat County Tourism Association and private entities -- to pushing the project through.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christina Currie said part of the project was "to put our money where our mouth is." And that they did.
Which brings us to the project's second goal: To inspire the surrounding community to help beautify the area. Clean-Up Craig Week, facilitated by the Craig Beautification Committee -- a subcommittee of the Chamber -- was a start, as was the project on Ranney and Fourth.
Both of these endeavors were steps in the right direction.
Reality is this. It is a small piece of land on the corner of a well-traveled street. In the long run, it could mean nothing.
Or it could mean a whole new look to the town.
If we let it. If we choose to continue it.
Let inspiration create inspiration.