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Posted on: March 4, 2023


Scenic Texas Best Group Photo



The City of DeSoto has been named the newest Scenic Texas City by the Scenic Texas Organization. The award program recognizes municipalities in Texas that implement high-quality scenic standards for public spaces. 


“We are proud to welcome the City of DeSoto to our Scenic City family.  They have met our high standards for maintaining the important balance between development and their unique scenic beauty,” said Brenda Dees, Executive Director of Scenic Texas. “DeSoto has done a wonderful job of ensuring that the growth of their city has been conducted efficiently and in harmony with their own natural beauty, and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead to ensure that critical balance is maintained.”


The Scenic City Certification Program provides a proven, highly-regarded tool to Texas cities for assessment, evaluation, and recognition of infrastructure standards. Through the Scenic City Certification Program, Scenic Texas provides educational resources to Texas cities that are establishing or revising ordinances that impact their streetscapes. Additionally, Scenic Texas supports urban forestry projects, tree planting and preservation initiatives, the creation of scenic roads and districts, the establishment and funding of parks and green space, the forestation of highways, and the preservation of historic areas.


Mayor Rachel L. Proctor observed while accepting the recognition, “DeSoto is a beautiful community filled with tall and mature trees, winding trails, quality roadways and sidewalks, small and large running creeks, and even started a new public art program with the City's first public art mural on the exterior wall of City Hall. As a Scenic Texas City, DeSoto is a community that takes pride in its visual infrastructure policies and practices to build a City that has So Much to Love.”



Scenic Texas is the only statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the visual environment of Texas, particularly as seen by the traveling public. Scenic Texas is an affiliate of Scenic America.


To learn more about Scenic Texas, visit their website at


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