The City of Texarkana is proposing to utilize Section 108 Loan Funds in the amount of $884,871 to rehabilitate the existing Boys and Girls Club facility in order to provide youth, adult and senior recreational services to our citizens. Recreation and park services are widely believed to be an economic catalyst for the community. For example, numerous programs, facilities and events offered by park and recreation agencies have become tools to generate revenue within the community. Sport tourism (i.e., traveling to another place to engage in or watch sport) have a powerful economic impact on communities. Local residents and businesses are likely to support investment in parks and recreation if they see economic benefits from these investments.
City staff believe this proposed activity will focus on the four priorities of the City.
- Creation of indoor space geographically located to meet unmet needs of the community.
- Improvement to safety and playability of existing field playing surfaces.
- Improve availability and condition of community parks, trails, and neighborhood parks.
- Development of new indoor sports facility.
The existing building that was formerly known as the Boys and Girls Club has set dormant for several years. Due to City budget constraints the City has been unsuccessful in restoring the building to its former use.
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