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Bond election approved for Amarillo Recreation Complex

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Amarillo, Texas - The funding for a multimillion dollar recreation complex will now be in the hands of Amarillo voters.

After much debate, Amarillo city commissioners approved five to zero a special bond election. The bond would help fund the construction of a $37 million recreation complex.

"You know we've had groups coming to us for the last umpteen years. Since I was on the commission '04-'05 asking for more facilities. We always are trying to carve out little bits of the capital fund for things like the skate parks and other things we've been able to do," Paul Harpole, Amarillo mayor said.

But Harpole says the city has never been able to address these needs comprehensively.

"We've never denied the need. We've been unable to deal with the funding. Now this group is saying they'll raise a significant amount of money towards the aquatic center, but they'll also join with the other groups and work with their memberships to try and support this both financially and with voters," Harpole said.

A group of about 12 agencies including Kids Inc., Panhandle Aquatics, and Amarillo National Bank have come together to raise funds for the Amarillo Recreation Complex which would include an indoor aquatic center and other sports facilities. The ARC partners say since their fundraising efforts began they have quickly been making progress.

"We've only had the opportunity to fund raise for about six weeks, which we've done an incredible job over the past six weeks to raise that amount of money is pretty incredible. Our initial ask was for six million and we are half there," Vicki Bryan, Panhandle Aquatics President said.

Those involved say they are hopeful they will reach their goal before the bond election. They still have yet to use all of their fundraising efforts.

"Through just private foundations, private individuals, corporations, anybody that would like to give can donate," Bryan said.

Bryan says the recreation complex will be a benefit to all ages in our community.

The bond will be on the November 5th ballot.