Proposed AJ Swope Plaza to be located next to MPEV

Proposed AJ Swope Plaza to be located next to MPEV

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Fundraising efforts are underway for a new plaza that will be in downtown Amarillo next to the MPEV.

The proposed AJ Swope Plaza will be located on Southeast 8th between Lincoln and Johnson Streets. The plaza will be adjacent to the ballpark on land owned by the City of Amarillo.

The plaza is named for AJ Swope who was tragically killed in a car accident on his way to work in 2013. Swope was a former newscaster who was the first founding director of Class Four Winds, the advocacy group put in place to support the beginnings of the development of the wind industry in the Texas Panhandle.

"We are just extremely thrilled at the opportunity to put this multi-use facility in place for the community of Amarillo. We can honor our history, celebrate our present and just have a great place for the community to come together and celebrate life in Amarillo, Texas," said Community Volunteer Gary Pitner.

The first responders memorial at the plaza will honor men and women who have given their life in the line of duty.

The Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame will acknowledge and honor the many notable individuals from the area who have made distinguished contributions in their field.

$2.5 million needs to be raised to build the proposed plaza.

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