HEREFORD -- A new indoor recreational facility has reached the half way point with $1.1-million being donated of the needed $2.2-million to construct the facility.
A local employer, Caviness Beef Packers has given $500,000 and another top employer, Garth Merrick gifted $250,000. The Amarillo Area Foundation committed $250,000, and other pledged gifts bring the total raised to $1.1 million.
A 2011 survey helped determine why some area workers chose to live outside Hereford. Results indicated the lack of an indoor recreational facility with activities for all ages impacted their choice of residence in other communities where year-round activities such as volleyball and soccer are available.
The new indoor facility will provide space for both competitive soccer as well as four smaller fields for recreational soccer. The model also includes lines for grass volleyball and flag football.
The City of Hereford will provide the land and utility work and oversight for the construction process. Phase I will include construction of the indoor facility and Phases II and III will focus on development of the outdoor baseball and soccer fields and walking paths.
City officials say the Hereford SportsPlex will serve local residents as well as those from Dimmitt, Friona, Farwell, Bovina, Vega, Hart, Nazareth and beyond.