WASKOM, TEXAS (KSLA) - It’s been talked about for years — but finally, a new community center is coming to the town of Waskom, Texas.
Currently Waskom uses their county sub-courthouse as a similar type of facility, but Chief Westy Meisenheimer says that building is getting old.
Funding a center and finding a location were two of the biggest reasons it took so long for Waskom to finally get a community center.
“It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s finally here because it’s been a lot of work and a lot of planning by the mayor and our city officials,” Meisenheimer said. “It’s just been a long ongoing process.”
The center will cost $505,000, but the Texas Department of Agriculture has provided a $350,000 grant to help pay for the center. The rest of the cost will be paid for by the town.
Once it’s complete residents will be able to hold weddings, receptions, and birthday parties inside. Local businesses and organizations throughout town will be able to host events at the center as well.
The center will have a full kitchen, bathrooms, a wraparound porch and will be able to hold up to 150 people.
The police department plans to have an office inside and be onsite to help with community policing. The center will also be used for emergency situations.
“We will have an office supplied and ready in case there is any kind of event such as tornado, storms, fires or even something like a power outage,” Meisenheimer said.
Senior citizens will be able to eat lunch at the center Monday through Fridays, and they are working on creating another parking lot for school buses.
The center is across the street from the Waskom-Taylor City Park and so Meinsenheimer believes the two will go hand in hand together.
The center was supposed to open in August but due to weather it’s been delayed. Once the appliances are delivered and the parking lots are paved, the center will open in a few months.