Local Leaders Discuss Upcoming Entertainment Options
With students out of school for summer, many people are looking for things to do to keep their kids busy for the next few months. Our Ryan Bailey spoke to City and County leaders about what is on the horizon for Laredo in this area. It's our top story tonight at 10.
While City and County leaders have focused on bringing more industry to Laredo, its citizens are asking for entertainment options and maybe a way to stay cool during these hot summer days.
"Right now we have more than $75 million worth of park facilities and recreation facilities that are being constructed."
Those projects include a new park in the northwest, a park in the south and the brand new Haynes recreation center in east Laredo.
"It's going to have tennis courts, and it's going to have a huge pool and the largest indoor basketball complex in the city of Laredo."
Not only that, but the City has just broken ground on an $18 million baseball stadium that the city hopes will attract more than just sports fans.
"Not only will it take baseball but it will take other events, outdoor events."
One other major project the city is working on is tucked away on the Rio Grande, but it could put Laredo on the map in the golfing world.
"This golf course will have features comparable to any golf course in south Texas or up and down the I-35 corridor."
Both City and County leaders say these kinds of projects are only able to happen because of the infrastructure they have already laid down.
"We had to make sure we had streets and that we had water. Water is life."
"If there's a city that's congested with traffic, that's not going to attract a lot of people to come to Laredo."
The million-dollar question remains, when will Laredo get a water park?
"As much as we'd like a water park, if it went belly up in the valley, you've got four times more people in that radius than Laredo."
"Laredo is like we said, no longer a small town. We are a metropolitan city. So I think it's time we start thinking big for Laredo."
Both men say at this point they are not interested in the City or County funding a water park but are very open to the idea of working with a private corporation in this venture.