By David White
The Kyle Area Senior Zone (KASZ) is proud to announce they are more than halfway to reaching their fundraising goal to complete their first step in getting a new senior activity center.
Last year, the KASZ group approached the City Council to help its efforts, and the city of Kyle has donated the land for the activity center and agreed to match $200,000 out of the city’s 2022 budget, contingent on the fact that Hays County and the organization each raise another $200,000. The combined $600,000 would be used for construction ready building plans. At that time, Jerry Hendrix, Assistant City Manager for Kyle, says once the construction plans are complete, the organization will rely on its fundraising campaign – the Capital Campaign Fund – and applications for grants to raise money for the construction. Hendrix says if all goes well, the city could potentially break ground in 2022.
KASZ has raised more than $120,000 toward their goal of $200,000. The organization has a series of fundraisers set to complete their goal. The group had an Elvis impersonator give a concert at the Krug Center where it usually meets. KASZ will also have a rummage sale and a BBQ fundraiser March 5 at the Krug Center.
The proposed activity center is a 35,000 square-foot building, with several rooms for different activities to be held at the same time. Westbrook adds that KASZ will welcome other community organizations to have activities there, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other groups, to bring the younger community together with the older community.
The center will be located by Linebarger Lake, behind Tobias Elementary School. The proposed center will be on city owned land off of Creekside Trail.