The city helps the KASZ organization to acquire an activity center for seniors

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by David White

The Kyle Area Senior Zone (KASZ) organization is taking its first steps in acquiring an independent senior activity center. The KASZ organization welcomes all retired residents into its activities and currently meets at the Krug Activity Center in Kyle, Old Town Hall, where they have met for 16 years.

Vanessa Westbrook, entertainment program coordinator, says the group has outgrown the building and sometimes has to turn away customers at big events because they are over capacity. She cited Thanksgiving as an example in which there wasn’t enough seating and they had to turn people away. “We gave them food to take away, but we still didn’t have space for them,” she added. “It was heartbreaking.”

Area seniors gather at the Krug Activity Center 5 to 7 days a week, but sometimes events exceed capacity, according to entertainment program coordinator Vanessa Westbrook, and patrons have had to be turned away in the past.

Last year, the KASZ Group approached the city council to help with their efforts and the Town of Kyle donated the land for the activity center and agreed to contribute $200,000 from the 2022 budget of the city. city, subject to Hays County and the organization each raising an additional $200,000. The combined $600,000 would be used for ready-to-build building plans. At the time, Jerry Hendrix, Kyle’s deputy city manager, said that once building plans were completed, the organization would rely on its fundraising campaign – the Capital Campaign Fund – and grant applications. to raise funds for construction. Hendrix says if all goes well, the city could potentially break new ground in 2022.

The proposed activity center is a 35,000 square foot building, with several rooms for different activities that will take place at the same time. Westbrook adds that KASZ will welcome other community organizations to hold activities there, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other groups, to bring the younger community closer to the older community.

The center will be located near Linebarger Lake, behind Tobias Elementary School. The proposed center will be located on city-owned land adjacent to the Creekside Trail.

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