By Kevin M. Smith
Killeen Daily Herald
A partnership between the city of Killeen and the Armed Services YMCA could lead to building a recreation center on the north side of town.
Local ASYMCA officials talked to members of the Killeen Community Services Committee on Tuesday and expressed a desire to partner with the city for a facility. The committee agreed to present the idea to the full Killeen City Council to seek a consensus to move forward with the project.
Tony Mino, executive director of the ASYMCA in Killeen, said cities often have the funds to build, and the YMCA has the funds to operate community-use buildings.
"That makes for a great partnership," Mino said.
Glenn Morrison, Killeen Community Services director, said money from the 2002 bond election could be used for this project because some of those funds are intended for parks and recreation on the north side of town. Morrison said Longbranch Park is a potential site for a YMCA.
"We think it would be a great partnership," Mino said.
He said the current ASYMCA needs more room for summer camps and other yearlong activities.
"It would be a full family facility," Mino said.
ASYMCA currently has partnerships with the Killeen, Copperas Cove and Florence school districts.
"We don't have a partnership – that I am aware of – to this extent," Morrison said.
Councilman Juan Rivera spoke favorably of the potential partnership.
"We need to take action right away," Rivera said. "We can't let this opportunity get away."
Rivera said that every time he moved to a new city throughout his 27 years in the military, one of the first things he looked for was a YMCA.
"It's a quality of life for my kids," Rivera said, noting a YMCA provides recreational and educational opportunities for youth.
The council will consider a partnership at a future workshop.
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