Activity center

City helps the KASZ organization to acquire an activity center for seniors


by David White

The Kyle Area Senior Zone (KASZ) organization is taking its first steps in acquiring an independent senior activity center. The KASZ association welcomes all retirees to its activities, and currently meets at the Krug Activity Center in Kyle, the old town hall, where they have been meeting for 16 years.

Vanessa Westbrook, entertainment program coordinator, says the group has outgrown the building and sometimes has to turn away clients at large events because they are overcapacity. She cited Thanksgiving as an example where there wasn’t enough seating and they had to turn people away. “We gave them food, but we still had no room for them,” she added. “It was heartbreaking.”

Seniors in the area gather at the Krug Activity Center 5-7 days a week, but sometimes the events spill out, according to entertainment program coordinator Vanessa Westbrook, and guests have had to be turned down in the past.

Last year, the KASZ group approached city council to help them in their efforts and the town of Kyle donated the land for the activity center and agreed to contribute $ 200,000 to the 2022 budget of the city. town, subject to the fact that Hays County and the organization each raise another $ 200,000. The combined $ 600,000 would be used for ready-to-build construction plans. At that time, Jerry Hendrix, Kyle’s deputy general manager, said that once the building plans were completed, the organization would build on its fundraising campaign – the Campaign Fundraising Fund – and the grant applications to raise funds for construction. Hendrix says if all goes well, the city could potentially innovate in 2022.

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

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