WAXAHACHIE — The Leadership Waxahachie program that Ann Montgomery participated in chose a downtown amphitheater as its class project. Jim Phillips from KBEC was interested in the project and made a donation to get things moving. The two of them visited the Rotary Club to present an overview of what has become amphitheater park.
The plan is to develop the area south of the depots running from Rogers Street to the old train trestle into a family activity center that can be used from early till late. Families can picnic, listen to music and use the playground. There will be the amphitheater seating more than 800, a playground and splash pad, the railroad trestle and parking. It is large enough that several activities can be going on at the same time.
It is planned to pay for the park with sales tax receipts through the Waxahachie Community Development Corporation, a city commission sometimes called the 4B. Sales tax receipts are reportedly up over forty percent above last year so the city budget will not be affected and property taxpayers will not have to fund it. The total cost of the park will be $2.4 million.
The 4B will eventually have facilities at each side of the city. Right now the Civic Center is on the west side, the Sports Complex is on the north, and this project will be on the south. Another project will be planned for Waxahachie East.
Most of the land is in a 100-year flood plain so none of the construction will be permanent. Also, the Army Corps of Engineers is involved in any floodplain project, and their approval is expected soon.
For more information about 4B visit the government section of the City of Waxahachie’s web site.