MEXIA, TX — The City of Mexia accepted a donation of $150,000 from the Parkview Regional Hospital Foundation in support of the City's planned Sports Complex during the Mexia City Council meeting on October 21, 2020.
The City has been working toward a new Sports Complex, on the south side of the City, for over two years.
The City had previously secured grants from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Mexia Economic Development Corporation.
In addition, the City recently issued debt obligations to help fund the $1.8 million project.
Mexia was in need of additional funding to support the construction of the concession stand and restrooms for the Complex. The Foundation Board unanimously agreed to fully fund the construction cost for these structures.
The Parkview Regional Hospital Foundation has a long history of supporting local communities, through both grants and scholarships, and was particularly interested in helping with this project as sports activities promote both health and wellness and a sense of community.
Mayor Geary Smith noted that this grant was "absolutely critical for this project."
Both Mayor Smith and fellow City Councilmembers were thankful for the Foundation's generous gift. City Manager Eric Garretty noted that groundbreaking for the new Sports Complex may occur as early as December of this year and this donation will help the City deliver "a first-class facility for baseball, softball, soccer, and pee-wee football".