AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – According to the City of Amarillo, Friday was a great opportunity for those in the Eastridge neighborhood to help decide how to use the $650,000 in bond funds set aside for new developments in the area.
The City of Amarillo partnered up with Eastridge Elementary Friday evening during the school’s annual Fall Carnival to allow residents of the neighborhood to come out and provide feedback on the Eastridge Neighborhood Plan.
The City of Amarillo described that it partnered with Potter County to develop the plan for the Eastridge neighborhood, aiming to build “organizational capacity, form consensus for goals and strategies among stakeholders and provide a roadmap for future public and private reinvestment.” The project began in January and has been led by a citizen advisory committee that worked to draft a vision statement, area of focus, and a list of goals and strategies.
“The neighborhoods go through this process and help them sort of organizing and help them create a voice and it opens up lines of communication between the city and the county and then we hope to see the momentum shift in this neighborhoods as a result,” said Assistant Director of Planning Emily Koller, at the City of Amarillo.
Citizens were asked to vote on how that half a million in bond funds will be spent in the Eastridge neighborhood, and which ideas from the citizen advisory committee’s high-priority projects they would like to see.
“We have soccer fields, that’s a big-ticket item all the way down to street sign toppers and so residents can actually choose by voting which of those improvements they would like to prioritize,” said Koller.
More information on the Eastridge plan can be found here.
Leslie Porter, a resident of Eastridge added being able to have her input taken this way on what she wants the money spent on makes her feel like a valued member of the community.
“I just really appreciate the fact that they are asking our opinion and they are just not willing to spend money on our community, which really needs it, but they are willing to ask our opinion on the people who live here, not just the people that go to school here, but live here,” said Porter.
Koller said the next steps are getting final recommendations from residents on what they would like to see, getting the plan adopted by the City of Amarillo, and forming a neighborhood association.