Talk of Lubbock parks dominate City Council meeting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/23/09

Talk of Lubbock parks dominate City Council meeting

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Tuesday's City Council meeting was dominated by discussion of local parks. Residents continued a push for soccer fields in southwest Lubbock and against an animal shelter at McKenzie Park. More people than expected showed up to voice their opinion about where to place Lubbock's new animal shelter.

"I believe most of you said that you don't want an animal shelter in the park and what happens? You put it in a park, so what are we to believe what you say? We're not gonna back down and we will take to court anyone who will try to take the citizen's park land for service or other mundane use," said Armando Gonzales.

Some residents also told the Council that kids need soccer fields and not dog pounds in City parks. Citizens say the Berl Huffman Complex, where they currently play, is in very poor shape.

Billy Babcock, the President of the Lubbock Soccer Association said it's "a kid issue, a Lubbock kid issue. It's an issue for the safe playing conditions for our children. The bottom line is this City Council can step up to the plate or in this case up to the goal box on the soccer field. And propose to complete the current youth soccer complex and put the soccer fields out there."

Babcock says the Soccer Association deserves a portion of the 10.2 million dollars that would be designated for all parks and recreation, which includes 54 new soccer fields, concessions and restroom facilities. 

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