Several projects in Abilene's bond package on the way


ABILENE, Texas - You might remember Abilene voters passed an $81 million bond package last year.

Many street repairs have been in progress -- some with delays, some ahead of schedule -- but what about the other projects in that package?

Alyssa Diaz enjoys the pool at Rose Park just about every day during the summer, and she's really excited about the new aquatic center that'll be built there.

"I mean it's kind of boring in Abilene, but we have the pool in the summer, and having something extra to do in the summer will give us an extra activity to do," Diaz said. "It should be really fun."

Wayne Lisenbee, the director of capital improvements for Abilene, said the goal is to have the aquatic center open next summer.

"[It will have] two slides, one with potentially an inner-tube, one, a full body slide that are bigger than anybody in the region's got," Lisenbee said. "We're looking to have a lazy river, which is something nobody else has."

The Abilene Civic Center auditorium is getting a new fly system that will allow it to host a wider variety shows and productions.

"The fly system is the mechanics that allow you to raise or lower the backdrops, the curtains, the lights, any other kind of fixtures they need for a production," Lisenbee said.

The exhibit hall is getting a makeover with a new ceiling, lights, and speakers. They're also repainting the walls and redoing the floors.

"I think it needs improvements," said Rhonda Wilson, a visitor at the Abilene Civic Center. "It's very drab and gray in there, and I'm looking forward to seeing how lovely it's going to be when they finish."

Two new splash pads are also being built. One will be at Stevenson Park in north Abilene. The other will be at Scarborough Park in southwest Abilene. They hope to have those open before school starts this year.

Lisenbee said all the bond projects are on schedule.

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