LEDC Community Facilities Project Update - March, 2014
Groundbreaking for Phase II of the Community Facilities Project was held on March 18, 2014 This Phase includes the construction of a 25,000 square foot climate-controlled addition on the northwest side of the current facility. It will be home to the Llano Livestock Show each January in addition to a host of other events throughout the entire year.
With great pride, the Llano Economic Development Corporation announced the name of the facility will be the John L. Kuykendall Arena and Events Center, named in memory of Llano's treasured leader, educator and former Llano County Extension Agent, Mr. John L. Kuykendall.
For tax-deductible contribution information for Phase II, please contact Fred Smith, President of the Llano Economic Development Corporation at 325.247.5701.
Phase I of the Community Facilities Project was completed in time for the rodeo arena to hold it's first team roping event in April of 2012 for the Llano Crawfish Open, and the arena has been booked almost every weekend since.
The soccer fields were completed 4th quarter 2012 and the first soccer season in 2013 opened on the 3 new fields to the delight of many Llano families.
These projects all contribute to Llano citizens' quality of life and development of our youth. Additionally, the economic benefit to local businesses has been substantial. Continue to watch with interest as the Llano EDC moves forward with their strategic planning for Llano's future.
Phase III will include an amphitheater north of the community center leading downhill toward the pavilion for outdoor events.
Llano benefits in many ways from the construction of these facilities. 1) The Llano Youth Soccer Association (LYSA) started 12 years ago and has on average 200 children that play in the league, both spring and fall. In addition to providing the facility for our local students, the new complex will allow Llano Youth Soccer to host sanctioned tournaments, which will boost the economy as teams travel to Llano.2) Beginning in 2012, the new covered arena will host the traditional Llano rodeos held annually including team roping competition during Crawfish Open in April, the Llano Open Pro Rodeo in June, and youth rodeos held throughout the year. 3) These events have always benefited local youth as well as local businesses. Due to the investment being made to create a state of the art facility, the arena will eventually become a significant economic draw for local businesses as Llano schedules additional rodeo events, and visitors come to Llano to dine, shop, and stay overnight.