By Geena Martinez
PLEASANT FARMS - Some homeowners in Pleasant Farms want to see some change. They're hoping to clean up the community and their image. The group started their own non-profit to get that started and to help bring more family friendly amenities to their area.
The Peasant Farms community sits out in southern Ector County, just off of Highway 385.
Scattered trash and stray dogs: As much as they hate to admit it, that's the idea some residents said many people have when it comes to Pleasant Farms.
"We have travel trailer parks that have sprung up everywhere out here and people seem to think that this is a trashy, I don't know, backwater place, but it's not," Debbie Tisdale said. "There are a lot of people out here."
A group of homeowners is trying to change that image, so to make it happen, they started a non-profit organization called Pleasant Farmers.
"We want to make this a better community," Tisdale, secretary of the organization, said.
"We decided we needed to do something," Bill Tisdale said.
The group has a few goals in mind and one of them is to clean up the community.
"There's trash blowing around," Bill, Pleasant Farmers Pres., said. "If people would just get out and pick up in front of their house. This is home and we wanna keep it clean."
Bill grew up here. He wants to see some new additions since Pleasant Farms is growing and to keep kids out of trouble.
"A bigger community center, a big park with maybe a baseball diamond and something for the whole family," Bill said. "We would like to see a swimming pool possibly and possibly even an arena."
Pleasant Farmers Vice-Pres. Tabitha Evans said it's all much needed. The boom has brought in countless new faces to the area.
"So many new people have moved in, we don't know everybody," Evans said. "We used to know everybody and now we don't. We wanna welcome our new neighbors and get everybody together."
The non-profit is holding several fundraisers to get these new amenities.
Although planning and finances are in the very early stages, the group is determined to see their quality of life improve.
The Pleasant Farmers are hoping word will spread about what they're trying to do.
"We just wanna make it better for everybody," Bill said.