By Alicia Neaves
HOBBS, N.M. - The City of Hobbs is growing by the minute. Tuesday afternoon kicked off their downtown revitalization. It begins with the groundbreaking of the Boys and Girls Club.
"I think we're gonna be an anchor for other development that comes along," Boys and Girls Club Board Member, Tres Hicks, said.
The Boys and Girls Club is kicking off downtown development in the City of Hobbs.
"The revitalization of downtown is gonna sprout all around the Hobbs Boys and Girls Club," Jay Collins, President of the Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs, said.
But it didn't happen overnight. In fact, this has been the plan for several years.
"Multiple people make this happen," Hicks said.
"Boys and Girls Club, our board members, our directors and our community," Collins said.
At Tuesday's groundbreaking, it became a reality.
"The J.F. Maddox Foundation, through its benevolence and its efforts in community support has given us a grant to build a new facility which is very exciting for us because we like to have a facility that is designed for and around and about the kids," Hicks said.
On average, 200 children walk through the doors of Boys and Girls Club every day in the summer time. During the school year, try 600, including off-site locations.
"It's going to make people want to go downtown. It's going to beautify Hobbs downtown and it's going to impact company growth," Collins said.
Splash pads and pool programs are set for the summer. Up next could be new housing downtown and park expansions.
If you're interested in making a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs, you have many opportunities. There will be a raffle, you can participate in the Adult Behind the Child program or you can approach a board member or employee.