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AC a welcome addition to San Angelo recreation centers, more improvements on the way

SAN ANGELO — For the first time in many years, the City of San Angelo recreation centers had air conditioning in the gymnasiums for summer 2020.



a sign on the side of a building: Renovations at the Southside Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to make conditions more comfortable for patrons of the facility.


© Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times
Renovations at the Southside Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to make conditions more comfortable for patrons of the facility.

I know the kids who attended summer camp, the staff and the participants in both youth and adult sports all appreciated the improvements. It was definitely a long time coming and something that was needed in the West Texas heat. Especially with the mandatory wearing of masks in City facilities.

The air conditioning was a great improvement but your recreation division is not stopping there with the improvements to facilities. We are continuing to improve what we have the best we can. People driving by South Side Recreation Center will notice a different color than the old faded blue building. The facility is now a light gray and the other two facilities will follow shortly with a makeover. Definitely an improvement noticed and needed.

The inside of the facilities are looking much better, as well. The outstanding recreation professionals I have on my team do a great job with the upkeep of the old buildings daily but they took it a step further during the COVID time. The inside of the gyms and surrounding areas have numerous days spent painting them. Carl Ray John Recreation Center and South Side have not looked as good as they do right now for years.

North Side Recreation Center is getting some major upgrades, as well. A new roof is getting closer to completion on the building. As mentioned, the outside will be painted the same light gray as the other two facilities in the coming weeks.



a blue bench in front of a building: Renovations at the Carl Ray Johnson Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to improve conditions for patrons of the facility.


© Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times
Renovations at the Carl Ray Johnson Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to improve conditions for patrons of the facility.

The improvements come just in time for our largest youth league to begin. For youth basketball, we are anticipating a slight decrease in the number of teams from what we have seen in the past couple of years but we are excited to get it going and see so many kids working on and improving their skills on the court. The format may be a little different this year; of course, the school gyms that we normally use for the large league are not available for rent due to COVID. We will make it happen in some fashion, we just ask all parents and coaches to be ready for the changes and to adjust with us.

I cannot talk about youth basketball in San Angelo and not thank the coaches who come out year after year. We have relationships with many of them and that is how we like to do business. Some of these coaches continue to come back even though their kids have

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