Texarkana Arkansas Delays Naming Recreation Center

On Monday night, the City of Texarkana decided to delay the decision to rename the city's recreation center in honor of a long-time supporter of community youth sports.On Monday night, the City of Texarkana decided to delay the decision to rename the city's recreation center in honor of a long-time supporter of community youth sports.
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On Monday night, the City of Texarkana decided to delay the decision to rename the city’s recreation center in honor of a long-time supporter of community youth sports.

This marks the second time this month the board of directors has postponed the renaming of the facility, located on Legion Drive in the College Hill Community.

“Renaming the center after someone who has selflessly served this community for over 40 years sends a powerful message,” said Texarkana resident Donnie Reid. “That’s more important than a little bit of money.”

Reid was part of a large crowd at City Hall advocating for the center to be named after Terry Rogers, who dedicated 40 years to working at the Boys and Girls Club.

The recreation center, which reopened in 2022 after being vacant for about 14 years, underwent a $1.3 million renovation funded by a federal loan, grants, and donations.

Some board members expressed concerns that renaming the center might impact future funding. Mayor Allen Brown suggested that the board first establish a policy for naming city buildings.

Meanwhile, several citizens worry that the board might reject the resolution.

“Terry Rogers is the reason we are the men we are today,” said Earl Adams, a Texarkana resident. “It may be just a name to you, but it’s something significant to us and crucial for the next generation of kids.”

Donnell King, another Texarkana resident, echoed this sentiment, saying, “It had to mean something for the guy to work there. He had to care about kids.”

A petition supporting the renaming, signed by over 300 people, underscores the community’s support for honoring Rogers.

The board of directors is expected to revisit the resolution at their next meeting on June 3.