Gregg County to add parking at rodeo arena
Gregg County commissioners agreed Monday to provide labor, asphalt and equipment for additional parking spaces at the rodeo arena the city is renovating.
The Longview City Council moved in December to spend $892,000 to replace structurally failing bleachers at the arena and replace them with new seating for 5,060 people. The renovation also includes new lighting and an announcer’s booth.
Assistant City Manager Chuck Ewings subsequently asked the county for the parking lot help.
The work the court OK’d Monday is worth $84,000, but the materials already are in hand and county road crews may be used under a mutual aid contract between the two governments.
The work should produce about 850 parking spots, the city estimates.
Pct. 4 crews will begin work as soon as the weather permits, Commissioner John Mathis said after the meeting.
Commissioner Darryl Primo also said he would support the county paying to put a roof on the arena, which so far is not in the city’s plans.
“If you listen to the rodeo people, that was their No. 1 thing,” Primo said, recalling input from discussions last summer over a more elaborate multi-events center.
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