Golf tournament to raise funds for Monahans Kid Zone's new facility

Golf tournament to raise funds for Monahans Kid Zone’s planned facility

Golfing aficionados can swing their clubs for a good cause at the Ward County Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 22.

“Teeing it Up For Kids,” hosted by Atlas Sand, will be a one-day, multi-format tournament with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The golf tournament will raise funds for the capital campaign to get a very much needed new building constructed for the Monahans Kidz Zone (MKZ), an after school and part-time summer facility providing enriching programming such as homework assistance and healthy food and snacks for children of low-income homes.

The cost for the golf tournament is just $200 for a two-person team and includes games, raffle tickets and food on the course. There are many sponsorship opportunities (see the flyers posted below this article).

The nonprofit Ward County Greater Works, Inc. (WCGW), which oversees MKZ, aims to construct an 18,000 square foot youth activity center for MKZ on two strategically located acres. MKZ’s current building downtown has long outlived its usefulness, and the new multi-use facility, set to cost roughly $13 million to build, will allow the program to expand services to students through 12th grade with expanded programs at an optimal location. Currently, MKZ provides programming to students from 1st through 6th grades.

Rendering of planned MKG building courtesy of Ward County Greater Works, Inc.

MKZ’s current downtown location isn’t close to any campus, making it difficult for many children to access, according to WCGW. The new facility, on the other hand, will be located within the Monahans East Parkway development area, near the new 85,000 square foot Event Center, 1525 E Monahans Pkwy. MKZ will locate across the street from a new elementary school that is nearing completion, and also near the $3.5 million county park that will be completed by the end of this year. The new county park will feature a splash pad, outdoor basketball courts, an 18-hole putting green, sand volleyball court and grass knoll for outdoor movies and other events, among other amenities.

The new MKZ building will also house The Lobo Learning Center, which will provide after-school mentoring, reading, tutoring and homework programs along with a computer lab.

The Monahans Economic Development Corporation is donating the land on which MKZ’s new building will be constructed. Ward County is providing the dirt work, while Parkhill is providing architectural and engineering services.