Work begins on Hobbs recreational center

Leonard Tapia
April 05, 2017 06:48 PM

HOBBS, N.M. -- There is an almost $65 million project is underway in southeast New Mexico. It’s going to be a place like no other for people near and far to gather all while boosting the local economy.


The facility will be known as The Center of Recreational Excellence, or The CORE for short.

The CORE will include an indoor soccer field and track, as well as two swimming pools with the tallest indoor water slide in New Mexico and much more.

The CORE has already brought hundreds of construction jobs to the state and is expected to employ 75 people once fully operating. The project was funded by several public and private entities including the Hobbs school district, the New Mexico Junior College and cash reserves from the City of Hobbs.

Officials say they expect The CORE to benefit the local economy and bring more business to the area.

“Not only is it for the community members, we really think this is going to be an economic development driver,” said J.J. Murphy, the Hobbs city manager.

Others say community members have also played a big role in developing The CORE.

“Definitely the residents are excited about it and what it really is for is to bring our community together,” Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb said.

Some residents KOB spoke to couldn’t agree more.

“I got somewhere I can take my kids, I got somewhere the whole family can go and hang out and have fun,” said Rachel Stucky, who lives in Hobbs.

The CORE is set to open May 2018. 


Leonard Tapia

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