Pharr breaks ground on new, state-of-the-art wellness facility



PHARR — The city of Pharr held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Wellness and Innovation Complex on Thursday.
City and state officials gathered at the complex’s future location on 1121 E. Nolana Loop to break ground and celebrate the project that they hope will encourage healthier lifestyles among Pharr residents.
“This project— we’re really excited about it,” Commissioner Roberto “Bobby” Carrillo said. “Most of all it’s a wellness innovation center which will promote a lot of health and wellness.”
The complex will feature a 120-foot mirrored waterway, a jogging trail, a building with a 150-seat lecture hall and an amphitheater with landscape seating. There will also be a park, which Laren Warren of the Warren Group Architects Inc. described as being French inspired.
“They’re going to be able to come and there will be all types of classes— obviously wellness classes,” Carrillo said. “It’s going to be an active wellness innovation center where people can sit, walk or exercise.”
Carrillo said the complex will be a first not only in Hidalgo County, but for the entire Rio Grande Valley once it’s completed.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday for Pharr’s new Health and Wellness Center. (Courtesy photo)
“This has been a vision in the city of Pharr. We wanted to make sure that every part of Pharr — whether it be north, central or south Pharr — have somewhere to go to exercise and be out and about,” Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez said. “This started out …