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UrbanTech Partners with Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers

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UrbanTech and the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers will hold a news conference at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2016 to announce a major partnership to develop a master plan for the centers.

The announcement in the first-floor lobby at the Texas Tech University Downtown Center, 1120 Main St., will introduce to the general public a new Playground and Sports Field expansion planned for the Parkway Center, 405 N. MLK Blvd.

UrbanTech will hold a public showing of the expansion during the First Friday Art Trail that evening that will focus on 10 items that will be developed at the center’s MLK facility.

Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers was founded in 1962 by the Lubbock Area United Way to address the needs of the families living in the Guadalupe neighborhood. After the 1970 tornado destroyed and damaged much of downtown and east Lubbock, Barbara Sommerville, the director, perceived the need for a similar center in the Parkway-Cherry Point neighborhood. Over the years, the Centers have served thousands of children and their families, providing literacy training, language skills, family living training and academic support.

Today, The Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers provide multiple opportunities for children to grow and learn. Instruction in computers, literacy, competitive sports and fine arts are offered. Enrichment classes provide opportunities for children to develop self–presentation, character, confidence, leadership and discipline.

Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers, a United Way Community Partner, has been serving families in the Guadalupe and Parkway neighborhoods for more than 50 years.

UrbanTech, a division of Texas Tech University College of Architecture, enhances the education experience for students by developing projects that will benefit both the community and student.

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