[Opinion]

Ok, earlier today the folks over at Amarillo Crime Stoppers put out a reward for the $25,000 worth of damage caused to the Medi Park splash pad. Just to give you a quick recap, a group of vandals decided to take some of the fun out of the splash pad and broke some of the equipment there taking the joy out of the spot for a bit while they make repairs that you and I will pay for.

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So what gets me going and should get you going too is this. Amarillo isn't exactly crawling with a lot of parks. The ones we do have do need a little bit of help, even the city is admitting that a few of them need attention. Every park is a little island that breaks up the grid that is Amarillo. Even if it's just a patch of grass with a walking path, it's our patch of grass with a walking path. Medi Park spashpad aside, already has a lot of great features, and it's fun to enjoy the ducks. Just watch what you feed them.

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A vandal or group of vandals decided that it wasn't too important to them. I don't have enough information on who these folks are, and I'm sure soon enough we'll find out. Yes. I do have faith not only in the good people of Amarillo, but in the Police department as well. My faith is that those who did this will turn themselves in and face up to what they did and take what's coming. If they don't there are folks around them who will do the right thing. Finally if that's not it. The folks at APD ultimately will get their person.

Lets look at this splash park. A lot of money was raised by the good people at Southwest Ambucs who's sole purpose is to help those who maybe can't get around as well as you and I, enjoy the world a little bit more. Like many organizations, they aren't exactly teaming with cash so the maintenance was handed over to the city which means you and I are footing the bill for this.  I know it hasn't exactly been a flaming hot summer this year so far but anything that provides a little heat relief and joy is much appreciated.

If you're reading this and were involved, Do the right thing. don't be that chump... If you know who was involved Amarillo Crime Stoppers would love to hear from you.

This is our home. You wouldn't take this if someone did this to your own place right?

The Abandoned St. Anthony's Hospital on Amarillo Boulevard


The 119-year-old abandoned hospital is a fascinating place for any who are lucky enough to be granted the chance to explore.

The sprawling building saw thousands of Amarillo's citizens inside its halls daily, all the the way until it was shuttered in 2001. But there are still incredible artifacts of the all-too-recent past tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the old St. Anthony.

The explorer who took these photographs gave the following information:

"Many rooms were left untouched, we found patient files, old prescriptions, a blood transfusion machine from the 60s, and microscopic slides of breast cancer from the 70s and 80s. I put one picture in here of some heart scans so you can see the dates and diagnosis of the patient, but marked out the patient’s names of course. During a time when mental illness was not understood, 76 exorcisms were documented to have been performed between 1909 and 1931."

Take a look inside the halls of the legendary abandoned St. Anthony's hospital

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Take a moment and look. Do you recognize any of them? Do you recognize their last names? Maybe they're a family friend, or the best friend of your daughter, or the daughter of a member of your church small group. They matter.