AJ Swope Plaza is a privately funded project that upon completion will be donated to the City of Amarillo for area residents to utilize as a place for remembrance, reflection, and celebration. 


The Plaza will feature Amarillo's First Responders Memorial honoring those men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty, the Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame recognizing the many notable individuals from across the region who have made distinguished contributions in their field, and a public amphitheater with tiered seating for 300+ people for concerts and other events.

 

AJ Swope Plaza will be centrally located in downtown Amarillo on SE 8th Street between Lincoln and Johnson Streets, adjacent to the City of Amarillo's new ballpark on land owned by the City.

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The First Responders Memorial will serve as a place to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty. It will provide a peaceful place of remembrance and a place to celebrate our loved ones legacies. 

TEXAS PANHANDLE
WALK OF FAME

The Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame will acknowledge and honor the many notable individuals from Amarillo and across the Texas Panhandle who have made distinguished contributions in their respective fields.

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& GREEN AREA

The AJ Swope Plaza amphitheater will feature a main performance stage along with a smaller secondary stage for concerts and other outdoor events. The amphitheater will provide comfortable tiered seating for 300-400 people. 

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AJ Swope Plaza will be centrally located in downtown Amarillo on SE 8th Street between Lincoln and Johnson Streets.

 

The Plaza will be adjacent to the City of Amarillo's new ballpark on land owned by the City of Amarillo. It will be located just southeast of the ballpark's main entrance at 8th and Buchanan.

 

Upon completion of construction, AJ Swope Plaza will be gifted to the City of Amarillo to manage and maintain.

 

 

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Director Charlotte Rhodes

Jacob Albracht | Newscaster

Don Allred | Oldham County Judge

Chancy Bernson | Musician

Ron Boyd | Ron Boyd Jewelers

Lewis Britt | Big Meadow

Leon Church | Potter County Commissioner

Al Cunningham | Insurica

Ed Drain | Amarillo Police Chief

Beth Duke | Center City

Jud Finney | Peterson, Farris, Byrd & Parker Law

Brian Fleming | Shinall Group

Cameron Fredkin | Cross Texas Transmission

Tony Freeman | Cenveo

Jeff Greenlee | Amarillo Fire Chief

Luke Holder | Lemert, Holder & Ohm 

David Hudson | Xcel Energy

Jack Light | Panhandle PBS

Natrelle and Russell Long | Community Volunteers

Carol Lovelady | Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Ross McCausland | Protos Energy Advisory

Patrick Miller | AISD, AC Board of Regents

Shawn Morrison | Budweiser

Steve Pair | Amarillo Matters

Dan Quandt | Amarillo Convention & Visitors Council

Randy Ray | West Texas A&M University

Joel Richardson | Randall County Sheriff

Brice Sheets | Townsquare Media

Dirk Swope | 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle

Brian Thomas | Potter County Sheriff

Cleve Turner | Turner Land Architecture

Roy Urrutia | Atmos Energy

James Wester | Underwood Lawfirm

Randall Whalin | Fairly Group

Zac Wilkerson | Musician 

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

MEDIA

9/5/18

Additionally, Friends of Fogelberg will provide details of a partnership with Friends of AJ Swope, an Amarillo-based group raising money for the AJ Swope Plaza, Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame and Texas Panhandle First Responders Memorial in downtown Amarillo.

Friends of Fogelberg Raises Awareness for Prostate Cancer

KAMR-TV

4/15/19

The Friends of AJ Swope have a fund set up at the Amarillo Area Foundation. People can visit their website or go to ajswopeplaza.com with a link to the Amarillo Area Foundation's website. 

Fundraising Continues for

AJ Swope Plaza

KAMR-TV

2/26/19

The Randall County Sheriff's Office will host a fundraiser on March 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the proceeds going to benefit the A.J. Swope Plaza. The plaza is to be built near Hodgetown in downtown Amarillo.

Randall County Sheriff's Office to host fundraiser to benefit AJ Swope Plaza

KVII-TV

1/31/19

Around $250,000 in financial commitments are in place for construction of the AJ Swope Plaza, which will be located at Lincoln Street and Eighth Avenue southeast of the new baseball stadium.

AJ Swope Plaza Fundraising Effort in Full Swing

AGN

7/18/18

AJ Swope Plaza is a privately funded project that upon completion will be donated to the City of Amarillo for area residents to utilize as a place for remembrance, reflection, and celebration.

AJ Swope Plaza in Downtown Amarillo

KAMR-TV STUDIO 4

7/6/18

“Whenever he decided to do something, he was going to give it 110 percent,” said former professor and friend, Randy Ray. “That's the way it was when he was a broadcaster, that's the way it was when he was working with wind energy, and that certainly was the way it was...

Remembering the life and legacy of AJ Swope, five years later

KFDA-TV

7/3/18

Most people knew AJ Swope for two things: his passion for wind energy management, and his love for music.

 

"He did something that most men, they strive their entire life to achieve...

Plaza coming to downtown Amarillo in memory of AJ Swope

KVII-TV

8/20/19

Another portion will go toward the AJ Swope Plaza, an outdoor performance venue will be built to honor AJ Swope, a beloved local musician, after his untimely death.

Leader of the Band: Friends of Fogelberg Concert & Free Prostate Screening

HPPR

3/1/19

The Randall County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a benefit lunch from 11 a.m. to 01 p.m. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the A.J. Swope Plaza.  The plaza to be built will be located in downtown Amarillo near the new MPEV.

Randall County Sheriff's Office Hosting Lunch to Benefit AJ Swope Plaza

KAMR-TV

2/9/19

The Potter County Sheriff’s Office accepted a challenge and made a monetary notch in the belt to build the AJ Swope Plaza. Sheriff Brian Thomas presented Wendi Swope, AJ's widow, with $1280 Friday morning to help build the First Responders Memorial...

Challege Accepted! Potter County SO Donates Raises Money for Plaza

AGN

1/29/19

A new addition to downtown is in the works and you can help pay it forward today by donating to the cause.

Every year on A.J. Swope's birthday, his family and friends ask others to pay it forward.

Paying it Forward for AJ Swope

KAMR-TV STUDIO 4

7/14/18

A gift to Amarillo and a posthumous honor, the Friends of AJ Swope are planning to construct a privately funded plaza downtown. The public green space will include a 300-seat amphitheater, the Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame and the Texas Panhandle's First Responders... 

Planned memorial to honor AJ Swope, first responders

AGN

7/5/18

Coming together as the "Friends of AJ Swope", those that knew Swope, as well as local leaders, are planning a privately-funded downtown plaza that includes a 300-seat amphitheater, a Panhandle Walk of Fame, and a Panhandle First Responders Memorial. 

Proposed AJ Swope Plaza to be located next to MPEV

KFDA-TV

6/29/18

Efforts to raise funds are now underway for a new plaza that will be in downtown Amarillo next to the MPEV.

The AJ Swope Plaza is being proposed and will be located on Southeast 8th... 

AJ Swope Plaza Being Proposed Next To MPEV

KGNC

7/2/19

Friends of Fogelberg is hosting its annual benefit concert for prostate cancer awareness on Friday, Sept 6 at the Globe-News Center for Performing Arts and will feature a host of popular area musicians on stage throughout the evening.

Friends of Fogelberg to partner with friends of AJ Swope

KAMR-TV

2/26/19

Randall County Sheriff’s Office is holding a benefit luncheon to help fund the upcoming A.J. Swope Plaza, which is slated to be located in downtown Amarillo.The hamburger luncheon will cost $7 and include a burger, chips, a cookie and a drink.

Randall County hosting fundraiser to benefit AJ Swope Plaza

KFDA-TV

2/8/19

The Potter County Sheriff’s Office donated nearly $1,300 to the AJ Swope Plaza fund on Friday morning.

The Potter County Sheriff’s Office donated $1,300 to the memorial today, which aims to honor fallen first responders.

Potter County Sheriff's Office Donates to Swope Plaza

KFDA-TV

7/27/18

The Friends of AJ Swope have announced plans to build a privately-funded downtown plaza as a gift to Amarillo citizens that will include a 300-seat amphitheater, the Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame, and the Texas Panhandle First Responders Memorial.

Plans Unveiled for AJ Swope Plaza in Downtown Amarillo

CANADIAN RECORD

7/6/18

More than 5 years since AJ Swope passed away, a plaza has been proposed in downtown to honor him. 

"We have proposed to the City of Amarillo to build a 300 seat amphitheater downtown in a really lovely green space that would also include a Texas 

Plaza named after AJ Swope proposed downtown

KAMR-TV

7/3/18

A group of music lovers announced plans this week to build a privately funded plaza and amphitheater in downtown Amarillo.

 

The plaza will be named for beloved Amarillo singer-songwriter AJ Swope, 

Plans Announced For Downtown Amarillo “AJ Swope Plaza” 

HPPR

 
 

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