Regional Information » Amarillo
Extending 170 miles East to West, and 155 miles North to South, the Panhandle of Texas is comprised of 26 counties, covering a total 26,000 square mile area. Most of this area is sprawling ranch and farm land. Population is estimated at 370,000.
The city of Amarillo straddles the counties of Potter and Randall, making them two of the 49 metro counties in the state. Taken separately from the other counties, the population of Potter - Randall counties is approximately 200,000.
Amarillo is home to the Amarillo Art Center, the Amarillo Little Theater, the Amarillo Symphony, and the Lone Star Ballet Company. An old baseball stadium was renovated in 1992-93 to be home to the "Amarillo Dillas", a professional baseball team. 1996 saw the acquisition of a professional ice hockey team, the "Amarillo Gorillas." There are many museums in the panhandle area, including some dedicated to the rich heritage of the West. A taste of this heritage is offered by way of "cowboy" breakfasts and dinners at area ranches.
Panhandle weather allows residents to enjoy all four seasons, while also boasting an average of 351 days of sunshine. The winters are usually mild with an annual average temperature of 57 degrees F. Snowfall is infrequent and never long lasting. Summer days are hot, but dry with an annual average humidity of 56%. Evenings are a blessing with moderate temperatures, extended daylight, and cool gentle breezes. Both spring and fall have warm day temperatures with cool nights. Sunsets and lightning storms can be spectacular!
The city of Amarillo has 2,392 acres of park land. This includes five public golf courses, four public swimming pools, and 51 tennis courts. Thompson Park includes a decorative lake, several baseball fields, the city zoo and is adjacent to "Wonderland," the third largest amusement park in Texas, featuring 24 rides and 32 attractions.
Palo Duro Canyon, the "grand canyon of Texas" is located just a few miles to the south of Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is open year round and in summer lends a spectacular backdrop to the musical production "Texas." A man-made lake, Lake Meredith, provides recreational boating activities and fishing just 40 minutes north of Amarillo.
The School of Pharmacy building is located within the Harrington Regional Medical Center campus. The Harrington Regional Medical Center is a 410 acre campus made up of a group of hospitals and associated health care facilities surrounding the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center academic building. The facilities here provide a broad scope of accessible, high quality heath care to residents of the Texas Panhandle and the surrounding four state region. The public areas of the medical center are some of the loveliest areas of the city with small lakes which are home to many varieties of water birds, several park areas, two playgrounds and a walking path. In addition to medical and health care related facilities, the center includes a Garden Center and a "hands on", science based Discovery Center.