The Murphy Community Center’s designation as a State Historical Site will become fully official on Saturday, March 16 with the unveiling of the permanent marker, according to Recreation Supervisor Caitlyn Meehan. The ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m.
“The building has served this City in a variety of capacities, and in fact, the entire region we now know as Wylie, Sachse, Lucas, Parker and Murphy was served in some way by the building as either a school, community gathering place or government building. It’s extremely exciting to have the state of Texas recognize its importance, both historically and socially,” she said. Meehan and her staff of recreation professionals maintain their offices in the building.
The Collin County Historical Society assisted in the application and credentialing process to obtain the designation since some of the Society’s members have a familial connection to the building. The Center is located at 205 North Murphy Road, across the street from the Municipal Complex.
City officials, members of the Murphy and Collin County Historical Societies, community supporters, and other elected and appointed officials have been invited as special guests and are anticipated to be in attendance at the unveiling. Following the official dedication of the marker, a small reception will be held.
An open house and self-guided tours of the facility will follow until 3 p.m.
The Murphy Community Center, known for years as the Murphy School Building, underwent a virtually complete makeover after sitting idle for several years. The restoration was mainly financed through the sale of 2008 Bonds for the Murphy Community Center Renovation. The Center houses a gymnasium, offices, meeting rooms, workout spaces and a small reading library. It was rededicated as the Murphy Community Center about a year ago.
“We encourage anyone who has not yet visited the community center to come for a tour of the facility and speak with staff about the many things we offer at the MCC. A historical timeline on the old Murphy School as well as bios on notable Murphy residents and educators with rooms named for them in the Murphy Community Center will be open for review,” said Meehan.
Murphy is a fast-growing community located in Collin County and bounded by Plano, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and Parker. While only about four square miles in size, the population is approximately 18,020. The population is generally characterized as highly educated with a median household income above the state average. With more than 70 percent of the land developed, the community is dominated by single-family residences. Determined to maintain a country living ambiance, city planners strive to preserve that feel while still exhibiting an aggressive economic development stance. The centrally-located municipal complex includes four buildings that house Fire, Police, City Administration and Public Works. In 2011, Money Magazine dubbed Murphy as the 27th Best Place to Live in America for small cities. Visit murphytx.org.