McKINNEY, Texas (July 20, 2016) – At the regular meeting last night, the McKinney City Council approved the naming of the new McKinney aquatics and fitness center: the Apex Centre.

Being mindful of Gabe Nesbitt Community Park as a collection of sports and wellness activities, and taking cues from the topography and geographical corner location, the Apex Centre encompasses a feeling of prominence in the community as both an aquatic and physical exercise facility and a gathering place. The facility rises above the park as you approach it from both the pedestrian level and by automobile. Architectural elements of the rising roof lines on both sides of the multi-level building lend extra meaning behind the name.

“The Apex Centre is the single largest project the City of McKinney has ever built and its name reflects the milestone,” said Rhoda Savage, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Apex literally means peak, summit, highest level and greatest success. The Apex Centre is an asset for the community that will add immense value for years to come.”

The City of McKinney and McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) teamed up to build the $36 million aquatics and fitness center in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. The 80,000-square-foot facility will include a 25-yard-by-25-meter pool for competitive and lap swimming, a leisure pool and an outdoor leisure and recreation pool. Additionally, a fitness facility, weight training equipment, sports courts, an elevated track, babysitting facilities and multipurpose rooms will be open to the public. Construction is projected to be completed in December and the facility will open in early 2017.

The facility will operate on a 100 percent cost recovery basis and will offer annual, monthly and daily memberships for youth, seniors, adults and families, as well as resident and non-resident rates. Pre-sale memberships will be offered beginning in October.

Funding for the Apex Centre includes more than $34.5 million from MCDC, generated from a half cent “quality of life” sales tax and nearly $1.5 million from the City of McKinney.