McKINNEY (May 17, 2016) — A major milestone in the construction of the new McKinney aquatics and fitness center was marked as city leaders celebrated with a topping out ceremony on Friday, May 13.
“This ceremony underlines the amazing progress that has been made in the construction of the new aquatics and fitness facility,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “This center will be a modern, state-of-the-art facility and I am certain it will be a place that residents will be proud of when it is officially opened.”
“This was another exciting milestone for the Parks and Recreation Department,” said Rhoda Savage, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We have a great future to look forward to with a fantastic new parks master plan that will bring the very best facilities and amenities to our residents. We are thrilled and can't wait for the plan to come to fruition.”
The City of McKinney and the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) teamed up to build the $36 million aquatics and fitness center in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. This 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, childcare facilities and multipurpose rooms will be open to the public. It is slated to be finished in December.
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 aquatics and fitness facility 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.
The aquatics and fitness facility will serve as the epicenter of one of the city’s largest parks. Gabe Nesbitt Community Park, which opened in December 2009, is home to the city’s baseball and softball fields, award-winning tennis facility, skate park, library, and indoor multi-sport facility. This fall, the city will also add 12, including a championship court, to The Courts tennis facility.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.