Plano Sports Authority (PSA), one of Texas’ largest youth sports organizations, broke ground Tuesday on a 90,000-square-foot recreation facility that will be located at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park in McKinney. City of McKinney officials and PSA executives were on hand to celebrate the event. The state-of-the-art facility will feature eighbasketball/volleyball courts with wood floors, an indoor soccer/football turf arena, a full service food court and other amenities. Construction will begin shortly with a planned opening by the end of 2014.
“We are excited to bring PSA next door to the 6,000 McKinney kids who already play with us,” said Don Blackwood, PSA General Manager. “For many years, our McKinney families have driven to our other facilities to play; now they will have a beautiful facility to call their own.”
“I want to thank the board members of our McKinney Community Development Corporation for their efforts in bringing projects like PSA McKinney to our city in a way that is economically feasible while at the same time being of the high quality that is expected by our residents,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
“PSA McKinney will dramatically improve facilities for youth sports in our community, and will provide for an enhanced quality of play not accessible today. Additionally, the facility will have a significant impact on local businesses with its capacity to accommodate 1.5 million visitors each year,” said George Fuller, MCDC Board Chair.
About Plano Sports Authority
Plano Sports Authority (PSA) was founded as a non-profit agency in 1970 and provides year-round recreational and competitive sports leagues, skills academies, select sports and camps to over 77,000 kids annually. Approximately 5,000 volunteers and the PSA Staff administer sports including Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Football, Cheer, Martial Arts, Rugby, Track and Golf. PSA currently has three facilities, PSA 1 and PSA 2 located in Plano and PSA Murphy located in Murphy.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.
About the McKinney Community Development Corporation
The McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) is an organization with a mission to promote and preserve the quality of life in McKinney. It was established in 1996 when McKinney voters approved a one-half cent sales tax to be used to enhance McKinney's aesthetic, cultural and leisure amenities. MCDC is guided by a volunteer board of seven McKinney residents appointed by the City Council. The board, along with its Executive Director, is tasked with identifying potential quality of life projects, reviewing grant funding requests and serving as responsible stewards of approximately $8 million taxpayer dollars generated annually through the half-cent sales tax. For more information visit mckinneycdc.org.