The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recognized The Courts at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park as the 2012 Featured Facility award winner, the organization’s highest honor.

The award recognizes one facility from among all those that meet the criteria for an outstanding facility award.

The "featured facility" exemplifies the highest level of excellence in facility design; court construction; court amenities; and other related components such as strong programming and the implementation of 10 and Under Tennis.

“McKinney is proud to bring more national recognition to our community. Our city is known for quality of life, due in large part to exemplary parks and open spaces, like our new tennis center,” Mayor Brian Loughmiller said in a news release.

In addition, The Courts at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park has been recognized as one of seven winners of the USTA’s 31st annual Outstanding Facility Awards Program, recognizing excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.

Mayor Loughmiller joined Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Lemuel Randolph and The Courts General Manager Matt Hanlin at the U.S. Open at the USTA Awards Breakfast during the association’s semi-annual meeting in New York on Sept. 3.

The new complex, which opened in February, features a modern 3,500-square-foot clubhouse with a wrap-around patio, 11 lighted courts (including a signature stadium court with a spectator viewing area), and room for special events.

The Courts is managed by Lifetime Tennis and offers year-round leagues, lessons and a retail shop.

For more information about The Courts, click here to read McKinney Magazine's feature story about the facility.