Whether you’re looking for a new favorite sport – or just hoping to rediscover an old one – check out the variety of activities and facilities offered by the City of McKinney Athletics Department. Pickleball anyone?
Pickleball, much like badminton, is a fun racket game for all ages.
The ball is served diagonally. Points are scored by the serving side. Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed. To prevent spiking, there is a no-volley zone on each side of the net. The server alternates service courts until he or she faults. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least two points wins.
If you’ve ever made your way to the Chamber office via Valley Creek Trail, you’ve likely passed numerous athletic looking individuals pushing baby strollerlike contraptions, sans the babies. They’re playing disc golf. It’s a sport similar to traditional golf but rather than a ball and clubs, players use a disc.
The object is to complete each hole with the fewest throws. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a disc golf target or hole. This is typically an elevated metal basket. Each consecutive throw is then made from the spot where the previous throw landed. Finally, the putt lands in the basket and the hole is complete.
McKinney has two 18-hole disc golf courses.
Should pickle-ball or disc golf not spark your interest, there are many other options available for individuals of all ages.
• Slow-pitch softball, flag football, kickball and volleyball are offered by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department for participants ages 16 and older. The city offers co-ed, church and men’s leagues.
• Tennis is offered for men and women 18 and older. See page 16 of the magazine for an overview of tennis facilities available in McKinney.
• Soccer is offered by McKinney Soccer Association for men and women ages 18 and older. For more information, contact MSA at 972-569-6808.
- Youth basketball and volleyball are offered by PSA McKinney. For more information contact PSA at 972-208-KIDS (5437).
- Tackle football, flag football and cheerleading are offered by McKinney Sports Connection. For more information, contact MSC at 972-832-9256.
- Soccer is offered by McKinney Soccer Association. For more information, contact MSA at 972-569-6808.
- Fast-pitch softball is offered by McKinney Girls Softball Association. For more information, contact MGSA at 469-245-1461.
- Baseball is offered by McKinney Baseball Association or McKinney Little League Baseball. For more information, contact MBA at 214-578-6015 or MLLB at 214-726-2360.
- Lacrosse is offered by McKinney Lacrosse Club. For more information, email the McKinney Lacrosse Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tennis is offered at the Courts at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. For more information, contact the Courts at 972- 547-2012.
Baseball / Softball
Available to rent for organized baseball practice and may be reserved for tournament or league games.
- MOUZON BALL FIELDS – 1307 E. Greenville Ave.
- NORTH PARK FIELDS – 1701 N. McDonald St.
- WILSON CREEK SOFTBALL / BASEBALL COMPLEX – 1401 Wilson Creek Pkwy.
- GABE NESBITT COMMUNITY PARK SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL COMPLEX – 7001 Eldorado Pkwy.
Disc Golf Courses
The City of McKinney maintains two 18-hole Disc Golf Courses.
- THE ALEX CLARK MEMORIAL DISC GOLF COURSE – 1986 Park View Ave. (within the Al Ruschhaupt Phase 1 Soccer Complex)
- TOWNE LAKE DISC GOLF COURSE – 1401 Wilson Creek Blvd. (south of Towne Lake and the Wilson Creek Softball Complex)
OAK HOLLOW GOLF COURSE – 3005 N. McKinney St.
Just minutes from Historic Downtown McKinney, Oak Hollow offers a reasonably priced round of golf.
- 7,300-square-foot clubhouse and a full service grill and bar
- Onsite instruction
- Indoor swing room with launch monitor and high speed cameras
- A 2,700-square-foot lighted pavilion
- A 40-bay 300-yard driving range
- Two full-size practice greens with practice bunker
The McKinney Athletics Department maintains three soccer complexes.
McKINNEY SOCCER COMPLEX AT CRAIG RANCH – 6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy.
- 12 lit soccer fields
- One championship field
- Hike and bike trail
- Concession area
- Onsite parking
AL RUSCHHAUPT SOCCER COMPLEX PHASE ONE – 1986 Parkview Ave.
AL RUSCHHAUPT SOCCER COMPLEX PHASE TWO – 2701 Northbrook Dr.
96-acre soccer complex includes:
- Five lighted regulation-size soccer fields
- Fields for lacrosse, cricket and football
- Hike and bike trail
- Two concession / restroom facilities
- Large picnic shelter – first-come, first-served. No reservations.
- Splash pad
- Boundless playground (wheelchair accessible)
- Swings and onsite parking
McKINNEY TENNIS CENTER – 3253 Alma Rd. (Gabe Nesbitt Community Park)
- Luxurious 3,500-square-foot clubhouse
- Signature stadium court
- Elevated view of the sports fields
- 11 lit tennis courts
- Year-round leagues and lessons
- Ball machines and retail shop service
15 multi-use practice fields are located throughout McKinney. Soccer / football practice fields, basketball courts, baseball / softball fields and backstops, sand infields, tennis courts and sand volleyball courts are the amenities that can be found at various locations.
- Hardy Eubanks Jr. Park
- Dr. Charles B. McKissick Park
- E.A. Randles Park
- Falcon Creek Park
- Finch Park
- Fitzhugh Park
- Hill Top Park
- Horizon Park
- Inspiration Park
- Jim Ledbetter Park
- Serenity Park
- Tom Allen Jr. Park
- Valley Creek Park
- W.B. Finney Park
- Wattley Park
McKinney recreation centers are open for fitness and fun. The McKinney Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department maintains facilities and schedules special classes and events to promote a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle in McKinney.
THE McKINNEY COMMUNITY CENTER – just off U.S. 75 (between Eldorado and Towne Lake)
Programs and services are available to individuals, families and groups.
- Game room
- Multi-purpose / banquet room
- Fitness center
- Two racquetball courts
- Nature trail / bike trail
- Showers / lockers
- Basketball courts
OLD SETTLER’S RECREATION CENTER – 1201 E. Louisiana St. (near Downtown McKinney)
Guests are welcome to participate in leisure sports and wellness activities. Indoor and outdoor rental spaces are available for parties and meetings.
- Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
- Fitness gym
- Game room
- Meeting and party rooms with kitchen amenities
- Old Settler’s Park and Pavilion
- Aerobic machines and multi-gym equipment
- Swimming / Aquatic Center
- Showers / lockers
SENIOR RECREATION CENTER – 1400 S. College St.
Enrichment opportunities are available for all seniors 50 years of age and over that promote health, happiness and peace of mind in a safe, social and interactive environment.
- Arts and crafts
- Computer classes
- Fitness and exercise programs
- Visually-enhanced software
- Laptop and DVD player checkout
- Wii games and tournaments
- WiFi service is available in the center
- AARP Drivers Safety Class: 55 Alive Defensive Driving
- Pool billiards and tournaments (8 ball and 1 pocket)
- Chair volleyball
- Group trips
- Preventative Health care clinics
- Indoor heated pool, open year-round