McKINNEY, Texas – McKinney City Council approved the site plan for updates to The Courts at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park that include the construction of 12 tennis courts, adding an elevated seating area to the center court and adding more parking. 

The design for The Courts will be finished by the end of the year. Construction on The Courts will begin in early 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2018.

“We are grateful to those who attended our public input meetings for Gabe Nesbitt Community Park and we incorporated many of those desires in our plans,” said Rhoda Savage, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The Courts have been wildly popular and we know these new amenities will only add to that popularity.”

The tennis complex currently features a modern 3,500 sq. ft. clubhouse with a wrap-around patio, 11 lit courts including a signature stadium court with a spectator viewing area and room for special events. The Courts offers year-round leagues, lessons and a retail shop. 

In its first year, 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 courts was also honored 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. In 2015, Matt Hanlin, General Manager of The Courts, won the Texas U.S. Professional Tennis Association Large Facility Manager of the Year.

Approved site plan for The Courts.

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America, published by Money Magazine. McKinney has a current population of more than 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