The McKinney Parks and Recreation Department has begun a multi-year comprehensive enhancement program to improve the playability, durability and aesthetics of various existing athletic fields throughout the city. During the first year, 21 baseball and softball fields will be refurbished and the Craig Ranch Soccer Complex will undergo renovations.
On Oct. 16, McKinney City Council approved funding to purchase specialized ballfield grooming and maintenance equipment, replace damaged fencing, add freestanding hitting nets and electricity for pitching machines and install permanent bat racks. Approximately 200 trees will be planted around the athletic fields to provide additional shade for spectators.
“We have received much feedback from various stakeholders on ways to enhance our collection of athletic fields. With the resources provide by our City Council and our carefully planned efforts, I am confident the program will result in immediate improvements that will be noticed and enjoyed by all who visit our facilities,” said Michael Kowski, Director of Parks and Recreation.
The program will also include specialized training for maintenance staff, a study on field scheduling processes and expanding the fertilization and herbicidal program at the facilities. Some improvements are already underway and major work will be scheduled to minimize any impact on the spring and fall league seasons.
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McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. 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.