Prop C: Parks & Recreation Facilities
City of McKinney Bond Election 2019
Prop C: $91,000,000 for Parks and Recreation Facilities
Bond Proposition C
The city proposes $91 million in the upcoming bond election for the enhancement and expansion of the community’s parks system. The scope of proposed improvements includes the renovation or expansion of existing parks, sports fields and facilities, the construction of new parks and the acquisition of property for future parks development.
The city’s parks system features nearly 3,000 acres of parks and open space, six unique recreation facilities and more than 40 parks, with some park areas dating back more than 100 years.
Per the 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the existing parks system represents about half the required parks, facilities and open space needed to serve the community at the city’s build-out.
The master plan sets a standard target level of service (LOS) based upon national and regional metrics for both neighborhood and community parks to meet the recreational needs of residents. In McKinney, the target LOS for neighborhood parks is two acres for every 1,000 residents. McKinney currently has 1.4 acres per 1,000 residents. For community parks, McKinney’s target LOS is six acres for every 1,000 residents, and the city presently has 6.2 acres per 1,000 residents.
In 2002, the 16,000-square-foot Senior Recreation Center and Senior Pool opened to accommodate 75-100 annual members age 50 and older. The Senior Recreation Center now has more than 3,200 annual members and is expected to rise to 3,500 members by the end of the year.
The Senior Recreation Center provides a place for recreational and social activities for its members and offers amenities such as a library, fitness center, pool, game room, as well as activities including classes, creative arts, dance classes, games, seminars, sports and special events.
Over time, every room in the Senior Recreation Center has become a multipurpose room due to a lack of space. Staff areas have been diminished; closets have been converted into offices and offices converted into a breakroom.
- New Senior Recreation Facility
The new multipurpose Senior Recreation Facility would include potential amenities such as a gymnasium, indoor track, aquatic center, fitness area, game and billiards room, indoor and outdoor lounges, kitchen, and multipurpose spaces for classes, meetings and events. The location of the facility will be based upon a variety of factors such as the building program, site area requirements and timeline of other parks development projects.
- Replacement of aging playground equipment and splash pads
Many parks within the city have equipment that is more than 20 years old. These playgrounds will receive new equipment and splash pads.
- Enhancements to existing community parks
Funds will be used for new or renovated restrooms and pavilions, the addition and widening of trails, updates to lighting, expanding and refreshing parking lots, adding general amenities and landscape enhancements.
- Renovation of existing baseball, softball and soccer complexes
This project will include the complete renovation of all baseball, softball and soccer fields. The city will refresh spectator areas, provide additional amenities, upgrade lighting, as well as add and renovate pavilions and restrooms at each of the complexes in the parks system.
- Property acquisition and new parks development
Per the 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the city must acquire at least 416 acres of new park land by 2022 and another 456 acres by 2027. The city will strive to acquire high and dry land and commence improvements to that land. Funds will also be used to begin improvements to other vacant land currently owned by the city to create more park space in the community.
The Parks and Recreation Department currently receives $5.5 million each year for parks construction projects from the McKinney Community Development Corporation’s 4B half-cent sales tax. Other funding sources include grants, parkland dedication fees paid by developers and private contributions.