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The McKinney Parks and Recreation Department has installed lightning strike detectors for seven fields. Each detector has its own weather station and a public address system. A siren will sound if there is lightning in the area.
A lightning indicator is also available on the web page for each of the seven fields. If the rectangle is green, the fields at the park are clear. If the rectangle is red, lightning is in the area. The message will also be shown in words. The widgets refresh every five minutes.
Per city ordinance, alcohol is permitted at certain Parks and Recreation locations. For private events, the organizer must have an alcohol / special event permit and the alcohol has to be served by someone with a TABC license. Acceptable locations include:
Reserve the pavilions at Finch, Towne Lake and Erwin Parks through the Recreation Center at Towne Lake by calling 972-547-2690. You can also reserve in person at the Recreation Center at Towne Lake, 2001 S. Central Expressway
You can reserve the pavilions at Old Settler’s Park by calling 972-562-8310 or in person at Old Settler’s Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana Street.
Camping is allowed at Erwin Park. Please contact the Recreation Center at Towne Lake at 972-547-2690 to reserve a campsite.
To find a trail map, please visit our Parks and Trails page.
Splash pads are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They usually open sometime in May and close for the fall / winter season sometime in September. This is all dependent upon weather conditions.
The City of McKinney does not reserve any of our fields. We do not allow private (non-sanctioned) teams or leagues on any of our athletic fields.
Please visit the special event permit page and determine whether your event falls within those parameters. If you plan to host it at a city park, you will need Parks and Recreation staff approval. Call Parks and Recreation Admin at 972-547-7480 and you will be directed toward the necessary steps.
Please check QuickScores for any field condition updates. If there is a string of bad weather, all fields will most likely be closed.
Every park pavilion is first come, first served with the exception of pavilions at Finch Park, Erwin park and Towne Lake Park. Rent a pavilion at these parks by calling the Recreation Center at Towne Lake at 972-547-2690. Bounce houses, inflatables and grills are allowed at pavilions. The Parks and Recreation department needs a copy of liability insurance on file for any inflatable that will be setup at a park. The inflatable will also need its own generator for power.
Please contact the McKinney Parks Foundation to inquire about volunteer opportunities at McKinney parks.
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