Tuesday, July 21, 2015

McKinney to start massive $34.5M aquatic, fitness center development

The City of McKinney is getting ready to start a massive $34.5 million aquatic and fitness center on Monday that will make the city more marketable to incoming residents to the region.

The three-story, 80,000-square-foot facility will include a gymnasium, fitness areas, sports courts with an elevated track, child care area, classrooms an indoor 25-meter competition pool, indoor leisure pool and outdoor leisure pool. In all, the surface water of the pools will total 10,000 square feet.

The project is slated to begin at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park at 3003 Alma Road in McKinney at 9 a.m. on Monday.  

The new aquatic center gets started after years of planning by city officials. The development is being paid for with funds pooled together by McKinney Community Development Corp. (MCDC) and the City of McKinney.

Cities throughout North Texas are looking for ways to make themselves more marketable to potential residents as the region continues to add jobs with big employers (such as Toyota North America, Liberty Mutual Insurance and State Farm Insurance) bring more employment opportunities to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Officials expect construction to be complete by the end of December 2016.   

Candace Carlisle/ Dallas Business Journal