Frisco City Council approves purchase of Brinkmann Ranch land for large community park

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Frisco City Council approved purchasing a portion of 390 acres on Brinkmann Ranch on Tuesday for the development of park land with athletic fields.

The city is purchasing the land, located on the southwest corner of Panther Creek Parkway and Preston Road, with the Frisco Community Development Corp. The Frisco Economic Development Corp. may also contribute to the purchase of the park land, which will total about $61 million.

The city is purchasing about 247 acres of land for $34 million from voter-approved bonds. The FCDC approved a maximum of $23 million for 100 acres of land during its meeting last week. Should the FEDC not contribute to the purchase of the land, the city would pay for the remainder of the land purchase.

City staff said the Parks and Recreation Master Plan identified a need for about 400 acres of land for athletic fields. Out of the 390 acres on Brinkmann Ranch, about 250 acres is planned to be used for athletic fields.

City Council Member Will Sowell said this land use is far better than what could have been developed on Brinkmann Ranch.

“I think this is a sound business decision,” he said. “An ancillary benefit as well is when the opportunity presents itself to acquire or otherwise facilitate the reduction in multifamily zoning.”

Assistant City Manager Nell Lange said approximately 1,100 multifamily units would be eliminated from the city’s buildout projections with this land being dedicated for park use.

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  1. If there was something a Frisco resident would like to have considered for the park who would they talk to? Dallas has an Australian Rules Football team that has been searching for a true “home” since 2000. We have bounced around but if it would be possible to have a field we can use consistently that would be awesome. It is the same size as the cricket field so you would be able to get multiple uses for it.

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Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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