An initiative by the McKinney Parks and Recreation Department to refresh parks across the city could be complete in the next year, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Kowski said.

The initiative to have no playground equipment older than 15 years at neighborhood parks in McKinney began in 2018. The project has since resulted in the renovation of 16 parks, Kowski said. In that time, there have also been eight new playgrounds added, totaling 24 new playgrounds installed across the city.

“That project has as much impact on our city as indoor tennis or [McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch]. When neighborhoods see that investment in their local park, that is everything,” Kowski said.

Funding has been secured for six more playground refresh projects, which are expected to be completed this year, he said. Funds to complete renovations at the city’s five remaining playgrounds are being requested as part of the next year’s budget, which would complete the 15-year refresh initiative until 2029, Kowski said.

Check out these refresh projects at McKinney parks completed as part of the initiative.
Renovations at Mary Will Craig Park were completed in July. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
1. Mary Will Craig Park

Mary Will Craig Park received an expanded playground along with a skate spot as part of its renovations. The park also offers a new pavilion, a basketball court, and a track and trail loop.
  • Timeline: March 2022-July 2023
  • 2701 Bois D’Arc Road, McKinney
Murphy Park is one of 24 parks that have received a new playground as part of the refresh initiative. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
2. Murphy Park

Renovations at Murphy Park included adding a monument sign and a new playground. The park also now includes fitness stations and a half-court basketball court.
  • Timeline: April 2022-May 2023
  • 1601 W. Josephine St., McKinney
Finch Park now includes an expanded playground area. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
3. Finch Park

The refresh initiative at Finch Park included expanding the playground and adding a splash pad. The park also offers eight dedicated pickleball courts, a tennis court and additional trails.
  • Timeline: October 2021-March 2023
  • 301 W. Standifer St., McKinney
Renovations at Cottonwood Park in East McKinney were completed in mid-2021. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
4. Cottonwood Park

Cottonwood Park received updated playground equipment along with a splash zone and a shaded basketball court as part of its renovations.
  • Timeline: March 2020-June 2021
  • 212 McMakin St., McKinney
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