Following a recommendation from McKinney’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Board, McKinney City Council approved the renaming of Old Settler’s Aquatic Center to the Gilda Garcia Garza Aquatic Center at its June 7 meeting.

A lifelong resident of McKinney, Garza was elected to City Council in 2000 and re-elected twice, according to a city news release. She was instrumental in the development of a city aquatic facility in District 1, now named in her honor. Shortly after her death, Mayor George Fuller designated May 16, 2019, Council Woman Gilda Garcia Garza Day to recognize her dedication to the community and public service.

Council agreed with the recommendation and voiced its support.

“Gilda’s daughter sent me a list of things that Gilda was proud of in her service, and at the top of that list was the aquatic center and what a gift to the community that has been,” Council Member Justin Beller said.

“Gilda was a gift to the city of McKinney,” Council Member Charlie Philips said.

The facility is located at 1101 E. Louisiana St. The name change will go into effect immediately, while new signage will be installed in the coming months, the news release stated. 972-542-2516.