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Frisco: A note from Maher Maso, Frisco Mayor
If 2014 was the Year of the Shovel in the city of Frisco, then it’s no wonder 2015 will go down in our city’s history as the Year of the Crane. These towering pieces of equipment are everywhere! We jokingly comment the crane is Frisco’s unofficial bird. But seriously, economic development is in high gear throughout our community.
It looks a lot different from when I moved here in 1992. Back then our population was fewer than 6,000 people. Frisco had one high school, a single traffic signal downtown and lots of undeveloped land. Preston Road was two lanes, and we didn’t have a mall. In the summer of 2000, Stonebriar Centre opened its doors—and we opened our eyes to countless opportunities.
Despite our changing landscape, our personality and character remain the same. Our community is creative, innovative and efficient.
We’re glad you’re here. Get involved and enjoy being part of Progress in Motion.
2010 population: 116,989
2015 population estimate: 145,520
2020 population projection: 185,460
Median age: 34.5
Median annual household income: $109,956
Property tax rate: $0.46 per $100 of property valuation
Estimated sales tax collected: $68.39 million
City size: 68.1 square miles
Frisco City Council members are, from left: Tim Nelson, Scott Johnson, Jeff Cheney, Mayor Maher Maso, Bob Allen, John Keating and Will Sowell.[/caption]
Frisco City Council meets at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month.
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Terms and compensation
Council members and the mayor may serve no more than three consecutive three-year terms. Council members earn $300 per month, and the mayor earns $450 per month.
Meetings are streamed live on the city of Frisco website and are available in the agenda archives.
FM 423 expansion[/caption]
1. FM 423 expansion
Construction work on FM 423 both north and south of Eldorado Parkway is creating significant traffic slowdowns as of May 2015. The project will widen the road from two lanes to six lanes from Eldorado Parkway to US 380, but work on the 3.48-mile section is not expected to be complete until July 2018. Construction in the beginning phases includes temporary pavement for culvert work, temporary traffic signals, excavation and embankment work. Construction is hindering traffic at both the Eldorado and Panther Creek Parkway intersections and drivers should allow extra time if traveling the area. A second 7.5-mile stretch of FM 423 in The Colony is also undergoing an expansion and is expected to be complete in October 2017.
The Texas Department of Transportation is funding the projects, which amount to $28.4 million for the Frisco section and $57.9 million for The Colony section.
East Main Street expansion[/caption]
2. East Main Street expansion
Major construction on East Main Street from Preston Road to Custer Road continues to progress. The project is about 85 percent complete as of May 2015. When finished the former two-lane asphalt roadway will be replaced with a divided six-lane concrete roadway. The south side of the road was completed first, and traffic is traveling on that side of the road until construction is finished. The $29.5 million project, funded by the city of Frisco and TxDOT, is expected to be finished by the end of September 2015.
Stonebrook Parkway Construction[/caption]
3. West Stonebrook Parkway connection
Construction on West Stonebrook Parkway is ongoing to connect Stonebrook from Fighting Eagles Lane to Longhorn Trail. The roadway is more than 85 percent complete as of May 2015 and includes building an underpass beneath the BNSF Railroad tracks. The $15.75 million project is scheduled to be finished by September 2015. The road project is funded by the city of Frisco, TxDOT and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
4. Legacy Drive traffic signal planned
A new traffic signal is planned for the Legacy Drive/Cotton Gin Road intersection. The project also includes the realignment of Cotton Gin from Legacy Drive to about 650 linear feet to the west.
Timeline: Construction will start by the end of the year.
Cost: $1.325 million
Funding sources: city of Frisco
5. Warren Parkway/Ohio Drive roundabout construction
A roundabout to be built in place of the existing four-way stop at the intersection of Warren Parkway and Ohio Drive is still in the plans. It will be the first major roundabout in the city. The $1 million project, funded by the city of Frisco, has been delayed and is expected to begin sometime in summer 2015.
6. Preston Road intersection turn lane additions
A project to construct additional turn lanes at major intersections on Preston Road between SH 121 and Main Street is expected to begin in fall 2015. The intersections included in the project are at Warren Parkway, Lebanon Road, Wade Boulevard, Rolater Road and Main. The project is still in the design phase, and construction is expected to begin sometime between October and December 2015. The $4.5 million project will be funded by the city of Frisco and TxDOT.
7. US 380 widening
Construction to widen US 380 from Lovers Lane to Custer Road began in October 2014. The project will widen the existing five-lane roadway to a six-lane divided roadway with a median. The $19.6 million construction project, funded by TxDOT, is expected to be complete by June 2016.
Superintendent: Jeremy Lyon
Total students: 50,199
5515 Ohio Drive
Frisco, Texas 75035
Assessment test scores available in the Frisco ISD Education Focus guide.
Frisco’s youth population[/caption]
Frisco has more than 11,000 residents younger than age 5, which amounts to 9 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2013. That percentage is slightly higher than the estimate for the state of Texas, which is 7.5 percent, and higher than the nationwide estimate of 6.3 percent.
Information in the early education feature is a compilation of responses submitted by area preschools and dayschools. This is not a comprehensive list of all early childhood centers in Frisco.
Communities still in progress
Frisco has a number of communities that are still growing. As of April 1, Frisco had 730 homes under construction and another 9,547 lots either in the lot inventory (lots ready to have a permit issued) or in the lot pipeline—lots still in the approval process. In all, Frisco has nearly 43,000 single-family homes.
Communities still in progress[/caption]
Spray park at Frisco Commons (top). Ruff Range Dog Park at B.F. Phillips Community Park (bottom).[/caption]
1902: The St. Louis, San Francisco Railroad completes a rail line from Denison to Carrollton and goes through the heart of what is now Frisco. A lake dug up to fuel the steam engine helped draw settlers to the area.
1902: The first plots of land are sold in a public auction to establish the town of Emerson, named for Francis Emerson, owner of the farm where the town site was.
1904: Residents decide to rename the town Frisco City because the U.S. Postal Service told town leaders the name was too similar to that of Emberson, a town in Lamar County.
1905: Frisco ISD’s first bond election is held to help pay for a two-story, four-room schoolhouse. The bond was $2,000.
2000: Stonebriar Centre opens. This shopping complex has been credited with driving much of Frisco’s economic growth.
2002: Frisco holds its first large bond election. The bonds, totaling $197.5 million, helped pay for projects such as roads, fire stations and the construction of city hall.
Early train through Frisco[/caption]
2005: Toyota Stadium opens. The stadium is home to FC Dallas.
2013: The Dallas Cowboys announce that the franchise is moving its corporate headquarters to Frisco in another public private partnership with the city and FISD.
World headquarters and practice facility, Dallas Cowboys[/caption]
World headquarters and practice facility, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys organization announced in late 2013 that the team would relocate its world headquarters and workout facility to Frisco. The Cowboys entered into a public-private partnership agreement with the city of Frisco and Frisco ISD to build the complex. An indoor stadium, practice fields and the headquarters office building are under construction on the northwest corner of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway. The stadium and practice fields are expected to be in operation by late 2016.
Who they are: FC Dallas is a Major League Soccer team.
Where they play: Toyota Stadium is a 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility. The centerpiece of the facility is the $105 million professional soccer stadium seats 20,500 people and is a public-private partnership among the city of Frisco, Hunts Sports Group, Frisco ISD and Collin County
9200 World Cup Way
When they play: Regular season runs March-October, playoffs go through December
Who they are: The Frisco RoughRiders is the Double-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Where they play: Dr Pepper Ballpark is a 10,000-seat stadium that opened in 2003. This season the stadium underwent major renovations, including adding a new video board, new sports bar, merchandise store and restaurant
7300 Roughriders Trail
When they play: April-September
Who they are: The Texas Legends is the NBA Development League team for the Dallas Mavericks.
Where they play: Dr Pepper Arena is a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue that seats up to 6,000 people
2601 Avenue of the Stars
When they play: November-April
Dallas Stars, Corporate offices
Dallas Stars Corporate offices[/caption]
Frisco’s Dr Pepper Arena is also home to the corporate offices of the Dallas Stars NHL team and serves as a practice facility for the team. Practice sessions are open to the public and free to view
2601 Avenue of the Stars
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market
8 a.m.–1 p.m. or to sell out (May 2–Oct. 17) • Free (admission), prices for foods vary.
Each Saturday from May through October, local farmers and ranchers offer a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meats and other products. Managed by the Frisco Rotary Club, the farmers market gives consumers access to locally grown goods. Apply online to become a vendor.
6048 Frisco Square Blvd. • 972-855-9419 • www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com
Music in the Square
Date and time TBA • Free
The city celebrates the beginning of summer with live music in Frisco Square. The Frisco Square Property Owners Association hosts the event one weeknight each week in June. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard • www.friscosquare.com/mits
July 3 and 4 • Free
Frisco celebrates Independence Day during its annual July 4 celebration. The event includes dachshund races, live music, an eating contest, vendors and a fireworks show at night. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a charge for some activities.
Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. • www.friscofreedomfest.org
Mother Son Dance
Date and time TBA • Cost TBA
This one-night event is exclusively for mothers and sons. The event includes music, light refreshments and a photo booth.
Embassy Suites Convention Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive • www.friscofun.org
Gary burns frisco fun run[/caption]
Gary Burns Frisco Fun Run
Date and time TBA • Cost TBA
The fun run, which is named for the deceased assistant fire chief, benefits the Frisco Education Foundation to fund scholarships, including the Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund. Participants can either sign up for a 5K run/walk or a 1-mile walk around Toyota Stadium.
Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way • www.friscoisd.org
Trick or Treat the Square
Date and time TBA • Free
Visitors can dress in costumes to trick or treat in shops, businesses and restaurants in Frisco Square. The event includes face painting, a balloon twister, horse-drawn wagon rides, a photo booth, pet costume contest and a petting zoo.
Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. • www.friscosquare.com
Nov. 7 • Free
The annual parade honors veterans and celebrates schools, organizations and businesses within Frisco and Frisco ISD. A portion of the proceeds from float registration goes to the Frisco Education Foundation.
Parade route: from Toyota Stadium to east on Main Street • www.friscoisd.org
Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day[/caption]
Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Nov. 14) • $5 (general admission), free (children age 2 or younger)
This festival features armadillo races, a petting zoo, stage coach rides and a gunslingers stage show.
Frisco Heritage Museum, 6455 Page St. • www.friscomuseum.com
Merry Main Street
Date and time TBA • Free
This holiday event features the lighting of the city of Frisco’s tree, vendors selling gifts and holiday decor. Food and warm drinks are served, along with free photos with Santa. The event includes Kids’ Holiday Store, Spring Creek Model Railroad Club train display and entertainment on three stages provided by Frisco elementary schools.
Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. • www.friscofun.org
Christmas in the Square
Dates and times TBA • Free
A variety of festivities make up this annual Christmas event. A light and music show takes place each night. Visitors can tune to a special radio station to hear the music to which the lights are choreographed. Visitors can also take horse-drawn carriage rides. Operation Once in a Lifetime Toys for Troops Toy Drive collects toys at various locations.
Frisco Square • www.friscosquare.com
Daddy Daughter Dance
Feb. 6, 2016 • Time TBA • Cost TBA
This one-night event is exclusively for fathers and daughters. Mothers can partake in a spa evening at the hotel spa at a discounted price. The event includes music and a photo booth.
Embassy Suites Convention Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive. www.friscofun.org
Arts in the Square[/caption]
Arts in the Square
Date and time TBA • free
Frisco Square, in collaboration with Frisco ISD, hosts this event with proceeds going to the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Family Services. The event features more than 120 local and regional artists selling handmade creations and competing in categories such as pottery, photography and wood.
Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. • www.friscosquare.com/aits
Date and time TBA • Free
Each year near Easter, the city hosts an egg hunt for children age 12 or younger. Guests can bring baskets and welcome the Easter Bunny. The event features more than 80,000 colorful eggs and includes bounce houses, face painting and other activities to celebrate the beginning of spring.
Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way • www.friscofun.org
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