McKinney Community Development Corp. discusses $5.5M grant for parks department

Editor's note: This article has been updated. The McKinney Community Development Corp. conducted a public hearing Monday but a vote on the request will be scheduled in July. 

A $5.5 million grant for the McKinney Parks and Recreation Department was discussed Monday during a McKinney Development Corp. meeting. The grant, if approved in July, will help fund various improvements, including the design and construction of park, facilities and trail projects.

The MCDC board will vote to approve or deny the grant request at a meeting in July.

If approved, the grant, which will go toward several projects:

  • a complete redesign and upgrade to existing amenities at Cottonwood Park;

  • a full renovation of the existing Old Settlers Senior Center, including additional parking and adding 13,000 square, doubling the building’s size;

  • improvements to the Juantia Maxfield Aquatic Center Pool;

  • upgrades to the Oak Hollow Golf Course; and

  • other park projects, such as installing drinking fountains, pavilions and playgrounds.

Several of the planned improvements are in response to a request made by McKinney residents through online questionnaires and city meetings, said Michael Kowski director of the McKinney Parks and Recreation Department.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.