Workers have officially broken ground a huge project of an indoor tennis building in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park according to a Dallas Morning News article from February 9 which reports,
“McKinney has broken ground on an $11 million indoor tennis building, aiming to create one of the best public facilities in the country, city officials say.
The new courts will be located at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park, next to the existing outdoor tennis facility, The Courts of McKinney.
The 55,000-square-foot facility will have six indoor courts, bringing the total number of courts in the complex to 29, according to a city news release. The building will include training rooms, administrative offices, locker rooms and a second-level viewing mezzanine.
“Our mission is to continually enhance our parks system with new features and activities that will excite our residents and bring people to McKinney for a day, a long weekend, or even a lifetime,” Michael Kowski, director of Parks and Recreation, said in the release. “This new indoor facility will deliver such an attraction and meet the growing demands we’re seeing from both visitors and new residents to the area. Most importantly, it will provide to our passionate local players an exceptional daily experience within a first-class complex.”
However, the Courts of McKinney have already been going through expansions and developments post 2012 where it was able to accommodate and host different leagues and tournaments according to a Community Impact article from February 9. They say,
When The Courts of McKinney first opened in 2012, it had 11 courts. Since its previous expansions, pickleball has also been incorporated into the programming overseen by Impact Activities.
“We have seen so much support from the tennis community and the city since day one, and what an incredible way to mark the Courts’ 10th anniversary with the addition of this beautiful six-court indoor facility,” Matt Hanlin, president of Impact Activities, said in the release. “This will bring to our ever-growing community all year-round programs, tournaments and special events in a truly remarkable setting.”
Last year, The Courts of McKinney hosted the USA Mid-South Regional Pickleball Tournament that brought 1,000 players from across the country to McKinney for four days. Other major events recently held at the complex include high school, college, amateur, and semiprofessional tournaments and an International Tennis Federation tournament.
The huge and highly-anticipated project is expected to be finished before 2023 opens up.