McKinney is the county seat of Collin County and was officially incorporated in 1859. The area has boomed with new growth and the city has doubled its population during the past 10 years. McKinney is 63 square miles. The city has approximately 161,000 residents. The average age is 32. In 2014, Money magazine named McKinney the Best Place to live in America base upon“economic strength, job growth, affordable housing, safety, schools, accessible healthcare, arts and leisure and ease of living.”
McKinney Parks and Recreation
McKinney’s city slogan is “Unique by Nature”. People who enjoy the outdoors and sports will love McKinney because the city has more than 1000 acres of parks and outdoor areas . The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 289-acre outdoor preserve and nature museum. Erwin Park is known as one of the most demanding mountain bike trails in the area. In addition, McKinney offers two 18 hole Disc Golf courses as well.
One of the city’s most beautiful city parks, the Towne Lake Recreational Area, features a lake with swan paddle boats, trails, picnic pavilions and playgrounds. Also, the city is home to the Cooper Fitness Center and the Michael Johnson Performance Center in Craig Ranch. The new Apex Indoor Pool and Recreational Center opened in March 2017.
The city has three recreation centers. Old Settler’s is located on the east close to the downtown area. The McKinney Community Center is close to the Towne Lake area and the Senior Recreation Center.
McKinney Historic Downtown
The city’s downtown area is one of the oldest authentic and thriving historic downtowns in Texas. Moreover, this vibrant downtown commercial district offers more than 100 unique shops and restaurants.
The original Collin County Courthouse is now The McKinney Performing Arts Center. This historic courtroom theater that has hosted a range performers including Lindsey Buckingham, Clint Black, Robert Earl Keen, The Indigo Girls, Ricky Skaggs, Pentatonix and countless others.
In addition, other annual events held in the Downtown area include the McKinney Oktoberfest, Scare on the Square, Home for the Holidays, Art in Bloom, Bike the Bricks and Krew of Barkus.
Chestnut Square Historic Village is six historic homes located on 2.5 acres just south of the downtown McKinney square. The Village is available for tours, weddings, living history demonstrations and other community events.
McKinney Independent School District
McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,500 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative campus and one early childhood education school. SAT/ACT scores exceed national averages and the district has four NCLB National Blue Ribbon Schools. Elementary school is kindergarten through 5th grade. Middle school is 6th through 8th and High School is 9th through 12th.