McKinney Community Information

We think you’ll enjoy calling McKinney, Texas home!

McKinney always has something to do, whether it’s visiting one of the many parks, checking out the McKinney Performing Arts Center or attending the monthly Classics on the Square event! See below for all that McKinney has to offer!

McKinney Performing Arts Center

The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is located in the historic Collin County Courthouse. In its prime, from 1876 to 1927, the Courthouse was a bustling hub of activity for Collin County. After extensive planning, diligent attention to detail and respect for historic integrity, the City of McKinney worked hand-in-hand with the Texas Historical Commission to preserve the original beauty of the Courthouse. The MPAC distinguishes McKinney as a regional leader in supporting the arts and cultivating a unique cultural community along with generating economic development. Visit their website for a complete calendar of events.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard’s indoor exhibits provide an interactive environment in which visitors can discover, enjoy and experience various aspects of the Texas natural environment. Several permanent and rotating collections. There is also a beautiful 289-acre sanctuary where visitors can walk on seven different nature trails. Five different ecosystems on the sanctuary including a wetlands and prairie. Home to a 2-acre native plant garden that has hundreds of native plant species. Check their website for seasonal garden classes and trail guide information.

Heard Craig Center for the Arts

The Heard Craig Center for the Arts promotes the fine arts through educational programs and exhibits and honors the legacy of the Heard & Craig families through the preservation of the historic properties. The Heard-Craig House, built in 1900, is a beautifully restored historic home located in McKinney’s historic district.

North Texas History Center

Housed in the historic former 1911 Post Office, the North Texas History Center houses exhibits featuring early Collin County and north Texas settlers, Native Americans, Collin McKinney, the Republic of Texas, railroads and Civil War history.

Recreation & Leisure

McKinney Has Something For Everyone!

Towne Lake Recreation Area and Wilson Creek Softball Complex

1401 Wilson Creek Parkway

McKinney’s premier park area. Park amenities include a 22 acre lake, lighted hike/bike trails, two picnic pavilions, restroom/concession services, playground, two sand volleyball courts, nine lighted horseshoe courts, parking areas, fishing pier, paddleboat rentals, six lighted recreation softball/baseball fields; barrier free handicap accessible. (108 Acres)

North Park

1701 N. McDonald Street

Provides two lighted ball fields, one restroom/concession facility, playground and parking areas. Juanita Maxfield Outdoor Swimming Pool is also located at North Park and features zero depth play area, diving, bath house and concessions. Season: June through 1st weekend in August. Available for party rentals. (15 acres)

Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex at Wilson Creek Disc Golf Course

1986 Park View Drive

This 96-acre soccer complex includes: Five lit regulation-size soccer fields; Fields for lacrosse, Cricket and football; Hike and bike trail; Two concession / restroom facilities; Large picnic shelter; Splash pad, Amphitheater; Boundless playground (wheelchair accessible); Swings. Parking is available on site.

The Disc Golf Course offers 10 holes of challenging disc golf with convenient parking at the Wilson Creek Soccer Complex. Free play to the public. Professional quality discs are for sale at the McKinney Community Center. (18 acres)

Central Park

105 W. Hunt Street

In downtown McKinney, features a gazebo, floral areas featuring varieties of native Texas flowers, shrubs and plants. (1/2 acre)

Old Settler’s Aquatic Center

1101 E. Louisiana St.

Features a shallow leisure pool; cascading waterfall; private party & pool rentals available.

McKinney Community Center and Nature Trail

2001 S. Central Expressway

Offers a wide range of recreational and sports activities: basketball, volleyball, adult softball and flag football leagues

Falcon Creek Park

301 Peregrine Drive

A multi-purpose neighborhood park with picnic pavilion and areas overlooking small lake with hike/bike trails, two playgrounds, multi-purpose court, two irrigated soccer fields and one softball field.

Old Settlers' Park and Recreation Center

1201 E. Louisiana

This facility features a barrier-free playground, picnic pavilions, hike/bike trail, native plant area, basketball court, and picnic areas. The Center has activity rooms, game room, gym and a unique 8000 square foot covered sports pavilion. A diverse range of recreational and educational programs are offered for all ages.

Erwin Park

– 4300 CR 1006

Located in northwest McKinney, is ideal for family reunions, youth camp outs and company picnics. Features natural wooded areas with trails and fishing area, three picnic pavilions with restrooms, playground and lots of beautiful open space.

Eldorado Heights Park

4900 Highlands Drive

Located along Cottonwood Creek, features a barrier-free playground, picnic pavilion, multi-purpose court, parking area, irrigated ball fields and hike/bike trails.

Valley Creek Park

2750 Valley Creek Trail

McKinney’s first joint school/park site is located next to Valley Creek Elementary School and features an irrigated soccer field, two practice softball fields, trails, playground and picnic pavilion.

Finch Park

– 301 W. Standifer

One of McKinney’s oldest community parks (dedicated in 1910), features two large picnic pavilions, restrooms, two lighted tennis courts, basketball court, large playground and shaded picnic areas ideal for large family gatherings.

Annual Events

Local events that are schedule each year

January – March
Classics on the Square – Downtown Last Sat/Monthly
Second Saturdays on the Square – Downtown 2nd Sat/Monthly
3rd Monday Trade Days 3rd Mon/Monthly
Farmers Market Monthly
Krewe of Barkus—Mardi Gras for dogs Sat of Mardi Gras

April – June
Classics on the Square – Downtown Last Sat/Monthly
Second Saturdays on the Square – Downtown 2nd Sat/Monthly
3rd Monday Trade Days 3rd Mon/Monthly
Arts in Bloom April
Bike the Bricks May
Farmers Market Monthly
Chestnut Square Entertainment April-June

July – September
Classics on the Square – Downtown Last Sat/Monthly
Second Saturdays on the Square – Downtown 2nd Sat/Monthly
3rd Monday Trade Days 3rd Mon/Monthly
Farmers Market Monthly
Killis Milton Ice Cream Crank-Off—Chestnut Sq. August
Octoberfest Last Sat/Sept

October – December
Classics on the Square – Downtown Last Sat/Monthly
Second Saturdays on the Square – Downtown 2nd Sat/Monthly
3rd Monday Trade Days 3rd Mon/Monthly
Farmers Market Monthly
Wish 100 Bicycle Rally October
Scare on the Square Oct 31st
Home for the Holidays November

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Community Involvement

Getting involved by volunteering is one of the fastest ways to become part of the community.

Often, one of the most difficult parts of getting settled in a new community is feeling like its home. One of the fastest ways to get to know people and become a part of the community is to become involved. Below are some of our favorite nonprofit organizations always eager for volunteers or to offer their services.

Volunteer McKinney

McKinney offers a wonderful and unique service in its Volunteer McKinney program, which matches potential volunteers with organizations looking for help. You can learn more by visiting their website.

Hope’s Door

Hope’s Door is a shelter and counseling center that offers comprehensive programs and services that are designed to help break the cycle of domestic abuse. Hope’s Door provides direct intervention and prevention services to Texas families affected by domestic abuse in Collin County, Dallas County, and surrounding areas.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Organization offering services in the community while showing compassion, being brave, being trustworthy and attempting to Do the Most Good.

McKinney Public Library

Book lovers this is the job for you if you like books and enjoy caring for them in an organized manner.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Our Housewarmers of McKinney Sponsors

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