I find pride to be a pretty interesting topic. It’s a sentiment we find glowing in our kids when they meet our expectations over the smallest achievements. Simultaneously, it’s an emotion that we have to teach them to check at the door from time to time for the good of whole. The topics may change as we grow older, but the lessons about pride continue with our spouses, family, teachers, and community leaders.
As spring begins in Frisco, I find myself looking at the fresh landscaping, blooming trees, and well-manicured lawns and find pride starting to settle in. Would it surprise you if I was not talking about my neighborhood but referring to our street medians? Our parks? Our sports fields?
It’s not an accident that the drive through Frisco is aesthetically pleasing and that a park is no more than 15 minutes walk from your house. Our Parks and Recreation department proudly carries this responsibility along with managing and operations of the Frisco Athletic Center and the Senior Center.
Parks & Irrigation
Today’s land prices in Frisco make for a tough decision to build a park and outdoor area. Developers are pursuing land opportunities is this area all of the time, however, Frisco’s city management has not wavered. They strive to keep a neighborhood park within a 15 minute walk from your house and a community park (softball field, soccer field, etc) no more than a 10 minute drive.
Things I found interesting:
• Developers are required to pay a per-door Park Development fee.
• The entire Irrigation system in Frisco is automated and can be controlled by smartphone!
• Sidewalks are generally required to be 6- 8 feet wide to help supplement biking and walking trails.
• There is a master plan in place for creating contiguous trails from East to West.
• Trail Maps can be found here.
• There are over 66 tennis courts in Frisco that are available to the public.
• Frisco has a tree program that allows you to purchase a Red Oak, Cedar Elm, Live Oak or Chinese Pistache and donate on behalf or in the name of anyone you want. Just call: 972-292-6511
The Frisco Athletic Center
The City of Frisco is a proud home to the only Texas Athletic Center that is 100% self-sufficient. It also makes a very short list nationally for this status. They accrue enough revenue during the year to cover all of the operating and maintenance costs and still provide a fantastic environment for families.
Things I found interesting:
• They should have their 4 millionth guest visit this year!
• A day pass is $6-$8 for full pool access, gym floor, most exercise classes, etc.
• They are working to build a couple of additional water slides that cater a bit more to the 11-15yr olds.
• Marci Jones and her team provide tons of free programming with your annual membership.
The Senior Center
The Frisco Senior Center is a story of patience, planning and responsiveness to growth. In its early days, the Senior Center wasn’t much more than an oversized living room, but today takes up approximately 23,000 square feet of space and hosts hundreds of classes and luncheons. While Frisco is often summarized as a “young” town, our Senior Center remained active in 2013 with over 54,000 visitors. You can visit their website to find our current activities and events!