The City of McKinney was looking to expand its tennis center in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park from 11 to 23 outdoor courts, along with adding a six-court indoor facility. This ambitious plan would create one of the most outstanding tournament facilities in the Southwest. SR-PSC was selected to prepare a master plan for these improvements, to be followed by a phased approach to construction documents.

The first phase dealt with all of the outdoor facilities. It included park entry monument signage, expanded parking, a young children’s playground within the tennis center, a restroom/pavilion within the tennis center, a large, public-use playground with covered seating, a looping trail system connecting the surrounding residential areas to the park and its amenities, addition of a pavilion to the Green Gardens, and a maintenance/restroom building on the north side of the parking lot expansion which provides much-needed restrooms for the skate park and houses the park’s maintenance staff. To prevent flooding of the downstream subdivision, SR-PSC designed a series of two detention ponds that controlled the release of runoff. Rather than just creating depressed areas to detain runoff, the design created them to also be used as multipurpose fields. In fact, the larger of the two ponds is 320 feet X 320 feet with a two percent cross slope, which allows for numerous youth teams to have a functional practice area. Irrigation, water, and sanitary sewer improvements, which included a lift station and force main, were also a part of this phase.

The second phase of development is an indoor facility that includes six courts, a warm-up area, offices and a viewing area for spectators. The design was developed after visiting several other indoor tennis centers. This six-court indoor facility expansion will allow for both recreation and amateur tournament play. When the facility is not being used for recreation, its multipurpose design can transform the tennis center to an event center capable of seating over 2,000 people.

McKinney Gabe Nesbitt Community Park Hyperlapse from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo.