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Posted on: November 17, 2023

McKinney earns highest recognition for scenic communities

McKinney earned the Platinum Scenic City Certification from statewide nonprofit on scenic conservation 

McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 17, 2023) – The City of McKinney was presented with the Platinum Scenic City Certification, the highest award from Scenic City, a statewide nonprofit concerned with the scenic quality of Texas roadways, countryside, and communities. This year, 23 cities earned certification for the 2023-2028 award period at the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference in Dallas.

Texas municipalities are evaluated on streetscape enhancements, parks, trails, and open space, lighting standards, design integrity, landscaping, sign control, litter and graffiti prohibition, utility and cable line programs, dumpster screening, and unique municipal features and special programs.

"This recognition is a testament to our city's strong commitment to high-quality municipal standards, scenic ordinances, and public spaces,” said Director of Planning Jennifer Arnold. “We will continue to work hard to preserve and enhance our scenic conservation for the benefit of our citizens and visitors."

The city submitted several recent projects for consideration to be Scenic City, including enhancements to Mary Will Craig Park and Murphy Park. Mary Will Craig Park underwent a major renovation with a wide range of amenities, including a basketball court, a skate spot, and a baseball field with enhanced seating and shade to make watching games more comfortable. In addition, there is a large open play area, a running track, and a looped trail for exercise and fitness enthusiasts. The park also has an outdoor classroom and picnic grove, a new playground with rubberized surfacing for safety, and ample parking for visitors. Finally, the park features fitness stations along the running track to help visitors incorporate strength training into their cardio workout.

Murphy Park received an expanded play area with security lighting for added safety, as well as fitness stations along the trail to help visitors incorporate strength training into their cardio workout. In addition, there is a bench swing for relaxation and a pavilion with a shaded picnic grove for enjoying meals or hosting events. The park has plenty of open space for free play, as well as a looped trail with lighting for evening strolls or early morning runs.

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