PSA Success

Youth volleyball teams are among hundreds who practice and play games at PSA McKinney, which opened less than 2 years earlier.

While residents await McKinney’s first indoor aquatic and fitness center, the coming facility’s next-door neighbor has garnered plenty of attention.

So much so that it has paid off its city loan two years ahead of schedule.

PSA McKinney, the indoor multisport center at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park (southeast corner of Alma Drive and Eldorado Parkway), has been operating at capacity since it opened in December 2014, according to Plano Sports Authority officials.

The $9.7 million facility features eight sports courts, a soccer field, concourse area, concessions, office and conference rooms. The McKinney Community Development Corp. (MCDC) loaned PSA $3.2 million for the project, with a goal to be repaid over five years.

Thanks in part to PSA drawing only $2.7 million of the loan, repayment happened in less than half that time. Such brevity is more so due to PSA leagues numbering more than 400 teams each season in indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball. And its full-day summer camp averaging over 250 participants a day.

“MCDC celebrates PSA McKinney’s success,” said Cindy Schnieble, MCDC executive director. “It demonstrates the demand for youth sports facilities in McKinney.”

And, Schneible added, it shows “great things can happen when there is commitment, collaboration and cooperation.”

The quick turnaround means the MCDC has funds available for other potential quality-of-life projects. It receives its money from a half-cent sales tax generated from dining and shopping in local establishments.

“This is a great illustration of the kind of projects that can be initiated as a result supporting local merchants,” Schneible explained.

She credited PSA with answering families and a young community’s demand for youth sports with a “state-of-the-art facility” that “people like to visit and use” from around McKinney and beyond.

“We greatly appreciated the encouragement we received from MCDC and McKinney city leadership to build a PSA facility in McKinney,” said Don Blackwood, PSA general manager.

PSA has a proven track record, of course. The McKinney center was its fourth such facility in the Metroplex, with its third opening in Murphy about a year prior to go with two centers in Plano.

For the McKinney facility, PSA will pay the rest of its building bank loan over 20 years. It’s just already repaid the city for its contribution to the hit project. PSA repaid the final $1.7 million last month.

Proof that young athletes are already flocking to Gabe Nesbitt, the sports mecca of McKinney. Also there are The Courts tennis complex, which is undergoing a major expansion, the city’s only skate park, baseball and softball fields, and the much-anticipated Apex Centre, the aquatic and fitness center set to open early next year adjacent to PSA McKinney.

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