Mayor's Column

From the Office of Mayor Brian Loughmiller


McKinney Courier Gazette, March 5, 2017

Apex Centre is Open!

The long wait is over. We recently held the ribbon-cutting for the Apex Centre, the city’s new aquatics and fitness center that included tours of the facility for charter members to see the facility for the first time. For those who haven’t had a chance to see the Apex Centre, the facility opened its doors to the public March 1.

The ribbon-cutting event was a great reminder of what partnership and teamwork can accomplish. When we all work together, great things happen and it makes a difference in our community.

In 2013, City Council charged the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) with determining the best model for an aquatics and fitness center to build in the western portion of the city. Up until this time, the only city-owned aquatic facilities were all located on the east side of the city. The members of the MCDC board took the opportunity to research options and facility models across the DFW area and make a recommendation to Council on a design.
Mayor Brian Loughmiller

A New Addition to Gabe Nesbitt Community Park

The Apex Centre joins an already thriving recreational center of the city. Gabe Nesbitt Community Park is home to a skate park that brings high-level competitions and daily use, the award-winning "The Courts" tennis centerbaseball and softball fields and a library

The total project cost, including design, construction, furniture and equipment was $36 million. $34.5 million was provided by an MCDC grant, funded through a half-cent, quality of life sales tax generated by dining and shopping in McKinney.

An unbelievable amount of supplies went into constructing the facility including 55 miles of wires, 14 miles of conduit, a little more than 494 tons of structural steel and 10,915 cubic yards of concrete. The Apex Centre also incorporates some cool green features including parking lot pole lights controlled via radio signals and the ability to monitor and record information about temperature, motion and energy used at each light. The interior building lights also use daylight harvesting and motion-sensing technology to conserve energy and lower operating costs.

Finally, the incredible operating staff made up of 155 current staff, likely to grow to 225 by summer, make the facility great. Apex will be offering approximately 50 hours of swimming programs and 59 hours of group exercise classes each week. 

The Apex Centre has been highly anticipated. Successful partnerships within the city, such as with MCDC, help bring high-quality projects to fruition and enhance the ability to respond to the needs of our growing community. 


Brian Loughmiller