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Posted on Monday, March 18, 2002 - 08:29 am:   

In Friday's edition of the Dallas Morning News, there was an article discussing grant money that had been distributed to cities in Collin County for the use in parks and other developments. The city of Frisco was not listed. Was this an oversight by the author of the article or an oversight by the city? Almost every city in Collin county was given in excess of $100,000 for use in park development. If it was on oversight by Frisco, then I am sorely disappointed. I greatly appreciate the job the Parks and Rec department does, but we can not pass on "free" money just because we do not have our act together. The article mentioned that more grants were possible......I hope Frisco is ready this time.

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2002 - 09:51 am:   

Dear Anonymous,

Thanks for your inquiry about the open space grants that Collin County recently approved. In your note, you asked whether or not the City of Frisco applied for grants through the Collin County program.

I can assure you that the answer to this is yes. The City submitted an excellent grant application for almost $500,000 for the development of the Rowlett Creek hike and bike trail system. The City was successful in obtaining $250,000 in 2001 from the County for the acquisition of property for this trail.

County officials indicated that they had tried to provide funds for smaller projects and cities in Collin County in this latest grant submittal.

We too were very disappointed in not receiving funding at this time as the project submitted was a logical conclusion to the first awarded amount by the County.

Our staff will continue to look for and pursue funds for worthwhile projects such as this. Should you have any additional questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me or our staff.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Mark P.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 11:43 am:   

This question pertains to the citizens that live within the Denton Co. area of Frisco. If the City submits an application for this money and does receive the grant, can this money be spent anywhere within the Frisco city limit, or only in the Collin Co. area of Frisco?

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 12:37 pm:   

Dear Mark,

Thanks for your question regarding where Collin County Parks and Open Space grant funds can be utilized.

Even though there are several different communities in Collin County that share their city limits within one or more counties, the intent of the Collin County grant program is to fund those projects that do lie within the Collin County limits.

Communities such as Frisco submit specific projects to be considered by the Commissioners Court for consideration. While the ultimate improvements will benefit all that live within the community, the project itself must lie within Collin County.

Should you have any additional questions, please let me know.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 - 08:36 pm:   

I live in the Denton County part of Frisco and was curious if Denton County had this same type of funding available?

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 09:29 am:   

Dear Anonymous,

Thanks for your question regarding possible parks or open space funding that might be available in Denton County similar to the Collin County program.

While this has been discussed from time to time over the past several years, I am not aware of any current program that Denton County has in place. I'm sure that many of the communities in Denton County (including ourselves) would love the opportunity to participate in such a program.

Hopefully this will occur in the near future.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Mark P
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 05:42 pm:   

Rick, Thanks for you response. You may not be able to speak to this follow up question, but I have noticed while watching our city council meetings that most of the members always refer to Frisco in terms of Collin Co. This concerns me. Based on what you have told me and what I perceive to be a Collin Co. bias from our council members, does this mean that the Frisco residents that live within Denton Co. are going to receive reduced services, less attention when it comes to P/Z issues, reduced voice at public hearings, etc.

When you mentioned "Will benefit all that live within the community", I can agree to a point, but what I fear is that parks on the Denton Co. side of Frisco will be inferior to those on the Collin Co. side of Frisco (I know most of the development on the Denton side of Frisco is new, but currently, there are no parks at all that I'm aware of on the Denton side of Frisco) and to enjoy the parks that will have more funding, I will have to pack the family up and drive across town. I can not speak for how the park money, or for any frisco govnerment service money is managed, but I would hope that the city would ensure that money was spent equally within Frisco's city limit no matter what county you lived in.

Rachel Harner
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 04:14 pm:   

Speaking of one time the McKinney road park was called just that. Then I read in the Enterprise it would be called Friendship Park like the playground on it. Which is the official name?
Also, when that area was originally designated as park land, it was to remain an "open" park setting with ampitheater and water feature etc.
Then I read in the Enterprise that new plans were being drawn for that park. What is the current status?

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 01:38 pm:   

Dear Ms. Harner,

Thanks for your note regarding the McKinney Road Park site. Until the Parks and Recreation Board officially recommends a final name for the park, it has and continues to be the McKinney Road Park site. The community playground that was built in October 1998 was called Friendship Park. As far as the master plan for the park, it was approved in March 2000 and has not received any formal changes to it.

In fact, the Community Development Corporation has committed to fund up to $4.0 million dollars to develop this 63 acre park site. This includes the development of a lake, amphitheater with seating, restroom facilities, park pavilion, hike and bike trails, bridges, parking and landscaping.

Our staff is moving forward to bring a professional services agreement to the City Council for their consideration in April. Once approved, the design, construction and bidding documents will be developed prior to construction initiating.

We hope to have construction begin in the summer with completion taking approximately 8-10 months. I would anticipate that the Parks and Recreation Board will be considering a formal name for the park within the next several months prior to construction.

Should you have any further questions regarding this, please let me know and I will be happy to discuss this further.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 02:16 pm:   

Dear Mark P.

Thank you for your note regarding parks that lie in the western sector of the city of Frisco.

In regard to your first question, I really do not know what I might have referred to that leads to the conclusion that there is a heavier emphasis on the acquisition or development of park sites in this section of the city.

Our staff looks at the total city when acquiring park sites. You might not be aware that since 1998, the City of Frisco has acquired six neighborhood parks totalling 62.58 acres. These park sites include:

Trails of West Frisco site: 4.5 acres
Lone Star Ranch site #1: 9.08 acres
Griffin Parc Joint School/Park site 5.0 acres
Grayhawk site # 1: 10.0 acres
Grayhawk site # 2: 8.0 acres
Heritage Green site: 26.0 acres

Just as a note, the Parks and Recreation Board recommended that funding for the Trails neighborhood park site be approved for 2002 during their March 21, 2002 meeting. Design and bidding of the park will take place in 2002 with construction taking place in 2002-03.

Since 1998, there were also two community park sites that were acquired by the city through the Community Development Corporation totalling 281.111 acres. These two sites are:

Southwest Community Park 117.064 ac.
Northwest Community Park 164.034 ac.

As was the case for the Trails neighborhood park, all of our park sites, no matter where they lie are developed as funds become available and best meet the needs of the community.

If you would like to sit down and discuss this further, please let me know.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Jason Gray, Interim ACM (Jason)
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 03:01 pm:   

Mark P-
Let me assure you that there is no bias towards one county over the other in any of our services. Frisco citizens are Frisco citizens, independent of the county in which they live. There are several park sites that have been acquired within Denton County and are on the funding horizon for development. If you have any questions regarding this, or would like to share further concerns, please contact me at 972-335-5551 x125.

Jason Gray
Interim Assistant City Manager

Joseph M Tecson (Tecsonj)
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 04:15 pm:   


I just need to throw my 2 cents inÖ

What about the Preston Lakes park site?

  • Gunstream Elementary School and Wester Middle School will open next year
  • Preston Lakes and neighboring The Creeks on Coit are nearing completion,
  • Fairfield Estates and Preston Glen are complete,
  • Shepherds Hills and Preston Vineyards North have started development.

Iím very excited the city is expanding itís park system; however, when are you (the City of Frisco) going to start improvements on this site?

Preston Lakes first Plat was approved March 9, 1994 and there hasnít been any work at all.

What can we (the neighborhood HOAs) do to expedite the process?

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 01:49 pm:   

Dear Mr. Tecson,

Thank you for your note regarding the park site that lies in the Preston Lakes area and the timing for improvements to that park.

The only currently owned park site that we have in that area is a 3 acre tract along and east of the intersection of Inlet Street and Harbour Drive. For the past couple of years we have been working with the developers of the Shepherds Hill development to acquire additional parkland that would lie contiguous to the 3 acre tract currently in place.

We are now finalizing the details with the developer in order to have approximately thirteen (13) total acres that will be deeded to the City for a neighborhood park. This site, once dedicated will lie contiguous with the Gunstream Elementary School.

In terms of development of this park, I would tell you that the Parks and Recreation Board works diligently each year to identify sites that can be acquired and/or developed. The current source of funding for the Board to consider is the Parkland Dedication Ordinance. This ordinance requires either the dedication of parkland for new development areas or money-in-lieu of parkland dedication. The acquisition of the Shepherds Hill site is the result of dedication of property by the developer.

The Parks and Recreation Board will consider potential projects for the FYí03 period during the late summer and early fall of 2002. At that time, staff and the Board will know what funding is available for new projects.

I would also point out that the City Council has appointed a Bond Committee that is analyzing various projects that might be included in a bond issue for the fall. The development of neighborhood park sites may be considered by the Bond Committee over the next several months.

If you would like additional details on either one of these programs, please let me know and I will discuss them further. I look forward to your call.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 01:06 pm:   

And what are the boundaries of the park?