PARKS & RECREATION
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The City of Frisco’s Parks and Recreation Department is a linchpin for the sports-obsessed community. In response to the city’s rapid growth, Parks and Rec has responded by investing heavily in a wealth of sports facilities, from outsized baseball complexes ideal for tournament play to more unexpected facilities, such as a Miracle League Field, to accommodate the constantly changing needs and interests of residents and sports visitors.
“Championship-caliber fields, along with access to abundant family entertainment, make Frisco a top choice for tournament organizers,” said Rick Wieland, assistant director. “Regional- and national-caliber tournaments are easily accommodated at Frisco Parks and Recreation sports complexes with their multi-field design and park amenities that keep families entertained.”
The city’s newest addition is the Frisco Skate Park, the largest of its kind in North Texas, with a staggering 47,000 square feet of skateboarding terrain. The $16 million project creates a top-notch competitive atmosphere for serious skaters, while catering to every age and skill level.
Harold Bacchus Community Park is the crown jewel for Frisco Parks and Rec, boasting the Rusty Greer/Texas Rangers Championship Field, which is a scaled-down replicate of the Boston Red Sox’s iconic Fenway Park.
The youth-sized lighted baseball and softball complex is a must-play for aspiring baseball pros. The baseball/softball training area is complete with automated batting cages and practice tunnels. The park’s Miracle League Field is a cushioned softball field with synthetic turf to accommodate players with disabilities.
“Our community — the city, the Frisco Independent School District, the Economic Development Corp., and the Community Development Corp., — sees the value in investing heavily into the kind of sports facilities that our residents deserve,” said Wieland.
Frisco Parks and Rec has also partnered with private entities to build additional diverse facilities, such as the Superdrome and Fieldhouse USA, to give a comprehensive, well-rounded landscape of options to residents and visitors.
“We’re attuned to our community. We’re constantly adapting to meet the new interests of our residents and visitors,” said Wieland. “Five years ago, hardly anyone played lacrosse. That sport has exploded, and we’ve responded.”
B.F. Phillips Community Park, with its extensive practice and game fields, is now home field for the Frisco Lacrosse Association.
What’s the next? Frisco Parks and Rec is taking a serious look at cricket pitches, said Wieland.