hundred miles of shoreline; Connemara, a
73-acre conservatory featuring performances by
Dallas area symphonies and dance groups, and
the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary north of town on FM 1378.
Dubbed one of the fastest growing cities
in Texas by the North Texas Council of
Governments, Frisco is experiencing an
unprecedented growth rate, a population
change of a whopping 280.2 percent since
2000 to its current population of nearly
A major boon to Frisco is the completion of the Dallas North Tollway from
Highway 121 to FM 720, which is considered Frisco’s downtown Main Street.
Additional highway and service road extensions are slated for completion within the
next three to five years.
Shopping is abundant in Frisco, from
quaint, old downtown to IKEA, Stonebriar
Centre and many new shopping centers.
Frisco is also a sports fan’s paradise. The
Frisco RoughRiders, a Double-A affiliate of
the Texas Rangers, play in the city-owned
Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark. The city
partnered with the Frisco Independent
School District, Southwest Sports Group
and Mandalay Sports Entertainment to
open the ballpark, which seats 8,800 with
overflow in the berm for 1, 200. Frisco is
also the home of major league soccer club,
FC Dallas and the recently completed Pizza
Hut Park – which plays hosts to concerts,
sporting events and more.
Allen was originally established as a railroad
water stop in the 1870’s and just 30 years ago,
only 625 people inhabited this Collin County
town. Today, the community is experiencing
its all-time fastest rate of growth for residential and business development, with nearly
90,000 residents. Since 2000, Allen has had a
population growth of 105. 8 percent.
A full range of parks, recreation services
and activities are available in Allen, offering
a variety of league sports and children’s
programs. Allen has nearly 40 public parks
(either completed or under construction),
plus golf courses, recreation centers, tennis
courts, baseball diamonds and soccer fields.
Residents of Allen enjoy close proximity to
such points of interest as Lake Lavon, just
east of Allen, with its 11 parks and over one
Photo courtesy of Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco
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