Visit McKinney had worked with the city's historic preservation office to offer historic downtown walking tours for NTTW 2018. It was such a hit, we continued having him give tours, one Monday a month, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Thanks to requests for Saturday tours, a GIS team member (Tonya) began doing one a month on a Saturday. She got so excited, she took the old printed tour map, one of the most popular things we give out, and digitized it making it easily accessible from the city's website, and we have linked it to ours as well. She and Guy use it on the tours and we encourage people to use it when bringing family and friends downtown. We've had roughly 150 people attend our monthly tours since we began them in January. (Each tour is limited to about 25 people.)Objective:
Initially, the walking tours were designed to educate our locals on the heritage of McKinney's historic downtown square. There was so much excitement about the tours, we connected Tonya (GIS Dept.) and Guy (Historic Preservation Office) with other tourism attractions/entities within the city - Chestnut Square Heritage Village, the Heard-Craig House, and the McKinney Art Studio Tour - so that additional tours could be incorporated into the city digital tour map for these attractions' events.In-house ProjectProject Costs:
$0 - no outlay of funds from our budget or any other department's budget. Only cost is in work hours.