What Every Newcomer Should Know Pt 1Jul 10, 2021 ● By Amy Kryzak
Drive on any of Frisco’s bustling major thoroughfares and it will likely come as no surprise to learn that the city’s population increased by nearly 92 percent between 2010 and 2020. What was once a small farming town decades ago is now officially the 14th-largest city in Texas, boasting more than 224,000 residents.
For many new citizens, learning the lay of the land and becoming entrenched in the community may prove key in making the successful transition from newcomer to full-fledged Frisconian. If Frisco is your new home, we offer you a heartfelt welcome, as well as this informative (albeit not all-inclusive) primer of suggested activities and opportunities to help get you and your family plugged into this thriving, diverse community.
Around the city
Chances are you’ll hear the names of the various corners of Frisco mentioned frequently, so it’s good to have an idea about where each area is and what makes it special.
The Rail District
Spanning the area along Main Street, between the Dallas North Tollway and North County Road, the Rail District is the original heart and soul of Frisco. Many of the homes and buildings that line its streets date back to the 1920s, making it a quaint, charming destination. In the Rail District, you’ll find many small, independently-owned local businesses ranging from coffee shops and restaurants to clothing boutiques and entertainment options. raildistrictfrisco.com
Located near the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street, Frisco Square is a mixed-use development that includes municipal facilities, residential, office, retail and entertainment spaces. Encircling Simpson Plaza, a city-owned outdoor events and public parks space, this is where you’ll find the Frisco Public Library and City of Frisco municipal offices. It’s also where many community events, such as holiday celebrations and farmers’ markets, are held. friscosquare.com
The Star in Frisco
The Star is a 91-acre homage to the Dallas Cowboys. The pedestrian-friendly district is home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters as well as the team’s official team practice facility. It also boasts dozens of restaurants, bars, patios, boutiques, salons, a sports-and-family medicine facility and the Omni Frisco hotel. Frisco’s high schools also play football games there. thestarinfrisco.com
Adjacent to the Sam Rayburn Tollway (aka SH 121) and Preston Road, the Stonebriar District encompasses the Stonebriar Centre mall and surrounding retail, restaurant and residential spaces. Several hotels are also situated here, as well as the Stonebriar Country Club and the Westin Stonebriar Golf Club. Meanwhile, Comerica Center hosts games and practices for numerous local and professional sports teams including the Indoor Football League’s Frisco Fighters, the NBA G League Texas Legends and NHL’s Dallas Stars.