Craig Ranch Telegram April 2023

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April 2023 Vol. 9, Issue 4

Monday: 4pm-9pm

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7850 Collin McKinney Parkway, Suite 103, McKinney Texas 75070

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ph: (972) 548-9191 Fax: (972) 548-9186


CMA Customer Care: (972) 943-2828


President Stephanie Miller

Vice President John Palmer

Treasurer Connie Baker

Secretary Tim Stephens


Director of Operations

David Meyer |

Operations Manager

Nichole Rice |

Common Area Manager

Brandy Hotchkiss |

Maintenance Director

Randy Cain |

Lead Administrative Assistant

Kris Sims |

Operations Support Assistant

Roxanne Webb |

Lifestyle Coordinator

Melody Krill |

Communications Coordinator

Cathy Dreyer |

Community Service Coordinator

Tamra Collins |

Design Review/Modifications Coordinator

Melba Siebel |

Compliance Coordinators

Avery Baril |

Jennifer Peterson |

Maintenance Technicians

Monte Cepeda

Joel Rincon |


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Craig Ranch Telegram is the only authorized publication of the Craig Ranch Community Association, Inc. It is published on behalf of residents for informational purposes only. The Association does not guarantee any work or claims made by advertisers herein and claims no responsibility or liability for statements made in the publication. The Association does not support or take responsibility for services, whether paid or volunteer, mentioned herein, nor for statements published in articles or letters herein which are not endorsed by group decision of the Board of Directors.

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5 Craig Ranch Telegram | April 2023 You will be immersed in the sights and sounds of nature as you walk around this stunning park 09 Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park 07 Test Your Craig Ranch Knowledge! Answers for common questions frequently asked by Craig Ranch residents 14 The many outdoor spaces in Craig Ranch provide numerous options to commune with nature Spring Has Sprung Cover Photo ~ Cathy Dreyer Spring is nature’s way of saying “let’s party.” – Robin Williams
The official publication of the Craig Ranch Community Association (CRCA) 06 Copyright © 2023 All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc. April 2023 Vol. 9, Issue 4 08 Pet of the Month 08 Yard of the Month 10 Community Calendar 12 Craig Ranch Living Account 13 Hearty Party & Holi Festival Photo Gallery This monthly magazine is published at no cost to the CRCA and is mailed free of charge to all Craig Ranch residences. Information on how a large crack in the Craig Ranch North community pool was recently repaired 14 Dollars at Work Latigo Pool Repair

Manager’s Message: Spring Has Sprung

Spring is officially here, and that means both adults and children will be spending more time outside. Research has found that people who spend at least 120 minutes a week in nature experience a boost in their mental and physical health.

The many outdoor spaces in Craig Ranch provide numerous options to commune with nature. They also provide opportunities to meet and talk with other residents. If you enjoy going for walks, you can visit one of the two outdoor common area spaces in Craig Ranch that offer paved walking paths: Millie Cooper Park and Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park (see article on page 9 for more information about Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Park). However, several of the individual communities also offer outdoor spaces for the residents of that community.

Spring is a great time to head outdoors with your pets. However, please remember to pick up after your dog(s) when taking them for walks. If you enjoy a trip to the dog park with your canine companion, we encourage you to visit the K9 Corral Dog Park located right here in Craig Ranch.

For some people, springtime means yard work. As the grass begins to grow, so do the weeds. Early April is a great time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to control the weeds before they begin to spread. Removing larger weeds by hand can also prevent them from spreading their seeds to other areas of your yard. Plus, did you know that pulling weeds can be therapeutic?


Springtime also brings children outside. Studies show that outdoor play helps children build their sense of independence. However, we know that children don’t always watch where they are going. Therefore, we urge you to drive cautiously and be on the lookout for children crossing the road.

Here in North Texas, springtime can mean windy days. Please make sure to secure the trash in your trash bins so that it doesn’t blow away and into someone else’s yard or into the street.

The onset of spring sometimes provides inspiration

to tackle spring cleaning projects around the house. Please visit the Residential Trash Services page on the City of McKinney website at www.mckinneytexas. org/503/Residential-Trash-Service for information on requesting a “bulky item pick-up” and for a list of acceptable and restricted items. Residents can request a bulky item collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost.

We wish you a healthy and happy start to this new spring season.

Compliance Corner: Test Your Craig Ranch Knowledge!

Question 1: I want to build my dream swimming pool but need to access through common area, is that possible?

a) Yes b) No

Question 2: Can we plant trees and shrubs in the common area behind/next to our home?

a) Yes b) No

Question 3: If I see a landscaping or irrigation problem with a common area, who should I call?

a) The City b) CRCA

Question 4: Can I hold an organized event on common area property?

a) Yes b) No

Question 5: Can I invite any friends and family to Craig Ranch events such as 4th of July, Tree Lighting, Bingo, and kids’ events?

a) Yes b) No

Question 6:

I am planning to submit Architectural Covenant Change (ACC). Can I submit via email or paper request in the office or do I have to use my online CMA portal?

a) CMA Portal b) Email or In-Person

Answers to the quiz:

1) Yes, it is possible if your contractor provides documentation showing that the side yard is not wide enough for the equipment to dig the pool. The common area must be put back to its original condition after work is complete. Contact the CRCA office for a Common Area Access form and other requirements.

2) No, landscape maintenance costs are included in a contract with the Association and if additional landscaping is added, these costs are not included in the budget.

3) Call the CRCA office and our Common Area Manager will address the issue: 972-548-9191

4) Yes, however, most Common Areas (parks, pavilions, etc.) cannot be reserved, so hosting an event is on a first come, first-served basis. (Please remember, bounce houses/inflatables are prohibited in all Craig Ranch common areas.)

5) No, events planned and hosted by CRCA are budgeted for owners and the family members that reside with the owner(s) in a Craig Ranch property.

6) Your Online CMA Portal is required for all ACC requests as the Design Review Committee (DRC) reviews all submissions online through their CMA portals. Submissions being reviewed online makes the decision process much faster for the owners! ◀

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Meet Ralphie

Ralphie is named after a boy in our favorite Christmas movie, A Christmas Story. He came into our lives the night before Thanksgiving at just 5 weeks old. Our kids were so surprised when he arrived. He is a little spitfire but has filled our hearts and home with so much love.

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Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park

Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park is located in the Settlement community in Craig Ranch, just north of the new Lifetime Fitness. The physical address of the park is 5800 Dr. Kenneth Cooper Dr. This magnificent park features a half-mile shaded walking trail that is paved with a “poured in place” synthetic rubber turf. Walking and/ or running on synthetic turf can reduce the risk of stress fractures and other foot, ankle, and knee related injuries.

The walking trail at Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park surrounds a tree-covered natural area with a creek flowing through the middle. A beautiful wooden bridge suspended over the creek provides scenic views of the park. You will be immersed in the sights and sounds of nature as you walk around this stunning park.

The park is named after Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. Dr. Cooper revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of his first book in 1968 titled Aerobics. He is also credited with coining the word “aerobics” and submitting the official definition to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Dr. Cooper’s influence in the health industry has also positively impacted the American diet. During his career, he collaborated with PepsiCo to eliminate trans fats from their Frito-Lay snack line, a trend that many other companies adopted afterward.

As you drive by the south end of the park, you will notice the statue of a man and girl sitting on a bench. This statue is part of the Randolph Rose Collection and is called “Grandfather and Granddaughter on Bench.”

A plaque featuring a picture of Dr. Kenneth Cooper can also be found at the south end of the park. The following quote is inscribed on the plaque: “Fitness is a journey, not a destination, that must be continued for the rest of your life.” At one time, this same quote

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could be found on the back of Baked Lay’s packages. We encourage you to visit this wonderful amenity within the Craig Ranch community. ◀
Scan here, or visit Meet McKinn ey

Due to print lead times, all events listed here are subject to change or cancellation. Prior to attending any CRCA event, please check the online information to confirm dates, times and details at


Community-Wide Yard Sale from 8am to 2pm - Held at your home (no hauling to another location required) and Shredding Service and Electronics Recycling from 3pm to 5pm at the Compass Event Center.

30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 Bunco Club, 7 PM Compass Event Center Evening Bingo, 7 PM Compass Event Center New Homeowner Orientation, 6 PM Compass Event Center Craig Ranch Association O ce Closed For Holiday Easter Egg Hunt, 2 PM Compass Event Center 11 04 01
EVENTS April 2023
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Craig Ranch Living Account

The Craig Ranch Community Association (CRCA) sends a weekly Community News email each Friday through the Craig Ranch Living website ( www. ). In addition, we send various community updates via email throughout the week. In order to receive these emails, you will need an account on the Craig Ranch Living website. To create an account, please visit the website and click on Sign Up. Once we verify you are a Craig Ranch owner and approve your sign-up request, you will have access to the website. You will also be added to the email list to receive the community emails sent by CRCA.

Due to your email address being your login id, the website does not allow us to add multiple email addresses to one account. If multiple people in a household wish to receive community emails, an account must be created for each separate email address.

If you already have an account on the website but are not receiving the community emails, please check your

Spam folder. It is also possible that your account has become inactive if you haven’t opened any of our emails for several months. Please contact the CRCA office at 972548-9191 or email Cathy Dreyer, the Communications Coordinator, at if you are no longer receiving emails. ◀



At the Hearty Party on February 9th, kids decorated (and ate) cookies and created a ngerprint tree craft. At the Holi Festival on March 4th, attendees celebrated this holiday by throwing colored powder in the air and on each other while dancing to the music of DJ Sunny.

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Dollars at Work - Latigo Pool Repair

A large crack in the Latigo pool in the Craig Ranch North community was recently repaired. The crack appeared to be caused by trees located too close to the pool structure and exacerbated by severe drought conditions. The twelve trees in the planter boxes located within the pool deck area will be removed and replaced with landscaping that will not affect the structure of the pool. ◀

Latigo Pool Crack Latigo Pool Repair Progress Latigo Pool Repair Progress Latigo Pool Repair Progress
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