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Popular Collin County Attraction Closing

Some Collin County teenagers are fighting to keep a popular attraction open.

Despite the efforts, the days are numbered for The Beach at The Village at Fairview. The owners plan to tear out the volleyball courts to make room for a new hotel.

Isaiah Perez says it's a big disappointment.

"It was just a little bit of disbelief," Perez said.

When management set out signs saying The Beach was closing March 14, Perez and his friends started a petition to try to keep it open. The petition is aimed at saving the beach volleyball courts, dog park and playground. In a week, more than 2,500 people signed it.

But in the end, the support may not matter.

Management said the attractions must go to make room for growth.

"It was always intended for future development and the time has come. We're going to be opening a Home2 hotel on this parcel," marketing director Wendy Ellis said.

Since the courts are on private – not city – property, Perez said he realizes there is little he can do. Even though the courts are going away, he hopes his efforts will still pay off.

"We're just aiming for another free court to be built in the area," he said.

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