McAllen residents can borrow – for free – various lawn and garden tools and equipment for residential beautification. The McAllen Community Tool Shed, created by the McAllen City Commission, allows residents to borrow tools for up to 72 hours at a time. McAllen is the only municipality south of San Antonio to offer such a program.
“This is a wonderful program for our community, because while residents may have the desire and willingness to spend some elbow grease on yard work, they may not have all of the tools necessary to complete those projects,” said Steven Kotsatos, director of the McAllen Health & Code Enforcement Department. “It can be a significant investment for this equipment, and rather than citing residents for not complying with city ordinances, we are instead literally providing them the tools to be able to beautify their properties. This project will hopefully spur more than regular maintenance work and encourage entire neighborhoods to beautify their property for the benefit of all of McAllen.”
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, residents may borrow a variety of tools from lawnmowers and weed eaters to hammers and recycling bags. Items include manual pole pruners, hand pruners, metal rakes, leaf rakes and loppers. Residents may also borrow power washers, push brooms, garden shovels, spade shovels and wheelbarrows.
The McAllen Community Toolshed is located at 1516 North 15th Street in McAllen. Borrowers must be at least 18 years of age and must show proof of McAllen residency.