McAllen opens free community tool shed

A program allowing McAllen residents to borrow various lawn and garden tools for free will launch Monday.

McAllen is currently the only city to offer a program of this nature south of San Antonio, the city said in a news release.

The McAllen Community Tool Shed will contain several tools ranging from lawnmowers, weed eaters, different kinds of shovels and pruners, rakes, brooms, power washers and more.

Tools can be borrowed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a maximum amount of 72 hours at a time, and borrowers must provide proof of residency and be at least 18 years old.

“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,” Steven Kotsatos, director of McAllen’s Health & Code Enforcement Department, said in the release. “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.”

The tool shed is located at 1516 N. 15th St. in McAllen.

For additional information, residents can call the McAllen Health & Code Department at (956) 681-1900 or via email at


McAllen to open community toolshed for residents