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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: December 12, 2017

Carpenter Park update: Plano’s first skate park starting to take shape

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It’s hard not to notice all the dirt being moved around at Carpenter Park lately as work to renovate its athletic fields and construct the city’s first skate park is taking place. While this project may not look like much right now, the finished product will give the community new and improved sports fields and an exciting new amenity for skateboarding enthusiasts of all ages.

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Skate park details

The Plano Skate Park at Carpenter Park will give active skateboarders a place to skate in a safe area. Just like those who choose to be active in soccer, football, baseball and other sports have the option to use free sports facilities, we want the same to be true for the skaters in our community.

This $1.2 million project will include the following 16 skate park features:

Flow Bowl with steel bar coping

Shallow end knuckle and pocket with pool block coping

Deep Vert Bowl with pool block coping

Extension ramp with pool block coping

Flow Bowl extension with ledge slappy options

Small stair set with manual pad and handrail options

Large stair set with hubba ledge, handrail and up-gap options

Medium stair set with hubba ledge and handrail options

Table top / wedge-to-wedge feature with rooftop ledge and rooftop rail

Turn-around transition feature (2)

Transition extension

Transition to ledge combinations

Flat bar feature

Slappy bank / manual pad combination

City of Plano logo / floor pattern


Athletic fields update

The baseball diamonds and athletic fields at Carpenter Park have served countless Plano citizens since the sports complex opened in 1984. Week in and week out, these fields became the place of memories for many families and sports teams. This much-deserved facelift will allow Carpenter Park to continue to serve new generations of Planoites for another 35 years.

Renovation began in May 2017. As of mid-December, additional grading is expected to take place before contractors can install the park’s new irrigation system. A new bridge was also recently set to connect the skate park to the rest of the park. Plans include new lights, additional parking, new restrooms, aesthetic improvements to the park’s drainage channel, and the addition of four detention ponds. A new traffic signal will also be constructed at Bluebonnet Trail and Coit Road to help ease congestion coming in and out of the park.

This $9 million renovation project was included in the city’s 2013 bond program, and also features additional trails, water features and open space. The first phase of the project focuses on the southern end of the park.  Fields on the south side of the park are not expected to re-open until late 2018.

The second phase of the project north of the drainage way includes converting four existing sports fields into artificial turf fields. These will mark Plano Parks and Recreation’s first artificial turf fields and will allow for year-round use, which includes soccer, football and lacrosse games. The park will remain in the same basic layout with the exception of the elimination of the baseball four-plex north of the drainage channel.

Funding for improvements north of the drainage channel was approved in the 2017 Bond Election. Fields on the north side of the park will still be available for use until construction begins there. The current schedule is to begin construction in late 2018 – early 2019.

Other features related to this project include:

  • 485 additional parking spaces
  • A loop trail will tie into Preston Ridge Trail and Bluebonnet Trail. The new trail will be located along Coit Road and Denham Way.
  • The existing playground on the north side of the park will be renovated.
  • The playground on the south side of the park will be eliminated and will be replaced by another playground in the large athletic plaza near the west parking lot.
  • The existing concrete pilot channel drainage way will be replaced with recirculating ponds. A natural water well is being investigated to reduce the use of city water on the north side of the park.

As always, we here at Plano Parks and Recreation would like to thank our residents for their continued patience as we continue to put progress into motion throughout our parks and recreation system. For more information about this project, visit our FAQ page as well as our project updates page. We have lots to look forward to in 2018 and beyond!

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