What makes a great park? These days, the word “park” is pretty broad and can take on many different forms. Parks can consist of anything from fishing ponds and playgrounds to state-of-the-art splash pads and everything in between.
The way to a truly great park, however, is with a solid foundation. This consists of simple yet comforting and oftentimes expected amenities, such as well-planned walking trails (complemented by the occasional bench and water fountain), clean restrooms, pavilions, and safe and imaginative playgrounds. All of these make for a fun and inviting experience for anyone looking to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
That being said, park planners with Plano Parks and Recreation are looking for your help in creating a brand new park in Plano! The department will hold the first of several public meetings planned for this park on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center (5901 Los Rios Blvd.). The meeting kicks off the master plan process for land along the Rowlett Creek Greenbelt currently known as The Golf Club at Los Rios.
The City of Plano purchased the 194 acres that make up the golf course in 2014 with park bond funds and a grant from Collin County. The purchase paves the way for additional open space and trail connections south along Rowlett Creek to Pecan Hollow Golf Course. Located in the southeastern section of Plano, the land will also provide links to Bob Woodruff Park and the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt.
These connections have long been identified in the Plano Parks Master Plan, as well as the Six Cities Trail Plan (which was created in 2001). In fact, the 24-mile-long Rowlett Creek Trail Corridor is considered the backbone of the Six Cities Trail Plan, as it ties together the cities of McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Plano, Richardson and Garland to create an interjurisdictional trail network. This network is important to the region, not just for its recreational opportunities but also for the active modes of transportation it provides to an area challenged with growing traffic congestion.
Phase one of this project is not expected to begin until 2020, but the public input period begins now with YOU. A series of meetings are planned for this year to help develop the master plan, along with opportunities to provide feedback via surveys online and in person. Together, we can envision how this parkland will best suit Plano’s current and future needs.
Help Plano Parks and Recreation develop a plan that will help this new space flourish in a thoughtful and affordable way. Visit Plano Parks and Recreation’s website for more information on this and other park projects. We hope to see you there!