Wow! This has been a year to remember for Plano Parks and Recreation. As we wind down our 50th anniversary celebration, we want to thank all who participated in our open houses, special events and recreation programs.
Whether you helped shape our Parks Master Plan at community meetings, shared information with friends on Facebook or Twitter, or visited with staff at our rec centers, you have played an integral role in this community.
Thank you, Plano residents, for your continued support going all the way back to 1968! Needless to say, this year has been full of fun memories for our department. Here are just a few highlights from the first half of 2018:
City Council kicks off Plano Parks and Recreation’s 50th Anniversary: Our department kicked the New Year off right with a special proclamation at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting, making our yearlong birthday celebration official! Staff spent nearly two years planning for this momentous occasion, which included open house events, contests, #PlanoParks50 Flashback Fridays, commemorative swag, a community wide concert and more. You can learn about the history of our department on our commemorative 50th Anniversary page.
Oak Point Recreation Center reopens: After having been closed for a year for expansion and renovation, Oak Point Recreation Center (6000 Jupiter Road) reopened with much fanfare. The grand reopening also doubled as our first 50th anniversary open house event, during which visitors received tours of the new center and learned about the various amenities it has to offer. Learn more about the center’s new features here.Volunteers In Plano marks its 35th anniversary: A division of Plano Parks and Recreation, Volunteers in Plano (VIP) celebrated its 35th anniversary by spreading the spirit of volunteerism in Collin County. This resulted in new collaborations with local businesses and nonprofit organizations. VIP coordinated projects for 23 companies and 16 nonprofit groups, including Toyota, Texas Instruments, Boys and Girls Club of Collin County, and Meals on Wheels of Collin County.March
Rainout Line rollout: In an effort to keep park users informed in real-time, Plano Parks and Recreation started using a new Rainout Line that allows patrons to view rainout status via calling one number, looking on the website or by using the app on their phone. Areas using it are Adult Athletics, High Point Tennis Center, Pecan Hollow Golf Course, Jack Carter Dog Park, Arbor Hills off-road bike trail, and the public athletic fields reservation system.Russell Creek Park illuminated cricket field completed: The Parks and Athletics divisions added new lighting to Russell Creek Park's Cricket Ground #6, making it just the third field of its kind in North Texas. For those not familiar, cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field that sometimes can be as big as two soccer fields. Our field reservation program operates mid-February through mid-November. For information about reserving a field, visit our Athletic Operations page.
Trust for Public Land 2018 ParkScore Index: Ranking Park Systems in the 100 Largest U.S. Cities, the Trust for Public Land placed Plano at #18—an incredible honor for our department. ParkScore rankings are based equally on four factors:
JuneFirst annual Bark in the Park event: With two new dog parks slated to open by the end of 2019 (one at the new Windhaven Meadows Park and the other at Bob Woodruff Park South), we teamed up with Plano’s Animal Services and Environmental Health departments to host this free event at Jack Carter Dog Park. Held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, Bark in the Park provided a morning of music, freebies, demos, raffle prizes and more. The event was such a success (newsflash: Plano loves dogs!) we are already planning for next year! Bark in the Park 2019 will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Jack Carter Dog Park. See you there!
Stay tuned for our next round of highlights from 2018!