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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: March 4, 2019

Plano’s athletic fields ready for spring sports

soccer game

Spring is right around the corner! Flowers will be in bloom, people will be taking to the outdoors in droves, and Plano’s sports fields will be in full swing.

With the start of a new sports season, our Athletics Division is readying for one of its busiest times of the year. Plano’s athletic fields serve 15-plus sports organizations that provide the community with quality recreational opportunities in soccer, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, cricket, rugby, kickball, etc. Each year, these outdoor athletics locations host thousands of Plano youth and adults competing in a wide array of sports on more than 100 fields.

How does Plano do it?
Our athletic sites have been serving Plano residents for decades. User fees associated with leagues and tournaments largely offset the costs to maintain high quality fields. Teams take advantage of our city’s top-notch facilities through participation in leagues and tournaments. These events bring in revenues that eclipse $1.5 million annually in fees that offset much of the costs of field maintenance, lighting, restrooms, litter pick-up, etc. This revenue is vital for offsetting the costs of operations and the maintenance necessary for keeping these high quality field surfaces safe and beautiful for all players.

Plano’s economy also gets a boost from athletic activity in the form of sales tax and hotel/motel tax revenues.  These tax revenues are generated from tournaments facilitated on Plano’s fields when the fields are not in use for local leagues.

Why reservations?
Plano’s field reservation program operates mid-February through mid-November (fields are closed during winter months). The program exists because it:
- Prevents conflicts with field use
- Ensures adequate parking for all activities
- Allows for the coordination of restroom cleaning, litter pick-up, and maintenance of the field and facilities

Providing leagues with this type of top-of-the-line field play requires constant maintenance and supervision. This is why use of athletic fields is not allowed without a reservation. This includes shooting on soccer goals, running around bases, playing catch, conducting camps or practices, conducting games, or any other major use of the site. Walking, jogging, or relaxing by the fields is always welcome.

The role of neighborhood parks
Just looking to play? A variety of backstops and open fields in neighborhood parks and elementary schools are available on a first come, first served basis. Teams are free to conduct practices in these drop-in zones wiSchell Park 2thout a reservation.  We do not allow league games or sports camps in these areas because they are intended to be open for all of our residents to use and they are not designed for league games or camps that require parking, restrooms and other amenities associated with organized sports activities. View a list of neighborhood parks to plan your next practice.

Still have questions? Visit our website or contact our Athletics Division at 972-941-5413. We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding these amenities.

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