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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: March 29, 2019

What makes Plano the happiest city in America?


Some people might have been surprised to hear that Plano was recently named the happiest city in America according to a study by WalletHub.

Whatever your opinion, you have to admit there is a lot about Plano to love and be thankful for. 

But what exactly makes us THE happiest city in the country? The website came to its conclusions by looking at various health factors among more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities. The cities were ranked by several metrics among three categories: emotional and physical well-being; income and employment; and community and environment.

What they found was no surprise: the keys to human happiness depends on one’s positive mental state, physical health, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being. Other factors considered in the study include sports participation, social ties and acres of parkland.

BW2_WEBFor more than 50 years, Plano Parks and Recreation has prided itself in bringing that happiness and sense of belonging to residents through enriching programs and beautiful natural spaces, all of which serve to help calm our frenetic modern lives.

Whether it’s taking a group fitness class at one of our recreation centers or enjoying a day at the park with friends and family, our system fosters positive physical and mental health as well as personal growth and a unique sense of community.

Here are just a few ways you can stay happy and healthy with Plano Parks and Recreation this summer:

  • Adult Sports Leagues (slow pitch softball, flag football, kickball and ultimate Frisbee)
  • Learn to swim and aquatic fitness classes for all ages
  • Nature walks, night hikes, fishing and archery classes at Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center
  • Hundreds of fitness and educational classes for preschoolers, kids, teens and adults

Want to learn more? Find how you can be part of the Parks and Recreation community by exploring our parks and trails webpage and browsing our classes and programs through our Recreation Online portal. Here’s to being happy!

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