Fall is right around the corner! And with the start of a new sports season, our Athletics Division is readying for one of the 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 participating in a wide array of sports on more than 100 fields. Plano’s athletic fields are designated “scheduled-use only.” To learn more about scheduling time on an athletic field, please call Plano Parks & Recreation Athletics Division at 972-941-5413. For a list of park locations not requiring a reservation, please read “The Role of Neighborhood Parks” below.
How does Plano do it?Our athletic sites have been serving Plano residents for decades. Plano residents benefit from Plano’s top-notch fields through participation in local leagues and tournaments. User fees associated with leagues and tournaments help offset the costs to maintain high quality fields. League and tournament fees eclipse $1.5 million annually, reducing the tax burden for everyone.
Plano’s economy gets a boost from athletic activity as well, in the form of sales tax and hotel/motel tax revenues. These tax revenues are generated from tournaments facilitated on Plano’s fields when not used for league play, further reducing maintenance costs otherwise shouldered by tax payers.
Why reservations?Plano’s field reservation program operates mid-February through mid-November. Fields are closed for reservations during the winter months. The program exists to:
Providing leagues with quality fields requires constant maintenance and supervision. This is why use of athletic fields is so carefully managed. All formal and informal activity, including games, scrimmages, and practices, as well as shooting on soccer goals, running bases, conducting camps, or any other major use of athletic fields, must be scheduled through Parks & Recreation. When the City becomes aware of unscheduled activity, participants are asked to refrain from using game fields and invited to use other open spaces. We do this to ensure quality fields for scheduled activity. Walking, jogging, or relaxing by the fields is always welcome.
The role of neighborhood parksJust looking for a place to play? Check out one of our many neighborhood parks. A variety of amenities, including soccer goals and baseball backstops are available in neighborhood parks and elementary schools. These spaces are ideal for hosting a local drop-in activity and can be used on a first come, first served basis – no reservation needed! Teams are encouraged to conduct practices at these locations. Click the link to view a list of drop in and practice fields nearest you to plan your next practice. Please, no organized games, camps or clinics at neighborhood parks; these activities need to be scheduled at one of our athletic sites.
Still have questions? Visit our web site or contact our Athletics Division at 972-941-5413. We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding these amenities.