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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Kick off the holiday season with Plano Parks and Recreation


Fall is in the air, and with the cooler temps come some of Plano Parks and Recreation’s most beloved events.

From Halloween family fun to free and/or affordable holiday events, we have just what you need to be happy, healthy and having fun all the way through New Year’s.Upcoming events:

Boo Bash

Bring the family out for a BOO-tasticly good time at Tom Mu...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Trail counters reveal usage, trends along Plano’s most popular paths

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It’s no secret that Plano’s recreational trail system is popular among our residents.

With 75 percent of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park or trail, people of all ages across all demographics are benefitting from these amenities, whether for fitness purposes or as a means to simply enjoy the great outdoors.


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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Yoga for kids: how poses improve focus, self-confidence


For many adults, yoga is coveted for its ability to improve one’s balance, strength and mental health. But have you ever wondered how kids might benefit from these ancient exercises?

Kids these days are faced with a tremendous amount of stimuli from school schedules, extra-curricular activities, technology, responsibilities at home, and the social scene—which is why more and more parents are introducing their children to the...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Ask the Urban Forester

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Q. How does the City of Plano manage and preserve its natural resources in unique or sensitive areas (nature preserves, wetlands, riverbanks, etc.)?

A.  The management and preservation of our natural resources starts with the care of our trees. Not many people know this, but the City of Plano is responsible for the management of more than 28,000 public trees. These trees are not only home to ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Unleash your creative mind through writing


Cobbler. Umber. Haunt. Grumble. Raincoat. Could you write a thoughtful and descriptive story on the fly that incorporates these words?

That is exactly what Plano Parks & Recreation’s Writer’s Critique and Discussion Group engages in twice a month. The group was formed about a year ago and meets every second and fourth Monday from 1-3 p.m. at the Gladys Harrington ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Median Improvements Project Update: Trees, Irrigation & Hardscapes

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Earlier this year (in mid-June, to be exact), Plano Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division began a project to replace median trees in three locations within the city.

The project is expected to take several months to complete, and when it is, motorists will see a noticeable difference in not only the health of the new trees but the islands on which they stand as well.The three locations that this project is taking plac...

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Posted on: September 10, 2018

Mowing and King Ranch Bluestem Weeds

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Every year around this time, you may notice high grass on medians throughout the city.

The high grass is actually an invasive weed called King Ranch Bluestem that pops up from September through November. It has a very fast growth rate - it can grow as much as two feet in two weeks - and there is no easy way to control it in between mowing c...

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Posted on: August 14, 2018

Cottonwood Creek trail project to include preservation, rehabilitation efforts

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Nature lovers, families, runners, cyclists, and anyone who enjoys exploring Plano’s trail system will be happy to know that a new trail connection along the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt is underway.

The connection—located in the northeastern part of the city—consists of 2.3 miles of concrete trail that will wind its way through parts of the greenbelt previously not accessible to the public. The new 12-foot-wide trail will allow fo...

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Posted on: January 4, 2018

Plano Parks and Recreation Marks “50 Years of Fun” With Yearlong Celebration in 2018


In 1968, Plano’s newly formed Parks and Recreation Department consisted of one director, two part-time employees, and 42 acres of farmland.  Today, this award-winning system boasts thousands of miles of park land, miles of trails, and b...

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Posted on: May 1, 2018

Paddling approved at Big Lake Park

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Looking for a fun nature escape right here in Plano? Grab your watercraft and head to Big Lake Park (3800 Rainier Road), where kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders can now take to the park’s namesake waterway.

Big Lake Park is the second location in Plano that’s been opened up to paddlers, something Park Planning Manager Renee Jordan said is by design. The department opened the lake at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve up to paddlers last summer an...

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Posted on: February 13, 2018

Plano Senior Recreation Center Closed for Renovations

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Attempts to keep the Plano Senior Recreation Center open during the expansion have met with unexpected challenges. Due to safety concerns, the facility closed March 1, 2018 and will remain closed until the project is complete.

For up-to-date information on the relocation of classes and daily drop-in activities, please contact the Plano Senior Recreation Center at 972-941-7155. Trips will continue but will now depart from the Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center. The Welln...

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