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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: August 7, 2018

Let your energy flow with new classes at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

Let your energy flow with new classes at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

Grace Clevenger was born and raised in China. Having moved to Texas some twenty years ago, the McKinney resident has introduced many North Texans to a new fitness program rooted in Chinese tradition.

Grace is founder of BaoJian Fitness and was recently wel...

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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Skate Park at Carpenter Park to Open Aug. 11

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The City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the opening of its first skate park. The department will hold a special grand opening celebration on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. at the new facility, which is located inside Carpenter ...

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Season for snakes: What to know while visiting Plano’s parks and trails

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The natural areas of Plano’s parks are home to a wide variety of wildlife, from birds and bobcats to reptiles and raccoons. They are also home to seemingly less savory animals, such as snakes and spiders. This time of year is when we usually see...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Got a question about trees? Ask An Urban Forester!

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Ask our Urban Forester, Angie Kralik, any tree related questions.

Urban Forestry is the careful care and management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. Urban forestry advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. Urban foresters plant an...

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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Median Tree Replacement Project

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The City of Plano’s Parks and Recreation Department, under its Urban Forestry program, is replacing trees in medians across Plano over the next several months.

This is due to the serious decline in health and safety to the trees in the medians and to provide a healthy urban forest for Plano residents.

The three locations are:

  • Park Boulevard from Avenue P to Avenue R and Peachtree Lane to Shiloh Road
  • Coit Road from ...
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Posted on: May 14, 2018

Summer swimming roundup - your guide to Plano’s pools

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Summer is just around the corner, and here at Plano Parks and Recreation we can already smell the sunscreen.

Our staff has been working hard to get our outdoor pools ready for another safe and fun summer starting Memorial Day weekend, May 26. Saturday and Sunday hours vary by pool and all will be open on Monday, May 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Summer daily hours st...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Sharing nature with Mother Nature: How to take to trails and parks safely this summer

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It’s that time of year again—the mercury is rising and the mosquitos, chiggers and ticks are out in full force this summer.

While all three of these can be found along our trails and in our parks (particularly in tall grass and wooded areas), this does not have to be a deterrent for local nature lovers!

The City of Plano’s Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS)...

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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: January 4, 2018

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

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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: 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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Posted on: August 3, 2017

High Point Tennis Center Renovation Contract Awarded

High Point Tennis Center Renovation Contract Awarded

The Tennis Center Renovation design contract with JBI Partners, Inc. was awarded at the July 24 Plano City Council meeting. Over the next several months the contract documents will be executed, and the design development phase will begin. In the design de...

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Carpenter Park Renovations

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Renovations to the south side of Carpenter Park are underway.

Renovations to the south side of Carpenter Park are underway. As part of the renovations, a number of existing trees will be removed and replaced with 62 new, 4-inch caliper trees in their place.

These exciting new park updates include a complete renovatio...

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