Get Up and Get Out in Plano’s Parks

courtesy Plano Parks and Recreation

As a result of the City of Plano’s declaration of a state of disaster on March 16, Plano Parks and Recreation facilities are closed. However, Plano’s outdoor parks are not affected and are still open for Planoites to enjoy, six feet apart from other visitors, of course.

We asked Kelley Crimmins, community outreach specialist for Plano Parks and Recreation, how Planoites can stay active and make the most of Plano’s green spaces in these strange, strange times.

“While you may feel isolated and unable to take part in some daily activities like working out at the gym, Plano’s parks and trails are right outside your front door,” said Kelley. “These open spaces allow you to keep your social distance while maintaining and improving your physical and mental health. Most importantly, be sure to wash your hands with soap before you head out and as soon as you return home.”

Here are some ways in which you and your family can stay active in Plano’s great outdoors:

Plan a hike at one of our nature preserves
See how many Plano parks you can visit (we have 70!)
Plan a bike ride using our trail maps
Create a family scavenger hunt
Go on a nature photo expedition and make a collage with your findings
Do some bird-watching
Go fishing at Oak Point Nature Preserve or Bob Woodruff Park
Check out the majestic Quincentennial Bur Oak Tree at Bob Woodruff Park South (3840 E. Park Blvd.)
Do some stargazing
Play hide-and-seek
Start a rock collection
Fly a kite
Have a picnic
Play a board game outside
Read a book at the park
Have a paper airplane contest
Hunt for bugs!
Have a three-legged race
Throw the Frisbee
Create your own nature obstacle course

Have other creative ideas for enjoying the great outdoors? Email Kelley with your fun activity ideas, and Plano Parks and Recreation may share them with your neighbors.

Please also continue to stay up-to-date on local community updates by visiting the City’s COVID-19 resource page and continue to practice smart health hygiene wherever you are.

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    1. says: Luke Shertzer

      Mary, Here is the answer from City of Plano: The new section of trail between Tennyson Parkway and Legacy Drive is complete. However, there are a few items the contractor needs to wrap up before the City will open the trail to the public. The target completion date remains the start of this summer; however, with weather permitting, we are very optimistic that the project will finish before then.

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