The A to Z guide to Plano

Z is for Zipline
Think you know our city? Here’s an A to Z guide

A is for arts
Plano has an underrated fine arts scene with North Texas Performing Arts Academy, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the ArtCentre of Plano and many other art institutions and theater troupes.

BOB WOODRUFF PARK pavillion with trees in early spring

B is for Bob Woodruff Park
Bob Woodruff Park is named after a former park director, city manager and PISD teacher and coach. The park is also home to the recently-fallen quadricentennial bur oak.  


 Chace Crawford from a sceen in The Boys Photography courtesy of Amazon Studios
Photography courtesy of Amazon Studios

C is for is for Chace Crawford
Chace Crawford, known for acting in The Boys and Gossip Girl, and his sister Candace Romo, a former sports journalist who is married to former Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo, lived in Plano for grade school before moving on to private schools and universities.

D is for Downtown
Downtown Plano started as a trade center for nearby farmsteads. Now, the Downtown area serves as Plano’s civic and historic core, where transit-oriented developments pervade.

E is for education
Even back when Plano was founded, education was a high priority and the school district became known for attracting teachers with its high salary. Now, Plano ISD is one of the top performing districts in the state.

is for festival
Plano International Festival. Plano Balloon Festival. AsiaFest. Texas Forever Fest. Plano Food and Wine Festival.

G is for C.H. Greenblatt
C. H. Greenblatt, a Plano native, began his illustrative career when he started a comic in the sixth grade called Ziggler. He later went on to work on and voice characters in Spongebob Squarepants and Chowder, among other shows.

H is forHaggards
The Haggards are one of the original families in Plano, and their legacy can be seen in the eponymous elementary school, library and farms.


I is for Interurban Railway Museum
The museum features a real traincar from when Plano was founded around the railway, creating the Downtown Plano we love today.

J is for John Paul II High School
The private school in Plano that frequently makes headlines for its athletics, with alumni often on NCAA finals rosters.


K is for K Avenue
K Avenue and 15th Street makeup Plano’s downtown area with staples like 1418 Coffee and several of the Urban concept restaurants.

L is forLegacy Hall
Because when you can’t decide what to eat, nearly 20 restaurants put into an upscale food hall experience just hits different at Legacy West’s Legacy Hall.

Side View of donkey standing in a field looking at camera

M is for mule
In the 19th century, Plano was dubbed the “Mule Capital of the World,” with large mules bred in Plano and transported via train.

N is for neighbors
Plano is home to over 289,000 neighbors and is the most populated North Texas suburb, following principal cities Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington.

O is for Oak Point Park
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is connected to Bob Woodruff through biking trails, making the green space a larger uninterrupted park space than Central Park in New York City.

P is for PepsiCo
PepsiCo is one of several corporations with national headquarters in Plano. These headquarters’ taxes and employees are a large contributor to Plano’s award-winning school districts and parks.

Q is for quality of life
Plano’s development and comprehensive plans focus largely on quality of life with policies surrounding social services, parks and recreation, active living and citizen well-being, libraries and education.

R is for rank at the top
Plano consistently ranks in the top of the nation for its park system, family-friendliness, recession-durability, business diversification and retirement living.

S is for sister cities
Plano’s sister cities are Hsinchu, Taiwan and San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico.

T is for Texas Pool
The Texas Pool is a historical landmark, run by a nonprofit, where you can swim in a pool shaped like our state.

U is for University of Plano
The University of Plano was a private, coeducational, nondenominational institution from 1964-1977. Now, the only college in the city is Collin College, a junior college offering two and four year degrees with a prominent location in Plano.

V is for Visit Plano
Visit Plano is run by an award-winning group of people who are passionate about promoting Plano and bringing talent into our city.

W is for wildcats
Not only is Plano Senior’s mascot the wildcats, but our very own live bobcats can be seen in many parts of Plano, especially near parks.

X is for EXcellence
Plano adopted the tagline City of EXcellence in 2013, aiming to reflect the commitment to quality of life and delivery of services, City of Plano officials say.

Y is for Yevgeny Marchenko
Yevgeny Marchenko and Valeri Liukin — World Sports Acrobatic and Olympic champions, respectively —co-founded WOGA in Plano, one of the largest and most successful gymnastics gyms in the world.

Z is for zipline
Going to Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park feels like a vacation away from the suburbs. The treetop venue, located in Oak Point Park, features dozens of obstacles and ziplines up to 423 feet long and 28 feet high.

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