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Posted on: October 30, 2018

Got a question about trees? Ask the Urban Forester!

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Urban Forester Angela Kralik receives many inquiries from residents who, like her, understand the importance of trees and care about well-being of these living creatures.

Having collected a small cache of questions from local residents, we want to share her useful information with the rest of the community in an effort to help everyone in Plano support the maintenance of our urban forest canopy.

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Kick off the holiday season with Plano Parks and Recreation

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Fall is in the air, and with the cooler temps come some of Plano Parks and Recreation’s most beloved events. We have just what you need to be happy, healthy and having fun all the way through New Year’s.

Upcoming events:

Plano Christmas Market

Our 40th annual Plano Christmas Market at Carpenter Park Recreation Center boasts 80-plus North Texas vendors under one roof. This fun and FREE event showcases handmade holiday gift items as well as jewelry, clothing,...

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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
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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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
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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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
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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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
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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