Plano Opens New Park Playground Built for People of All-Abilities 

What was once old is new again. The Plano Parks & Recreation department will host a dedication ceremony for our newest outdoor recreation facility, the Playground at Jack Carter Park, on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. Located at 2800 Maumelle Drive, the site was formerly home to the old Jack Carter Pool which served the community from 1981 to 2014. This event will mark the opening of this unique play experience designed to serve youth of all physical abilities.   
 
The city's first inclusive playground was possible with a special $25,000 donation from the Plano Rotary Club and a portion of the ceremony honors their generous contribution. Parks and Recreation Director Robin Reeves said in an interview, "The Rotary Club donation allowed us to add more funding to the playground, which enabled us to take it beyond a typical neighborhood park playground. The park provides unique equipment that is specifically designed for children with special needs." The $1.9 million Jack Carter Park project included a pond with fountain, picnic tables, a covered pavilion, an overlook plaza and trellis.
 
Having the Playground at Jack Carter Park means that it's easy for everyone to play together regardless of their abilities or disabilities. At this park, children will share, learn and grow in an outdoor space created with ease of approach, reach, manipulation and use regardless of the user's body size, posture or mobility. The 2.61-acre park includes trail connections, shelters and accessible restrooms for all.
 
The city council along with city staff welcome residents to enjoy this accessible park beginning Monday, April 24. The Playground at Jack Carter Park is near Schimelpfenig Middle School. (Click here for map.)
Bring Your Unused Medications to a Drug Take Back Collection Site

It is time to clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of your unused prescription medications in a responsible way. Join the Plano Police Department for the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. The take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. You may black out your personal information or simply remove the prescription label altogether. Plano Police officers will also accept unwanted medicine dumped into unmarked disposable bags at the collection sites.
 
Take advantage of this opportunity to safely and legally dispose of your unneeded drugs and avoid the urge to throw them away with the regular trash where anyone can find them. Liquids in bottles, over-the-counter and prescription medications, vitamins (plus other human AND animal drugs) will be accepted. Law enforcement representatives must be present when controlled substance medications are dropped-off for disposal. Please remember, officers cannot accept combustibles such as inhalers and sharps items (needles) of any kind. 

Last year, Plano police collected 2,384 pounds of drugs for disposal. Drop-off locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these sites:
  • Clark High School, 523 W. Spring Creek Parkway 
  • Plano East Senior High School, 3000 Los Rios Boulevard
  • Plano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Parkway
  • Plano West Senior High School, 5601 W. Parker Road
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day process also includes Plano Police officers taking the collection boxes to the local Drug Enforcement Agency headquarters in Dallas. All boxes of drugs are weighed before being safely burned in an incinerator. 
Enjoy a PAWsitively Fun Dining Experience 
 
As spring finally makes its appearance and pet lovers plan excursions, remember dogs are only allowed on Plano restaurant patios where this sign is posted. Restaurants must receive a variance and meet  specific requirements to allow dogs on the patio. 
 
These 10 pet-friendly restaurants can accommodate you and your furry friends:
  • Sip & Savor, 3921 Coit Rd.
  • Newks Eatery, 5960 W Parker Rd.
  • Katy Trail Ice House Outpost, 4700 W Park Blvd.
  • Lita's La Mexicana, 7224 Independence Rd.
  • Grub Burger, 8255 Preston Rd. #300
  • Brix Bar & Grill, 1410 K Avenue #1109A
  • Lazy Dog, 8401 Preston Rd.
  • Whiskey Cake, 3601 Dallas Parkway
  • Eatzi's Market, 5967 W. Parker Rd.
  • Urban Rio Cantina & Grill, 1000 E. 14th Street
Help these restaurants by only going in and out with your pet through the outdoor patio entrance. Feed your pet before you head out because dogs are not allowed to eat on the patios. Keep your pet off the furniture and please follow responsible clean up protocol. Together we can enjoy a safe and satisfying restaurant experience.
City Council Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month with agendas and minutes posted online.  The meetings can be watched live on Spectrum  Channel 16, Frontier FiOS Channel 30 and 31, or anytime at planotv.org.
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If you are heading out to Plano Artfest this weekend take note - 
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