Welcome to Plano City News , your weekly update
on what's happening in the City of Plano.
Make Your Yard the Talk of the Town Without a Big Water Bill
Be inspired during the WaterWise Landscape Tour on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This free self-guided tour leads you to five Plano home landscapes and the Environmental Education Center's grounds. Discover attractive, drought-tolerant plants all carefully identified for you. Find a plant list for each home online. Every year we feature different homes with unique gardening styles. See pollinator sanctuaries, rainwater harvesting systems and original artwork. Helpful, friendly volunteers can answer your questions at each home.

Stop by the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy., for expert advice from our partners Shades of Green Inc., Texas Pure Products and Heads Up Sprinkler Co. LLC. Grab a free garden tool while supplies last. Print a tour map for this gardening adventure.
Visit Liberty Recreation Center at the Grand Re-Opening Celebration
Be among the first to tour and use the new-and-improved Liberty Recreation Center . Join Plano Parks and Recreation for the Grand Re-Opening and check out the expanded workout areas, aesthetic improvements and more. Enjoy free snacks, commemorative freebies and visit with local dignitaries. Purchase a recreation center membership or just ask us questions about the center’s fall and winter programming.

If you voted in favor of the 2013 bond, thank you for approving funding for this $2.5 million project. Renovations include:
  • Updated locker rooms and restrooms
  • Enhanced and expanded fitness area
  • New outdoor fitness area
  • Pool area improvements
  • General refresh of the entire recreation center and grounds

Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Dr., is just off 15th Street near the Plano ISD Administration building. Follow Plano Parks and Recreation on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for updates on other projects.
Plano Parks and Recreation Achieves 25th Year of Accreditation
Plano Parks and Recreation became the fifth recreation agency nationwide to maintain accreditation status for 25 years. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognized Plano during the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Congress last month. In 1994, Plano was one of only eight agencies to be accredited the first year.

The department meets all 151 rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, programs, resources, safety and services. 

Plano’s parks and recreation system features include:
  • 5 recreation centers 
  • 9 pools
  • 85 park sites
  • 80 miles of paved walking and bike trails
  • 2 nature preserves covering over 1,000 acres
  • World-class athletic facilities
  • Tree City USA recognition since 1989
Happenings

Thursday, Oct. 10
6:30-8 p.m.

13 stations across Plano

Meet firefighters, tour stations, learn about fire trucks and pick up safety information as you explore more this year's Fire Prevention theme, "Plan and practice your escape."


Friday & Saturday, Oct. 11-12
Tours at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

McCall Plaza
998 E. 15th St.

Learn about Plano's paranormal past on this walking tour. Venture to new locations. Beware of the scare.

$20 per ticket


Saturday, Oct. 19
7-10 p.m.

Amphitheater at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

With “This We’ll Defend,” The U.S. Army Field Band honors heroes of yesterday and ensures Americans remember the soldiers standing guard today.


Saturday, Nov. 9
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Collin College
Conference Center
Spring Creek Campus
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

If you volunteer with a Crime Watch group, Neighborhood Association or Homeowners Association, join us. Learn how community leaders in Plano and Garland face neighborhood challenges. 

The latest Property Maintenance Minute brings to light the problems caused by sidewalk debris. Help limit dangers along the sidewalk .
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