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on what's happening in the City of Plano.
Liberty Playground Opens at Windhaven Meadows Park
Join the City of Plano and Liberty Mutual Insurance as they unveil the City’s latest universally-accessible playground in the new Windhaven Meadows Park ! The 123-acre park opens Monday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. Liberty Playground is a place for those of all abilities to play and enjoy nature thanks to a generous $1 million grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance. There's ample parking, a spacious pavilion, dog park, walking trails and restrooms.

Celebrate the opening with Liberty Mutual Chairman and CEO David Long, Liberty Mutual Foundation President Melissa MacDonnell, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, 17-time Paralympic Medalist Tatyana McFadden, community partners and Liberty Mutual employees. 

Features:
  • 40% sensory play activities/60% physical play structures
  • Exceeds ADA requirements
  • Over 20,000 square feet of dedicated accessible play area
  • Equipment focusing on the six elements of play – social, emotional, physical, sensory, cognitive and communication
  • A sensory garden with wooden elements and 1,800 square feet of water features
  • Older and younger children spaces that encourages age-appropriate learning, risk taking and motor skill development

Find a new favorite spot under 50 new shade trees and shade structures on seat walls, benches and café tables near the playground.
Celebrate Ballooning at the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival
Bring a blanket and take a seat on the hillside to experience Plano's signature community event, the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival . More than 50 hot air balloons are expected to take to the sky. Enjoy colorful special shapes, balloon glows and balloon fly-in competitions. Two entertainment stages feature live performances. You’ll find plenty of food, arts and crafts. Skip on over to the Central Market Kids Fun Zone and the Kids Korner Make-and-Take Craft Tent. End the evening with a professional fireworks display presented by Bimbo Bakeries on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. There’s also tethered balloon rides available. Sign up for the half marathon, 10K, 5K or 1K run.

Festival hours:
  • Friday, Sept. 20, 4-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 22, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
 
One-day admission for seniors (65 and older) and children (3-12 years old) is $5 per ticket. Children under 36 inches tall are FREE. Adult tickets are $10 each. Purchase tickets online, at any Texas InTouch Credit Union branch or at the gate. Follow the signs to prime parking for $10 or park at Plano Event Center for $5. Free bus service from the DART Parker Road Station is also available.

Show our guests your beautiful smile and offer a Plano welcome by volunteering at the Balloon Festival. 
Drop-off Recycling Moves to One Location
For several years, the City has offered free drop-off recycling for small businesses and apartment residents who don’t have onsite recycling. The Plano Public Library has hosted these large outdoor drop-off recycling containers. Misuse of the containers and a high contamination rate have eliminated the benefits of the drop-off sites.

Effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, the only free recycling drop-off location is:
Republic Services of Plano
4200 E. 14th St.
(photo ID required)

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Only items on the accepted material list can be dropped off at the new location. Please review the list on the City's website.

This change does not affect curbside residential recycling, which is part of your City of Plano water bill.
Lead the Pledge at a City Council Meeting
Scout groups and youth organizations are a big part of each City Council meeting. Help start our regular sessions in a positive way. Would your troop or group like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge at an upcoming Plano City Council meeting? Contact Alice Snyder in the City Secretary's Office at alices@plano.gov to secure a place on the schedule.
Happenings

Wednesday, Sept. 11
8:59 a.m.

Fire Administration (Station 1)
1901 K Ave.

Join the Plano Fire-Rescue and Plano Police Department in remembering the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.


Survey ends 
Sunday, Sept. 22

Help Plano remain a Bicycle Friendly Community with the League of American Bicyclists. Share your experience riding a bicycle in Plano with this brief survey


Sept. 1-30

The Peanut Butter Drive is officially underway.

Experience the haunted history of Historic Downtown Plano on Friday, Oct. 11 or Saturday, Oct. 12, 6-11 p.m. Sign up for Apparition Expedition before tickets are gone. Special thanks to our co-sponsors Plano Magazine and all owners and operators of tour locations.  Watch the video. 
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