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Discover the New Nature Explore Trail at Wonders of Water
Gather with us for the unveiling of the Nature Explore Trail at the Wonders of Water (WOW!) family fun event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9-11 a.m. Located adjacent to a creek at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy., 75093), the Nature Explore Trail is an educational pathway equipped with interactive signage teaching about creeks, wildlife and the care of our waterways. 

Funded through a Texas Parks & Wildlife Conservation License Plate grant, the trail's boardwalk is built with TREX, a composite decking material made from recycled wood and plastic bags. 

Along the path, meet “Herbie" the blue heron, a metal art installation. This large wading bird is common in Plano creeks and its survival is dependent on the health of its habitat. "Herbie" visibly displays plastic debris in his abdomen to demonstrate the impact of litter on wildlife and the environment. Help complete this art installation by filling "Herbie's" tummy with plastic trash.

WOW! officially opens the Nature Explore Trail with a morning of engaging activities geared toward water-quality education and watershed protection.

The Nature Explore Trail and Environmental Education Center grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival Releases Your Inner Child
Bring a blanket, take a seat and experience Plano's signature community event, the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival . Over 45 hot air balloons are expected to take to the sky. Watch balloon launches, special balloon shapes, balloon glows and balloon fly-in competitions. You'll also enjoy tasty food, vendor booths and live music. Take a tethered balloon ride or sign up for the half marathon, relay, 5K and 1K races. 

Hop over to the Central Market Kids Fun Zone for interactive inflatable rides, obstacle courses, huge slides and more. There is a Toddler Zone with smaller inflatables for the little ones. Enjoy face painting, craft stations and the Plano Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo. 

Watch local groups perform on the KDFW Fox 4 Community Stage. The KLUV Main Stage comes alive around 4 p.m. on Friday with Downtown Fever and on Saturday with the Good Question Band. Enjoy a professional fireworks display presented by Bimbo Bakeries on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Festival hours:
  • Friday, Sept. 21, 4-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23, 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. Take the Balloon Flyer bus from the DART Parker Road Station to the festival gate for FREE. Parking near the event is $5-$10. 

Offer festival guests your warm smile and a Plano welcome, consider volunteering.
Lead the Pledge at a City Council Meeting
Scout groups and youth organizations are a big part of each City Council meeting. They start us off 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? If yes, please email Alice Snyder in the City Secretary's Office to secure a place on the schedule.
Prepare for Plano Parkway Closures Over the Next 2 Weekends
If you plan to travel Plano Parkway at U.S. 75 during the next two weekends, you should consider an alternate route. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is completely closing the Plano Parkway bridge across U.S. 75 at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 through early Monday morning, Sept. 17; and again the next weekend at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 through early Monday morning, Sept. 23.

The frontage roads are closed as well:
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.- Monday, Sept. 17, early morning - Southbound from AT&T driveway to Plano Parkway
  • Friday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.- Monday, Sept. 23, early morning - Northbound from Executive Drive to Plano Parkway

Inclement weather and other factors could change this schedule. Follow the Waze App on your phone or check our website for updates .
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Thursday, Sept. 13
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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Parks and Recreation with games, activities and a free live concert.

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