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Collin County Recreation Programs
10 park districts and recreation departments offer recreation activities, including sports and special events, for Collin County residents. One recreation overview of a Collin County community appears on this page, others are available off-line from Metro Profiles. Note: Metro Profiles references recreation department websites to compile recreation overviews.
Plano Parks and Recreation 1409 Avenue K Plano TX 75074 972-941-7250
Recreation facilities in Plano include 4 recreation centers, 35 neighborhood parks, 11 community parks, 6 greenbelt parks, 5 swimming pools (including 3 indoor facilities), 5 Athletic Field Complexes, 3 trails, a youth ballpark, an adult sports complex, a railway museum, a tennis center, and a golf course. The recreation centers collectively feature gyms, indoor tracks, weight rooms, cardio rooms, aerobics studios, game rooms, racquetball, squash & basketball courts, classrooms, meeting rooms, and locker rooms. The pool facilities collectively offer indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, spraygrounds, shallow water areas, zero depth entry ramps and leisure pool areas. Frito-Lay/Pepsi Youth Ballpark is used for special game play, tournaments, and events, with or without lights. High Point Park Tennis Center offers 21 lighted outdoor tennis courts, practice wall, playground, and pro shop with restrooms and dressing facilities. Heritage Yards at Plano is used for adult softball leagues and has restroom facilities. 18-hole Pecan Hollow Golf Course, located in the Cottonwood/Rowlett Creek Greenbelt, offers dressing rooms, a pro shop, and a full-service concession area. Interurban Railway Museum houses many artifacts associated with the Interurban Line as well as a history of Plano. Plano Senior Center provides recreational and leisure activities for those 55 and over, such as bingo, bridge and ballroom dances with live music; its facilities include a fitness room, a billiards room, the Yellow Rose Gift Shop, and a lunch-time snack bar. Therapeutic Recreation, 1409 Avenue K 972-941-7272, offers activities for individuals with special needs. Plano's parks collectively feature playgrounds (some with baby swings), hike & bike trails, paved recreational trails, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, grills, sand volleyball courts, athletic/practice fields, lakes/ponds, fishing piers, restrooms, drinking fountains and large shade trees. Russell Creek Park Community Park has dedicated athletic complexes for soccer and baseball. Haggard Community Park offers a gazebo, and houses the Interurban Railway Museum. Shawnee Community Park features a disc golf course. Jack Carter Park houses a double-gated, fenced, 2-acre dog park area with benches, picnic tables, water stations for humans and animals, and waste pickup/disposal stations, located along Bluebonnet Trail near its intersection with the Chisholm Trail. Liberty Park features a M41-A3 Walker Bulldog tank weighing 23.5 tons and measuring 26.9 feet long by 8.9 feet wide, which is now used as a children's play item with a theme of Liberty. Recreational programs in Plano include adult sports (1409 Ave. K, 972-941-7278) including Slow-Pitch Softball Leagues, Softball Tournaments, Coed Volleyball Leagues, Men's Flag Football and Men's Basketball Leagues. Plano Parks & Recreation Dept. maintains and schedules the athletic fields used by local youth sports/recreation organizations, including Plano Baseball Association (PBA), Plano Girls Softball Association (PGSA), Plano Sports Authority (PSA), Plano Youth Soccer (PYS) and Plano Family YMCA. Children can also participate in the Plano Aerobats Gymnastics Program, a year-round program for girls, ages 3-16, beginners through Level 8, and boys, ages 4-8, beginners and advanced beginners. Aquatics programs include Plano Aquaducks Youth Recreational Swim Team, swim lessons for children (ages 3-5 & 6-12), swim lessons for adults (age 13 & up), lifeguard training, water aerobics and Masters Swim Team (WETCATS), a competitive swim team for adults. Other recreation classes/activities for all ages include Arts & Crafts, Dance, Fitness, Martial Arts and Performing Arts. Preschoolers can participate in Educational Corner and special programs/events such as Parents Day Out, Bonkers the Clown Magic Show and Playgroups. Youth classes include Gymnastics, Fencing and After School Clubs-Science, Spanish, Chess, Digital Camera, Design/Engineering, Film making, Math, Literacy, Sewing, Tech Lab, Leadership and Weight Loss. Summer camp offerings for school age children include Drama, Aerobats Gymnastics, Bronco Horseback Riding, Camp Cimarron* (Bob Woodruff Park South), Clay Animation, Web Design, Kid Kapers (School age Playground program based at city recreation centers), Magic Music, Mindstorms (Robotics), Modeling, Mystery Week, Natural Wonders, Scramble Ramble (trips/activities such as water parks, bowling), Sports, Science and Water Works. Special interest classes for teens/adults include Beginning Bridge, Chemistry Tutoring, and Writing without Rules. Open Play Bridge, Chess, Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Intro to Wall Climbing, Mah Jongg, Math Tutoring, Simply Sign II and Spanish I, II classes are offered for adults. Quick Courses include a variety of workshops and seminars for all ages. Senior activities include Business, SeniorNet (Internet classes-Computer Scanning/Photo Editing, Digital Camera Club, Intro to Computers), Shows/Events, Trips and Piano Lessons. Programs offered at Douglas Community Center for children ages 4-12 include Book Club, Central Fire Station Tour, Sewing at your Best, Summer Basketball Skills and Drills, and Writing for Fun. Golf instruction is offered for ages 5 & up at Pecan Hollow Golf Course and High Point Park Tennis Center hosts tennis instruction for all ages, along with adult leagues. Various outdoor adventures are offered in Plano for children and for all ages, including Cypress Canopy Tour & Camping (Cypress Valley Canopy Tours) Day Hike to Dino Valley at Dinosaur Valley State Park, Kayaking at Lake Lavon, Texas Train Ride, and Riding Lessons for Children & Western Riding at Heritage Hills Equestrian Center in Lucas. Therapeutic programs for individuals with special needs include "Special Edition" Kid Kapers, Adult Adventure Camp, Adult Club Night, Break-Out, Continuing Education Class, Dinner Outing, Family Bowling, First Friday Friends, Friendship Camp, Fun Bunch Bowlers, Movie & Ice Cream Night, Slow Cooking Dinner, Sports Development Camp, Sports/Activity Day and Teen Trek.