New plan to guide open space, recreation amenities for next 20 years
The Plano Parks and Recreation Department will hold an open house June 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Plano Event Center as the department works to update its master plan. This meeting is for residents of all ages, as the department hopes to solicit feedback from all residential demographics in Plano.
The master plan will build upon past frameworks to create a vision for parks, recreation facilities, trails and open spaces for the next 20 years. Plano Parks and Recreation’s existing comprehensive plan was created in 1982 and has undergone many updates over the years.
Regional consulting firm HALFF Associates helped kick off the 18-month process in January. The plan also seeks to complement the city’s overall long-range planning efforts and guide future decisions on land acquisition, park renovations and future bond initiatives. Public involvement opportunities also include participating in phone and online citizen surveys.
The department hopes to gain helpful feedback from all who utilize Plano’s parks, trails and recreation centers, Chief Park Planner Renee Jordan said.
“This is a very special time for our department, as we have not done something like this in over 30 years. The feedback we receive from our citizens will help us create a vision for what kind of role they want parks and recreation to play in Plano,” she said. “We want to know how we best serve our citizens as our community continues to grow and evolve.”
The department is also reaching out to city boards and commissions for ideas and feedback during this public input period, as well as homeowners associations, sports associations, Plano ISD, running and cycling clubs, the Plano Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations.
Copies of the department’s current comprehensive plan as well as information regarding the master plan process can be found at www.playinplano.org.
Plano Event Center is located at 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.