#1 Beat the Heat With Moonlight Mondays
What better way to cap off your Monday than with a relaxing dip in the pool? The outdoor pool at Muehlenbeck Recreation Center (5801 W. Parker Road) offers you and your family an evening respite with Moonlight Mondays. All summer long and just $2, patrons can stay a little longer and cool off as the sun goes down (from 7-9 p.m., to be exact).
#2 Tuesday Night Dance at Senior Rec Center
Join other adults 50+ June 20 at the Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W. 16th St., for its weekly dance from 7-9:15 p.m. This week we’ll be cranking up some classic Country & Western tunes Cost is just $5 per person at the door. Visit www.planoseniorcenter.org for the complete band schedule.
#3 Carpenter Pool Update
Progress is being made in big ways at the site of our new natatorium at Carpenter Park Recreation Center! Construction crews have erected the walls and tile, and are currently working to install the plumbing system for the center’s new indoor pool—complete with slide, of course.
We are still on track for a fall opening (September/October timeframe), so stay tuned for more updates!
#4 Buckhorn Park Update
While it has been a long road to renovate this neighborhood park located at 3601 Mission Ridge Road, contractors are on track to have this beloved local park ready for reopening on June 27. Everything is in place now, from new benches and back stops to grills, a walking trail, playground and pavilions. All of the grading has been completed, trees are planted and the hydromulch (grass seed) has been put down. As always, the completion will depend on the weather we receive over these next couple of weeks.
*There is a possibility that we will need to keep the park closed for an additional week so that our grass is strong and fully rooted in before opening so that it will hold up to foot traffic and use.
#5 ICYMI: Tennis Coach Marks 40 Years at High Point Tennis Center
Last week the Parks and Recreation Department held a special surprise party for High Point Tennis Center’s Ken Sumrow. Ken has been head of the center for 40 years this month and has been an integral part of the center’s continued success. We sat down with Ken recently for a Q&A to find out what he loves so much about tennis as well as the Plano community—check it out here: http://bit.ly/2rDu9an.
#6 How kids learn among nature in Plano
A recent article in the National Recreation and Parks Association’s monthly magazine outlined the benefits from being outside and how such is especially important for today’s youth, who are facing more urbanization, more environmental problems and more technology, while having less access and exposure to the natural world. In fact, there is a robust and quickly growing body of research that supports the health, social, emotional, academic and behavioral benefits for children when they spend time outside.
Here in Plano, families have many options when it comes to exposing their children to the wonders of nature. Despite the considerable growth this city has experienced in terms of development, much of Plano’s land has been preserved for parks, open space and trails. In addition, our Outdoor Recreation Division offers numerous classes that help strengthen one’s appreciation for our natural landscape and wildlife. Our family night hikes, for example, are a great way to enjoy an evening learning about the wonders of Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. We also have our Arbor Hills Summer Adventure series this summer, during which we explore the preserve with a Texas master naturalist. Each month is a different theme. Visit Leisure Online to register and for more information.