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May 23, 2014
TOP 10 PLANO PARKS IN TEXAS
Top Parks Plano Texas


Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
6701 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX 75086
(972) 941-7250
Like any other good thing, this park is crowded on weekends. Parking can be tough but you will find something. There are trails and plenty of joggers and bikers. There is a big playground area with different areas designed for different ages. That doesn’t mean the kids stick to their age appropriate area, but the thought is good.
One thing that makes this park stand out from the others is that, unlike the others in Texas, there are actually hills! Not flat…amazing! It’s not too far off the Toll way either.
HOPE PARK
8000 E McKinney Rd
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone number (972) 665-8729
Hope Park has to be one of the BEST and most AMAZING parks I have ever been to. There are two giant areas for kids to run around and play. On the right side of the pathway there is the toddler play area with a soft foam type flooring, so they won’t hurt themselves when they fall. There are plenty of slides, swings, a spinner toy, saw horse and places to climb around.
The play area over on the left side is for the bigger kids, which is nice so they don’t trample over the younger kids. It has a giant jungle gym type play area with slides, swings, a rope walk to work on their balance and other fun stuff. The big kid area is covered with wood chips and one area has some sand. In between both of the play areas there is a covered picnic area with a bunch of picnic tables. Around the play area there is plenty of seating for the parents to relax while they let their kids run around and have a blast.
The parking lot is very big, so finding a parking spot isn’t going to be a problem. To the east of the parking lot are the public bathrooms and a spray park where kids or adults can go and cool off in the hot summer weather. The park is very well maintained. I have yet to ever see any garbage lying around. Defiantly a place I will keep bringing my daughter to, she absolutely loves this place.
NORTHBARK DOG PARK
4899 Gramercy Oaks Drive
Dallas Texas
Phone number (214) 670-1589
An excellent dog park in North Dallas. Well maintained with two spacious, fenced-in areas for dogs (one for large, one for under 30 lbs.). Also has a fenced in dog “beach”, complete with a small pond that dogs can swim and play in…One of the better dogs parks in Dallas-Fort Worth. Closed on Tuesdays for maintenance.
JACK CARTER DOG PARK
2601 Pleasant Valley Dr
Plano, TX 75023
Phone number (972) 941-2275
It’s a nice, no-frills park with a water fountain for humans, a dog bowl and hose for the animals, and 9 or 10 benches spread around the park (some in shade, some not). Dogs have plenty of space to run, and there are even a few balls to throw (because no one likes the asshole that brings his own toys and then yells if another dog plays with it).
If you’re a runner, you will appreciate that it sits on the Bluebonnet Trail. You can use the park as a turnaround spot where you can stretch out while the pup drinks some water and does his business. It’s a Total win.
CANINE COMMONS DOG PARK
190 E Stacy Rd
Allen, TX 75002
Phone number (972) 678-4518
Love this cute and well-kept little dog park!  Employees of the shopping strip visit regularly and keep waste bags well-stocked and areas clean.  Due to the small park size, I feel most owners are less likely to escape from their pooper scooper duty and that’s awesome.  In some of the other large dog parks around the area, owners are so distant from their dogs; they often neglect picking up after their dogs, resulting in horrid odor and mounds of poop.  There’s also a Pets mart within walking distance, which is added convenience.
OAK POINT PARK & NATURAL RESERVE
5901 Los Rios Blvd
Plano, TX 75074
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is a huge park that joins up with Bob Woodruff Park. There is a paved trail that goes throughout the park which is perfect for running, walking or walking your dog, and biking. There are also off road trails if you’re in the mood to venture and take in the local nature. A couple of the nature trail runs alongside Rowlett Creek that snakes its way through the park.
The park consists of many wide open fields perfect for letting the kids run around or even get a group of people to play some soccer, or football and or some other sports. The place is perfect to enjoy a nice picnic on warm spring day. On the northern half of the park there is a little lake where you can fish, see some turtles or watch the ducks. There are a couple different ways to enter the park. The first entrance is right off of East Spring Parkway and the other entrance is off of Los Rios Blvd. I have yet to really enjoy the full potential of this park and look forward to many more days spending time here and taking pictures.
BOB WOODRUFF PARK
2601 San Gabriel Dr
Plano, TX 75074
Phone number 972) 941-7250
The park was super easy to find, although it took some strategic street thinking to figure out how to get to the North Pavilion, so I wish that would have been better marked.
The N. Pavilion looks out over a looped concrete walkway, which is wide enough for walkers, runners, rollerblades and bikers to share. Aimee told us that 4 laps equals a 3K, so you can even get some training done out here!
The walkway surrounds a nice large pond — no telling how deep it was or if you can fish in it, but it seems like a great place to take the family on a sunny afternoon for a picnic. In short, it’s convenient, family-friendly and a safe area to play and exercise.

FRISCO COMMONS PARK
8000 McKinney Rd
Frisco, TX 75034
Frisco Commons Park is an absolute delight. Beautiful grounds and very well maintained. Attached to the park is Hope Park, which is the kids play ground, that is AMAZING and a spray area perfect for the summer. They have a paved walking trail that goes around the entire park.
In the park you will find a big pavilion with picnic tables, a veterans memorial dedicated to the veterans that served in the Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm wars, a nature garden, BBQ grills, public restrooms, a giant amphitheater, a fully stocked pond on the north end of the park and nature trail near the pond.
RUSSELL CREEK PARK
Russell Creek Park Trl
Plano, TX 75025
Best place to go for a stroll with family and pets in Plano. You can jog around the lake, it’s a great experience. It’s nice to see the place filled with kids & pets esp. in the evenings. The park is well maintained; so far I haven’t stepped on any poop, so kudos to everyone walking their pets here! There are many ducks in the lake, and it’s fun to watch them. I’ve seen storks too. There is a certain part of the lake that smells real bad at times.
ARCHGATE PARK
6700 Archgate Dr
Plano, TX 75024
Living nearby there are several parks in close proximity that make up the Plano park system. This particular location is flanked by middle class neighborhoods. It includes soccer fields, basketball courts, a walking trail and wide open spaces for kids to play.
In the spring my Jack Russell “Rufus” and I enjoy sitting in the grass, watching the kid play soccer or taking long walks along the path.

The parks are immaculately maintained and I always feel safe and secure.

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