Plano Parks rated best in Texas

According to The Trust for Public Land, Plano parks rank the best in Texas and the 18th best in the nation. The annual ParkScore index was released last month and Plano scored 66.5 out of 100.


Plano Park Facts

  • Park acreage: 5,152 acres
  • People served per park acre: 53
  • Oldest municipal park: Harrington Park, est. 1897
  • Largest municipal park: Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 801 acres
  • Most-visited municipal park: Arbor Hills Park

Plano City Stats:

  • City area: 45,812 acres
  • Median park size: 13.3 acres
  • Park land as % of city area: 11.2 %
  • Spending per resident: $125.38
  • Basketball Hoops per 10,000: 1.8
  • Dog Parks per 100,000 Residents: 0.4
  • Playgrounds per 10,000: 2.6
  • Recreation / Senior Centers
    per 20,000 Residents: 0.4
  • Population density: 6.0 per acre

Best in nation was Minneapolis, MN with ParkScore of 86.5.

Background and Methodology:The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, and other natural places. They workwith communities across the country to ensure that everyone lives within easy walking distance of a well-maintained park.

  • In evaluating park systems, experts at The Trust for Public Land considered land owned by regional, state, and federal agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities—including school playgrounds formally open to the public and greenways that function as parks. Their
  • analysis is based on three important characteristics of an effective park system: acreage, facilities and investment, and access.
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