Plano limits parking access at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve to fend off crowds on trails

The city of Plano has limited access to parking at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve after receiving reports that people were crowding the trails. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Plano has limited access to parking at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve after receiving reports that people were crowding the trails. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Plano has limited access to parking at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve after receiving reports that people were crowding the trails. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Plano has closed off a quarter of the parking spaces at one of its largest parks in an effort to improve compliance with social distancing recommendations.

The move brought the total number of available parking spaces at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve down to 190 after the city received repeated complaints about crowds of people on some city trails. The city had already put up signs throughout its park system reminding residents to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

“If the parking areas are full or trail usage is high, please consider going to another park,” the city said April 3 in a message to residents.

The area leading from the parking lot to the Arbor Hills trails is often congested, the city said. Visitors should maintain safe distance from each other on these pathways, according to the message to residents.

Drivers should also avoid parking on the side streets surrounding the park, the city said.


The decision to close part of the parking came days after the city announced it would be installing monitors throughout the city's park system to remind residents not to break social distancing guidelines.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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