Closures in place for multiple improvement projects at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano

A series of erosion-control projects began at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in September. (Courtesy city of Plano)
A series of erosion-control projects began at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in September. (Courtesy city of Plano)

A series of erosion-control projects began at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in September. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Parking and pedestrian traffic will be limited in areas of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano until spring 2021.

Construction of a new restroom near the existing bathrooms is also expected to begin the week of Oct. 5. Once completed next spring, it will replace the existing restrooms as the primary restrooms for the preserve. The existing ones will be converted into a family restroom.

During construction, some nearby parking will be limited, and the turnaround and drop-off point will be closed. The existing restroom, playground and pavilion will remain open during construction.

Another project, aimed at controlling and stabilizing areas with erosion or deterioration, began at the preserve in September. The erosion-control projects include the construction of walls made out of varying materials, such as steel and brick, a trail overlook area and an underdrain structure. These additions are meant to keep pedestrians safe and reduce maintenance costs, a release from the city of Plano stated.

There are three main areas undergoing erosion-control projects, including Willow Creek, Arbor Hills Pedestrian Bridge and the parking lot at Arbor Hills. Any damage to those areas came from long-term rainfall runoff along creek banks, the city shared.


Certain trails and portions of the parking lot will be closed throughout these erosion projects, which are expected to be completed in early 2021. Alternate routes along trails as well as affected parking areas can be seen below.

By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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