Plano earns highest ranking for parks in Texas

Renovations recently began at Russell Creek Park, which opened in 1995 and is one of Plano's many parks. (Courtesy city of Plano)
Renovations recently began at Russell Creek Park, which opened in 1995 and is one of Plano's many parks. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Renovations recently began at Russell Creek Park, which opened in 1995 and is one of Plano's many parks. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Plano placed No. 15 in The Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore index, up two spots from its 2020 ranking.

The nationwide index evaluates park systems within the country’s most populous cities, according to a May 27 news release from the trust. Plano earned the highest score among Dallas-Fort Worth cities, followed by Dallas at No. 50 and Arlington at No. 78. First place was awarded to Washington, D.C.

“For nearly 52 years, the Plano Parks and Recreation Department has strived to deliver programs and services that go above and beyond to our community,” the city’s Park Planning Manager Renee Jordan said in a statement. “We are very proud of the results of the analysis, which places us as No. 1 in Texas.”

Plano’s high score is due in part to its large median park size of 13.8 acres, which is more than double the size of the national average of 5.4 acres, according to the release. Its per-resident park spending of $223 and its high percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park also contributed to its score, per the release.

The city was also recognized for its above-average scores for park amenities, such as basketball hoops and playgrounds.


Plano’s parks department uses the ParkScore index to evaluate its performance in the areas of access, investment, amenities, acreage and equity, Jordan said. For more information on the ranking, visit www.tpl.org/parkscore.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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