Santa Fe Park Trails
Santa Fe Park in East Plano is part of the city wide park system and connects to the trails located at Bob Woodruff Park in Plano. This section is about 1.8 mile long and begins by Springcreek Parkway and ends by Avenue P. There are two drinking fountains and large trees located along the trail. In addition, the park also has benches, 4 grills and picnic tables and a partially covered playground.
Bridge on Walking Trail
Hike and Bike Trails
Tree Lined Hike and Bike Trails
Park Walking Tour
Plano parks and trails map shows the location and brief description of the parks, trails and recreational facilities available in Plano, TX.
Plano parks and trails map also shows the locations of each of the nine recreational centers and city pools located throughout the city. The city pools are the Jack Carter Pool, the Plano Aquatic Center, and Harry Rowlinson Community Natatorium.
The recreational facilities include Carpenter Park Recreational Center, the Senior Recreational Center, Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, Oak Point Recreational Center, Liberty Recreational Center and the Douglass Community Center,
In addition to the people parks, the city also maintains The Dog Park at Jack Carter Park . The dog park is a double-gated, fenced, 2-acre area along Bluebonnet Trail, near its intersection with Chisholm Trail. The park has a separate area for large and small dogs with shade shelters, picnic tables, benches, lighting, water stations for dogs and their humans, waste pickup/disposal stations and a dog rinse station. The parking lot is located west of the area approximately a half a block north on Pleasant Valley Drive. The dog park is the only off-leash area designated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Dogs will need to be leased as soon as they exit the park.
The Plano Parks and Trails Map also includes the location of the Plano Stages. Plano Stages is part of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Division of the Park and Recreation Department. This division manages the Courtyard Theater, Cox Playhouse, McCall Plaza, and Amphitheater at Oak Point Park. In addition, it oversees all events held in each of these locations.
List of Plano Parks and Trails
AR Schell Park
Bob Woodruff Park
Chisholm Park Trail
Frank Beverly Park
Jack Carter Park and Pool
Oak Point Amphitheater
Prairie Meadow Park
Russell Creek Park
Sante Fe Park
Sgt. Mike McCreary Park
Stoney Hollow Park
Wagon Wheel Park
W.H. Buzz Park
Willow Creek Park
There are many reasons why companies are relocating to Plano, TX.
Texas is one of 7 States that does not have individual state income tax.
Companies relocate to Plan because Texas does not have indiviual state income tax. . This reason alone puts thousands of dollars in the pockets of employees. An California employee making $100,000 would save $9300 in state income taxes alone by working in Texas. Cost of electricity is also 50% less in Texas compared to California.
Generous Tax Incentives and Tax Abatements
Tax incentives and abatements are determined and given based upon the companies fiscal impact, employment numbers and positive impact to the community.
Cost of Living is about 1/3 Lower than other major corporate hubs.
Plano was just named one of the most affordable places to live in America by NerdWallet in April 2015.
Highly Ranked Public School System
In the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, 78 Plano ISD seniors earned Semifinalist standing with 74 seniors continuing in the competition to earn Finalist standing. Plano ISD boasts one of the highest performances on college entrance exams in the nation.
Companies are relocating to Plano because of the stable economy, low corporate business taxes, and less government regulation.
Recent Company Relocations to Plano
In 2014, Toyota announced that Plano, TX would be the host of Toyota’s North American headquarters. News of the world’s largest automaker’s move was big news for Plano. The headquarters move expected to bring nearly 4,000 jobs to the city and could potentially have an tax impact of about $140 million. This is a big bonus for Texas even when the $40 billion tax incentive is figured into the equation. The cost of living is about 10% less in Plano than in Torrance, CA and the housing cost is over 50% cheaper.
Construction began this year on the 100 acre 350 million dollar North American Campus. The new headquarters are located south of Highway 121 and Headquarter Drive. To date about 300 people have relocated to the area. Those employees who do not relocate will be replaced by new local hires.
Also in 2014, FedEx Office announced that they would be moving their corporate headquarters to Plano as well. FedEx has plans to build a 265,000-square-foot campus in the Legacy Town Center area in west Plano. This move will consolidate about 1250 employees that are currently working in the Galleria office and a separate office in Plano. The company will occupy at least 255,000 square feet of as-of-yet unbuilt office space near the intersection of Legacy Drive and Headquarters Drive on the west side of the city.
Boston based Liberty Mutual Insurance announced that plans to have 5,000 employees working on a new campus in Plano by the end of 2017. The company’s headquarters will remain in Boston but the new facility will consolidate various operations from around the country. Dallas developer KDC will build the Liberty Mutual campus in the same area Toyota Motor is building its new North American headquarters. The 2-tower, more than 900,000-square-foot Liberty Mutual campus is being designed by Dallas-based architect Omniplan and should be completed in 2017.
These three major companies will add approximately 12,000 jobs to the area of 121 and Headquarters Drive in Plano. That is one of the highest new concentration of workers in North Texas.
New Plano Dog Park at Bob Woodruff Park
A new Plano dog park has recently been approved by the City of Plano. The 7.5 acre dog park will be located near the Shiloh and Park Blvd intersection. The new dog park will have two large dog areas and a separate small dog area and a separate older dog area. The park will have LED lighting, benches, and water fountains for the dog owners. Construction should start within the next two years.
Bob Woodruff Park
Covered Picnic Area
Bob Woodruff Park, located at 2601 San Gabriel in East Plano is part of the City of Plano Trails System which connects to the Sante Fe Trail and the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The park trails wind around Armstrong Middle School and Dooley Elementary School as well. The Plano dog park is about 3.7 miles and features a fishing pier, playground with swings, a sand volleyball court, restrooms, water fountains, an outdoor learning center and a large covered picnic pavilion. The trail that goes around just the lake is about .7 miles around and the trails that cover the entire park around about 5 miles long.
Fun facts about Plano, Texas that you may not know.
1. For the past 30 years, every September, the City of Plano holds the Plano Balloon Festival. The event draws almost 100,000 visitors and is a huge fundraiser for many local charities.
2. According to the Plano Economic Development website, Plano has a population of over 269,000 as of 2014.. In 2008, the City received national attention as being the nation’s Most Affluent City and Best City to Create Wealth.
3. Plano Ranked 12th Best City for People with Disabilities.
4. Over 55,000 children are enrolled in PISD. For the 11th consecutive year, Plano ISD has earned a “Superior Achievement” rating through the Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas). The district was graded on several financial accountability indicators. PISD is rated E for Exemplary in 2014. House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session included a local evaluation requirement that is referred to as the School District Evaluation of Performance in Community and Student Engagement/Compliance. The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses based on criteria set by a local committee (TEC 39.0545).
5. Most of the City of Plano was destroyed by fire nearly one hundred years ago, so few of the original buildings of the city still exist. After this fire, the people of Plano formed the cities first fire department. Still the City was plagued with many more fires after this. The City School Building was destroyed by fire in 1903. In 1911, a fire destroyed the Plano Star Courier newspaper building. Another fire sweeps through downtown in 1915. More fires came in 1938 and 1948.
6. There is a tree estimated to be over 500 years old, resides in Bob Woodruff park near Rowlett Creek on the city’s east side.
7. Notable people from Plano include Lance Armstrong, Bozz Scaggs and actor Chase Crawford.