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Plano Parks Ranked Best in Texas

Get out, take a stroll and enjoy the sights.

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Plano Parks and Recreation retained its title as the highest-ranking parks system in Texas, according to a recent Trust for Public Land (TPL) report.

The department was ranked 15th out of 100 of the U.S.’s largest cities for park access and quality in the TPL’s 2019 Parkscore Index. Cities are awarded points based on the TPL’s analysis of four important characteristics of an effective park system: acreage, investment, amenities, and access.

“Plano’s parks provide residents with a sense of place, instilling in them a unique sense of pride for the community in which they live,” says Robin Reeves, Plano Parks and Recreation director. “Our department plays a tremendous role in maintaining the quality of life that makes people of all ages and abilities want to live, work and play here, and we take that role very seriously. It’s humbling to know our amenities touch the lives of so many in so many ways.”

Approximately 75% of Plano residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park. The department continues to expand and enhance its services with new parks, playground renovations, trail connections and educational programming.

Three new parks include:

  • Windhaven Meadows Park: This 123-acre park will include a splash pad, all-abilities playground, dog park, passive open space and trails.
  • Dog Park at Bob Woodruff Park: A new dog park is expected to open later this year.
  • Glasscock Park: A future 7.11 acre park site named after former City Manager, Bruce Glasscock.

Plano Parks and Recreation is a four-time National Gold Medal award winner and has been a nationally accredited agency since 1994. Today, it is one of only 15 parks and recreation agencies in the State of Texas and 168 in the nation to hold this accreditation.

Plano’s park system features include:

  • 85 park sites
  • 80 miles of paved walking and bike trails
  • 164 miles of street bike routes
  • Two nature preserves that total over 1,000 acres
  • World-class athletic facilities
  • Tree City USA recognition since 1989

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Chinese New Year Dinner

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. Come celebrate at The Chinese Neighbor.

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The Chinese Neighbor will host an 8-course feast of special dishes by Chef Bob Tam on Sunday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the Prosper, TX location.

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. The Year of the rat celebrates wealth, surplus and the beginning of a new day.

The menu has been set, but may change due to availability of ingredients & Chef Bob Tam’s whimsey.

First Course – Malted Shrimp Chips, Chinese Onion Dip
Second Course – Century Deviled Eggs
Third Course – Smoked Salmon “Everything” Eggroll
Fourth Course – Mustard Green Egg Drop Soup
Fifth Course – Grilled Cheese Dumpling, H.K. Borscht
Sixth Course – Golden Boy Pizza’s Clams Clams & Garlic, Lo Bak Go (Daikon Crepe)
Seventh Course – Mala (Sichaun Peppercorn), Carbonara Lo Mien
Eight Course – Truffle & Crispy Egg Custard Fried Rice

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to purchase tickets.

This information was provided as a press release.

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Mallow Box S’Mores Bar Cafe Opens

Gourmet marshmallows arrive at the Shops at Willow Bend, just in time for the holiday season.

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Mallow Box, the company know for their gourmet marshmallow food and beverage items, has opened a store just in time for the holidays.

The brands first retail location in the Shops at Willow Bend food court is open, serving a variety of s’mores, hot and cold drinks, shakes, bowls, skewers and more.

“We’re so excited to be launching our first retail location,” said Mallow Box Founder Martha Ware. “We began with small local events, trade shows and pop-ups at places like Nordstrom’s eventually having a kiosk at the mall. Now we’ve taken the next step and looking forward to serving our great mallows and mallow-based drinks and shakes.”

All Mallow Box marshmallows are hand-made from scratch without preservatives. Each delicious item and drink come in a variety of flavors such as chocolate and cream, maple bourbon with bacon bits, lemon and banana rum, among many others, with a choice of toppings such as M&Ms, peanuts, coconut and more.

All items are also available to go. The s’mores bar is a new concept and customers will get to customize their s’mores to their delight –– choosing from cookies, marshmallow flavors, chocolate types and toppings! All s’mores are made on site and in front of the customer.

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Text to 9-1-1 is now Available in Plano

When it isn’t safe to call, texting is now an option.

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The Public Safety Communications Department (Plano 9-1-1) has announced that  text to 9-1-1 has been implemented in Plano.

The ability to text messages will assist citizens who are hearing impaired, providing equal access to 9-1-1. It can also be used in circumstances where it is unsafe for the caller to physically make a voice call to 9-1-1. (Note: text to 9-1-1 is not available in every city.)

Here are a few important tips to remember when texting to 9-1-1:

  • SMS does not provide accurate location data. You must provide your location as soon as you text.
  • No photos or videos, only text.
  • No emoji’s.
  • No abbreviations, spell things out. Be clear.
  • Only text to 9-1-1 if you are unable to make a voice call.

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