From paying tribute to our lost brothers and sisters in arms to fireflies and summer plans, May continues to heat up with many fun things to see and do with the help of Plano Parks and Recreation. Here’s what we have going on for this week:
#1 Pool season begins Memorial Day weekend
We are counting down the days until our outdoor pools open for Memorial Day weekend! Pools will also be open from 1-6 p.m. on Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Summer daily hours begin June 5.
Whether you are looking for a family outing oasis or a place to practice your backstroke, our six indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities offer something fun for everyone. Check out this helpful guide before planning your trip.
Recreation center memberships are also an affordable option for those who plan on visiting our pools throughout the summer. Monthly and annual membership plans are available, and patrons can choose from several different membership levels for residents, non-residents, individual, senior and family packages. We also offer discounts for individuals who work in Plano or live in the Plano ISD school district.
Not sure where to start? Call 972-941-7250 to sign up or visit our website for more information.
#2 Honor the fallen at Sunset at Memorial Park
Remember Plano’s military men and women who gave their lives in combat for our freedom at the Sunset at Memorial Park Memorial Day Ride and Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 29 at the Plano Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park, 2101 Bay Hill Dr.
The honored guest speaker is Jane Steindam Skinner, sister of Plano’s only Medal of Honor recipient Army Lt. Russell Steindam. Bring a chair or blanket for the 45-minute program, which includes an invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, the reading of the names of Plano’s 42 veterans who died in service, a 21-gun salute by the Plano Police Honor Guard and the sounding of Taps. A sunset motorcycle ride precedes the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a video of what to expect.
Park at Schimelpfenig Library or the Plano Chinese Alliance Church. Sunset at Memorial Park is presented by American Legion Harding-Blaine Post 321 and Casey Joyce All-America VFW Post 4380. May 29, 2017. Seating is limited so feel free to bring your own chairs.
#3 Come play with us this summer!
Registration is open for our summer camps with space still available. These camps offer a wide range of fun indoor and outdoor activities including sports, creative arts, fishing, water games, swimming, nature and more.
Spots do fill up fast, however, so register today! For a complete listing of camps, visit our Summer Camps page. You can also view other Plano Parks and Recreation course offerings and sports clinics online by visiting planoparks.org.
#4 Senior Health Fair
Join us on Wednesday, May 24 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for our annual Information & Wellness Fair at the Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W. 16th St. This is an opportunity for older adults to talk to professionals when it comes to life issues, such as financial planning, insurance, home health care, independent living, funeral planning, adult day services, chiropractic care and more. Visitors can also receive free health screenings, including tests on balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, hearing, spinal health and vision.
Our Senior Recreation Center offers an assortment of activities and classes based on patron feedback. The result is a variety of stimulating programs to serve Plano’s growing and diverse 50+ population. Want to learn more? Stop by and see for yourself what the Plano Senior Recreation Center has to offer. For more information, call 972-941-7155 or visit www.planoseniorcenter.org. We hope to see you there!
#5 Fireflies at Oak Point May 24
For many people, observing the flicker of fireflies on a warm summer evening can evoke some nostalgia for those of us who remember trying to catch them and marvel at their glow. But according to scientists, these fascinating creatures are becoming endangered by human activities, such as habitat loss, light pollution and pesticides. Luckily, these twinkling bugs are alive and well at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd.in Plano. Join us there on Wednesday, May 24 from 7-8 p.m. as we revisit our childhood and learn more about these flashy critters. Cost is $9. Register here (course code 188129).