Location: 4012 Roundrock Trail in central Plano, next to Hughston Elementary.
What makes it noteworthy: Although a little worn down, the playground at Horseshoe Park offers fun, if traditional, features for kids. The highlight is a large swing area, with six swings for big kids and two baby swings. Nearby, the lengthy play set is bookended by two slides, with climbing ladders, monkey bars, a swinging bridge, two fireman’s poles and a built-in Tic Tac Toe game in between. Talking poles in the middle of the playground are perfect for a game of telephone.
Extras: Parents can relax at the covered picnic tables next to the play area, or perch closer to the action on tree-shaded benches.
Safety: Due to broken edges on the yellow climbing structure, noticeable gaps at the bridge and some litter and graffiti, this playground received a B* on the Playground Safety Report Card. By the bridge, it’s also possible for kids to climb on the outside of the play equipment, so keep an eye on your adventurous littles.