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Horseshoe Park in Plano

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. 

+ Eight swings
+ Lots of climbing features
+ Covered seating

– No restrooms
– Broken parts
– Only one play set

Overall grade: 3/5 stars


*Based on the National Program for Playground Safety’s Report Card at playgroundsafety.org