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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. 

Plus
+ Eight swings
+ Lots of climbing features
+ Covered seating

Minus
– 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