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Playground: Buckhorn Park in Plano

Location: 3601 Mission Ridge in Plano, next to Wells Elementary School. Park in the shared lot by the school.

Best for: Families with kids of many ages. There are multiple ways to play in this park, which reopened last fall after a year of renovations. The new tree house-inspired playground has a play set for younger kids with two sets of racing slides and an area for older children with large hill-like climbing structures. Multiple kiddos can hop on the large round swing at the same time, or run around the open grassy area, baseball practice field or basketball court.

For your convenience: Huge canopies that provide plenty of shade cover most of the playground. Several picnic benches are situated around the park and in the center of the playground so you can see all your littles playing at the same time.

Safety: Watch out for open electrical boxes that are within kids’ reach on several posts throughout the play area. Also, keep in mind that the playground can get very busy as the school often uses it for recess

– Recently renovated
– Many play areas
– Shaded canopies

– Often very busy
– Shared parking with school
– No restrooms

Our Rating: 4/5