Why You Should Take Advantage of Your Local Parks and Recreation

July 24, 2019

We are nearing the end of July which is National Parks and Recreation Month. Earlier this month, I took over the City of Plano Parks and Rec Instagram to celebrate.

I used to work for Mesquite and Plano Parks and Recreation, so I have a special spot in my heart for the department.

It’s affordable

A membership to your local recreation center costs less than most gym memberships. For example, a recreation card for City of Dallas costs $15 for a year. Plano’s membership is $155 for a year (which is less than $15 a month). I didn’t research all the local DFW cities, but it’s super easy to find on the city’s website.

Gym equipment

A recreation card gets you in to the fitness facilities. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the luxury of having a ton of gym equipment at my house. Many recreation centers have a ton of strength and cardio equipment.

Fun classes

Whether you are looking for a workout class or a new hobby, most recreation centers offer a variety of classes. I had the opportunity to take a couple of Plano’s fitness classes a few weeks ago and had a blast. They have classes for all ages too. I highly recommend the glide yoga class with City of Plano, which is super similar to paddle board yoga.

The pools

Memberships typically include free entry to the local pools. Even if they don’t, most parks and rec departments have pools with affordable entry costs. This is the perfect solution when you don’t have one yourself. Many classes are offered at the city’s pools, so check online to see if anything strikes your fancy.

The parks

If pools aren’t your thing, maybe parks are. City parks are great for exploring, hiking, picnic, and more. One of my favorite spots in DFW is Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Not only are Chuck and Lucy fans, but I enjoy the variety of hiking trails and views.

For events

Did you know that you can rent rooms, facilities, gazebos, and more through the parks and recreation department? This is a great idea for a birthday party, event, or reunion.

What’s your favorite thing about your city’s parks and recreation department? Leave me a comment below.