Plano Parks & Recreation named Agency of the Year

The North Texas Aquatics Association (NTAA) named the City of Plano’s Department of Parks and Recreation its 2022 Agency of the Year, according to an email announcement from the city.

The Plano Parks and Recreation Department was also awarded Program of the Year 2022 for the Adapted FlowRider Courses held each summer at the Jack Carter Basin.

The NTAA has 71 agency members and includes 39 North Texas municipal parks and recreation agencies in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. The Agency of the Year award recognizes the impact an agency has made through its programs, quality of life, wellbeing, safety, and innovation.

The Program of the Year award recognizes a program that has had a significant impact on youth and families in the community.

Part of the recognition is based on Plano’s expansion of low-income programs, the city said.

The popularity of adapted FlowRider lessons, traditional swimming lessons and sensory-friendly days for people with autism spectrum disorders continues to grow, the city said.

Plano Parks & Recreation has built an excellent reputation over the years, thanks in part to its history of quality water sports, director Ron Smith said in a prepared statement.

According to Smith, the chapter is the Red Cross’s leading provider of swimming instruction and teaches thousands of children and adults about safety in, on and around the water each year. “In 2022, more than 13,000 people took advantage of the Aquatics Department’s offerings, with 86 percent of them Plano residents,” Smith said. “Working together with our community to improve the health and well-being of all people is key to everything we do.” Plano Parks & Recreation has also received national recognition.

It is one of five agencies in the country that have maintained their national accreditation status for over 25 years.

It has also been ranked #1 in Texas by the Trust for Public Land since 2015.

More information about Plano Parks & Recreation is available online.

Design work on the renovation project at Plano’s Muehlenbeck Leisure Center will start soon.

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