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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Learn How Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Impact Parks & Recreation

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The governor’s latest executive order (effective March 10) alters how Plano Parks & Recreation operates. In a letter to patrons, Recreation Services Manager Susie Hergenrader highlighted the primary changes we can expect.

Changes as of Wednesday, March 10:

    All recreation and aquatic facilities, with the exception of the Sam Johnson Recreation Center, are open at 100% capacity for members and daily guests.
    Facemasks are not required, but are strongly recommended.
    Lobbies, game rooms and open play basketball are available.
    Doubles play is allowed.
    No per lane maximums for lap swimming.
    Room rentals resume. Pool and party room rentals can be made now for rentals on or after June 1.

Additional changes coming soon:

    Facility hours return to normal when fully staffed.
    Sam Johnson Recreation Center is serving as a vaccination site. We continue to monitor the need for this service and will reopen to the public when feasible.
    Pools will open for leisure swim as staffing allows. Check individual facility websites for updates.
    Open play sport schedules for badminton, pickle ball, 50+ basketball, volleyball and table tennis will be adjusted beginning the week of March 15. Check for the latest open play schedule.
    Spring session programs will not change. However, a more robust course selection will be available in the summer; including indoor and outdoor summer camps, and extra learn to swim classes.

TMC fitness room“Despite the removal of restrictions, we strongly encourage our patrons to continue wearing facemasks when possible, stay 6 feet away from those not a part of the same household, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently,” Recreation Services Manager Susie said.

City employees will continue to wear facemasks at all times and will continue with enhanced cleaning protocols at all facilities. 

Stay up-to-date on the latest recreation info by checking the Parks & Recreation Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the website.

During the past year, we have learned what it takes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Let us all continue to do our part and engage in these safe practices. Email questions to

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