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Would you run through this?

Many runners, cyclists and walkers turned around when reaching a flooded trail off Spring Creek Parkway near Collin College in Plano on Sunday. But not all.

Decision time

On a 44-degree sunny Sunday January morning … one solitary female runner looked across the water on the sidewalk, took a few seconds to gauge how deep the water was, consider value of her running shoes, estimate the top of water to sidewalk below, shook her head three times with a Yes, … then she went for it, through it, water above her ankles and almost up to her knees, and made it across. …

There was no applause but it was a decisive moment. The guy walking dog behind her turned around and drove around to other side of Oak Point. The runner kept going up the trail and across the bridge toward the prairie and highlands.

The trail on college side along Rowlett Creek was still wet after heavy rain last week.

Across the creek, high spot at Oak Point Nature Preserve near Los Rios in Plano TX. Blackland Prairie. The trails below still damp or covered in water.

We saw the determined runner again over on the trails high above the lake at Oak Point.

Going full circle: Wooden trail over wetlands at Oak Point going toward rec center near Jupiter and Spring Creek. After the storms, Oak Point’s lakeside trail and this wooden trail had a few spots where washed-up storm debris covered the path. We were able to pick up a few bags of trash such as bottles that had washed up and move a big fallen branch off the middle of the path. Take a second to leave it better than you found it. Recycling and trash cans are along the trails.

At Oak Point, you can kayak too. Now it is your turn to get outside and explore.

Hiking Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano TX

When you hike Oak Point, see if you can spot this dragon in the woods deep into Bobcat Run in the nature preserve. Looks menacing with sun setting behind it in the wetlands area.
Oak Point Nature Preserve offers relaxing spots where your feet stay dry along the wooden crossing. Try the trail just down hill from park and zip line offices at 5901 Los Rios Blvd. Plano TX 75074. Cross Rowlett Creek bridge to reach the wetlands.
Plenty of room to get away, just a few minutes from U.S. 75 in Plano TX. The park was being used by rollerbladers, parents with strollers, cyclists, hikers, kids with new fishing poles and runners on today’s after Christmas visit.
Take Bobcat Run if you want to get off the wider path. The wooden trail let’s you cross areas that may be wet after rain. The creek is winding through Oak Point. Look for the Austin Chalk formation when you find the creek.
On one-hour getaway at the park and lake we spotted a horses, dogs, squirrels, lizards, ducks, geese, crane along the forest creek trails and Blackland Prairie. Even saw one guy reel in a fish with his dad. A lot to do and see in Plano TX. The park is east of U.S. 75. The recreation center is on Spring Creek at Jupiter. Across Spring Creek, you can find miles of trails for walking, running or biking. The horse riding trails are along Los Rios on the lake side of the nature preserve.

Map Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve at 5901 Los Rios Plano TX 75074. From Allen Texas you can take Jupiter Road to Chaparral. From Parker TX, take Parker to Los Rios.

One more look: Lights at Legacy welcome in holidays in Plano TX #shopsatlegacy

Lights of Legacy #shopsatlegacy #visitPlanoTX

Hop in your own sleigh and come celebrate the season at The Shops at Legacy, where a very special holiday drive-through event will help everyone get in the spirit. The Lights at Legacy, Plano’s premier annual holiday event, is on Santa’s schedule for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 for free, family-friendly fun that will allow everyone to experience holiday magic from the comfort of their own vehicles.

The Lights at Legacy drive-through experience will feature a holiday journey like no other, including appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live reindeer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, a snow queen, toy soldiers, drummers drumming, and more. See snow in Plano as it falls in two different spots along the route, and then enjoy the grand finale, a beautifully lit Christmas tree sponsored by Ewing Automotive Group.

Lights at Legacy #shopsatlegacy


Attendees will enter the Lights at Legacy drive-through event by turning onto Parkwood Boulevard from Legacy Drive (eastbound or westbound). Signs will direct attendees through the event. Attendees will be able to tune into the sounds of Lights at Legacy’s live DJ via their car radio, and will remain in their vehicle as they drive through the event.


In true holiday spirit, each vehicle will receive a gift bag with candy canes and other goodies from The Shops at Legacy retailers and restaurants and also sponsors of the event, which are Atmos Energy, City of Plano, T-Mobile, Ewing Automotive Group, and the premier sponsor, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

Every vehicle will also be given a chance to enter to win a $500 shopping spree at The Shops at Legacy.
After they enjoy Lights at Legacy, attendees can continue the holiday fun with a drive through the Gingerbread Village on the north side of The Shops at Legacy, where everyone can view life-sized gingerbread and sugar cookie characters, trees, candy canes, and snowflakes on colorful facades. Attendees can enjoy from their vehicles or walk around to pose for photo opportunities. There will be plenty of holiday decorations to discover and enjoy throughout the north side of The Shops at Legacy. Signage at the exit of the Lights at Legacy drive-through event will offer attendees direction to the Gingerbread Village north of Legacy Drive, near The Capital Grille and Seasons 52.

The Lights at Legacy


Lights at Legacy attendees should make sure to post pictures using #ShopsatLegacy on Instagram and Facebook. Visit ShopsatLegacy.com to stay up on all the latest news on store openings, specials, and events.

Located in the heart of Collin County in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Plano, Texas, The Shops at Legacy is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI). This open-air, mixed-use development boasts 90 specialty retail shops and restaurants, including brands such as Kendra Scott, Urban Outfitters, Benefit Cosmetics, Del Frisco’s Grille, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Mi Cocina, and the Angelika Film Center, a five-screen boutique cinema featuring independent specialty films. To learn more, please visit ShopsatLegacy.com or call 469.467.9995. Connect socially with Shops at Legacy via its FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a REIT that owns and operates high quality, strategically located open-air shopping centers, including properties with a mixed-use component. As of June 30, 2020, the Company owned 102 retail operating properties in the United States representing 20 million square feet. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at  www.rpai.com.

Plano ISD health screening reminder #covid-19

From Plano ISD

Health Screening Reminder for Families

Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

  • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
  • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

  • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
  • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.

Thank you for helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

Plano Families First Fall Fair canceled

City of Plano: “After reviewing the current COVID conditions in the City of Plano and considering the potential size and duration of this event, the City of Plano has canceled Plano Families First Event scheduled for Saturday,
Oct. 17. The City of Plano remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community.”

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