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Old 07-23-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I'm going to be near the Plano Civic Center next weekend for a few days. Can anyone recommend someplace safe and nice for going running an hour or so in this area? Yes, I know, it's hot outside but I get crabby if I don't run for at least an hour a day. Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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A walk,run and bicycle path runs east/west through Plano, running just north of Spring Creek Parkway. Look for the power lines and right under them you have the path.It has quite a length to it. I start at Alma and go to Preston myself. About a 1 1/2 hour walk.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Arbor Hills...City of Plano - Home
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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Default Bob Woodruff Park

If you will be at the Plano Center, Bob Woodruff Park will be very close to you. It's a nice paved trail that goes around a small lake and meanders through partially wooded areas. Here's a link to the trail map.

http://www.planoparks.net/trails/Bob...PNPSantaFe.pdf
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will look into those especially Bob Woodruff Park.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Bob Woodruff's a good choice. Oak Point Nature Preserve is another option that would be even closer to the Plano Centre. In the area north of the amphitheater, there's a paved trail around the pond, and several dirt trails going through the surrounding woods. You could put together a run of just about any desired length without excessive repetition. That park appears on the same map shelbelle72 cited.

As far as heat goes, run before 9 AM or after 7 PM if at all possible.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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So Oak Point Nature Preserve is even closer to Plano Centre? Might be even better. I guess it has parking so I can drive from my hotel to there? From the map I can see parking, uh, water fountains too....and restrooms?
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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Oak Point definitely! Go online and print a map. If you run around the bigger "lake" it is about 1 mile around and there are decent restrooms there. I park right off of Spring Creek after you pass through Jupitor and then walk the 1/2 mile to the lake. View the map though bc there are multiple trails that criss cross in that area. Here you can print the trail maps:

City of Plano - Home (http://www.plano.gov/Departments/parksandrecreation/Parks/OakPoint/Pages/default.aspx - broken link)
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone for great running-place advice!
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Arbor Hills...City of Plano - Home
I'll second this one. It has two different types of forests and large open fields of flowers. The lookout tower on top of the hill provides an astounding view. I've been wanting to revisit this area but it's been so hot. I may do it anyway and just take a lot of water.
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