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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Haggard Park - Plano, Texas

Panaramic of both plagyrounds and bathroom in far right.
The "big" kid play area.
Sign says 5-12, but my 3 year olds were all over it!
Year round water fountain, with picnic tables in background.
My girls LOVED these "funny rainbow" stairs as they called them.


Ont the large play structure, there is a hole in the center.
Big slide!
Cool climbing tower.
My girls really liked this net.
More fun things to climb.
This slide was cool, because they started together at the top and both went different directions.

Bottom of the "split" slide.

 Small kids area says ages 2-5.

This is the small play area.
They loved the bouncy dolphin and seahorse.
Big Gazebo to run around in. 

We saw this big bird at the waters edge!
There is an old train and a train museum that is on the park property. They have story times and tours of the stationary train on certain days. The train was under repairs today when we were there.
Park rules.
For some reason this park does get a lot of field trips. I guess it is the museum they come to see, then they have a picnic and play. When the school age kids descend on the park all the moms of toddlers pack up and leave. There were easily 50 kids that all arrived at once.

Name: Haggard Park
Location: 901 E. 15th Street  Plano TX, 75074

1. How big is the park? What are the amenities?
This is a very large park with lots of amenities. There are two playgrounds, restrooms, parking lot, running space, shade trees, picnic tables, gazebo, water feature with bridge, right next to DART train for those who have kids that like watching and hearing trains. There is water fountains, dog clean up stations, lots of benches. There is a railway museum at the park with tours of an old train on some days. 

2. Is it enclosed? Covered?
No, the park is not enclosed or covered. It does have lots of shade trees. The big park is fairly close to the parking lot, but not too bad.

3. What ages would enjoy this park?
The signs say 2-12, but I brought my girls here at 18 months a few summers ago.

4. How safe is it for little ones?
I like that there is plenty of grass for crawlers, and the small playground has features for the tiny tots. The only problem is when the field trips from local schools show up. Then you pretty much have to leave because the big kids over take the park. Also, I have seen a homeless man sleeping on a slide when I arrived really early one morning last summer. He woke up when he heard us and wandered off. I think we scared him just as much as he scared us.

5. Pros:
Lots to do, lots to play and see. The girls loved stopping every time a DART train stopped by.

6. Cons:  The big kid field trips and the fact that it is a city park, with all kinds of people walking by. You need to stay alert.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Name: Bluebonnet Field
Location: NE Corner of Spring Creek and Coit
Link to Map

It's a walking trail so there is no parking on Coit, you must park in the neighborhood right next to the trail, but there are spots to park in the neighborhood.  It's a small patch of bluebonnets and you are sandwiched between neighborhoods, a power line and Coit road which makes shooting difficult, but you can still get some great shots without too much distraction in the background, if you have a willing participant that is :-).

Post submitted by: Wendy Thornell a Tupperware Consultant and blogger at Just One Momma.

Bluebonnet Spot! Custer & Spring Creek - Plano, TX

Name: Bluebonnet Field
Location: East side of Custer Road, just north of Spring Creek (behind the 7-11)
Link to Map

There are several bluebonnet patches along the Plano Bike Trail, this location seems to have the most and there is plenty of space for the kids to run, plus two small hills.

Post provided by: Alison Hansard

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bluebonnet Spot! Legacy Dr - Plano, Texas

Name: Bluebonnet field on Legacy
Location: (nearest address): 6501 Legacy Drive Plano, Texas 75024
Link to Map

The closest parking is Corporate Dr (Street Parking) It is really easy to get pictures without a distracting background. There are lots of trees around the field that could provide a great background.

Post provided by: Amanda Jones

Bluebonnet Spot! Breckenridge Blvd & Shiloh Rd - Richardson, Texas

Name: Bluebonnet field at Breckenridge Blvd and Shiloh Road
Link to Map

The field and photos were submitted by Heather Kellogg an Independent Scentsy Consultant.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bluebonnet Spot! Sachse Rd & Merritt Rd - Sachse, Texas

Name: Bluebonnet Field at Merritt Rd & Sachse Rd in Sachse, Texas
Location: 5238 Merritt Road Sachse, Texas 75048
Link to Map

Posted by: Lisa Kendrick

"In Sachse off Merritt Road under the big powerlines right off of Sachse Road"

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bluebonnet Spot! Hwy 78 & Country Club - Wylie, Texas

 Please ignore the grumpy toddlers who did not want to play in the bluebonnets today. We'll have to come back another day. But this field is very thick with bluebonnets as of April 2, 2011.

Name: Bluebonnet Field at Country Club & Hwy 78 in Wylie, Texas
Location: 7460 Country Club Wylie, Texas 75098
Link to Map

Posted by: Amanda Dittlinger of Ditt & Dott.

This is a very large field at the entrance of a large subdivision. There is street parking on Country Club. The bluebonnets are very thick. We visited this same spot last year towards the end of the bluebonnet season and there were lots of Indian Paintbrushes at that time too. Today I didn't see any of the Indian Paintbrushes, but the bluebonnets were VERY thick! (4/2/11)