More than a Few Trees: Parks add Economic and Intrinsic Value to Communities across North Texas

Rachael Bennett and Kelley Crimmins of Plano Parks test out the kayak rentals at the Lake at Oak Point Park.
(Kelsey Samuels / Staff Photo)

Communities across North Texas are developing at rapid rates. But as populations increase, neighborhoods expand and more businesses move to the area, several parks departments are working to carve out green spaces for residents to enjoy. Since July is National Parks and Recreation Appreciation month, Renee Jordan, chief park planner at Plano Parks and Recreation, took a minute to reflect on the true value of a local park.

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