I love it when I can accomplish more than one thing without getting back in my car, especially if there are kids involved. Coyote Creek Park is one of these places, since it shares a parking lot with the Parr Library! You can run or walk the trail and neighborhood, visit the (mostly shady) park and get to the library, without buckling anyone back into a car seat.
There are actually two little playgrounds at the park, separated by a bridge over a creek (hence the park name). The playground you can see from Communications Parkway is the one for older kids (ages 5-12). There is a pavilion, lots of benches and picnic tables, working water fountains, shade, and the trail (a great spot for scooters or bikes). The playground isn’t near the road (plus there is a fence) but it is near the creek (but there are plenty of trees, so as long as you position yourself in the right spot your kids will be fine).
There are four regular and two baby swings in this section as well as several interesting slides, some varied-height stools, a giant (make my big kid puke) spinning thing, curved monkey bars and a spider-web like climbing structure.
Cross the bridge and you’ll get to a neighborhood and a smaller playground designed for younger kids. There are two more baby swings in this section, and another bench. The playground has a little hidden table, a rock climbing wall, more slides and one of those communication things (the modern version of two cans and a string).
The loop within the park is about a half mile. If you start at the library parking lot, run the loop and then run the largest loop you can (Willowdale-Kingsbrook-Midway-Westmont-Yorkdale-Broadmore) it’s 1.5 miles.
Live in this neighborhood and you can walk to a playground and the library. Such a great little spot!
Coyote Creek Park
5801 Communications Parkway, Plano
park map (PDF)