Top parks in Frisco, McKinney, and Prosper to take the kids to

by Amy Kryzak

Summer break is almost over, but there’s still time to get the kids outside to enjoy the weather before school starts back up.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the top parks and playgrounds in the Frisco, McKinney, and Prosper areas. Check a few of them out and remember to wear sunscreen!


Frisco Commons– Hands down the best and most popular park complex in Frisco. It’s even won some awards for design and inclusivity for Hope Park, a fabulous padded playground area that is designed to be fully inclusive of children of all abilities. Aside from this and other playgrounds, Frisco Commons includes open green areas for soccer or kite flying, pavilions and picnic tables, a stocked pond for fishing, and numerous paved trails for walking, hiking, or biking.

A big highlight is the spray park (open May 15-September 30) where your kids can cool down while you watch from a shaded pavilion. And the best part? Restroom facilities are available! ‘Cause when your kids gotta go, they gotta go now. Located in Northeast Frisco, this park offers easy access to Preston Road for all your post-park lunch (Chick-fil-A!) and shopping (Frisco Mercantile!) needs.

Harold Bacchus Community Park– This park is first and foremost a sports complex, offering access to numerous baseball, softball, and soccer fields. It also boasts multiple playground areas spread across the complex, as well as a stocked pond, pavilions with picnic tables, and the all-important restroom facilities.

The highlight of Harold Bacchus are the trails for walking, hiking, and biking, with connections to the creek and the two-mile-long Taychas Trail. Located close to the Frisco-McKinney border, this park is in close proximity to Custer Road and TX-121 (Target! Raising Cane’s! Starbucks!).

Shepherd’s Glen Spray Park– This hidden gem offers a cooling spray park (open May 15-September 30) without the crowds of more popular destinations. The playground area is on the small side, so the spray park is the real superstar here. There are also multiple green areas for playing soccer, flying kites, or running off some energy before nap time.

A covered picnic area and paved walking trail around this park out as quaint and unusually quiet for a spray park. However, there are no restroom facilities, so come prepared! Need a cold treat to cool you down after time in the sun? Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream is a stone’s throw away at nearby Preston and Rolater Road.

Warren Sports Complex– A preeminent sporting complex in Frisco, Warren offers field opportunities for baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, sand volleyball, and tennis. Other opportunities include a playground for the littles, open green spaces, a stocked pond, paved walking and biking trails, pavilions, and restroom facilities (praise the Lord!).

This complex is conveniently located close to El Dorado and DNT, so grab some Layne’s Chicken before heading over to Costco to pick up a quick and easy dinner.


Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex– This complex boasts plenty of sports field opportunities as well as a wheelchair accessible playground so kids of all abilities can join in the fun. There are lots of large trees for shade as well as a covered pavilion with picnic tables and restroom facilities.

The hiking and biking trails are excellent and the splash pad (open now-September) is always a hit with the kids. Al Ruschhaupt is just across I-75 from Towne Lake if you’re not ready to call it a day and are up for some horseshoes or disc golf.

Towne Lake Recreation Area– Located on Towne Lake, this park offers a unique lake setting that we don’t often get in North Texas. And the lake is stocked and ready for fishing! This park is a gem for those with older kids whose interests lie in outdoor games such as horseshoes (bring your own shoes or rings) or disc golf (18-hole disc golf course on-site).

The littles will also enjoy the playground structures and feeding the ducks around the lake. The miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails are fully lit if you decide to go in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. (Yay for restroom facilities at this location!) 

Gabe Nesbitt Community Park– This giant complex offers something for everyone to enjoy. A fully lit, well-maintained skate park is a top feature of this park for those with adventurous hearts and helmeted heads. Because we Texans love our sports, many fields and courts are available here, as well as walking and jogging trails.

With the purchase of a membership or day pass, you can also access the APEX Centre, which offers indoor and outdoor leisure and kiddie pools, as well as tremendously fun water slides. This park has it all and is a real win for everyone!


Frontier Park– Currently the only non-neighborhood in the town, this is the go-to play spot in Prosper. Multiple sports opportunities and fields abound, as well as walking, hiking, and biking trails, a fully stocked pond (catch and release only), and multiple restroom facilities.

The star here is Windmill Playground, which is well shaded and fun for kids of all ages and stages. There are also additional playground areas scattered throughout the complex. A small splash pad is available to cool down in after an afternoon of play.

Town Lake Park @ Whispering Farms– This park offers a huge 27-acre fishing pond (catch and release), as well as opportunities for water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and other non-motorized boating adventures. Pack a lunch to eat in the gazebo! There is a second entrance to the lake at Town Lake Park @ Greenspoint that also offers hike and bike trails if boating isn’t your jam.

We are blessed to live in an area that values children and the outdoors. This list is only a small sample- there are dozens of other small neighborhood and pocket parks that are very inviting and super fun in the Frisco, McKinney, and Prosper areas. We hope you and your children have fun outdoors this summer. And remember- wear that sunscreen!

What hidden gems did I miss? Let me know in the comments. I may want to take my kids to one this summer too!



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