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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Table games, bingo come to Plano’s recreation centers

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Starting on Monday, March 18, table game aficionados can engage in some friendly competition at Plano’s recreation centers!

Gamers can choose between Bridge, Texas Hold ‘Em, Mah Jong, and Domino’s. Recreation members play for free, but visitors need only pay the $6 daily fee to play. Check out the full schedule here.

In addition, Bingo will also return to the Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+ (SJC) on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. starting March 20.

Offering these types of table games at Carpenter Park, Oak Point and Tom Muehlenbeck recreation centers is a first for Plano Parks and Recreation. However, demand for such activities has been on the rise. Games like these help the brain retain and build cognitive associations well into older age. This type of brain flexing also reduces risks for mental disease. One of the primary benefits of playing board games is reducing the risk of cognitive decline, such as that associated with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Simply having fun with your friends in this type of low-stakes, highly social activity is just as equally beneficial as well. For instance, the mind-challenging partner game of bridge has been growing in popularity over the past decade, a growth largely fueled by retiring baby boomers looking for a hobby that is both intellectually and socially stimulating. For many, bridge also satisfies the competitiveness they we are used to in the workplace.

So gear up and get ready—table games will run until May 24 to break for summer, and will resume in September.  

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