Take Plano’s newest inflatable out for a stroll at your next event. She’s more than just hot air. The Parks and Recreation department (PARD) proudly introduces an addition to the Plano mascot family, the Golden Anniversary Duck or “Goldie A. Duck” for short. The pithy name also relates to department’s Gold Medal honors.
As you can tell from her photo, she bears a striking resemblance to PARD’s long-time mascot Par D. Duck, who served the City faithfully for over 25 years. His costume had seen better days. Parks’ Business Manager K’Ann Parham said, “Suzanne Miller (Parks marketing specialist) and I thought our old duck needed an update, so we decided to get him a granddaughter.” The old suit could become really hot inside and was beginning to lose its fur.
For a flightless bird, Goldie is quite agile. K’Ann added, “We think the inflatable costumes are more visible, portable, a lot more comfortable for the person wearing them and are fun.”
Departments Can Borrow Goldie
Goldie A. Duck can do a walkabout at your City event too. Departments may borrow the 7-foot tall PARD mascot. She’ll grab the audience’s attention and provide great photo ops. The costume requires the person inside to wear a small battery in a sack which powers the outfit’s internal fan.
A 2-person crew is required, if you borrow Goldie – one wears her and another acts as her “handler.” Ideally, the person inside the suit should to be about 5’6”, but almost any height will work.
Contact K’Ann Parham to request a Goldie appearance at your special event. You are still welcome to use her furry granddad Par D. as well. Watch Miss Duck in action.