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THE BEST PARKS AND GREEN SPACES IN DALLAS

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UPDATED APR 7, 2020

Grassy green spaces might not come to mind when you think of Dallas. But, believe it or not, our parks department is actually crushing it. Here are all the parks you need to know about.

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JESUS JIMENEZ

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Klyde Warren Park is built over a major highway, and it always has something going on. Yoga classes, live music, food trucks, movie nights, you name it — this park hosts community events on the regular, and we love it. If none of that is your speed, borrow a book or newspaper from the lending library, kick up your feet, and soak in some rays.

This place is a hole-in-the-wall or rather, a hole in the mall. In the middle of NorthPark Center is this beautiful 1.4-acre garden. It’s the perfect place to escape the noise of the mall and immerse yourself in nature. If you’re hungry, stop by Bread Winners Café & Bakery next to the garden and grab a snack. And ask to sit on the patio overlooking the lawn; happy hour starts at 3pm.

In the middle of Downtown Dallas's concrete jungle you'll find this beautiful grassy green space. There are fountains, public art installations, and occasional events, making one of our favorite places to go on the weekends or after work. If you can’t break away from the computer, just bring it with you because the park has Wi-Fi, too.

Right next to the Dallas North Tollway, is this sprawling 41.3-acre park featuring grills, tennis and basketball courts, sand volleyball, and a baseball diamond. If you're sporty, this is your spot. But what we like most about Reverchon is there are plenty of awesome, tree-lined trails to walk, run, or bike. It's also near Katy Trail Ice House — the best place for a cold beer on a hot day.

For those north of 635, we highly recommend Vitruvian Park, a quiet little getaway where you can relax alongside the area’s spring-fed creek. In addition to fitness classes, the park also hosts occasional live music events at its mini-amphitheater. To make it better, there are tables and chairs under a large tree that dominates the space, so bring a blanket, some food, and have a picnic while you enjoy the tunes.

Adjacent to Addison Circle, Addison Circle Park is known for hosting some of the city's biggest events of the year. Think Oktoberfest, Taste of Addison, and Kaboom Town (put them all on your calendar). And when there aren’t any events planned, you can take advantage of the open fields, walking trails, covered pergola, and water garden.

If a little peace and tranquility is what you’re after, make your way to this serene, four-acre park on the north side of Celestial Rd. at Bellbrook Dr. There are jogging and walking trails, and beautifully-landscaped lawns that are the ideal backdrop for a slow, leisurely afternoon. Oh, and the sundial, celestial quotes, and poetry on the stairs are solid material for your Instagram.

The next time you're planning a game of pick-up basketball or tennis with friends, make Cole Park your destination. The seven-acre grassy expanse is centrally-located in Dallas, near Central Expressway between the Uptown and Oak Lawn neighborhoods, making it easily accessible no matter where you live in the city. Bonus: the outdoor space is half a mile away from West Village, where you can grab cold-pressed juice at Brewed+Pressed or Buda Juice after.

We love a good pocket park. This one overlooks the Trinity River and is easily the best place to snap a picture of the Dallas skyline (we recommend a panorama). Even better, there are a few hiking and biking trails nearby and they're all fairly shaded, so you don't have to worry about the scorching Texas sun.

Pegasus Plaza is tiny, like half an acre tiny. But we don't think it should be overlooked. The park itself is surrounded by trendy restaurants like Americano and has interesting and unique sculptures scattered throughout. Just make sure you don’t leave without walking across the street and snapping a picture of the 30-foot-tall Giant Eyeball — it’s a must-see.

When we want to get in touch with nature without having to drive outside of Dallas County, Galatyn Woodland Preserve is our go-to. The park has multi-use trails, horseshoe pits, and a boardwalk for bird-watching. And for an extra adventurous, go off-trail and walk down into the creek — just be careful and watch your step on the unpaved areas.

If you’ve never visited Prairie Creek Park in Richardson before, you’ll want to make it your next destination for an next outdoorsy walk. We suggest strolling through the park and across the bridge into the wooded area, where you’ll encounter fields of green, colorful wildflowers, and a gushing waterfall. And definitely plan your visit for the spring, when everything is in full bloom.

If you've lived in Dallas for any amount of time, you're familiar with White Rock Lake. It's a great place to spend the day exploring (the wildflowers are so pretty in the summer), jogging on the paved hike and bike trail, or kayaking on the lake. When you need a break from the sun, we suggest checking out The Bath House Cultural Center on the east side of the park.

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