Great cities are known for their great parks. A great park system includes distinct urban destinations with signature parks and grand public places, as well as recreational amenities, trail systems, neighborhood parks and open spaces. These provide valuable connections within the community, fulfill citizen aspirations for a better quality of life and create an economically vibrant and dynamic city.
The Park and Recreation Department's commitment to environmental self-stewardship means managing park lands and resources so they can be used and enjoyed now and in the future. The department has established a Natural and Wildflower Program in an effort to beautify properties within the park system and reduce the environmental impact of mowing large areas of park land on a regular basis.
This 1,015 acre lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas is one of the most heavily used parks in the Dallas Park system and the location of many special events and runs. It is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting.