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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

The landscape of Oak Cliff showcases numerous park sites, including friendly neighborhood parks, historic regional parks, smaller pocket parks and greenbelts, which are equipped with amenities such as swimming pools, playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and more.

In memoriam to his late wife, Elizabeth Patterson Kiest, Edwin Kiest — publisher of the Dallas Times Herald — donated 247 acres of land to the City of Dallas for use as a regional park. Over the years, Kiest Park has transformed into one of the city’s finest and most popular parks. Today, the park features ball and soccer fields, a tennis center, a swimming pool, a recreation trail complete with exercise paths, a playground with accommodations for handicapped children, a recreation center, a pavilion, a picnic area and the 2.5-acre Kiest Memorial Garden.

Established in 1938 with funds bequeathed by Dr. W. W. Samuell, the rustic, 16-acre Founders Park encompasses the beautiful Cliff Towers of 1926 and Founders Plaza (added in 1974). The park meets with Lake Cliff Park to the south, showcasing a 44-acre park and lake overlooking the Downtown Dallas skyline. Kidd Springs Park is another historic park site in the area featuring 31 acres of land, a small spring-fed lake and an oriental garden. Since its opening in 1989, Joe Pool Lake has become a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex. Lynn Creek Marina, Joe Pool Marina, and seven boat ramps are scattered around the lake, serving the lake’s fishers and boaters. The 1,826-acre Cedar Hill State Park lines the northeast corner of Joe Pool Lake and offers more than 300 campsites with hundreds of picnic tables and barbeque pits. Lynn Creek State Park, a day-use area, is located along the northwestern portion of the lake and offers boat access, a beach area, picnic sites and sand volleyball courts. The 791-acre Loyd Park supplies boat ramps, campsites, hiking and equestrian trails, picnic facilities, a softball field and a volleyball court, while Britton Park is primarily utilized for access to the southernmost parts of Joe Pool Lake.

Golf

In addition to the parks and lakes of Oak Cliff are a number of recreation centers where children and adults can access an exhaustive list of engaging sports and recreational activities. The Oak Cliff Family YMCA is a prominent resource for recreation, education and culture in the community.

Oak Cliff is also a great place for golfers of all skill levels. The area hosts two fine municipal golf courses — Cedar Crest Golf Course (voted Golf Digest’s 2008-2009 Best Places to Play) and the newly renovated Stevens Park Golf Club — along with the beautiful Golf Club of Dallas, which has been the past site of several PGA and senior tournaments. Dallas National Golf Club is a newer addition to the golf offerings of Oak Cliff. Opened in spring 2002, this exclusive private golf club, situated on the west side of Oak Cliff, was designed by world-renowned designer Tom Fasio and has earned recognition as Golf Digest’s 2007-2008 America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and 2007-2008 Best Courses in the State.

The Trinity River Corridor Project

The Trinity River Corridor Project has been noted as one of the most monumental public works and urban redevelopment projects ever attempted. More than $1 billion in infrastructure is planned for the corridor, which runs along one side of Oak Cliff. Residents and visitors will be able to take advantage of new parks, lakes, multi-use trails, an interpretive center and further recreational amenities. The establishment of the Trinity River Corridor will ultimately enhance the quality of life for this generation and for those to come.

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