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With great weather (almost) year-round, spending time in the park is a must in Dallas. While there are various green spaces throughout the Big D, the newest one rules the scene. Klyde Warren Park opened in fall 2012 to much praise. The 5.2-acre park sits atop Woodall Rodgers Freeway — weird, I know, but it's awesome. There are tons of free things to do (think concerts, yoga, croquet), and in its short life, it has become extremely popular. Dallas isn't the most pedestrian-friendly city, but I have a feeling Klyde Warren Park will change that; it connects the yuppie Uptown neighborhood with the eclectic Arts District. There are restaurants all around the park, with plans for more.
If you're looking to get a run or a long walk in before your picnic, make your way to White Rock Lake. The beautiful lake is surrounded by trails and there are plenty of spots to set up your picnic. There are also playgrounds for the little ones.
Another scenic park is in the ritzy Highland Park neighborhood. Lakeside Park sits on Turtle Creek and is 14 acres of pure bliss. You're surrounded by beautiful homes and lush greenery — what more could you need?
A couple parks off the Katy Trail are great, too. The popular jogging trail connects Highland Park and Downtown, with restaurants along the way. Reverchon Park is 46 acres with everything from tennis courts and baseball fields to a playground and hiking trails.