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East Dallas, Lakewood, Northeast Dallas

A guide to the neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood
While this section of Dallas is home to a diverse assortment of ethnic cultures, architectural styles and recreational amenities, residents all come together around the shining star of East Dallas: White Rock Lake. The city’s premier outdoor recreation spot is surrounded by eateries and attractions, including the beloved Dallas Arboretum, making this an ideal all-day destination for families in this quadrant of the city. But the lake is far from the only reason parents put down roots here—close-knit neighborhoods and vibrant retail pockets make these areas ideal for raising a family in community. For example, you can take the kids to the thriving Knox-Henderson area for a bite and pick up some goodies from the legendary Froggie’s 5 and 10, or book a date night exploring Lower Greenville’s legendary nightlife. Families also choose this part of town for its diverse housing options, from the burgeoning lakeside enclave of Little Forest Hills to the historic homes dotting Swiss Avenue, and its rich culinary scene composed of old-fashioned mainstays and immigrant-owned international establishments.

Dallas ISD
152 elementary schools; 40 middle schools; 42 high schools
972/925-3700; dallasisd.org

Richardson ISD
41 elementary schools; 8 junior high schools; 5 high schools
469/593-0000; risd.org

Blue Ribbon Schools
Dallas (private)
Bishop Lynch High School, 1990-91; 1997-98
St. Patrick Catholic School, 2005
St. Thomas Aquinas School, 1996-97; 2012

Dallas ISD
Mockingbird Elementary School, 1998-99 (formerly Stonewall Jackson)
Victor H. Hexter Elementary School, 2009

Richardson ISD
Forest Meadow Junior High School, 1994-96
Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet School, 1985-86
Lake Highlands High School, 2001-02
Lake Highlands Junior High School, 2010
Merriman Park Elementary School, 1989-90
Moss Haven Elementary School, 1993-94

Dallas Public Library System
Audelia Road
Open daily; Tuesday–Thursday open till 8pm
10045 Audelia Road, Dallas, 214/670-1350
Forest Green
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
9015 Forest Lane, Dallas, 214/670-1335
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
6121 Worth St., Dallas, 214/670-1376
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
11221 Lochwood Blvd., Dallas, 214/670-8403
Skillman Southwestern
Open Monday–Saturday, open till 8pm
5707 Skillman St., Dallas, 214/670-6078
White Rock Hills
Open daily; Tuesday–Thursday open till 8pm
9150 Ferguson Road, Dallas, 214/670-8443

Health & Fitness 101
Dallas Recreation Centers
Exall Recreation Center
1355 Adair St., Dallas, 214/670-7812
Harry Stone Recreation Center
2403 Millmar Drive, Dallas, 214/670-0949
Lake Highlands North Recreation Center
9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas, 214/670-7794
Ridgewood/Belcher Recreation Center
6818 Fisher Road, Dallas, 214/670-7115
Samuell Grand Recreation Center
6200 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, 214/670-1383

Lake Highlands YMCA
8920 Stults Road, Dallas, 214/221-9622; ymcadallas.org

White Rock YMCA
7112 Gaston Ave., Dallas, 214/328-3849; ymcadallas.org

White Rock Fitness Center
5843 Abrams Road, Dallas, 214/674-8746; whiterockfitness.com

Green Scene
Ascension Harvest of Hope Community Garden
8787 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214/340-4196; ascensiondallas.org

Deep Ellum Urban Garden
Corner of Good Latimer Expressway and Canton Street, Dallas, 214/984-7300; deepellumtexas.com/community-projects

Four Seasons Market
European-style farmers market that operates March–December every Wednesday from noon–4pm. Entertainment and kids’ activities vary by week.
9440 Garland Road at Casa Linda Plaza, Dallas, 972/884-0680; fourseasonsmarkets.com

Lake Highlands Community Garden
Email lakehighlandsgarden@gmail.com to volunteer or rent a plot.
7901 Goforth Road, Dallas; lhgarden.org

White Rock Farmers Market
March–December every Saturday 8am–1pm, May–August until noon.
9150 Garland Road, Dallas, 469/850-2426; goodlocalmarket.org

White Rock Lake Park
The city lake northeast of downtown is a favorite among families, athletes, birdwatchers and Sunday sailors. Discover all the recreational areas connected by the 9.33-mile trail that encircles the lake, passing by the Bath House Cultural Center and the Dallas Arboretum. For a playground and picnicking, head to T&P Hill; if you want to see ducks, go to Sunset Bay.
Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org

Family Factor
This hamburger joint has been dubbed an East Dallas cultural icon for its old-fashioned diner aesthetic—an authentic one at that, given the place opened in 1956. You and the kids won’t be able to resist their ice-cold root beer floats, old-fashioned hamburgers, fries, malts and shakes.
9785 Ferguson Road, Dallas, 214/327-9983

Dallas Aquatics
The Cove at Samuell Grand Park
The Cove is one of the city’s three new aquatic
centers debuting in late summer 2018, each
featuring a children’s play area, slides, a lap pool
with a diving board, a climbing wall and more.
3201 Samuell Blvd., Dallas
Harry Stone Pool
2403 Millmar Drive, Dallas, 214/670-0950
Lake Highlands Pool
9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas, 214/670-1346
Tietze Pool
6115 Llano Ave., Dallas, 214/670-1380

Dallas Spraygrounds
Ferguson Sprayground
1900 Gross Road, Dallas
Lake Highlands North Sprayground
9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas
Ridgewood Sprayground
6818 Fisher Road, Dallas

Hat Creek Burger Company
Indoor-outdoor seating, plus a play structure for the kids. Need we say more? Yes, actually—on Tuesdays after 5pm burgers are half price.
8185 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 1400, Dallas, 469/206-3305; hatcreekburgers.com

Play Street Museum
Kids 8 and younger enjoy indoor, unstructured playtime at this downtown-themed space with mini storefronts, a trolley and costumes to match.
7130 Skillman St., Suite 150, Dallas, 214/414-2819; psmlakehighlands.com

Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheater
Samuell-Grand Park has sports options for the kiddos such as basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball. But the real magic takes place at the amphitheater, where Shakespeare Dallas hosts Shakespeare in the Park. For upcoming performance dates, visit shakespearedallas.org.
1500 Tenison Parkway, Dallas, 214/670-8890; dallasparks.org

The Lot
After a day at the lake, rush over for happy hour and playtime for the kiddos. The restaurant boasts a large outdoor space equipped with a kiddie garden, sandy play area and chalkboard. The kid-friendly menu includes mini quesadillas and ice cream sandwiches.
7530 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, 214/321-1990; thelotdallas.com

Mom Groups
Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA
This PTA group is for parents with kids up to 5 years old; this year’s enrollment period is July 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019.
Dallas, 972/342-0743; lhaecpta.org

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA
Parents of children in kindergarten and younger connect through meetings, playgroups, parent outings, holiday parties and other events. Membership is $35.

Mothers of Presschoolers (MOPS) at Lake Pointe Church
Moms with kids from birth through kindergarten meet every other Friday during fall and spring at Lake Pointe’s White Rock campus. Annual membership is $81 with additional fees for child care.
9150 Garland Road, Dallas; lpkids.com/programs/mops

Membership includes weekend and weekday playdates, mom and dad’s night out and more. Dues are $25 per year.
Dallas, 214/502-2336; oldeastdallasearlychildhoodpta.org