From Coppell’s small–town environment to its impressive school district, speech–language pathologist Erika Slater takes pride in the city. It’s the perfect home for her family—husband Peter (director of customer strategy for Metro PCS) and their three children: Paige, 13, Hunter, 12, and Peyton, 9. Hunter has autism, autoimmune encephalitis and diabetes. Slater is co-founder of Competing for Recovery, a nonprofit that raises awareness of autoimmune diseases and connects area families.
Favorite family restaurant We love J. Macklin’s Grill for its patio and live music on the weekends. We also can’t pass up Anamia’s take-out right now.
Best park We have always been a bike–riding family, but since the start of social distancing, we take our cruisers to the parks more often. Andy Brown East has beautiful trails, lakes and wide paths to allow for rides, walkers and runners.
Andy Brown Park East // 260 E Parkway Blvd., Coppell
Favorite family outing We love Old Town Coppell. We play board games at George Coffee + Provisions’ picnic tables while drinking their delicious coffee. Or we walk over to Twisted Root and watch the kids run around the playground and water features during warmer weather. Because our son is high risk, during the pandemic we have been sticking to neighborhood scooter rides, chalking sidewalks or doing social–distance gatherings in the front yard.
Old Town Coppell // 768 W. Main St., Coppell
For a night out The Sound is a new area with restaurants in Coppell, and Landon Winery is a fave because of their local barrels.
Self-care spot The Salon on the Creek with Angelica for hair—I’m in desperate need of a color!
Salon on the Creek // 684 S. Denton Tap Road, Suite 100, Coppell
Go-to for getting active As a former triathlete, I enjoy running, biking and swimming. For now, I swim in the backyard, run around our neighborhood route and bike on the trail with the kids.
For cooling off The CORE outdoor water park is a fun spot for our kids. This summer, though, we will be cooling off in our backyard in order to social distance.
The CORE aquatic and recreation facility // 234 Parkway Blvd., Coppell
How she gives back I am a co-director of the Fighting Autoimmunity 5K here in Coppell, along with my friend Lindy Kinnan. We both have children who have autoimmune diseases, so we started our nonprofit to facilitate a fun run that raises awareness and supports other nonprofits dedicated to research of autoimmune diseases, like CONQUER at UT Southwestern and CAP (Children’s Alopecia Project). Over the past five years, we have raised and donated over $83,000 and educated others about autoimmune diseases and how they affect families. This year’s 5K will take place virtually to keep the community safe.
How she found her mom squad Our local elementary school has been the main connection for my mom squad, but with sports, church and other activities, my husband and I have found friends for life here.
Why Coppell is great for families Coppell is a small town in a big city. You run into neighbors, church members, teachers and friends everywhere you go. The city plans free events regularly, maintains and renovates the parks, and the school district is academically impressive. We couldn’t think of another place to raise our family!
Photo courtesy of Chera25 Photography.