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Friendship Park in Dallas

Location: 12700 Hornbeam Drive at the north end of Lake Highlands in Dallas. The park is north of Walnut Street, next to Forestridge Elementary School.

What makes it noteworthy: A colorful native plant garden greets you when you first arrive (stroll in, or park on Hornbeam Drive). At the playground area, a few trees provide dappled shade as kids explore the two play sets. Children ages 2–5 will love their built-in toys and small slide, while bigger kids can spy through a telescope and race down two slides. The play area also includes two regular swings and two for babies, plus bucket seats for spinning and spring-loaded toys for bouncing. Bring chalk to play Tic Tac Toe on the boards built in to the sidewalk.

Extras: A walking trail, plenty of open space, and playground-side benches and picnic tables make Friendship Park a great place for the whole family to hang out.

Safety: The playground was clean and well-maintained, contributing to an A* on the Playground Safety Report Card. But because the park is next to a school, the playground can get busy during peak times. 

+ Three slides and four swings
+ Lots of built-in toys and games
+ Some trees for shade

– No restrooms
– Street parking
– Next to an elementary school
– Potential climbing hazard

Overall grade: 4/5 stars


*Based on the National Program for Playground Safety’s Report Card at playgroundsafety.org