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Rea Foster’s Lakewood Picks

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Rea Foster, along with her husband Franklin Foster II and son Franklin Foster III, love that her neighborhood near White Rock Lake “provides the perfect blend of a bustling city with the slower neighborhood feel.” The executive director of Teach for America DFW shares her favorite spots to spend time with her family in this East Dallas area.

Favorite family restaurant: Our favorite nearby family restaurant is Taco Joint. We love it because 1) we just love tacos, 2) it has a chill vibe, and 3) it’s close to our Saturday activities (like classes at Dallas Swim Kids). 6434 E. Mockingbird Lane, Lakewood; 214/821-8226

Favorite local park: My son loves Lakewood Park because it has many different areas to explore all in one place—play equipment, open green space to run, creeks where he can look for creatures and trails to ride his bike. 7143 Williamson Road, Lakewood; 214/670-4100

Favorite family outing: Now that my kiddo can ride a bike, one of our favorite things is to ride our bikes from our house to White Rock Lake, jump on the Santa Fe Trail, take it to White Rock Ale House (make a pit stop on the patio for snacks and drinks), and then go back. It gets us outside, active, and includes a patio treat midway. Santa Fe Trail, begins at Winstead near the southern tip of White Rock Lake and continues past Woodrow Wilson High School into Deep Ellum and Fair Park; White Rock Ale House, 7331 Gaston Ave., Dallas; 214/989-7570

Go-to girls’ night spots: My go-to girls’ night these days is Pizzeria Testa on Greenville Avenue. They pivoted well in the pandemic with an outdoor patio and truly spacious tables that made me feel comfortable. If it’s Thursday night, you are very likely to see me on the patio with girlfriends and bubbles. 3525 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 469/620-2266

Courtesy Dallas Parks and Recreation

For self-care: I’m a spa girl through-and-through, and by far, my favorite spa in Dallas is The Joule. It takes a lot for me to turn my brain off, and the subterrain atmosphere really lets me feel like I can escape and relax. My more budget-friendly self-care option is walking to the edge of a dock on White Rock Lake, pausing for a moment, and exhaling. I find being in the presence of water to be grounding and closely connects me with God. The Spa at the Joule, 1530 Main St., Dallas; 214/261-4555; White Rock Lake

Get active: I have been a Peloton member for years, so I get active by doing a ride on my Peloton bike or using the Peloton App to guide me on a walk or run to White Rock Lake.

Cool off: We love to cool off with yogurt from TCBY on Mockingbird.  6402 E. Mockingbird Lane, Lakewood; 214/821-5757

Giving back: Community is tremendously important to me—so much so that I quit being a lawyer to work full time for a nonprofit organization. So, I’m giving back all day, every day and am very involved in improving the city through organizations like Leadership Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas. As a family, we are very active in our church, Shoreline City, and my 6-year-old is a big fan of donating. We regularly fill boxes together and make trips to the Goodwill drop site on Mockingbird. Leadership Dallas, 214/746-6673; Junior League of Dallas, 8003 Inwood Road, Dallas; 214/357-8822; Shoreline City Church, 10715 Garland Road, Lake Highlands; 469/270-7628

Why Lake Highlands is a great place to raise a family: For us, the White Rock neighborhood provides the perfect blend of a bustling city with the slower neighborhood feel. It’s close enough to the city that we feel minutes away from great restaurants and amenities, but also get to retreat to the quiet, tree-lined streets of Forest Hills. And on top of all that, we pass a beautiful body of water to and from school and work every day! Where else can you both be in the heart of Dallas and live on a lake?

Find your tribe: I found my local mom friends through work, as well as a new mom bible study.

Featured photo courtesy of Photo Graphics.