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Richardson, Garland

A guide to the neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood
Families enjoy the close community feel while still delighting in the perks of city life in these well-established suburbs. Both are commuter-friendly communities, thanks to recent expansions to DART and quick car rides to the hearts of Dallas and Collin counties—meaning it’s also easy to hit up Dallas or Plano for family fun on the weekends. But with a happening arts scene, tons of green space and Garland’s lively outdoor mall, there are plenty of reasons to stay in town, too. For foodie families, you can’t beat life in Richardson (the more expensive of the two), which enjoys diverse offerings from North Texas’ Chinatown and the new eateries along the CityLine. The much-lauded Richardson Independent School District boasts several Blue Ribbon schools and magnet programs, while Garland ISD offers a Choice of School system in which all parents in the district get to choose the schools their kids attend.

Garland ISD
47 elementary schools; 12 middle schools; 7 high schools
972/494-8201; garlandisd.net

Plano ISD
44 elementary schools; 13 middle schools; 8 high schools; 4 senior high schools
469/752-8100; pisd.edu

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

Blue Ribbon Schools
Garland ISD
Austin Academy for Excellence, 1992-93
Classical Center at Brandenburg
Middle School, 2009
Centerville Elementary School, 2008
Charlie R. Lyles Middle School, 1992-93
Hillside Academy for Excellence, 2016
Kimberlin Academy for Excellence, 1991-92;
1998-99; 2015
Routh Roach Elementary School, 2006; 2014
Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence, 1996-97;
2007; 2014

Garland (Richardson ISD)
Big Springs Elementary School, 1987-88, 2008

Richardson (private)
St. Paul the Apostle School, 1998-99

Richardson ISD
Canyon Creek Elementary School, 2005
Dover Elementary School, 2010
J.J. Pearce High School, 1988-89
L.V. Berkner High School, 1988-89
Mohawk Elementary School, 2005
Prairie Creek Elementary School, 2003
Richardson High School, 1983-84
Yale Elementary School, 2006

Garlan's Nicholsob Memorial Library System
Central Library
Open daily; Monday–Thursday open till 9pm
625 Austin St., Garland, 972/205-2524
North Garland Branch Library
Open Tuesday–Saturday; open till 9pm Tuesday and Thursday
3845 N. Garland Ave., Garland, 972/205-2802
South Garland Branch Library
Open Tuesday–Saturday; open till 9pm Tuesday and Thursday
4845 Broadway Blvd., Garland, 972/205-3920
Walnut Creek Branch Library
Open Tuesday–Saturday; open till 9pm Tuesday and Thursday
3319 Edgewood Drive, Garland, 972/205-2586

Richardson Public Library
Open daily; Monday–Thursday open till 9pm
900 Civic Center Drive, Richardson, 972/744-4350; cor.net/library

Health & Fitness 101
Garland Recreation Centers
Audubon Recreation Center
342 W. Oates Road, Garland, 972/205-3991
Bradfield Recreation Center
1146 Castle Drive, Garland, 972/205-2770
Fields Recreation Center
1701 Dairy Road, Garland, 972/205-3090
Granger Recreation Center
1310 W. Ave. F, Garland, 972/205-2771
Holford Recreation Center
2314 Homestead Place, Garland, 972/205-2772
Hollabaugh Recreation Center
3925 W. Walnut St., Garland, 972/205-2721

Richardson Branch YMCA
821 Custer Road, Richardson, 972/231-3424; ymcadallas.org

Heights Recreation Center
711 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, 972/744-7850
Huffhines Recreation Center
200 N. Plano Road, Richardson, 972/744-7881

Green Scene
Breckinridge Park
Enter through the C entrance on Brand Road for more direct access to the newer of two playgrounds. Have an afternoon to spare? Explore the developed parts of the sprawling 417-acre park with soccer and softball fields, three fishing ponds and a hike/bike trail.
2794 Brand Road, Richardson, 972/744-4300; cor.net

Four Seasons Market at Dal-Rich Towne Square
European-style farmers market open year-round every Saturday from 9am–2pm (even through less-than-perfect weather). Entertainment and kids’ activities vary by week.
101 S. Coit Road, Richardson, 972/884-0680; fourseasonsmarkets.com

The Marketplace DFW
Open April–October first and third Saturdays from 9am–2pm.
150 N. Sixth St., Garland, 469/275-9616; themarketplacedfw.com

Spring Creek Forest Preserve
This tree-shaded preserve is perfect for a short walk with the kids. Park in the lot on the west side of Holford Road to access an unpaved loop trail that hugs the creek; an interpretive guide on springcreekforest.org has descriptions to match the numbered signs you encounter. On the east side of Holford is a 0.33-mile paved trail with restrooms.
1770 Holford Road, Garland; garlandparks.com

Family Factor
Firewheel Town Center
When the weather’s nice, this outdoor mall is hopping. Besides retail stops for the whole family (including Gymboree, Children’s Place and Build-A-Bear Workshop), Firewheel has a children’s play area and shaded spots to enjoy an ice cream cookie sandwich from Nestlé® Toll House Café or an ice pop from Steel City Pops.
245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland, 972/675-1041; firewheeltowncenter.com

Garland Aquatics
Bradfield Pool
1150 Castle Drive, Garland, 972/205-2774
Holford Pool
2322 Homestead Place, Garland, 972/205-2776
Surf & Swim
Bring the family to Audubon Park for summers in the wave pool (life jackets recommended for kids shorter than 48 inches) and kids’ splash area, partially shaded from the sun. Burgers and snacks available at the concession stand and pool toys at the retail shop.
440 W. Oates Road, Garland, 972/205-3982
Wynne Pool
3858 S. Glenbrook Drive, Garland, 972/205-2777

Heights Family Aquatic Center
Hop in the vortex pool to let the current spin you in circles, play water basketball and volleyball in the lap pool, and more at Richardson’s outdoor water park.
709 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, 972/744-7856
Terrace Pool
Features a baby pool for the littles.
300 N. Lois Lane, Richardson, 972/671-0190