Elmwood Parkway is a unique 16-acre linear park in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas that's a pawriffic place for a peaceful afternoon walk. While standard park amenities like a basketball court and a playground fit into its narrow profile, its main focus is the walkway that extends from one end of the park to the other. Originally only a half-mile in length, it was doubled in 2016 when the extension connecting it to Kiest Park was completed. Park advocates are currently working with the city to develop a northern extension of the greenway.
Saved from development in the neighborhood's early days, the original park area along the banks of Cedar Creek remains a lush natural oasis. Its mature pecan, oak, elm, and hackberry trees shelter many wildlife species, including a wide range of birds. Enjoy the sounds as you walk: the ripple and rush of the creek, the leaves rustling in the wind, the layers of birdsong. In warmer months, wildflowers including bluebonnet, firewheel, and milkweed bloom in open areas along the walkway, attracting local butterflies as well as migrating monarchs. As the year turns to fall, the trees burst into their own dazzling display of color.
There are trash cans all along the walkway for your convenience and a water fountain near the playground. You will need to bring your own waste bags and remember to clean up after your dog. It's also important to obey local leash laws. This is a pupular dog-walking spot and you're guaranteed to make some new friends here.
If you're looking for a beautiful place to enjoy a walk with your dog, you can't go wrong with a visit to Elmwood Parkway.