Reverchon Park is a pawtastic Dallas city park for pups and their pals, though it hasn't always been. Built in 1915, it was improved in the 1930s with elegant stonework, but fell victim to misuse and decay in the 1980s and 1990s. Aware of the park's potential, the community began a restoration project in 1998 that has transformed the once crime-ridden Riverchon Park into what local media now call "one of Dallas' most successful parks." By 2013, trees and gardens had been replanted and the original Works Progress Administration stonework had been fully restored. A ramp has connected the park to the Katy Trail since 2008.
There's a little something for everypawdy at this expansive 41-acre park. For sports buffs, there's a historic baseball field, tennis courts, and other sports facilities including an indoor recreation center. People in search of a peaceful afternoon will enjoy the strolling paths, iris gardens, and multiple seating options like beautifully restored stone benches. Pups with energy to burn will love the interconnected walking trails through varied landscapes including oak groves and streams. They'll also love the wide open lawns, which are great places for romping as well as resting. Note that while you may see some pups off leash, this is against park rules. Avoid a fine by keeping your dog leashed at Reverchon Park. You should also bring your own waste bags and use the park's trash cans to clean up after your dog.
Park improvements continue in this well-loved park. Pay attention to the schedule to discover dog-friendly outdoor events to attend—you and your dog will want to find any reason to come back. Ultimately, though, nothing beats the simple pleasure of following winding trails through forest and dale and enjoying the scenery as it changes with the seasons, your dog smiling and wagging the whole way.