Ravinia Heights has been described as a “gem hiding in plain sight.” It is a small neighborhood in southwest Dallas. Located in the Oak Cliff community, Ravinia Heights is bordered by Jefferson Blvd. to the north, Brisco Blvd. to the east, Gladstone Dr. to the south, and boxed in by South Ravinia Drive on the west. It hosts just 150 homes nestled among trees, hills, and creeks.
As the neighborhood is strictly a residential area, there are no restaurants or retail businesses here or within walking distance. However, if you have a mischievous pup on your hands, you might check out the Bark!Here Dog Training Academy just north of W. Claredon Drive.
Walking in Texas means you need to pay attention to the weather as it is prone to extremes. Heat in the summertime can cause injury to sensitive paws and rogue thunderstorms in the spring can pop up unexpectedly. Be prepared for the season you are walking in!
Ravinia Heights, established in the early 1920s, is home to an old school terrain of rolling hills rarely found in more modern suburbs of Dallas. Prominent old growth trees provide a great deal of shade cover from the Texas heat. You and your furry friend will have a sidewalk experience with pedestrian traffic throughout the neighborhood. While sidewalks might be a bit on the narrow side due to the age of the neighborhood, the large lots in the community are well maintained and manicured.
A great mix of artificial and natural landscapes await you and your furry friend on your walk. Your pup will enjoy the softness of the well-kept lawns throughout the neighborhood. Remember to be kind and clean up any messes! These are also large residential lots without a uniform pattern to driveway entrances. Be aware of your surroundings as you walk and keep an eye out for cars backing out or turning into hidden driveways.
Green space abounds in this neighborhood, but most of it is in the form of large, private residential lawns. Just outside of the neighborhood on West Sheldon, you can find Beverly Hills Park. A small 2.7 acres host a baseball field, basketball court, and a playground. Wide, concrete paths wrap through the park with benches for resting when you pup wears you out. Drinking fountains are also offered to refill your water sources for you and your pup!
Outside of the neighborhood but within walking distance is the Martin Weiss Park on West Clarendon. As a more extensive, 14-acre park, this can be a destination for you and your furry friend. Walking paths allow you to enjoy the park with your dog on a leash but the large open fields can find you enjoying a game of long-leash fetch. This park also hosts a recreation center so you will find it more on the busy side.