Summer Outdoors: Parks, Pools and Patios

0513 Corridor Living

Take a deep breath of fresh air. Feel the sun on your skin. Listen to the leaves on the trees rustle in the wind. Feel the green grass underneath your bare feet. Listen to the splash of the water. Taste that cold refreshing margarita. Oh yes, summer is here and you don’t want to spend it cooped up inside do you? Summer is the season to get outside, wander through the park, cool off in the pool and relax on a patio with delicious food and drinks for which Addison and the North Dallas Corridor is known. Whatever it is that you do this summer, make sure you spend some time outdoors!

Parks

 Parks may be the most popular place people frequent in Addison and the North Dallas Corridor during the summer months. The season kicks off at Addison Circle Park with Taste Addison May 17-19. Tens of thousands of food lovers will try foods from the many Addison and North Dallas restaurants all while listening to the great sounds of live music. Among the music featured at Taste Addison this year will be Reckless Kelly and Turnpike Troubadours on Friday night and Sister Hazel and Blue October on Saturday night. This year also marks the first annual Tasty Run, a fun run and 5K Saturday morning before Taste Addison opens. The 5K will feature eating stations throughout the race where runners will stop and snack before heading toward the finish line.

Less than two months later Addison Circle Park will once again play host to thousands more. Kaboom Town! attracts more than half a million spectators every year as one of the highest-rated Fourth of July fireworks shows in the country.

Addison Circle won’t only host these massive events, the Summer Series will feature smaller weekly events from Songwriter concerts, July Jazz and Summer Salsa. Each event brings a unique aspect to the Addison and North Dallas Corridor for everyone to enjoy.

Addison Circle isn’t the only park worth visiting this summer. Vitruvian Park has its own great events lined up this summer season. The park will host sports leagues, a concert series, food, art and author events and more throughout May, June, July and August.

Getting outside isn’t all about big events though. If you’re looking to get outside and relax a bit, Vitruvian Park is one of the Addison and North Dallas Corridor parks that is just as serene as it is eventful. Laura Schieber describes Vitruvian Park as, “One of the most beautiful outdoor settings in the DFW metro area. The creek, open space and waterfall create a relaxing place for picnics, walks, play and pretty much any outdoor activity you can think of.”

Among other parks in the area are Addison Town Park, Les Lacs Park, Bosque Park, Celestial Park and more! Whatever the occasion, the parks in the Corridor can deliver and help you enjoy the outdoors!

Pools

 It’s not always easy to spend time outside. When the temperature hits 105 in North Texas, it’s understandable that the air conditioning is tempting. That’s when pools become your favorite hangout spot. There’s nothing like the cool refreshing feeling of the water splashing all over you on a hot summer day. Luckily, there are plenty of pools to cool you in the Corridor as well!

Whether you have the pool in your own backyard or in your apartment community, the options for the aquatic cool-down are bountiful. Post Addison Circle’s Terri Sherrod describes the pool options available, “At Post Addison Circle, we have four resort-style swimming pools. We also have several restaurants with spacious patios for patrons to enjoy a nice cold beverage while they relax on a summer afternoon.”

If you’re in the Addison Circle area, you don’t have to travel far for another great pool. Head to the rooftop of Allegro Addison Circle for their resort-style pool, complete with rentable bungalows with a couch and refrigerator. Residents are in for an annual treat on the Fourth of July as well. Allegro Addison Circle hosts a barbeque for its residents on the roof with a perfect view of Kaboom Town! and Addison Circle Park.

Nathan Brainard of Behringer Harvard Residential describes Allegro’s outdoor amenities in more detail, showing that residents will have a hard time running out of things to do. “The Allegro community offers a rooftop amenity experience that includes a pool, a spa, grilling zones with professional-grade BBQs, and a fire pit area for casual gatherings,” Brainard explains. “Private rooftop bungalows allow residents to let go and stay cool. Seven beautifully landscaped private courtyards feature festive lighting and water features.

“A rooftop recreation area called The Dip features an Aqua Lounge where residents can bask in the sun and relax anytime. After working out at the fitness center or the Spin Deck, or playing ping-pong or poker on the Game Deck, residents can cool off in the refreshing pool or luxuriate in the soothing spa with cascading water and a fountain water feature. Interior hallways are climate-controlled with controlled access.”

Pool time should be as relaxing as it is enjoyable. Addison Keller Springs Apartments provide relaxation with a sun-drenched deck and let you enjoy a relaxing experience in their zen garden. After getting fit in the full-size fitness and wellness center you can relax in the lounge-style pool.

Events are not uncommon around the refreshing centerpiece of a pool. Elan City Centre, one of the Corridor’s newest luxury apartment communities, offers a salt water pool with a tanning area, grilling stations, a courtyard with a reflecting pond and stylish alfresco dining and lounge areas. The pool comes complete with events for residents as well.

Trish Martin, Senior Regional Property Manager for Greystar, tells more about the fun you can have at Elan City Centre. “We offer a variety of resident activities, including catered pool parties with live entertainment,” she explains. “On occasion, we will host events at local venues or simply invite residents to enjoy dinner outside in the community courtyard. We also offer pet-friendly events including a pet parade and yappy hour. Our favorite is pool-side movie night. It’s a unique way to stay cool and enjoy a beautiful evening.”

If you’re looking for a space all to yourself, the Corridor offers many single-family homes to suit your needs, complete with that amazing backyard you’ve been wanting. Cindy O’Gorman of Ebby Halliday explains that this is the perfect time to come to an open house and see the great houses on the market.

“The weather is perfect for holding weekend open houses and marketing our lovely backyard living areas,” O’Gorman explains. “My business is located near Addison and we service areas north and south. We love to highlight the wonderful lots with trees, pools, and outdoor living areas.”

Make sure you make a splash this summer while outdoors. The pool is a great place to cool down and enjoy that Texas summer sun!

Patios

 One important thing to remember when faced with blistering temperatures like the 100+ degree weather in Texas is to make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. Why not enjoy your time outside under a nice umbrella while you eat, drink and be merry? Patios are the perfect place during summer months to enjoy a nice burger, salad, enchilada plate, steak, sandwich or sushi and the perfect place to wash down aforementioned foods with a cold beer, margarita, cocktail or water (yes that too). The Corridor is filled with amazing patios that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour and dinner!

Lazaranda Mexican Kitchen + Tequila is the perfect example of a great patio that caters to your every need. While sitting outside with your fellow patio patrons, you don’t even have to go inside to get your next drink. With access to an outdoor bar, you have maximum access to your next tequila.

Owners Mario Letayf and Chef Antonio Marquez give examples of how to beat the Texas heat in delicious style, “The best way to cool down on Lazaranda’s patio is to enjoy one of their refreshing margaritas. Ceviche is also nice to enjoy on a hot summer day, which Lazaranda has several to choose from.”

And we all know options are great.

Lazaranda isn’t the only great patio in the Corridor. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail at lunch or dinner on the patio of Houlihan’s. Stop by Mercy Wine Bar for lunch and enjoy the views of Village on the Parkway. If you’re looking for food to help cool you, Sushi Axiom offers a great patio space for your next California Roll.

The nice thing about patios is that they have versatility. When the sun comes out, the chairs are waiting for you. Start as early as you want or stay as late as you want! Patios at great Corridor restaurants such as The Social House, Blue Mesa Grill and Gloria’s are available for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour and even late at night. There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air after dancing at The Social House on the weekends or post-Salsa dancing at Gloria’s.

Just remember to stay cool, stay full, stay hydrated and most importantly, stay outside on these wonderful patios.

Now Get Outside Already!

Addison and the North Dallas Corridor give you a plethora of options this summer. What better place to take a breath of fresh air than walking along the creek at Vitruvian Park. Feel the sun on your skin as you lounge by the pool on the roof of Allegro Addison Circle. Listen to the leaves on the trees rustle in the wind as you take a bite of a new food at Taste Addison at Addison Circle Park. Feel the green grass underneath your bare feet at your next home that Cindy O’Gorman helped you find. Listen to the splash of the water at Elan City Centre’s pool. Taste that cold refreshing margarita on the Lazaranda patio. Oh yes, summer is here and don’t you dare try to spend all your time inside!

By Sam Nicholson

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