Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 114

dallasobserver.com dallasobserver.com Best Place to Work Out White Rock YMCA For days when it’s too hot to finish your whole workout at White Rock Lake, the newly renovated YMCA White Rock facility nearby offers a much more comfortable alter-native. Sure, there’s the standard selection of aerobic equipment and weights available here, just like at any other gym, but the White Rock YMCA is unique. Thanks to a $3 million donation from an anonymous rich person last year, this YMCA location was able to install an outdoor swimming pool and accompany-ing “spray park,” perfect for people who have small children who can’t yet swim. A YMCA membership also buys gym-goers access to a wide array of classes — from standard exer-cise classes to more eccentric lessons, such as one that will teach you how to use essential oils in your home. Spacious, clean locker rooms and free coffee in the lobby make this location a comfortable place to recover after your workout. 7112 Gaston Ave., 214-328-2849, whiterockymca.org Sports & Rec Best Dog Park Meadows Foundation Dog Park The Meadows Foundation Dog Park, also nicknamed the Swiss Avenue dog park, is tucked among stately houses, some a century old. Clean, lush and green, with grass that dogs love to roll around in, the park is quiet and the regulars (both canine and human) use it as an outdoor gathering spot to social-ize or casually catch up on neighborhood news. Surrounded by a cute white fence, and with some benches for dog owners to use, this little park is a swell place to take Scruffy off his leash for a romp. The walk home down a low-traffic, tree-lined boulevard is its own reward for man and beast. 3003 Swiss Ave., 214-826-9431, mfi.org whiterocklake.org join one of many fitness clubs that do the lake in groups (Meetup.com lists a bunch). If 9.3 miles isn’t enough of a training workout, the lake trail joins the 7.5-mile White Rock Creek trail at the north end, which makes a near-marathon 24.3-mile round trip. SPORTS/RECREACTION NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC FOOD/DRINK CULTURE/PEOPLE | thread SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | | stage | Movies | Culture | | Night+day | feature | | sChutze | uNfair Park | the | CoNteNts | announces the rides on his Facebook page.) The rides are all free and the breweries offer his groups discounts. Way to peddle a great pedaling idea. Best Sports Columnist Bob Sturm Bob Sturm is one of the best sportswriters in The Dallas Morning News ’ stable but he’s re-ally a radio guy, co-hosting (with Dan Mc-Dowell) the noontime BaD show on The Ticket/1310AM. His well-researched col-umns about the Cowboys, and posts on his daily Sturminator blog, which draw on his en-cyclopedic knowledge of sports, offer great insights into what’s happening with Ameri-ca’s Team. The Dallas Morning News Best Running Trail for People Who Already Have Hot Bods Katy Trail Face it, the Katy Trail is where one-percenters go to test their Fitbits and show off their low BMIs. Get in the way of one of these taut speci-mens and you will be yelled at for workout in-terference. Dotted with pricey brunch joints and loomed over by Turtle Creek luxury high-rises, the 3.5-mile Katy Trail that runs from Mockingbird Station to American Airlines Center is the preferred path for the super-toned and devoutly Lululemoned. If you’re one of the lowly hoi polloi, keep your jiggly stuff hidden and try to look confident out there. This road to fitness is paved with good intentions. katytraildallas.org Readers’ Pick: Tim Cowlishaw The Dallas Morning News Readers’ Pick: 24 Hour Fitness Best Social Bike Ride The Bicycle Brewery Tour Led by cyclist/activist Jonathan Braddick, this occasional ride is a laid-back tour of lo-cal breweries, attracting all levels of riders with its leisurely pace. Braddick starts the Dallas ride at the Continental Bridge. The one in Fort Worth starts at T&P Station, reachable by public transpo. Even in chilly February, a Dallas brewery ride drew 500 cy-clists following Braddick on bikes cheap and/or fancy, cruising from brewery to brew-ery down Riverfront Boulevard. Braddick, president of the Dallas Bicycle Coalition, has done a half-dozen tours so far, along with a bike-in vegan dinner and film event, and some tours of historic areas of Oak Cliff. (He Best Fun Run Various locations, 24hourfitness.com Go Oak Cliff 1.1 Beer Run Go Oak Cliff’s 1.1 Beer Run is the perfect pre-cursor to the Bishop Arts-staged Brew Riot. For a registration fee, you get to run through Bishop Arts, plus you’re granted three beers and early admission to the home-brewing competition. For completing the run, you also get a cheeky 1.1 car sticker that will help you show up any marathon-running jerks you know. 408 N. Bishop Ave., gooakcliff.org Best Hiking Trail North Shore Trail at Lake Grapevine The steep terrain around Lake Grapevine is popular with mountain bikers, but its rocky curves make it an equally challenging spot for hikers and joggers ( just watch for the cy-clists). The trail runs for 10 miles on the north side of the lake (30 miles northwest of Dallas), where you can also find lakefront camping, kayak rentals and other outdoor activities. In our otherwise pancake-flat North Texas landscape, this trail offers some of the best up-and-down hiking in a natural setting. Best Trail for Serious Running White Rock Lake For long, quiet, meditative runs, where you get lost in your tunes and lose track of what mile you’re on, hit the White Rock Lake trails. Our manmade body of water in East Dallas is ringed by a meandering 9.3-mile trail that winds through woods, over bridges and a dam and past a small marina filled with sail-boats. Run, walk or skate the trail alone or November 26, 2015, Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St. Readers’ Pick: Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot Readers’ Pick: Trinity River Audubon Center 6500 S. Great Trinity Forest Way, 214-309-5801, trinityriver.audubon.org DALLAS DALLAS OBSERVER OBSERVER S eptember 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 Best Bowling Alley Bowlounge Bowlounge was borne of an old bowling cen-ter in East Texas. But some dandy folks bought it, took it apart, shipped it to the Dallas Design District and put it back together as a super-groovy vintage bowling alley. With 12 regula-tion-length maple-and-pine lanes, Brunswick pin-setters and vintage automatic scoring, it’s retro cool and shabby chic. It’s got good, cheap drinks, Twisted Root burgers, fried pickles and fried Moon Pies, too, along with 40 beers on tap, old video games, new pool tables and other nifty accoutrements. Whether you’re knocking ’em down or knocking ’em back, it’s so fun here, you won’t want to split. 167 Turtle Creek Blvd., No. 103, 214-741-7737, bowlounge.com Best Bowling Alley BOWlOunge Stanton Stephens 2 114 Readers’ Pick: Bowlounge

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