It’s not even June, and temperatures already are pushing 100 degrees, as Advocate columnist Jeff Siegel pointed out earlier this week. If the kids are looking for some relief and a little summer fun, the Campbell Green spray ground opens on Memorial Day. Hours run 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily until Sept. 5.
The Fretz Park pool opens June 2 but for swim lessons only. It’s $30 for an eight-week session.
Those are our only options for public pools and spray grounds, which reminds me of the conversation I had with councilmember Sandy Greyson and North Dallas Chamber vice president Carol Short during our “Where is Far North Dallas?” story we did last August.
While our area was being developed during the ’70s and ’80s, green space just wasn’t as valuable:
Greyson: They used to say [the land] was too valuable to make a park out of it.
Short: And I remember an argument back when I worked for the city council about building swimming pools and parks in North Dallas, and councilmembers would say that people’s backyards in North Dallas were parks because everybody has pools.
Greyson: Yes, I remember that. I used to hear that when Campbell Green rec center was built. There’s no pool there, and they said that everybody has pools, and we don’t need to build a pool there. Well, I don’t have a pool.