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Dallas Examiner | 6/10/2013, 4:22 a.m. | Updated on 6/11/2013, 12:15 p.m.
Deputy Mayor Tennell Atkins will join Dallas Park and Recreation Board members and community residents June 8 to cut the ...

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Deputy Mayor Tennell Atkins will join Dallas Park and Recreation Board members and community residents June 8 to cut the ribbon for the new Great Trinity Forest Gateway, located at 2161 Dowdy Ferry Road at Interstate Highway 20.

The forest park is located at the southern edge of the Trinity River Corridor Project and features new amenities including fishing piers, six pavilions, seating and a half-mile of multi-purpose concrete trails around a fishing pond.

“Great Trinity Forest Gateway is an exceptional addition to our already expanding park system. Situated in one of Dallas’ most scenic areas, it will offer a true rustic feeling within a unique natural landscape set among the backdrop of the Trinity River,” said Willis Winters, director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

Following the ceremony, morning-long educational activities for children and families will include scenic walking tours and trail explorations led by Inland Fisheries, Dallas County game wardens, and the Park and Recreation maintenance services division. John Bankston and River Ranch Educational Charities will offer horse rides for children and Equest will present a miniature horse show.


Last month, Congressman Marc Veasey introduced resolution H.RES 195 that recognized May as “Health and Fitness Month.” The legislation was the congressman’s second bill introduced in Congress and encourages Americans to lead healthy lifestyles.

Last week, Veasey hosted and participated on a panel in Grand Prairie that discussed kids seeking positive role models and pledging to make healthy choices and a two-mile walk in Cobb Park in Fort Worth as part of the Let’s Move! Campaign pioneered by first lady Michelle Obama.

Nearly two-thirds of adults and 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese. Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation at 30.4 percent.


Paul Quinn College will add a classic “Quinnite Nation” twist with the inaugural PQC Food Truck Festival along the “Avenue of Roses Parade.” The event will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. on campus, located at 3837 Simpson Stuart Road.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will visit the school to end their annual Community Concert Series with a selection of classical music under the stars. The free performance will begin at 8 p.m. and families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the orchestra.

“Our partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is an example of why Dallas is entering a period of unprecedented growth and prosperity,” PQC President Michael J. Sorrell said.

Concertgoers will get the chance to enjoy tasty meals on wheels during the festival from vendors such as Three Lions, Rock and Roll Tacos, Nammi, Easy Slider, The Butcher’s Son and What’s the Scoop?

For more information, visit http://www.pqc.edu.


Seventeen city of Dallas swimming pools will join thousands of aquatic facilities around the globe to set a new world record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 18.

The WLSL global event encourages aquatic facilities and regional, national and international water safety and drowning prevention organizations and the importance of teaching children to swim. The current Guinness World Record is 24, 873 participants swimming simultaneously representing 15 countries across five continents.