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Many people think of the city park as simply a playground, soccer field and maybe a baseball diamond. But many urban parks maintained by the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department are more than simply picnic tables. Each Nature Crawl visits four of the 90 parks maintained by the municipal parks and recreation department. Volunteers from each park will help point out the unique features and native plants being preserved there.

The next Nature Crawl starts at 9 a.m., November 23, at the O.S. Grey Nature Area, located at 2021 West Abrams, in Arlington, including the wildflower meadow and trails, and then explores Wildscape at Veterans Park, Southwest Nature Preserve and River Legacy Park along the Trinity River. Those visiting all four nature reserves can receive discount coupons from local retailers. REI is promoting the Crawl at their stores in support of the Opt Outdoors campaign.

Arlington resident Jim Domke is coordinating the event, partly motivated by how long it took him to discover the nature areas inside Arlington. He says, “These gems are hidden away and need to be discovered. Getting out away from malls, traffic, and stop lights by going to a nature park is an easy way to simply take time and relax, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy life. It’s a great place to take the whole family for a walk after the huge Thanksgiving feast.”

Admission is free. For more information, call 817-435-2980 or visit and



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