Readers Voice Awards – Hang Outs

Posted on 16 Mar 2006 at 8:51pm


LACING UP: Truitt Ray gets ready for a jog at the Fitzhugh Avenue bridge of the Katy Trail.

BEST BIKE/WALK TRAIL
Katy Trail
Landscaping from American Airlines Center to Harry Hines Boulevard scheduled to be completed Spring 2006. Serves bikers, runners, walkers and in-line skaters.
When completed, it will feature a 3.5-mile, 12-foot wide path for wheels, and a 3.1-mile, 8-foot wide state-of-the-art soft-surface track for runners and walkers.
www.katytraildallas.org

Forget happy trails. We’re talking full-on gay trails. From hot shirtless guys on bikes to sexy babes on rollerblades, the Katy Trail is one of the best spots to just hang out and watch the beautiful people go by. Or if you’re so inclined, it’s a terrific place to get a little non-treadmill exercise in Big D’s great outdoors.

After a group of visionaries started Friends of the Katy Trail back in 1997, the road was paved for a world-class park area in the heart of one of the nation’s biggest cities. Tracing the former route of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (known as the MKT or “Katy” for short), the $23 million project will include a 3.5-mile, 12-foot wide concrete path for wheels and a 3.1-mile, 8-foot wide state-of-the-art, soft-surface track for runners and walkers.

Wonderfully landscaped, the Katy Trail currently runs from the West End and the American Airlines Center in the south, through the heart of the Uptown District, past Knox Street, up north to Southern Methodist University and ending at Mockingbird Station.

Shared by bicyclers, runners and people whose main goal is to give their prized pooches a well-deserved workout, Katy Trail keeps on growing and improving. Access from some of the most sought-after apartment and condo communities in the city’s urban center makes it even more convenient for residents to take to the outdoors.

An annual 5K, (this year,it will be held on May 18) attracts thousands of heart-healthy participants who brave the often-treacherous heat. Wheter you’re in it to beat your own best time or simply get to the finish line for the never-ending food from local restaurants, the fun run is a can’t-miss for the fitness crowd.

Steven Lindsey

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING
Crossroads Market, Bookstore and Cafe
3930 Cedar Springs Road. 214-521-8919
Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

BEST PARK
Lee Park
3400 Turtle Creek Blvd.
This beautifully landscaped park stretches along a scenic creek, and includes a statue of Robert E. Lee and a replica of his home.
www.dallascityhall.com/leepark

BEST PUBLIC POOL
Buddies II
4025 Maple Ave. 214-526-0887
Seven days a week, Noon-2 a.m.
www.buddiesii.com

BEST PLACE TO MEET SOMEONE
JR’s Bar and Grill Dallas
3923 Cedar Springs Road. 214-528-1004
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday Noon-2 a.m.
www.caven.com/jrs_bar

grill_dallas.htm

BEST BATH HOUSE
Club Dallas
2616 Swiss Ave. 214-821-1990
Seven days a week, 24 hours
www.the-clubs.com

BEST QUIET PLACE TO
SPEND A SUNDAY
White Rock Lake
Located in East Dallas. Lake has entrance points from Mockingbird Lane, Buckner Boulevard., Garland Road and West Lawther Drive.
Activities include new bike bridge, walking and running paths, paddleboats, sailing and dog park at Mockingbird Lane entrance.

Reader Commentary

PEOPLE WATCHING
Cafe Express
“H-O-T men at any time, day or evening!”

BIKE/WALK TRAIL
Katy Trail
“Hot afternoons in the summer,
shirtless men on roller blades…Yum…”

DREAM VACATION
Hawaii
“It’s beautiful, relaxing, and romantic –
I’ll take that!”

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