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As the Dallas heat wanes and people start emerging from their air-conditioned homes, the search to find a comfortable park nearby can be a challenge. 

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If Texas' major cities were ranked by the availability of public pools, Fort Worth would be dead last.

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Plano's again the highest-ranking Texas city in the Trust For Public Land's annual ParkScore index, which measures park access and quality in 100 U.S. cities.

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Six North Texas cities made the list. Here’s how they stacked up:

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Transforming Dallas Into Something Called A 'Smart City'

Nov 18, 2015

Efforts are underway to transform Dallas into a Smart City. That designation involves building an advanced network that can monitor everything from a city's energy consumption to when a garbage can needs to be changed.

Dallas consistently ranks in the middle in the Trust For Public Land’s ParkScore index, which rates park space. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. City officials, however, hope to change that. The Belo Foundation last week gave Dallas $30 million to build four parks downtown.

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A group that wants state lawmakers to restore funding for parks is asking the public to get involved.

Tonight in Dallas, “Keep Texas Parks Open” will hold a town hall meeting.  The group is holding town halls in six other cities this week. 

Group director Ian Davis says they’re calling on lawmakers to dedicate money from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, which is what the tax money was originally supposed to be used for. 

The tax is expected to generate about $265 million for the next two- year budget. 

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This weekend's opening of Klyde Warren Park is a chance to perfect your down-dog, train your puppy dog, hear a symphony and squeeze in a game of petanque.  All for free.

Also free? Our list of five things to think about while you're there.

A new park system ranking puts Dallas and Fort Worth in the middle of the pack compared to other major cities. Dallas has more than average park space. The challenge is getting there.