Garland covers 57 square miles of picturesque terrain, making it the 10th largest city in the state of Texas. Although Garland continues to grow in size and population, this peaceful community, rich in tradition and family values, has managed to maintain a small town charm. Garland features six different suburban neighborhoods: Centerville, Eastern Hills, Duck Creek, Embree, Rose Hill, and Firewheel.
Garland's park system provides residents with a broad range of recreational programs, classes and special events through its very active recreation department. The city parks combine to offer more than 2,500 acres of parkland, some developed and some undeveloped. These award-winning facilities include five recreation halls, two senior citizen centers, four swimming pools, a 14-court tennis complex, 50 playgrounds, 73 athletic fields, four group picnic pavilions, a marina and more than 20 miles of trails for walking, running, hiking and biking.
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Residents can also take advantage of many other area attractions that provide locals with a retreat from the glitz and glamour of big city life. The Surf and Swim Wave Pool, the Garland Senior Activity Center, the Spring Creek Forest Preserve, the Audubon Recreation Center, Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Lavon, Windsurf Bay Park and the Carter Softball Complex (to name a few) provide locals with fun, safe gathering spots for the entire family to enjoy. Naturally, the city's proximity to downtown Dallas also affords residents the luxury of experiencing the big city thrills of a thriving metropolis.
The Garland School District ranks as the 2nd largest district in Dallas County, and the 11th largest in the state. Garland is one of only three districts in Texas to receive an AA1 bond rating from Moody's Investor Service. The city boasts a student to teacher ratio of 1:22 throughout all age groups from the elementary level to high school. The area is filled with institutions of higher learning including the University of Texas, Amberton University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A & M and the Dallas County Community College.
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