Duncanville is home to some of the area's best parks. The majority of the city's 16 parks have gone through some type of renovation over the past several years, adding walking trails, playground equipment, picnic tables, benches, and pavilions. With 235 acres of parkland, Duncanville is the ideal destination for outdoor recreation.
Lakeside Park, located off of Camp Wisdom at Hill City, contains the most fished urban lake that is part of the Neighborhood Fishing Program in the state of Texas. Regular fish stocking is provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife, which brings regular deliveries of catfish in the summer and trout in the winter.
Armstrong Park is home to the Poe-Hobden Amphitheater, which hosts a summer concert series, July 4th celebration and a variety of citywide special events. The park is also home to Kidsville — the largest volunteer-built creative playground in the world. It contains a handicapped accessible play area and a variety of discovery play features to keep children's imagination engaged for hours. Encompassing the park is a one-mile walking trail, which meanders through beautifully landscaped planter beds. A large pavilion is also available for rental for company picnics and gatherings.
A special garden area is located off of Wheatland Road in Armstrong Park, which contains an Iris Garden, Perennial Garden and Rose Garden (which has 225 different varieties of roses). The gardens are open to the public seven days a week and are definitely worth a visit.
The Dallas Nature Center, another of the area's botanical treasures, allows visitors to explore more than 600 acres of native trees, flowers and wildlife.
Other outdoor recreation opportunities include golf at nearby Oak Cliff and Thorntree Country Clubs and water activities at Joe Pool Lake (which affords visitors the chance to ski, swim, boat and fish on over 7,500 acres). In addition, Joe Pool Lake is surrounded by four parks, featuring hiking trails that wind through timberland and grasslands. The parks also include 10 miles of mountain bike trails.
For indoor recreation, the Duncanville Recreation Center provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Center has a comprehensive workout facility, indoor walking track, two basketball courts, pool tables, ping pong tables and more. The complex includes a game room, teen room (with games and a television) and three meeting rooms.
The Duncanville Public Library offers a variety of resources, computer access, WI-FI and special programs. In addition to its print and multi-media collection, the library features two quiet study rooms, a children's area and genealogy and local history areas.
In 2003, the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center broke ground on a 4,500-square-foot expansion. The expansion includes a new kitchen and a multi-purpose room with a stage, which allows the center to host a number of new senior classes and events. The Senior Center is also available for rental and is an excellent location for wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc.