The Local Mind: Playgrounds for the imagination


Josh Campbell

Coppell has a variety of natural areas to visit during COVID-19. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Camila Villarreal encourages bored citizens to take advantage of these public spaces in order to better appreciate the city.

Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor

I have never considered Coppell as boring, but since COVID-19 cuffed a ball and chain around my ankle and kept me tethered to Sandy Lake and Denton Tap, this city has felt a little… lackluster. Not that it’s anyone’s fault. Of course not. 

But what do you do now? 

How do a bunch of teenagers “teen” these days without putting lives on the line?

My proposed solution: go touch some grass. Seriously. When your life is so technology-based that it begins to look two-dimensional, go outside

Coppell currently has 17 parks and a handful of recreational facilities. There’s trails to explore and parks to wander about in, but if you’re like me, you haven’t been taking advantage of any of that. It’s not fair to call a city dull when it’s most abundant locations haven’t been experienced. 

So, this is your sign to go live life like your grandparents always bragged about, give that sore tech-neck a well deserved break and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer you.

Not feeling very creative? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are some things you can do today:

  • Take a good old-fashioned stroll at Andy Brown Park East.
  • Have a socially-distanced picnic with your friends at Andy Brown Park West.
  • Watch some ducks squabble around at The Duck Pond Park.
  • Read a book in a field at Grapevine Creek Park.
  • Toss a ball or frisbee around with a family relative at the Coppell Nature Park.

Just to name a few. The good thing about empty fields and natural areas is that they are capable of anything you could possibly come up with. Getting a little more Vitamin D wouldn’t hurt either.

COVID-19’s loathsome arrival meant making significant changes to our lives, but that shouldn’t mean our ability to enjoy them should be hampered too. 

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