|At the end of this overgrown, bumpy road in east Dallas, you'll find the 'Redneck Country Club"|
Let me start by saying that I love to swim. I carry trunks in my car, just in case the opportunity arises, lest I be unprepared. Not having my own swimming pool though leaves me few options.
I could go to the public pool in Lakewood. But an unaccompanied adult male hanging at the public pool, that looks a little weird.
Being new to East Dallas, a neighbor suggested I try the 'Redneck Country Club'. The RCC is the nickname given to the Eagles Lodge 3108 which graciously allows their east Dallas neighbors to use their pool for a mere $7.00. The only problem, even though it's really close to the Dallas Arboretum, you'd only find it if you had really good directions.
|Follow this obscure road and look for the sign below|
|When you see this, you know you've found it. |
|The Oasis of East Dallas|
Out by the pool you'll notice perhaps the most unusual mix of people in Dallas. Families with young kids, retired Eagles Lodge member and tattooed hipsters who found the last place in North Texas to smoke. (warning, there is a lot of smoking here, just like in 1971). But who cares; the weather's hot and the pool and the beer are cold. Come on over and enjoy a swim.
To find the Eagles Lodge, turn east onto Lakeland Drive from Garland Road (across for the Dallas Arboretum). Cross the train tracks and then right on Arturo Road. Take Arturo past the overgrown vacant lots, the home with the horse pen and abandoned house, to the dirt road into the Lodge grounds. Or follow this map. Park anywhere.
For more information on Eagle Lodge 3108, click here
It's been 7 years since I wrote the original post. A few things have changed since 2011. First it's now $10 to visit during the weekends.
Secondly, East Dallas has passed new liquor laws and you no longer need the Unicard to get a drink at Chilis. In fact, there are numerous place that now serve liquor in East Dallas. The added competition has done little to temper the popularity of the Eagle's pool. It's seem more popular than ever, and they have added a number of outdoor bars for the weekends.
And t is still one of the last place is Dallas that allows smoking. There is still a lot of smoking here.