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β˜€οΈ Today's weather: High in the low 70s. Perfect for baseball.

🎡 Sounds like: "Sk8er Boi"

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Today's newsletter is 929 alley-ooped words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Dallas to get large-scale skate park β€” finally

Rendering: Courtesy of the City of Dallas

Dallas breaks ground today on its first large-scale skateboarding park β€” seven years after the city approved the plans.

Why it matters: The $3.9 million project will help make Dallas a skateboarding oasis rather than the skating desert it currently is.

  • The 45,600-square-feet in-ground concrete skate park will bring the sport back to Bachman Lake, which once drew Tony Hawk and other skaters from across the country in the 1980s for the "Clown Ramp."

Driving the news: The Bachman park will be the city's second skating facility. The current one β€” Lakeland Hills Skate Park β€” has modular surfaces for skating. Bachman will have planned concrete ramps.

Between the lines: The Bachman project is part of long-planned improvements to the northwest Dallas park. The lake has been dredged, a new aquatic center opened, and construction has begun to improve the trails.

By the numbers: The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department has recommended putting millions toward updating and adding skate parks as part of this year's bond program.

The big picture: Despite headlines bemoaning the end of skateboarding popularity, more people are participating than a decade ago. And skateboarding apparel and gear sales are expected to increase by $1 billion nationwide in the next decade.

What's next: The Bachman skate park is set to open by the end of the year.

North Texas skateboarding destinations

2. ⚾️ It's Opening Day, pitches!

Corey Seager will be back on the field today. Photo: Chris Torres/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Today marks the return of baseball, and the Texas Rangers will play the Chicago Cubs in Arlington.

  • In case we haven't told you enough, the Rangers enter the season as reigning World Champions.

Why it matters: It's a big year for Globe Life Field. Beyond hosting the champs, the ballpark is also hosting the Big 12 Baseball Championship in May.

State of play: The mid-point between Dallas and Fort Worth has become a major draw for national sporting events beyond regular season Rangers and Cowboys games.

The latest: The Rangers play the Cubs at 6:39pm. ESPN will broadcast the game.

  • Parking lots open at 2pm and gates will open at 3:30pm, when the Rangers start batting practice.
  • A 6pm pre-game ceremony will unveil the World Series championship banner by the right field video board. And there will be an on-field presentation of The Commissioner's Trophy.

Of note: Globe Life has new turf this year, in advance of the All-Star Game.

What we're watching: How the Rangers fare with high expectations against a storied team like the Cubs.

3. πŸŽ‰ Axios Dallas Weekender

Here's an eggcellent lineup of weekend events. Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

πŸ‘‘ Imagine walking in someone else's shoes. The "Walk this Way" exhibit features more than 100 pairs of shoes spanning 200 years of history, including shoes worn by suffragists.

  • Open through July 14 at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. $19 for adults, $12 for kids.

🐣 Scavenge for eggs. Several places are celebrating Easter this weekend with egg hunts and other activities for families.

🎨 Throw more colors. Holi celebrations continue in Dallas and Aubrey this weekend for the Indian Festival of Colors, where throwing colored powder at your loved ones is customary.

  • Wear a white shirt that you don't mind getting dirty.

One more event

4. πŸ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

Hope you like this catch-up. Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

πŸ’Έ More than 93,000 Texans have unclaimed tax refunds from 2020, totaling $107 million. Tax returns to get the unclaimed money must be filed by May 17. (DMN)

β˜€οΈ Kaufman County officials issued a disaster declaration before the April 8 total eclipse to add resources to handle heavy traffic. (WFAA)

πŸ§ͺ Dallas County is building a 70,000-square-foot laboratory and research facility that will help address public health crises in the future. (NBC5)

πŸš” A Dallas sergeant was indicted on theft and tampering charges after an investigation by the Police Department's public integrity unit. (FOX4)

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5. 🎯 One game show experience to go

Playing for pretend points sure is fun. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

We recently appeared as contestants on a one-hour game show. There's zero chance any of you saw it β€” it never aired, because it wasn't filmed.

The big picture: North Texas has several interactive game show experiences to give couples and groups a taste of what it could be like to be a contestant on a show.

The intrigue: We had a fabulous time celebrating a friend's birthday at the Great Big Game Show in Grandscape and taking our fake game too seriously.

  • The roughly hour-long game show experience could also work for date night and team building.
A screen saying "great big game show" next to a contestant booth
The thrill of a game show without the pressure of being on TV. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

How it works: At the Great Big Game Show, two teams compete in several rounds of games that are set up like Plinko, spin-the-wheel and "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

  • A host guides contestants through the game, engaging with the group and cracking jokes like TV show hosts normally do.

Where: Great Big Game Show at Grandscape in The Colony

Cost: $39 per person

Pro tip: Book in advance because spots fill up quickly at some places.

πŸŽ‰ Have a favorite North Texas experience we should try? Hit reply and let us know.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

Our picks:

⚾️ Tasha is hoping the Campbells have a good Opening Day.

☹️ Naheed is listening to Tasha explain why Jordan Montgomery going to the Arizona Diamondbacks is kind of a bummer.

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