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National Picnic Month: Southwest’s Top Ten Picnic Destinations

I like to picnic every chance I get—which mostly depends on the Texas weather.  If it’s not raining or at 150 percent humidity level, a few Fellow Interns and I take our lunch breaks on the Headquarters’ “deck” for some good ole’ plane watching and sunshine.  And, we’re not the only ones!  Southwest is extremely familiar with picnicking, as it incorporates two of our favorite things: community and connecting people.picnic Specifically, through our Heart of the Community program, Southwest focuses on community in public spaces, encouraging connections, gatherings and, of course, picnicking!  The Heart of the Community program revolves around Placemaking, a movement to improve and revitalize public spaces based around the needs of the community.  Since July is National Picnic Month, and we LUV encouraging People to connect and explore, here’s a list of our top ten destinations for picnics! Whether you’re looking for a traditional red-checkered blanket picnic spot or something more unique, you’ll surely find something perfect for you on this list.  You’ll even find some Southwest Placemaking and Southwest Porch locations too!  Do you have a personal favorite?  Then share it on Twitter or Facebook using #PlacesWeLUV.
  1. Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX:  Picnic where the LUV airline began by visiting the Southwest Porch in Klyde Warren Park, deep in the heart of Dallas.klydewarren1
  2. Crissy Field, San Francisco, CA:  For a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and passing ferries and sailboats, picnic at Crissy Field by the San Fran bay.
  3. Burnside Park, Providence, RI:  Take the kids with you, and picnic at the newly refreshed Burnside Park, a Southwest Placemaking project location.burnside, prov park
  4. Bryant Park, New York City, NY:  Need a break from shopping and site-seeing?  Stop by the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park.Bryant Park
  5. Travis Park, San Antonio, TX:  Checkout some activities from the kiosk or play a game of giant chess while picnicking at Travis Park, another Southwest Placemaking project location.travis park
  6. Kerry Park, Seattle, WA:  For a wonderful view of the Seattle skyline, picnic at on a Kerry Park bench overlooking the city.
  7. Echo Lake Park, Denver CO:  Craving some lake side leisure and mountain views?  Visit Echo Lake Park—be sure to bring a picnic.
  8. Campus Martius Park, Detroit, MI:  Put your toes in the sand at Campus Martius Park, a Southwest Placemaking location that brings the beach to downtown Detroit.detroit
  9. Museum Campus and Grant Park, Chicago, IL:  Ready for a spectacular view of Chicago?  Find some green space lakeside at Museum Campus and Grant Park. chicago
  10. Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA:  Check out the Southwest Porch at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park for a view of the Atlanta skyline and a quick picnic.