Monday, December 6, 2021

Bicentennial Park and The Marq Getting Bigger and Better

New tennis center, fitness facility and trail system coming in 2018.

Already home to baseball fields, the Liberty Gardens, Southlake Tennis Center, an expansive playground, and The Marq Southlake, among other recreational offerings, Bicentennial Park will continue to see enhancements in the coming year. Construction for the third and final phase of park improvements is currently underway, with demolition of the tennis building scheduled to begin Monday, April 3. The Southlake Tennis Center will remain open throughout construction, which is expected to be completed before the summer of 2018. A temporary pro shop has been erected on the premises.

Once phase 3 improvements are completed, the Southlake Tennis Center will gain a new building and enclosed tennis courts; the park will gain a completed trail system; a synthetic turf field will be added to the current in-line hockey court; additional landscape will be added; and other park amenities will be enhanced. All elements of phase 3 are anticipated to be completed in 2019.

The $8.8 million-dollar Bicentennial Park improvements are being funded by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC). Created in 1993, the SPDC administers the City’s half-cent sales tax allocated to parks-related capital projects.

Bicentennial Park’s most prominent feature, The Marq Southlake, is also seeing continued growth. The multi-faceted community center is already home to Legends Hall, an extensive event venue, as well as Aria, an outdoor amphitheater, both elements of the initial development phase. Construction is already in progress for The Marq’s second and final phase of expansion, named Champions Club. The 84,000 square foot development will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, child watch, and multipurpose classrooms for programs. In keeping on schedule with the final Bicentennial Park improvements, phase 2 of The Marq is also expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. You can watch the progress here through this live camera feed.

The $37.4 million-dollar phase 2 project is being funded by Community Enhancement Development Corporation (CEDC) bonds. CEDC is governed by a board that works jointly with City Council to ensure that funds raised through the 3/8 cent Type A sales tax are spent on the construction and operation of The Marq.

“The Marq is already a huge success, hosting weddings, community events and senior activities on a weekly basis,” stated Chris Tribble, director of community services for City of Southlake. “But, the completion of phase 2 will have an even greater impact on our citizens, offering an extraordinary community recreation center and central gathering place.”