Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Successful 2013 for the City of Southlake Community Services Department

As the new year gets underway, Southlake’s Community Services Department reflects on a very successful 2013. The Department was highly recognized at conferences throughout the year in many different categories.

City of Southlake Parks and Recreation staff attended the Texas Recreation and Park Society Regional Conference this past October. During the conference, Southlake received awards for the following categories:

  • Recreation Professional of the Year: Ryan McGrail was selected as the 2013 Recreation Professional of the year for the north region of Texas. Ryan has worked with the City of Southlake for sixteen years and does not only demonstrate hard work and leadership, but also a passion for recreation. Outside of all his duties with the City of Southlake, Ryan currently serves as the T.A.A.F. Region 4 Director and the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Dallas Cowboys State Chairman for Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Excellence in Programming:  The Southlake Therapeutic Recreation Program was selected for excellence in programming. Southlake is one of the few cities in the metroplex that offers therapeutic recreation. Each year, new activities are introduced and the program expands to meet the demands of participants.
  • Parks Design Excellence: The City of Southlake and Schrickel Rollins and Associates were recognized for the design of Southlake’s newest park, North Park. This premier park features three multi-purpose fields, a concession/restroom facility, multi-use trails, playground, pavilion, large pond and plenty of open space. North Park is home to the City’s Youth Flag Football Program and the Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association.

In September the City was awarded with the T.A.A.F. Platinum Member City Award. This award is given for outstanding registration support from teams, individuals and T.A.A.F. training programs. Cities are awarded each year from bronze to platinum based on how many teams they have that participate in T.A.A.F. events. The City of Southlake was the only City in the region to receive a platinum-level award.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center received the Texas Recreation and Park Society State Lone Star Programming Achievement Award for “Arabian Nights.” City of Southlake Senior Center staff worked hard to come up with a new and exciting event for our Southlake seniors. The theme “Arabian Nights”  was decided and our active seniors and their adult family members were taken on a magic carpet ride. This authentic event included a Mediterranean dinner, music and belly dancers. The award will be presented to Southlake Senior Center Coordinator, Soheila Phelps, at the annual Texas Recreation and Park Society Institute and Expo that will be held February 18-21, 2014 in Corpus Christi.

Congratulations to the City of Southlake Community Services Department for a very successful 2013! For more information, please call (817) 748-8019.

Southlake Teams Excel in State Youth Flag Football Championships

UPDATE 3/18/2014 – At the March 18, 2014 City Council meeting the Titans (U10) and the Cougars (U12) were honored with a proclamation for their state championship win.

On November 16-17, 2013 the City of Southlake hosted the 2013 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Youth Flag Football Championships.  This is the second year in a row the City of Southlake has hosted this tournament with great success. The games took place at Southlake’s beautiful, multi-purpose facility, North Park.

The tournament consisted of 30 teams, 5 which are from Southlake. Over 2,000 participants and spectators from across the great state of Texas traveled to Southlake for a great weekend of football. The weather was perfect as teams competed to take home the championship trophy for their respective divisions.  A total of 55 games were played during the two-day span of the tournament.  Four of the five Southlake teams finished 3rd place or higher.  In the 8 and under division the Southlake Dragons finished in 3rd place.  The Southlake Titans finished 1st and brought home the Championship Trophy in the 10 and under division.  In the 12 and under division, we had an all Southlake championship game with the Southlake Cobras edging out the Southlake Cougars to claim the championship.

When teams were not playing games, they got the opportunity to visit the local restaurants as well as do some shopping at Southlake Town Square and other local stores. Teams who chose to hang around the park during their breaks had the opportunity to enjoy concessions from local restaurants such as the Feedstore Barbecue, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and Chick-fil-A.

The City of Southlake would like to thank all of the participants who all played hard and displayed good sportsmanship as well as all of the coaches, parents and spectators who made this tournament a success.  We are looking forward to hosting this tournament again in the near future.


Southlake Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

Santa at Southlake's Santa Village

There are numerous events occurring in Southlake this holiday season. Children may enjoy different crafting opportunities, story times with both the Grinch and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating with Buddy the Elf, Polar Express Movie Night, Spider’s Christmas Surprise Puppet Show and Breakfast with Santa in Town Hall (canceled due to inclement weather, click here for refund information). Click here to view details about all the Southlake Town Hall holiday activities. Children may also share their Christmas list and have their picture taken with Santa at Santa’s Village in Town Square. Santa and his elves will remain in Southlake through Christmas Eve.

Holiday Break Camp Mania is another activity for children. Similar to summer camp, this winter camp offers children an exciting and safe environment during their time away from school. Children between the ages of 5 to 11 years old will enjoy games, crafts, movies, field trips, and other activities. There are three sessions this year, November 25th-27th, December 23rd-27th, and December 30th-January 3rd.  However, camp will not be held on December 24th, December 25th, or January 1st. Learn more about this exciting program here.

While the children are busy with holiday activities, adults may take advantage of Christmas shopping. Many of the over 260 retailers in Southlake will have extended Black Friday shopping hours. Some retailers will open as early as Thanksgiving night on Thursday, November 28th. Shoppers may choose to celebrate locally-owned businesses on Saturday, November 30th. Small Business Saturday® is a nation-wide opportunity to support and shop small retailers.

Families will enjoy seeing all of the Christmas lights in Town Square by taking horse-drawn carriage rides. Guests may enjoy rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Christmas. Private reservations may be made for daytime carriage rides.

Radio station 94.9 KLTY will broadcast from Town Square on Saturday, November 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Listeners are encouraged to stop by and write holiday cards for area nursing homes. KLTY will make another broadcast from Southlake on December 24th at Chick-Fil-A. Story submissions will be read and wishes will be granted from 5:00am to 10:00am during the 94.9 KLTY Christmas Wish ™program.

Learn more about holiday activities in Town Hall, see detailed schedules for Santa’s Village and Carriage Rides, and view Black Friday hours in Southlake by visiting www.SouthlakeHomefortheHolidays.com.

Veterans to be honored at 11/5 Southlake City Council meeting

United States Veterans will be honored with a proclamation at the City’s November 5th City Council meeting.

Mayor John Terrell is scheduled to read a proclamation recognizing November 11, 2013 as Veterans Day and honoring all citizens, volunteers and employees who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Southlake City Council Chamber, 1400 Main Street.


Holiday Break Camp Mania is Back this Holiday Season!

A summer favorite is back this holiday season! Join Camp Mania this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for fun, friends and excitement.  The first week of camp will begin Monday, November 25th.  All camps will be held from 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

  • Thanksgiving Camp: November 25-27
  • Christmas Camp: December 23-27 *No camp December 24-25
  • New Years Camp: December 30- January 3 *No camp January 1

Children, ages 5-11, are invited to have fun and meet new friends in a safe environment during their time off school. Holiday Break Camp Mania will offer games, crafts, movies, field trips and much more.  Your child will have a lot to talk about from their Camp Mania experience. A participant from Spring Break Camp Mania said, “My daughter had a great Spring Break at Camp Mania! She was excited everyday!”

If you are interested in signing your child up for this exciting camp, you can register online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Contact  (817) 748-8019  if you would like more information.

Early voting begins 10/21 for the November 5th, Constitutional Amendment Election

Southlake Town Hall is an early voting location for Tarrant County residents.  Early voting begins Monday, October 21, 2013 and will continue through Friday, November 1, 2013.   Please click here to view specific hours and days of early voting by personal appearance.

Texas voters will be required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.  The requirement was approved in 2011, when the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person, but was delayed while pending review within the within the judicial system.  The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation.  The following is a list of acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Election Identification Certificate Locations in Tarrant County
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

The identification provided for voting must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.  Some types of acceptable identification have no expiration date.

Please click here for voting procedures.  If you have questions regarding voting procedures, please call Tarrant County Elections at 817.831.8683.

Concert in the Park- November 9, 2013

Southlake, Texas – Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to welcome The Killdares for a concert on November 9, 2013. The concert will be held at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square from 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Originally formed in 1996, The Killdares have come to be known as one of the hottest, cutting edge bands in music today – Celtic or otherwise. World-class musicians from all over the U.S., they have come together in Texas to create and perform a brand new version of hard-driving, alternative Celtic rock music.

Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n’ roll hooks, The Killdares have created a fresh new sound that’s blended with enough commercial edge to be instantly recognizable, always engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Their live shows are filled with an infectious energy so powerful that it has been known to move people to tears. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s powerful genre-bending sound.

Through the MasterWorks Series, Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake present free performances on selected evenings throughout the year. The MasterWorks Series is designed to offer a variety of quality family entertainment to the community by utilizing the talent of local, regional, and national artists.

For more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Taste of Northeast- November 14, 2013

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Arts Council Northeast will  present Taste of Northeast, an annual charity event, with proceeds benefiting Arts Council Northeast and its community arts programs. Taste of Northeast will be held at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Parking is free.

Bring your appetite and your holiday shopping list!  There will be food from area restaurants, gift vendors, live entertainment, a raffle, wine pull and a silent auction. Taste of Northeast offers a great opportunity to shop for the holidays. Our many vendors will be offering specialty gift items that are sure to delight. We’ll tempt you with beautiful and unique jewelry, art, and clothing, along with gift certificates for pampering your favorite people. Shop while eating, drinking, and enjoying live music by Time Warp and BluPrint!

Tickets can be purchased online and are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door. Arts Council Northeast members and Press Pass holders get a $5.00 discount off advance tickets. For a $5.00 discount at the door, bring three non-perishable food items for donation to the GRACE food pantry (discounts cannot be combined).

For more information, visit www.TasteOfNortheast.com or call (817) 283-3406.

Fall Family Campout 2013: New Rescheduled Date set for Oct 19-20!

Summer has ended and cooler temperatures are upon us. It’s time to head outside again with the family and enjoy the great outdoors and everything nature has to offer. Join us for the annual Fall Family Campout! The campout will be Saturday, October 19th though Sunday, October 20th at the Bob Jones Park Day Camp area (near BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park). Tent set up begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Activities will include hiking, playing games, roasting marshmallows and listening to stories around the campfire.  The family can also participate in our annual scavenger hunt, learn about geocaching and do a little star gazing!The cost is $25.00 per campsite, which includes the cost for two  campers. Each additional camper is $10.00 and there is a limit of five people per campsite. The registration fee includes dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning. Children must register with at least one adult.

You can register online or in person at the Community Services office at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. For more information, please contact (817) 748-8019.