Saturday, August 20, 2022

Who’s Up for a Game of Pickleball?

One of the most popular games across the U.S. is coming to Southlake soon!

The site plan for a pickleball complex to be placed in Bicentennial Park was recently approved at the June 21 City Council meeting.

The complex is set to be located between Unity Way and Freedom Lane, directly across from the Southlake Tennis Center.

The project will include:

  • Nine lighted pickleball courts.
  • One championship court.
  • Restrooms.
  • Plenty of shade and seating for socializing.

These future improvements were a top priority as a new park amenity within Southlake’s adopted Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan.

“Pickleball has been rising in popularity for quite some time now,” said Director of Community Services Chris Tribble, “It’s great for all ages and skill levels, and it’s easy to learn if you’re not familiar with the concept.”

“We’re extremely excited about adding this new amenity to our park system,” Tribble said.

To review other plans, recommendations, goals, and objectives regarding Southlake’s parks and facilities, Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Master Plan is available online.

Miracle League of Southlake: The Game Where Everyone is a Winner

This weekend, a brisk streak of wind may have made its way through Bicentennial Park, but it did not stop the Miracle League of Southlake’s (MLS) athletes from playing a good baseball game.

Parents, teammates, and coaches all gathered at the Texas Rangers Miracle Field on Saturday, April 23, to support their families and friends for an MLS spring season game.

This community event allows parents and players within the area to fan out over their kids with the option to enjoy concessions in a safe environment.

The MLS is an organization that provides physically and mentally challenged kids opportunities to play a baseball game with a focus on learning good sportsmanship, commitment, and teamwork in an accessible environment.

This partnership dates back to 2013, when the City of Southlake, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, and the Miracle League of Southlake Organization came together and broke ground for the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field in Bicentennial Park.

Unlike traditional baseball fields, the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field was designed with the needs of individuals with special needs in mind.

Instead of dirt, the field is made of synthetic field turf for durability, safety, and performance. In addition, the playing areas are designed to eliminate barriers for players with special needs.

The organization also opens up the opportunity for kids to mix and mingle with other players, like MLS team member Haley Cruson.  When asked what is her favorite part of the games, she said, “Having fun with my friends.”

For kids like Matthew Clements, it’s all about the game, “The most thing that I loved about Miracle League Baseball is I love hitting baseballs out of the field because it’s a home run,” Clements said.

The MLS program also offers volunteer opportunities for coaches, assistant coaches, game announcers, parent helpers, and hands-on assistance for the MLS’s younger athletes, by assigning them a Buddy.

Buddies accompany younger players on and off the field during a baseball game. They assist them with hitting the ball, traveling to the bases, and quality time if needed.

Their efforts and hard work allow parents more time to cheer from the stands while their kids enjoy a day on the field so that little players like Alex Zubillaga can have fun.

His mother is in full support of the program and looks forward to the games, “It’s an awesome program, the kids love it, the parents love it; we enjoy spending our Saturday mornings out at the ballpark,” Mrs. Zubillaga said.

 


Image: Alex Zubillaga

Although there are a number of reasons the kids and parents come to play, they are all for a good cause.

To learn more about the Texas Rangers Miracle Field and Miracle League of Southlake, please visit our website.

Although there are a number of reasons the kids and parents come to play, they are all for a good cause.

To learn more about the Texas Rangers Miracle Field and Miracle League of Southlake, please visit our website.

Bicentennial Park Master Plan Implementation wins Texas Recreation and Park Society North Region Park Design Excellence Award Class II

Community Services staff received a pleasant surprise last Friday when they learned that Bicentennial Park won the TRAPS North Region Park Design Excellence Award!

Bicentennial Park is a community park comprised of the first land ever assembled for park purposes and serves as the heart of Parks and Recreation activities in Southlake. The multi-phase Bicentennial Park Masterplan Implementation project re-invigorated the park through years of careful planning, persistent teamwork, and thoughtful design. Beginning improvements in 2008 and continuing well into 2021, Bicentennial Park epitomizes world-class parks and recreation amenities. Years of collaboration between the City, residents, and Schrickel Rollins, and Associates, resulted in the opening of The Marq Southlake—our community recreation facility, a Miracle Field, all-abilities playground, Tennis Center, and more. Bicentennial Park is the premier recreation destination in Southlake thanks to these improvements and serves as an example of successful park redevelopment state-wide.

According to TRAPS North Region, “The awards committee had many wonderful entries to score, and it was a difficult task. Your nomination stood out above the rest to exemplify commitment and dedication in the field of parks and recreation. We are honored to present this award to you and for your commitment to excellence in all that you do in your daily pursuits.”

Recently, City staff celebrated the completion of Bicentennial Park improvements with video releases of the finished project and a popsicle celebration for all employees involved. It is an absolute honor to be recognized by our parks and recreation peers for the successful implementation of this tremendous project.

But wait, there’s more! Always striving for perfection, Bicentennial Park continues to improve. Throughout the development of the 2035 Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Master Plan adopted in June 2021, Park Board members and residents stated the desire for pickleball courts in the City.

In the fiscal year 2022, staff will begin adding a pickleball complex to Bicentennial Park to meet this community need and further solidify Bicentennial Park as the recreational heart of Southlake.

The City of Southlake Community Services Department will be presented with this award on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the TRAPS North Region Conference in Allen, TX. Congratulations to everyone that helped make Bicentennial Park the gem it is today!

Fight the Bite When You Visit Parks This Summer!

Summertime and the living is easy—except for the mosquitoes are back with a vengeance!

 

There’s nothing we love more than hiking on the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve trails or playing baseball and tennis at Bicentennial Park. However, with the mosquito season in full swing, it’s time to take the necessary steps to fight the bite, Southlake!

 

If your blood is as sweet as you are, then you probably know the pain of taking a step outside to enjoy one of our lovely parks only to feel the instant sting of a mosquito bite. Mosquitos are prevalent this time of year, and with some North Texas mosquitoes carrying diseases, bite prevention is not merely a convenience, it’s a health necessity. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of handy tips to help you fight the bite this summer.

 

Use insect repellent

It may not always smell pleasant but using insect repellent such as DEET is a must when you want to spend some time outdoors. There are even natural options such as lemon eucalyptus oil to help you keep mosquitos away from you.

 

Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants

Nothing says “hot girl summer” more than light and breezy long layers! By wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, you are limiting mosquitoes’ access to your skin. Not only is this helpful for preventing mosquito bites, but wearing long layers also protects you from the sun! Double win for enjoying our parks with ease of mind.

 

Use screens to protect your windows and doors

If you want to enjoy the Southlake summer breeze from the comfort of your own home, make sure to put up screens on your doors and windows to keep the critters outside. 

 

Get rid of standing water

It’s been raining a lot in Southlake lately, and that means you may have areas of standing water near your home. Standing water provides the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed. Look out for dog bowls, rain gutters, empty pots, and still fountains in your back yard to prevent unwanted visitors in your garden.

 

It’s mosquito time in North Texas, but if you take the tips we provided to heart, you can celebrate summer knowing you are doing what you can to fight the bite!

Join the Outdoor Fitness Spring Series

Embrace the change of season and recharge your fitness goals with the Outdoor Fitness Spring Series!

Champions Club is all about bringing the best fitness to the Southlake community, and the Outdoor Fitness Spring Series is no exception. Back by popular demand, the Outdoor Fitness Series is open to all community members for free. Registration is not required! Change up your fitness routine while enjoying time in our beautiful parks!

April 19 at 6:00 pm
Start your Monday off on the right foot with High Fitness at the Aria Amphitheater. This hardcore class focuses on interval training through popular music and accessible choreography.

April 28 at 6:00 pm
Join us at Outdoor Turf 2 in Bicentennial Park for Rise ‘N’ Grind! Bring your A-game and prepare to mix strength training with cardio for a workout that is sure to burn some major calories.

May 3 at 6:00 pm
Train like a champion through high-intensity interval training during Strength HIIT at the Outdoor Turf 2 in Bicentennial Park. Push yourself to the limit with this fun yet challenging workout.

May 8 at 9:00 am
Start the weekend off right with a relaxing yoga class at Bob Jones Nature Center! Connect with your soul and nature as you stretch and practice breathing.

May 12 at 6:00 pm
Get ready to dance to the beat at the Aria Amphitheater with Zumba! Explore Latin rhythms and moves as your get your heart rate up with this party-like exercise.

May 15 at 9 am
End the series with a mindful session of Yoga at North Park. Take a moment to be grateful for the chance to exercise outdoors.

Whether you are a Champions Club member or not, there is an outdoor class for you! Don’t miss your chance to find your new workout frenzy and win a door prize at the end of each class! You will be entered into a random drawing at every session. There is also a grand prize for two lucky winners at the end of the series. Those who attend four or more classes could win either a 5-pack of Personal Training sessions or a 3-pack with our Registered Dietician. Drawing winners will be announced on May 17.

See you at the parks!

A Perfect Saturday in Southlake

Spring is in Southlake, and Saturday is the perfect day to enjoy the seasonal weather!

There’s no better time to get out and enjoy time outside than a weekend during Spring. The weather in Southlake has been beautiful lately, and this Saturday, April 10, should be another glorious day. If you’re still undecided about what to do this weekend, we have put together a schedule for the perfect Saturday in Bicentennial Park!

Rise and Shine

Starting the day with Latin moves and global beats is sure to set the mood for a festive day. Champions Club members, bring the whole family to the Aria Amphitheater at 10:00 am for a morning of Zumba fun and exercise! It’s bound to be a party with Zumba instructors Ann, Rosy, and Cristina, so be prepared to move to the rhythm!

Afternoon

Stick around The Marq for our Champions Club Member Bash from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Member Appreciation Week will close off with an afternoon of free food, fun games, bounce houses, fitness challenges, and exciting prizes! There will be something for everyone, so make sure to bring the entire family and let the games begin!

Late Afternoon

Enjoy some time in the afternoon sun by walking along the picturesque trails within Bicentennial Park. Pick up a tennis game, cool off in the splash pad, and explore the thrills of the zip line in the Playground. Check out the Log Cabin and brush up on your Southlake history. Don’t forget to take a picture in the Liberty Gardens!

There’s always something exciting to do at Bicentennial Park. Follow our schedule and add in your favorite activities for a perfect Saturday in Southlake’s premier park facility!

City of Southlake Community Services Department Shines with Multiple Winners in the Southlake Style Readers’ Choice Awards

The Southlake Style Readers’ Choice results are in, and the Community Services Department boasts numerous winners and finalists!

The annual Readers’ Choice survey closed after approximately 43,000 votes were cast by Southlake community members. Voting was open from February 2 until February 18. Having been nominated in multiple categories, here are the results of this year’s survey:

  • Entertainment Category—Swimming Pool/Water Park—Champions Club at The Marq Southlake—Winner
  • Entertainment Category—Park—Bicentennial Park—Winner
  • Entertainment Category—Event/Wedding Venue—Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake—Finalist
  • Entertainment Category—Park—Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve—Finalist
  • Summer Camp—Camp Mania—Finalist

Make sure to keep up with everything that is going on at these award-winning venues. With Spring Break just around the corner, the possibilities for fun are never-ending!

Here is a list of events to look forward to within the Community Services Department:

  • Swimming Pool at Champions Club at The Marq Southlake
    – Preschool Water Play on March 26
  • Camp Mania at Champions Club on March 15
  • Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
    – Sip and See event on March 7
  • Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve
    – Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Spring Break starting March 15
    – Cross Timbers Spring Break Nature Camp on March 15
    – Nature Center Open House on March 27
    – Adult Outdoor Education on March 30
    – Cross Timbers Nature Club on March 31

Register for these events and more here.

Congratulations to the winners and the teams who make creating world-class experiences for our community possible. Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Serving our community and working towards becoming the premier destination for lifelong memories is what drives us. Keep an eye out for our winners in the April issue of Southlake Style.

City’s Tree Recycling Program Starts This Week

Let’s make the best of our Christmas Tree this season by repurposing it and turning it into mulch.

The City’s tree recycling program allows residents to easily dispose of their trees by turning them into wood chips that can be used for mulch for your garden or other purposes.

Recycling your Christmas tree not only helps the environment, but it is also an eco-friendly option to reduce waste that could otherwise go into the landfills.

Residents can drop off their tree and base at the Bicentennial Park exit off FM 1709 and follow the signs for drop-off location.

Program dates are as follows:
– Drop-off: December 11, 2020 – January 15, 2021
– Mulch pickup: January 18, 2021 or until mulch is no longer available

For questions, please call 817-748-8019 or visit the Keep Southlake Beautiful webpage. To learn more about how real Christmas trees benefit the environment, visit the National Christmas Tree Association website.

Bicentennial Park Named Best Park

Hooray for Bicentennial Park! For the fifth year in a row, Bicentennial Park has been voted Best City Park by the readers of Living Magazine – NE Tarrant County. Thank you to everyone who voted. We’re so glad you love the park as much as we do.

From the ball fields, best playground ever, the Southlake Tennis Center and of course The Marq Southlake, Bicentennial Park has it all. Have you taken time to explore some Bicentennial Park’s hidden gems like the Liberty Gardens? You can also enjoy some native Texas wildflowers in the fields next to the log cabin. Or take advantage of the more than two miles of interconnecting pathways throughout the park.

But did you know we’re still working on making it better? The park is currently undergoing more enhancements as part of the Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan. Here’s what’s next for Bicentennial:

  • Irrigation and turfing of the large field west of the existing in-line hockey rink,
  • Renovation and expansion of the in-line hockey rink that includes the addition of synthetic turf,
  • Renovation of the existing restroom into a storage building, and
  • The placement of safety netting at the 60/90 baseball field.

If you haven’t already checked out the park, add it to your list.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Want to learn more about the other City parks? Check out our website www.ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com.