Sunday, September 19, 2021

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!

Going Mutts over Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park

There is no time like Springtime in North Texas: the weather is pleasant, your dog’s tail is wagging, and the great outdoors are beckoning!

If your pup is craving a fun day in the sun, look no further than Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones Park. Bob Jones Park consists of almost 500 acres of primarily native Cross Timbers habitat. Apart from its multiple soccer fields, ample parking, playground, and six miles of scenic trails, Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park boasts 2.5 acres of canine fun! Who says the perfect playdate must include other humans?

A trip to Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park is sure to be a day you’ll never fur-get; however, we’re offering some tips to make sure your puppy outing is pawsome!

Tip #1: Walk your dog before going to the park

If your dog is smiling with his head out the window and his tail is wagging on your drive to the park, you can bet he is excited to play with friends. However, other dogs and owners may get scared if an overly energetic puppy dashes through the park. To blow off some steam, take your dog on a short walk before letting him in the park.

Tip #2: Ensure your dog is well trained

Dog parks are ideal places for dogs to socialize, exercise, and exhaust their energy, but an untrained dog can easily turn a day at the park sour. Before letting your pup off the leash, it is essential to have mastered basic training commands such as sit, stay, come, and leave it. Additionally, your dog must be comfortable socializing with other dogs calmly and without getting aggressive or scared.

Tip #3: Pay attention to your friend

The atmosphere at a dog park can be very stimulating. Keep a close eye on your pup at all times to ensure he is having fun, playing nice, and not getting into fights. A trip to the dog park is not the time to catch up with your news feed. So put your phone away and pay close attention to body language as well! Your dog might feel overwhelmed or could be intimidating other pups. Don’t forget to keep your dog hydrated and pick up after him with one of our available Dog Stations!

The dog park is a fun space for your furry friend to play and meet other pups! Make your stay at Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park a positive one with these tips! Adhering to this advice will ensure your best friend is the most pupular pooch in the park!

Hikers Just Want to Have Fun

While you’re out for your hike, incorporating an activity during your journey can add some fun to getting some exercise.

Here are three engaging, educational and fun activities include in your hike:

  1. Interpretive signs – the Bluebird Trail at Bob Jones Park and Nature Center has interpretive and interactive signage signs that feature information about local wildlife.
  2. Nature alphabet game – this game involves looking for things along your route in alphabetical order, such as an acorn, bug or caterpillar. The more you go down the alphabet, the more challenging the game becomes.
  3. Scavenger hunt – a classic game for all ages to enjoy. Bring a list or use your phone and discover fun items to search for along your route.

For more information about hiking and all things mobility in Southlake, visit ConnectSouthlake.com, the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the mobility e-newsletter.

City Council Approves Bob Jones Sculpture

City Council approved the final concept and contract for new Public Art as a tribute to Bob and Almeady Jones at the November 17, City Council meeting.

Jones was a former slave, husband, and father who became a prosperous landowner and rancher in the Roanoke-Southlake. He and his wife Almeady Jones raised 10 children together and were well-respected residents.

As a part of Southlake’s art initiative to promote public art in Southlake, the Southlake Arts Council extended an invite to local artists to submit a proposal for a commissioned sculpture in honor of the Jones Family to be placed at Bob Jones Park. Artist Seth Vandable was selected for his piece, Bob and Almeady Jones Monument.

The bronze monument depicts Bob and Almeady dressed in period attire relaxing beside a picnic, enjoying a freshly harvested summer meal after a hard day of work farming, and teaching their children to welcome visitors to the park.  

The piece incorporates the agricultural history of Southlake along with the family values and work ethic which would serve as a cultural touchstone to current residents and visitors.

According to Vandable’s artist statement, he believes the sculpture will be a reflection of the City’s past.

“I believe Southlake will strongly identify with this sculpture as a beautiful timeless symbol of your strong City’s past, the strength of the family and determination to succeed in the face of challenges,” he stated.

The monument will be on display at Bob Jones Park in Spring 2021

Funding for this project is allocated within the approved FY 2021 Public Art Fund CIP budget in the amount of $100,000.

City Approves Matching Funds Request for Projects in Bicentennial Park & Bob Jones Park

Two Southlake parks are set to receive major upgrades thanks to a couple of local sports associations and a long-standing partnership program through the Southlake Parks Development Corporation (SPDC).
On October 16th, the City Council, following a recommendation from the SPDC Board of Directors, approved SPDC Matching Funds requests from the Southlake Girls Softball Association and Dragon Youth Baseball awarding more than $112,000 toward park improvements.

The Southlake Girls Softball Association was awarded $37,500 toward the purchase and installation of up to 16 soft-toss hitting stations at Bob Jones Park, half the total project cost of $75,000. These improvements will provide effective batting practice and alleviate overcrowding at the existing revamped batting cages.

Dragon Youth Baseball was awarded $75,000, half the total project cost of $150,000, toward the purchase and installation of synthetic turf on Field 9 at Bicentennial Park. Installing synthetic turf will provide a dependable surface for players to train and will allow them to maintain a consistent schedule by avoiding weather-related closures.

These improvements will be made possible through the City’s SPDC Matching Funds program. The program dates back to 1997, with a mission to provide a process for considering requests by petitioning individuals or organizations for the SPDC Matching Funds projects. Proposals are considered on a project-by-project basis and should align with the ongoing advancement and implementation of the Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan. If the proposed project meets the criteria and can help further enhance an existing project, the City Council, following a recommendation from the SPDC Board of Directors, determines the percentage match up to 100%.

Approval of the matching funds requests not only meets City goals to provide attractive spaces and collaborate with partners to implement service solutions, but it also substantially offsets City cost for capital improvements. “It enables the City to leverage its capital funding to implement worthwhile capital park improvements for the enjoyment of Southlake citizens,” said Chris Tribble, Director of Community Services.

Since 2013, the City has contributed more than $300,000 in SPDC Matching Funds and over $600,000 in project costs supporting a total of 5 organizations toward the development and improvements for parks and recreation programs.

The Southlake Parks Development Corporation was formed when Southlake voters approved the special levy of a half-cent sales tax in the mid-1990s. The half-cent, which generates about $5 million per year, is dedicated toward the acquisition and development of Southlake’s parkland as well as park maintenance and other parks-related operational costs. The SPDC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors that are appointed by the City Council.

To learn more about the SPDC visit their webpage.

Bob Jones Park Gets A Summer Refresh

Earlier this summer we told you about the upgrades coming to the playground at Bob Jones Park near the soccer fields.

Take a look at our progress! There are new shade structures and new things to jump, slide, run, and twirl on.

Construction of the playground is currently 90% complete and is expected to be ready in the next few weeks. The shade structure is still being fabricated and is scheduled to be installed by the end of September.

Another update to tell you about; the refreshed bathrooms near the softball fields. Those bathrooms have been power-washed, repainted, mirrors replaced and staff has made minor plumbing repairs.

“We appreciated the opportunity to refresh the bathrooms after getting some feedback on social media,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble. “Although we keep a close eye on all of our facilities, having residents on our team, letting us know when there is a problem, is a great resource.”

Visitors to Bob Jones Park can expect a similar refresh to the soccer field bathrooms later this year.

Southlake is the Perfect Family Staycation

Have all the fun and relaxation of a vacation, without having to leave town! From restaurants to shopping to our beautiful parks to our luxurious spas and hotels to our fun events, Southlake has everything you need for the perfect staycation.

Splash, Play and Run

Whether it’s a run through one of the trails at Bob Jones Park or taking your kids for a splash at Bicentennial Park, there’s a park for you and your family!

Start your staycation at one of our many parks.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Take a midday stroll through Southlake Town Square, Park Village, Shops of Southlake or some of our other shopping options and find the perfect shopping experience for you. From finding the perfect outfit to getting started on your new hobby, Southlake has a store for you.

View our over 260 shopping options here.

Bring Out Your Inner Chef

When you’re planning your staycation, why not take a cooking class? Central Market, Taste Buds Kitchen and Sur La Table all offer a wide variety of classes to choose from!

Dine Out

Start your day off with a nice brunch, enjoy lunch at one of our breezy patio restaurants, grab a coffee, have a nice steak dinner and finish with dessert right here in Southlake! We offer a wide range of dining options and cuisines that are going to make your staycation perfect.

Find the perfect bite here.

Pet-Friendly Options

Your staycation can be spent with your furry companion thanks to our many pet-friendly options. You can take Sparky over to BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones Park for a walk or take him with you to lunch or dinner at one of our many pet-friendly dining options. Get him the VIP treatment from grooming to a massage or check into one of the pet-friendly hotels.

See just how pet-friendly Southlake is here.

Relax, it’s Your Staycation

Your staycation can be exactly how you want it. You can kick back and relax. Southlake offers a variety of spa options, and you can relax in one of our luxurious hotel options!

Choose from one of many spa options here.

View our hotel accommodations here.

Don’t Forget These Activities!

Southlake has the perfect attractions to enhance your staycation. You can watch a movie at Harkins Theatre or head on over to the Red Door Escape Room. This place locks you in a room for 60 minutes with friends and family, and you have to solve clues to escape the room!

City of Southlake to Host 2014 and 2015 RBI Softball World Series

RBI-560The City of Southlake and the City of Grapevine, along with the Texas Rangers, will host the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series in 2014 and 2015. The RBI program is a Major League Baseball (MLB) initiative designed to provide youth in underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic achievement, and teach the value of teamwork.

The RBI World Series will include baseball and softball teams from the United States, Canada, South America and the Caribbean Grapevine will host sixteen baseball teams beginning August 7 at Oak Grove Ballfield Complex, with the championship baseball game to be held at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The City of Southlake will host eight softball teams at Bob Jones Park, beginning August 13, with the softball championship to be held at Texas Woman’s University.

“Southlake is proud to work with Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers to provide this experience to these players from around the world,” notes Southlake Director of Economic Development, Shannon Hamons. “We are excited to provide the visiting teams and their families with our hospitality and hope they enjoy our world-class facilities, services and wonderful amenities during their visit.”

The RBI program is in its 26th year of operation and currently serves more than 220,000 young men and women in over 300 programs worldwide. MLB and its clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program.

For more information about the RBI program and the RBI World Series, visit MLB.com/RBI.

For more information about Southlake, Texas, go to VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.

City Holds Ribbon-Cutting for TXU Energy Donation of 35 Trees

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela A. Muller, Lacy Sperry, Mayor John Terrell, Councilmember Carolyn Morris, Cary Barnett

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela A. Muller, Lacy Sperry, Mayor John Terrell, Councilmember Carolyn Morris, Cary Barnett

The City recognized TXU Energy for their generous donation of 35 trees that were planted in Bob Jones Park with a ribbon-cutting held on May 1, 2014. Mayor John Terrell, Southlake City Council Members, and TXU Energy representatives were present for the event.

The trees were delivered by the Texas Tree Foundation on April 4, 2012 to the park. The tree species that were planted include: Shumard Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Texas Red Oaks, Bur Oaks, and Cedar Elms.

“It is a goal in Southlake to provide attractive and unique spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy in our community,” says Mayor John Terrell. “These trees will not only add to the aesthetic of the park, but also encourage sustainability and environmentalism. Southlake residents and visitors will continue to benefit from these generous contributions for years to come. ”

This donation from TXU Energy is part of their Committed to Community Growth Program. Since the program’s inception in 2002, TXU Energy has planted more than 190,000 trees across Texas.

“We are pleased to see the Committed to Community Growth Program succeed in Southlake,” says Lacy Sperry, Community Relations Manager for TXU Energy. “We appreciate the long-standing relationship we have with Southlake and hope this donation has a lasting impact on the City.”

On April 30th the Southlake 2030: Sustainability Master Plan committee held its first meeting regarding sustainability. For Southlake, sustainability means enhancing the City’s current and future status as a desirable, attractive, safe, healthy and fiscally‐sound community.

The specific term “sustainability” was first brought to the forefront and identified as a key goal during development of the Vision, Goals and Objectives of the Southlake 2030 Plan in 2009.  As a result, the development of this document, the City’s first Sustainability Plan, began in 2013 and was adopted in 2014.

For more information about the Southlake 2030 Plan, visit Southlake2030.com.