Saturday, August 20, 2022

Thanks for Making Your Marq, Summer Volunteers!

Summer break is officially over, but we couldn’t let another day go by without thanking the incredible volunteers that spent their summer with the Community Services Department.

Our mission is to create world-class experiences, and our volunteer base helps us achieve that mission every day. The summer months are our busiest time as a department, and volunteers are crucial to providing outstanding recreational services. Our volunteers play a vital role in the Community Services Department, from serving as Volunteer Counselors at Summer Camp Mania, keeping Champions Club clean as we increase our membership, to sending Happy Birthday emails to our Senior Activity Center members,

We had a great volunteer turnout this summer. Our Community Services Volunteers worked over 1,700 volunteer hours equaling $43,000 of service. Thank you for the work you did running our Summer Camps, taking ownership of our Champions Club facility, and putting smiles on our seniors’ faces. Whether you put in 2 hours of work or over 100, your contribution made a difference.

We are so grateful to each volunteer that spent their time with us this summer. Your impact was felt, and we look forward to seeing you again here soon!

Are you interested in volunteering with the Community Services Department as well? Visit VolunteerSouthlake.com to learn how to get started!

That’s A Wrap on Summer Camp Mania 2022

The kids are back in school, but it wasn’t long ago that they were living their best lives at Summer Camp Mania!

Summer Camp Mania 2022 is officially in the books, but we wanted to take the time to showcase some of the highlights from the summer. With nine weeks of structured programming, Camp Mania returned with a bang this year.

Throughout the summer, we had 873 enthusiastic campers enrolled. These campers enjoyed a fantastic summer filled with incredible field trips, fun guest performances, friendly competitions, and much more!

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s highlights:

  • 9 Field trips including Medieval Times, Hawaiian Falls, Crayola Experience, and Alley Cats Hurst
  • Movie Mondays featuring beloved Disney films
  • Swim days every Friday at Champions Club with pizza and a shaved ice treat!
  • Weekly inflatables
  • Flag Football and Dodgeball competitions
  • Moana Hula performance
  • Petting Zoo!
  • Creature Teacher
  • A magician who made a kid float in mid-air!
  • Craft time to make magic potions, homemade play dough, slime, tie-dye shirts, and dot painting
  • Epic water gun and balloon fights with the staff
  • Over 900 hours of volunteer service from Junior Camp Counselors

Putting together a structured day camp that is both fun, educational, and unique is no easy feat; however, our Programs team rose to the challenge. Take a look at what some satisfied parents had to say:

“Very happy, my kids loved this camp! We’re new to the area so tried several out and they want to do this most of the summer next year. Convenient, reasonably priced and so fun. Thank you!”

“Staff was great and kids had a lot of fun. Much needed time during the day.”

Kids are happy. Variety of activities is nice, and excellent value for the money.”

“Amazing staff and such awesome activities and field trips!!!! I wish I had signed up for more than just one week this year!!!”

“My son had so much fun! Thanks for making his experience amazing!”

“My girls always have a blast!! Fun activities and really cool field trips!”

This summer will be one to remember. Not only did participants make friendships and life-long memories, but our staff developed professionally with each passing week. We can’t wait to go back to the drawing board and start planning an even better summer experience for next year.

If you can’t wait another year to return to Camp Mania, sign up for one of our upcoming Day Break or Holiday Break Camp Mania opportunities!

 

Meet Bora Sulollari, One of the Shining Stars of the City Manager’s Office!

The City of Southlake places incredible importance on internships. Throughout the numerous departments, there are many opportunities to explore the City and make a difference. Many times, those interns find their place and stay within the walls of Town Hall.

As Bora Sulollari walked in for her first day as an intern at the City of Southlake, she was greeted with big smiles and new experiences.

“I felt so welcomed from the first moment I stepped into the building,” said Sulollari. “My time as an intern was so important to me, not only because of the valuable things I got to learn and experience but also because of the amazing people I got the chance to work with daily.”

Sulollari began her journey as a Management Intern. After obtaining her Master’s in Public Administration, she worked her way up to a full-time role as a City Manager’s Office Management Assistant. In her role, she assists the CMO with various budgetary, research, strategic management functions, and much more. “I’m forever grateful for all the various insightful projects I have gotten the chance to collaborate on,” she mentioned.

At the City of Southlake, our interns’ talents span many departments and topics. Several other full-time employees got their start just like Bora Sulollari and they continue to service the City through their dedication and commitment to excellence.

We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation: Meet the Recreation Division!

Nothing is better than enjoying free time after work or school to celebrate your efforts and spend time doing something you love.

The Recreation Division knows what it’s like to work hard and play hard! This incredible team is responsible for many programs and services that help the Community Services Department create life-long memories for our residents. It wouldn’t be Parks and Recreation without the biggest Division in the department.

Let’s spend some time learning more about the crucial work these Parks and Recreation professionals do.

The Recreation Division provides world-class experiences to our program participants, Champions Club members, Bob Jones Nature Center visitors, athletics participants, and Tennis Center guests. With approximately 170 employees during our busiest seasons, the Recreation team makes up 75% of the Community Services Department and manages five key business areas!

Athletics: The athletics team is responsible for providing athletic opportunities to athletes of all ages. From flag football, volleyball, and basketball leagues to clinics and youth camps, there’s an athletics program for everyone!

Aquatics: Champions Club wouldn’t be what it is without the incredible team that manages our world-class Aquatics Center. These dedicated team members work hard to ensure everyone that visits the Aquatics Center is safe and having a wonderful time.

Fitness and Performance: Champions Club is not like any other fitness center, and that’s partially thanks to our Fitness team! They manage the fitness floor and provide welcoming customer service to our members while innovating new fitness programs.

Guest Services: The Guest Services team is the face of Champions Club! From the front desk to our friendly and resourceful Managers on Duty, this team provides excellent customer service to all Champions Club members. They are the team in charge of executing the Membership Retention and Acquisition Plan, which includes the incredible member appreciation events and campaigns that set us apart from our competition!

Marq Maintenance: You don’t become an award-winning facility without a fantastic maintenance team. This dedicated group of staff is responsible for facility safety, maintenance, contract management, and the custodial needs of The Marq Southlake.

Programs: The Programs team works tirelessly to provide preschool, youth, teen, adult, and family recreation programming across our city facilities and parks year-round. From our incredible summer camps, Forest Pre-School, and world-class Adaptive Recreation services to Champions Club classes and outdoor recreation, this team does it all!

We couldn’t do what we do best without the dedicated recreation professionals that make up the Recreation Division. Thank you for rising up for our community every day!

 

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.

This July, We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation” at the City of Southlake Community Services Department

This July, join the City of Southlake’s Community Services Department for Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate how the City of Southlake is stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation. We have a full schedule of how residents of all ages and abilities can celebrate this month—so make sure to check out our official 2022 Park and Recreation Calendar.

Southlake’s Community Services Department is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting our community to share their experience, memories, and stories about what parks and recreation mean to them. With everything from our award-winning recreation facility, The Marq, world-class community parks, innovative programs, and the incredible Bob Jones Nature Center, there are plenty of ways that you can celebrate with us, as well!

“The theme We Rise Up is extremely appropriate for the individuals that make up the Community Services Department because they are a diverse and talented group of people who are constantly rising up to the occasion to fulfill our department’s mission to provide world-class experiences for the citizens of Southlake” stated David Miller, Deputy Director of Community Services.

NRPA and the City of Southlake encourage everyone that supports parks and recreation to share how it has improved their quality of life, as well as why their local park and recreation professionals are important to them, on social media with the hashtag #RiseUpJuly

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month and its history, visit www.nrpa.org/July. Check out our daily calendar of ways you can join in on the celebration at www.experiencesouthlake.com.

How do you Rise Up for Parks and Recreation?

A Day in the Life at Camp Mania

Summer Camp Mania is the place to be if you’re a kid spending your summer in Southlake!

Camp is well-underway, and the kiddos are having a great time. Since parents don’t get the opportunity to shadow their kiddos during the day, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to share the incredible schedules our campers enjoy! No two days are alike, and every week has a unique theme to set the tone for the activities we do.

A Day in the Life of a Camp Mania Camper:

7:30- 9:00 AM

Campers wake up bright and early to make it on time for the first activity. Structured activities begin at 9:00 AM, but parents can start dropping off their kiddos starting at 8:30 AM. This is a time for free play and socialization!

9:00- 9:30 AM 

Welcome to the Opening Ceremony. This is the perfect time to orient campers and prepare them for the day ahead! It wouldn’t be camp without singing some camp songs, reciting the camp creed, and going over the expectations for the day.

9:30- 10:00 AM

Time for a quick huddle/ ice breaker game! Camp favorites include the Human Knot, Freeze Dance, and Telephone!

10:00- 11:00 AM

Fun in the sun! It’s time for some outdoor playtime! Depending on the day we could be playing games or cooling off with waterslides!

11:00 -12:00 PM

Lunch! Time to take a break from all the activity and enjoy a delicious home-packed lunch! This is also the best time to talk with friends.

12:00- 1:00 PM

Time to hit the gym! This is the time of day to work on team building and friendly competition with crowd-favorites like volleyball and Powerball. On Fridays, we enjoy splashing in the water at the Champions Club Aquatics Center.

1:00- 2:00 PM

Time to get creative! During this hour, Campers break up into their groups to enjoy a fun craft or STEM activity. The highlight is always taking these crafts home to share with mom and dad!

2:00- 2:30 PM

Snack Time! All that playing and creating sure works up an appetite. Snack time is always a welcome break in a day full of fun.

2:30- 4:00 PM

Time for more incredible activities! Each day is different, but there is something for everyone! On Monday’s we watch movies, Tuesdays we have inflatables, Wednesdays are field trip days, Thursdays we have guest performances, and Fridays end the week with delicious Kona Ice!

4:00-4:30 PM 

Camper Choice. After a busy day of scheduled activities, campers get to decide how to spend their final 30 minutes.

4:30- 5:30

Check- Out. Time to say goodbye to our friends and Camp Counselors and get ready to do it all over again!

Every day is an adventure at Camp Mania!

There’s Still Time to Register Your Kids for Summer Programs!

It’s summertime in Southlake and the heat is intense! If you are still looking for ways to keep your kiddos busy and entertained this summer, it’s not too late to register for some of our incredible half-day camps at Champions Club!

July is just around the corner, and the new month brings new opportunities to enjoy the hot summer break indoors. Our Programs and Champions Club staff are ready to give your kiddos a summer they won’t forget with innovative programs and half-day camps for every interest under the Texas sun.

Here’s just a few examples of our exciting programs that still have some spaces open:

Adventures in Science Club

Discover the wonder of science by doing hands-on experiments and projects that you get to take home! In this week-long session, kids will learn all about gears and pulleys, how things work together, and how to use their hands to build different types of engineering machines. Register here:

Club Metro

Southlake’s premier Adaptive Recreation program, Club Metro, is hitting the field for an awesome afternoon of sports! Participants will meet to celebrate the summer season by playing different sporting activities! Hurry up to register, spots are filling up fast!

DJ School 101

Do want to learn how to be a DJ? Join our half-day summer camp program where we teach you the basics of being a DJ. We will beat, match, mix and blend on professional DJ equipment, across multiple genres of music. DJ gear is provided during instruction. Don’t miss it!

Mindful Ballet Dance Camp

In these one-hour weekly camps, students will learn the proper technique and placement in this foundational genre. Dancers will also experience the classroom as a laboratory that explores self-narrative, thought patterns, and emotions.

DRESS CODE: Girls – Any color leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers. Boys – Black tights or athletic shorts, white shirt, ballet slippers. Register today!

Plan out the rest of your summer and claim your spot today!

Southlake Chamber Recognizes City of Southlake and Councilmember Kathy Talley at 2022 Awards Banquet

The City of Southlake was honored with the Legacy Award from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber recently held its 2022 Awards Banquet at The Marq Southlake to highlight individuals and businesses for their accomplishments in the community, service, and business.

The City of Southlake was recognized for our engagement, support, and demonstrated history of good deeds as well as impacting the lives of those who live within the Southlake community.

“For the last 38 years, the city has displayed continuous support to the chamber and the business community, and we sincerely appreciate it,” President and CEO of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce Mark Guilbert said.

City Councilmember Kathy Talley was also among the award recipients recognized at this event. She was honored with one of the President’s Awards for her exemplary service to the Southlake Chamber of Commerce through the dedication of time, resources, and ideas that have served to enhance chamber success and opportunities.

“This is the night when we honor those in the Southlake community that have made positive changes in our Chamber and in the city and set an example for others to follow with their initiative, creativity, and energy,” said Guilbert.

Awards presented on June 17 included:

  • Citizen of the Year, Kush Rao
  • Legacy Award, City of Southlake
  • Chairman’s Award, Pastor Sterling Smith
  • President’s Award, Michael Young and Kathy Talley
  • Civic Group of the Year, GRACE
  • Director of the Year, Karl Chester
  • Corporate Business of the Year, Cambria Hotel & Suites Southlake DFW
  • Small Business of the Year, Selph Marketing
  • Volunteer of the Year, Lynda and Robert Warner
  • Ambassador of the Year, Bill Tait III
  • Youth of the Year, Zach Lacy

For more information about the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website. To learn more about the Southlake business community, please visit Select Southlake.