Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Let’s Take a Hike: Explore the Trails at Bob Jones Nature Center

What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to go for a hike at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

It’s a great place for nature lovers to unplug and take in the environment while getting in a good work out.

The park has three different trails, the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail, the Bluebird Trail and the Grapevine Lake Trail which can be accessed from the Bluebird Trail.

Are you a first-time hiker? No worries! BJNCP offers fun programs, activities and classes for those who would like to learn more.

On November 14, BJNCP is offering a class for young hikers as part of the Bowmen Day Hike Series.  This introductory course will cover eco-responsible hiking traditions such as “leave no trace,” trail etiquette, safety measures and other important outdoor skills.

If you prefer to hike solo or consider yourself an expert, the Bluebird Trail is great place to start. The trail features interpretive and interactive signage with information about birds and other local wildlife so you can have fun and learn something new while you’re getting in your steps. So, grab a bottle of water, strap up your boots and head out to BJNCP for a hike!

A downloadable trail map can be found on our website.

For more information about programs and courses at the BJNCP, visit www.ExperienceSouthlake.com.

Imagine Yourself Outdoors – Southlake’s “Treemendous” Scavenger Hunt

Fall is a “treemendous” time in Southlake, and the City is giving away five trees in a special contest to celebrate.

To play, you’ve got to get outside! We’ve got twelve trees that we want you to find in our beautiful parks. You’ll know them by the signs that we’ve placed in front of them. There is a story behind each tree, and we will tell their stories over the next several weeks on the City of Southlake Facebook page and the Experience Southlake Facebook page.

To be eligible for our Treemendous Scavenger Hunt, all you have to do is find the specified tree in our parks, take a selfie in front of the tree, and email it to talktous@cityofsouthlake.com with the subject line “tree scavenger hunt.” In your email, be sure to include your name, address, and telephone information (entrees are limited to Southlake residents). Due to email size limitations, please send each tree selfie entry in a separate email. Each selfie submitted counts as one entry, and only one submission is permitted per person, per featured tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. October 26. All eligible entries will be part of a random drawing with winners announced on Friday, October 30. Look for the winners’ names on the City and Experience Southlake Facebook pages, My Southlake News, and ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/Treemendous. The trees will be delivered to the winners on Friday, November 6, Texas Arbor Day.

Full contest rules can be found on the contest website, and all guidelines must be met to be eligible to win.

Good Luck! The complete tree list is below. We’ll see you at the parks!

New at Champions Club, Full Body Composition Testing

True it’s been a few weeks since Christmas but Champions Club is still reveling in excitement over the present Santa brought them. New to Champions Club is the InBody 570, a full body composition testing machine. Even better is that testing is free for members.

“This is a test that you could pay hundreds of dollars for to have conducted at a doctor’s office, and with the InBody system, we’re excited to offer body composition testing completely complementary to our members,” notes Deputy Director of Community Services Kate Meacham.

Members are invited to a testing sneak peek this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12 during member appreciation activities in Champions Club between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Testing is noninvasive and takes about 45 seconds to conduct.  If you’re not able to make it during that time, starting Monday, January 13, members can schedule appointments to have the test conducted.

The InBody test will reveal how your diet and exercise are affecting your overall health. Through regularly scheduled testing, you can challenge yourself and monitor your progress over time.

“The personalized report you receive with the test is extremely helpful, it gives you information about overall health including body fat percentage, amount of lean muscle tissue, visceral fat or the fat around your organs and more,” explains Champions Club Fitness Supervisor Ryan Svoboda. “We’ll also have our trained fitness professionals available to help interpret your results not only this weekend but anytime you have the test conducted.”

You can learn more about the testing process and how to register for testing by visiting the Champions Club website here.

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.

Community Services Becomes a True Southlake Experience

Whether you’ve lived in Southlake a long time, just recently became a resident or are an out of town visitor, you can certainly see that Southlake is a premiere City.  With a vast array of amenities and services, it’s no wonder that Southlake stands apart from other communities in the DFW Metroplex.

With the celebration of a new year ahead, Southlake wants to look forward and better serve those who live and play here. Residents and visitors will begin to notice these improvements and changes through some of the key messaging produced by the City in an effort to communicate a clear and succinct message to its customers. At the forefront of this effort is the Community Services Department whose collective mission is to offer a unique experience through programs and services.

If you are a resident of Southlake, you know that the City offers amazing parks and recreational opportunities for families. That’s easy to see with the construction going on at Bicentennial Park, The Marq and the Southlake Tennis Center.  It was clearly time to combine these wonderful Southlake services under one roof for an easier and more cohesive customer experience.  The City has taken the Community Services Department and branded it under one roof. ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com is now home to not only Legends Hall at The Marq, but the Senior Center, Cultural and Special Events, and Parks and Recreation. Not only is there a new look and feel, but also a more aligned set of programs and activities that customers may not have even known existed. This mobile-friendly site also features news and information scrolls to help customers see what’s important in the moment. Be sure to take a look at the Experience Southlake calendar on the home page that highlights all the programs and events happening now and in the future.

Need to know what’s new at The Marq or take a virtual tour of Legends Hall? How about checking out the new classes being offered at Champions Club or activities at the Senior Center? Just log on to ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com and take a look around. The main service areas for Community Services are highlighted along the top of the homepage to help visitors navigate the pages easily.

Here’s just a sampling of the featured sections:

Private Events & Hospitality – Learn all about Legends Hall. This incredible venue is designed and built to host events that dreams are made of. Planning a wedding? Take a virtual tour of Legends Hall and see everything this extraordinary venue has to offer. Special pricing and packages are available along with engaging pictures of previous events. The expert Banquet Specialist can assist in choosing the perfect setting to make a special event absolutely unique.

Recreation & Fitness – Looking for the perfect recreation event or how to sign up for spring sports? This is the place to look! Champions Club at The Marq can be found under this section and is home to the Southlake Scene which offers information about recreation, fitness and performance programs and more. Keep an eye on these pages as more information about Champions Club will be updated as the grand opening nears. Customers can also watch the real-time progress of Phase II of The Marq on the live EarthCam.

Champions Club is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 while memberships will go on sale in the summer of 2018. Want the latest and greatest information? Sign up here.  This new venue will be approximately 82,000 square feet of space for fitness, indoor/outdoor turf fields, gymnasium, jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, party rooms, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs.

Parks & Facilities – Want to learn more about our award-winning parks? These are the pages to visit. Check them out to explore all of Southlake’s parks and learn more about the amenities and park facilities the City has to offer.

Culture & Special Events – Easter in the Park, Stars & Stripes, Home for the Holidays and Celebrate Southlake. These pages are the go-to places to learn about all of Southlake’s special events and how to get involved and be a part of them.

Senior Life & Style – The Senior Activity Center is a hallmark of this community. Featuring a large lounge area, game parlor, fitness room and the Dick McCauley Library, the Senior Center is the place to be for lively programs and events in Southlake.

A rental space for a fun-filled party, where to find the next “monster to mash”, how to become a charter champion or when the next senior social dance may be.  The answers to these questions and more are here at experiencesouthlaketexas.com, because, perfect is closer than you think in Southlake.

For more information about Experience Southlake or to check out pricing and programs, please call (817) 748-8900.  While the site is still a work in progress, customer feedback is important to the City of Southlake. Email TalkToUS@CityofSouthlake.com and share what works and what doesn’t.  As a team of world-class professionals serving a world-class community, we are here to provide quality customer service.