Saturday, December 2, 2023

Southlake and Grapevine Host the TRAPS North Region Parks Rodeo Competition

On Wednesday October 7, the cities of Southlake and Grapevine co-hosted the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) North Region Parks Rodeo at the newly renovated Bicentennial Park.  Twenty-eight cities from across the Metroplex came out to compete in the event.

DS2_0159The Parks Rodeo is an annual event held by TRAPS member cities.  During the competition, parks professionals compete in a variety of events including trailer backing, zero-turn mowers and backpack courses; plant identification; irrigation assembly; backhoe operation; and nail driving.  Participants compete either as individuals or part of a team depending on the event.  The top five individual or team finishers in each event qualify for the state-level competition held during the annual TRAPS State Conference.DS2_0033

In addition to individual/team awards, the three cities with the most points at the end of the competition are also recognized.  This year first place went to Farmers Branch, second place to Denton and third place to Carrollton.

Over 30 vendors were also present during the event to exhibit equipment, supplies and services used in facility and grounds maintenance.

Southlake and Grapevine would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2015 TRAPS North Region Parks Rodeo:  Professional Turf Products (title sponsor); O’Donnell’s Landscape Services, Inc. and Prolawn Commercial, LLC (lunch sponsors); Rita’s Italian Ice; Recreation Consultants of Texas, LLC; la terra studio; Lea Park and Play; and Arbor Masters Tree Service.

City of Southlake provides a big assist to Grapevine youth soccer programs

The heavy downpours of this past spring brought with them subsequent flooding and damage that made statewide and national news.

After the rain subsided, the high standing water lingered and produced flooding in local lakes and parks; specifically, these floods put the summer soccer season for the Grapevine-Southlake Soccer Association (GSSA) at risk. With the summer sports season ready to start, some of Grapevine’s main playing fields were still underwater. Luckily, the City of Southlake was able to provide field space for GSSA to use.

Southlake Parks and Recreation added additional space within its parks to provide soccer fields for GSSA to use for both practices and games. For the summer season, Southlake allocated practice and game fields for a total of 23 teams and approximately 225 players. And that’s not all; because Grapevine’s playing fields will not be ready until next spring, Southlake has also allocated additional space for practice and games for the upcoming fall season.

In the spirit of teamwork and partnership, the City of Southlake did what any friendly neighbor would do and made sure that the games played on! Southlake Parks and Recreation is continuing to work with GSSA as well as other local groups to assist with field allocation for upcoming practices and games this fall.

For more information about the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation please call 817.748.8019.

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

For more information about Southlake, Texas, go to

City of Southlake Senior Activity Center Members take a Ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad Stockyard Trinity River Train

32346891Join the City of Southlake Senior Activity Center members on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad Stockyard Trinity River Ride on Friday May 30, 2014. The Southlake Senior Activity Center bus will depart from the Center at 1:30 p.m. and will return back to the Center at 5:00 p.m.  Please note that the arrival and return times are subject to change.

Attendees will travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards with a beautiful view along the Trinity River. Two seating options are available for purchase, First Class for $15.00 and Touring Class for $10.00. The first class seating includes A/C, victorian-style upholder seats and an attendant service during the excursion (not wheelchair accessible). The Touring Class offers open-air travel with vintage wooden backed bench seating and is wheelchair accessible.

The train tickets are to be purchased by attendees at the train station. The event cost due to the Senior Center is $3.00 and will be paid when you register. All other costs (concessions, souvenirs, etc.) are to be covered by the individual.

If you are interested in signing up for this exciting outing, you can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center, located at 307 Parkwood Drive.  For more information, please contact (817) 748-8315.

Dragon Debate Celebrates Big Win, Prepares for Weekend Competition

The first National Debate Tournament of the season was held at Grapevine High School and Senior, Daniella Cohen took home the top honors in Congressional Debate.  Daniella received an automatic bid to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky and has also qualified for the Texas State Tournament in Houston.

Also placing and receiving bids in Congressional Debate were Seniors, Nyle Hussain,  Will Cook, and Kevin O’Brien; along with Junior, Azhar Hussain.

Seniors Davis Samuel and Jake Pannell qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Individual Events by placing 4th in Duo Interpretation.  Their tournament will be held in Minnesota. Senior Kevin O’Brien took 3rd place in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking.

The team competes at Parish Episcopal School of Dallas Sept. 20-21. Organizers offer competition in PF Debate, Congressional Debate, and 10 individual events.

Dragon Debate is sponsored Linda “Diane” Forbes, Speech and Debate Coach at Carroll Senior High School. To read more about the Debate Team’s early season winnings, click here.


Southlake Historical Society presents Fall Speaker Series

The Soil Conservation Building on the grounds of Nash Farm in Grapevine.

The Southlake Historical Society kicks off Fall Speaker Series, “Farming the Land: Southlake’s Sandy Soil and Grapevine’s Black Land Prairie” on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm in the Soil Conservation Building on the grounds of Grapevine’s historic Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street.

The evening’s speaker, Mr. Bob Flanagan, tends to the crops at Nash Farm and has farmed the area since a boy in the 1940s. The Nash Farm provides an excellent example of late 19th-century Texas farm life, and Bob will offer a view of farm life and the hardships of living off the land–land that was very different for the families who farmed the sandy soil in present-day Southlake (many of them poor and itinerant farmers who trucked their crops to Grapevine to sell) and those who worked the black land soil of the Grapevine prairie, raising the king of crops–cotton.

The Soil Conservation Building, built in the 1930s, was originally used to teach local farmers better ways to cultivate their land and the conservation techniques needed to halt soil erosion. After his program, Bob will conduct a tour of the Nash’s 19th-century farming equipment and outbuildings.

SHS lifetime members will be recognized and all returning members invited to renew their annual memberships. New members are always welcome.
Membership levels include:

Student: $5
Individual: $15
Family: $25
Corporate: $50
Lifetime: $150

The Southlake Historical Society is grateful to the City of Southlake and the Southlake Public Library for partnering in preserving the history of Southlake.

For more information about the program, contact Connie Cooley at or 817-223-9606.