Sunday, April 21, 2024

A New Playground is Coming to Bob Jones Park Soccer Fields!

The City of Southlake’s 2030 Parks, Recreation & Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan includes design and installation of a new playground and shade structure at the Bob Jones Park soccer fields. After ten fun years of play, the current playground is closed. Demolition began on Monday, June 18, 2018 to begin the exciting makeover of the playground.

On December 12, 2017, the City Council approved the purchase of the playground equipment and pavilion with Play & Park Structures. The City was the recipient of the “Community Heroes” grant from Play & Park Structures in the amount of $110,000, which will offset the cost of playground equipment.

The new playground will feature dedicated play areas for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, separate bays of swings and several single play elements. There will be opportunities for kids to climb, swing, balance, spin and slide on the equipment. There will be fabric shade structures covering the three main play areas to provide a safe space for play in the shade. In addition to the new playground, a larger pavilion will be installed. The pavilion will be the perfect place to rent for your next party as it includes a great place to gather in the shade and features several new amenities.

Completion of the project is anticipated for late July. We appreciate your patience during this time and hope to see you out at the new playground soon. If you have any questions, please contact Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve will celebrate new Bluebird Trail Educational Signage

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2013 and the Bob Jones Nature Center Organization (BJNCO) and have partnered with the City of Southlake through the SPDC matching funds program to design and install educational signage along the Bluebird Trail at the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve.

On Friday, September 25 at 8:00 AM, BJNC will hold a Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting to commemorate the completion of the signage installation. Light refreshments will be served. After the ceremony, there will be guided trail hikes available during the day.

Throughout the weekend, BJNC will celebrate with other events and activities to celebrate the debut of the signs. Please visit for additional information or call 817.491.6333.

Southlake’s spookiest family campout is back!

Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and good times are waiting for you and your family at the Haunted Family Campout at Bob Jones Park! For the second year, Southlake’s Fall Family Campout will be haunted! In addition to all the traditional fun campout activities there will be prizes for the spookiest campsite and best costume, a haunted trail, and other family friendly Halloween activities.

The event will be held from October 10 at 4:00 PM to October 11 at 9:00 AM. The cost is $16 per campsite which covers a single camper, each additional camper is $10 with a max of five campers per campsite. Camp fees also cover the cost of dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning. Click here for more information and to register.

You can register for this event online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Please call 817.748.8019 if you would like more information.


City of Southlake's annual Youth Fishing Day – Saturday, May 9, 2015

It’s time to grab your pole and tackle box for The City of Southlake’s annual Youth Fishing Day! This is your chance to catch the one that got away – and a few of his friends! Southlake Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Texas Junior Anglers to introduce children of all ages to the joys of fishing on Saturday, May 9, 2015. This free event will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Bob Jones Fishing Pier. The pond will be stocked with five hundred pounds of  fish for an opportunity to catch the “BIG” one.

Kids (ages 2-16) will be divided into separate age groups with trophies being awarded for the two largest fish caught in each age group – every fisher will receive a goodie bag.  Fishing equipment will be provided by the Texas Junior Anglers  or you can bring your own rod and reel. Anyone over the age of 16 who will be participating must have a fishing license to fish in the city parks.

Texas Junior Anglers is an outreach program that is designed to educate young Texans about aquatic sportsmanship, promote conservation of our environment, encourage a lifetime enjoyment of the Texas outdoors and foster strong community relationships. On-site Texas Junior Angler staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast and help kids reel in their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be!

For more information on Youth Fishing Day, please call Southlake Community Services at  (817)748-8019.

Youth Fishing Day

The whole family can enjoy the sport of fishing at Southlake’s annual Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Southlake's annual Spring Family Campout will be held May 16 – 17, 2015

It might be hard to believe with all the crazy weather we’ve had lately, but spring is actually right around the corner! Before we know it, the sun will be shining, flowers will be blooming and Southlake will be full of green again. What better way to enjoy the beautiful Texas weather in the spring then with a campout for the whole family! Southlake’s annual Spring Family Campout is also the perfect way to celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on May 16!

Southlake Parks and Recreation wants to help your family re-connect with nature. Campout activities will focus on teaching the whole family explore and enjoy nature and this beautiful world around us. We will practice Leave No Trace principles while keeping an eye out for Texas wildlife – and even take a shot at trying to find the Milky Way!

The campout will be Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17 at the Bob Jones Park Day Camp Area (near the BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park). Tent set up will begin at 4:00 PM on Saturday. The cost is $25.00 per campsite, which includes the cost for two campers. Each additional camper is $10.00 and there is a limit of five people per campsite. The registration fee includes dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning. Children must register with at least one adult.

You can register online or in person at the Community Services office at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. For more information, please contact (817) 748-8019. Be sure to register early at as Camp Sites fill quickly!


Spring Family Campout

Outdoor fun for the whole family,  May 16 – 17!

City of Southlake & Volunteers Team Up for Great American Cleanup

KSBlogoOn Saturday, May 17th, the City of Southlake hosted Southlake’s 2014 Great American Cleanup workday, a local extension of Keep America Beautiful’s nationwide Great American Cleanup initiative.

One hundred Southlake residents- including teens and children- teamed up with members of the Southlake congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for a four-hour workday pulling weeds, picking up trash, and putting down mulch on the trails at Bob Jones Park.

Cassie Holtz with the City of Southlake said, “The Great American Cleanup is one of the nation’s largest community improvement initiatives.  Millions of volunteers come together for this annual event to cleanup and beautify their communities.  The City of Southlake is proud to partner with all of the volunteers who came out for the day.  We hope this day of service not only improved Bob Jones Park, but also provided an opportunity for families to make difference in the community.”

The Great American Cleanup is held annualy in the spring. If you are interested in volunteering at the next cleanup, please visit for information.