Tuesday, October 26, 2021

City Partners with Local Neighborhood to Expand Trails

The Clariden Ranch subdivision will be the first of its kind to partner with the City of Southlake to expand a neighborhood trail. City Council approved a matching funds project request during the December 3 City Council meeting for the expansion of the Cliffs Park Trail System, which is located within the subdivision.

The park is approximately 15 acres and features amenities such as benches and multi-use trails. The Clariden Ranch Home Owner’s Association sought to expand the trail system in order to preserve as much of the natural area as possible.

The expansion will include connecting two current sections of the trail, two benches and modifications to the irrigation system.

City Council approved a 100% match of funds in the amount of $38,500. The total project cost to connect the segment of the trail is $77,000.

This partnership allows the City to continue to build strong relationships by offering resources to collaborate on projects that serve community. This goal also applies to the 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Community Master Plan, which focuses on the advancement and implementation of Southlake’s parks.

“Our neighborhood parks are an important feature in our park system,” Kate Meacham, Deputy Director of Community Services said, “They define the character of neighborhoods and allow recreational activities to be more accessible to that community.”

Funding for this proposed project will be provided through the Trails Matching Funds program. An application can be obtained by contacting the Community Services Department here.

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.

8 Reasons to Hop Over to Easter in the Park

Easter in the Park is quickly approaching on Saturday, April 8 at North Park, located at 200 East Dove Road. With only a week left we want to share why Easter in the Park is such a fun event! You can learn more about Easter in the Park here.


8. Great photo opportunities for the family!



7. Show off your awesome craft making skills!



6. Our volunteers take pride in what they do!



5. Inflatables…. Need we say more?



4. Visit Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny!


3. A petting zoo joins the event bringing chicks, bunnies and more!



2. There are thousands of eggs for each age division’s Egg Scramble



1. What’d you say…..? IT’S FREE!!!




The City of Southlake invites you to Easter in the Park

Thank you to Gateway Church for being the 2017 Easter in the Park Title Sponsor!

Bring your egg baskets because Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are coming to the City of Southlake and they’re bringing thousands of candy and toy-filled eggs.

The annual free Easter in the Park event is taking place on Saturday, April 8, 2017. This year’s celebration will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at North Park, located at 200 East Dove Road.
Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be there to hide the eggs and take complimentary photos with families. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a NEW petting zoo, complimentary crafts, activities, inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn, photos, and much more!

The egg scrambles will be divided by age groups (2 & under, 3-4 years, 5-6 years and 7-8 years, with a golden egg hunt for ages 9-12). Golden Tickets will also be placed in a handful of eggs in each division for those lucky hunters to win a fun prize! Be sure to open your eggs before you leave.

Egg Scramble Schedule:
10:00 AM – Children 2 & under
10:15 AM – Children 3-4 years old
10:30 AM – Children 5-6 years old
10:45 AM – Children 7-8 years old
11:00 AM – Golden Egg Hunt for ages 9-12 years old*
*Children must be able to complete hunt without Adult

Easter in the Park is a free event and no registration is required. Parking is limited, so please arrive early. FREE overflow shuttle parking available at the CISD Administration building located at 2400 Carroll Ave. For more information, please call us at (817) 748-8019 or visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com/Events.

Join us for the Southlake Superhero 5K and Fun Run!

Suit up in your favorite superhero outfit and join the City of Southlake for the “Southlake Superhero 5K and Fun Run.”

The event will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Bicentennial Park in Southlake, Texas. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony, concert, and activities in the Aria Amphitheater.

Race Day Schedule (tentative)

7:30 am – Race Day Registration Opens
8:30 am – Race Day Registration Closes
8:30 am – Fun Run start
9:00 am – 5K start
10:00 am – Awards ceremony
10:30 am – Concert

Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate in this exciting event. Strollers are permitted, however for the safety of all participants, inline skates, bikes, and scooters are not permitted.

Early packet pickup will be on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks. Late packet pickup is available at the race site on race day. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the race to make sure there is enough time to pick up your packet.

To register for this event click here

Join Southlake for Miracle Eggstravaganza!

The City of Southlake partnered with Miracle League Southlake and Gateway Church is hosting “Miracle Eggstravaganza.” The event intended for special needs children and their families will feature sweet treats, balloon animals, eggs hunts and much more. Families who show up can also expect to see a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny.

Miracle Eggstravaganza will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Texas Rangers Miracle Field in Bicentennial Park.

Pre-registration required on site to reserve your child’s spot in an egg scramble. Registration table will open at 9:30am. Be sure to bring a basket! Egg scrambles will be available every 15 minutes from 11:00am-12:45pm.

For more information on this event click here.

Weekends at Bob Jones Park active with soccer and softball leagues

With multiple youth athletic associations set to begin their spring seasons, the Southlake Community Services Department wanted to make sure that our residents and park visitors were aware of park usage by these athletic leagues.

The Grapevine-Southlake Soccer Association (GSSA) spring season began on February 20 and will run through May 21. League matches are being held each weekend at Bob Jones Park with the exception of March 12-13 and March 27, when there will be no matches. The Southlake Girls Softball Association (SGSA) begins on Saturday, March 26 and will continue through May 21. League games will also be held at Bob Jones Park.

For more information on these and other updates, visit SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call us at 817-748-8019.

The City of Southlake and the Southlake Arts Council want your feedback

In Fiscal Year 2016, the City of Southlake budgeted to commission a permanent art piece to be installed in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park per the 2030 Public Art Master Plan. On October 27, the Southlake Arts Council met to determine their vision for the piece, and they would like your feedback.

The Arts Council recommends commissioning a piece that is kinetic and has movement. The piece should acknowledge or pay tribute to the history of the park. It must be a statement piece that embodies an appropriate balance and contributes to the style of the area.

If you have additional ideas or comments on what type of piece you would like to see in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, please send your ideas to publicart@ci.southlake.tx.us. Please submit your feedback by December 1.

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.