Sunday, June 20, 2021

City to Install Public Art at Park Village

Ideas are beginning to take shape for the artwork planned to be installed at the Park Village fountain at the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue.  

During a joint meeting January 27, Mayor Laura Hill, the City Council and the Southlake Arts Council discussed art options and timeframe for the installation. 

The Arts Council envisions a contemporary sculpture that portrays flight. The property is the former site of an airport. Discussions are ongoing with an artist based in Arkansas. 

“Southlake’s Public Art program brings such a special feel to our community,” Mayor Laura Hill said. “Working with the Arts Council to bring another incredible piece to one of Southlake’s most popular areas is exciting. That corner deserves a special piece that captures the spirit of our City and all it represents.” 

Funding for the artwork will come from a public investment agreement with the property owner that uses sales and property tax from the development. 

In November, the Southlake City Council approved a zoning change and site plan for the Park Village development that included modifications to the fountain area. The fountain was deemed inoperable, and the modifications will correct issues to create a community atmosphere. The site plans call for the City to install public art. 

The property owner began construction this week to modify the fountain area with an anticipated completion June 2021, weather permitting. 

Council Approves Owner Plans to Fix Park Village Fountain

The Southlake City Council approved a zoning change and site plan for the Park Village development during the November 17 Council meeting. Plans include modifications to the fountain area, landscaping and hardscaping, as well as project milestones. 

The fountain on the property located at Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue is inoperable and the property owner is seeking to correct the issues to create a community atmosphere. 

In the plans submitted by Dunaway Associates, the large fountain would be reduced and an activity lawn, public art, landscaping and a shade structure would be added. The City will have access to the property to install and maintain any public art installed. 

Construction is expected to begin in January 2021 and be completed by June 2021, weather permitting. 

For more details about the project, watch the discussion during the October 20 City Council Meeting and the November 17 City Council meeting. 

ShopCore Works Toward Mid-March Completion of Fountains

With the new timeline set by ShopCore Properties, the completion date for the Park Village Fountains is set to occur in mid-March 2019.

In December 2018, ShopCore Properties was granted permits to complete the repair work, concentrating on plumbing and robotics. ShopCore representatives met with City Staff last month to present the expected completion date. This week, the fountain was filled with water as workers moved toward completion.

The Park Village Fountains are located on the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue. The Southlake City Council approved the privately-owned lighted fountains as part of the Park Village development in 2013.

Park Village Fountain Repair Update

Contractor work on the privately owned Park Village fountain located on Southlake Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard is ongoing after it was found to require extensive repairs.

In June of this year, ShopCore Properties informed the City about the need to repair the fountain again after previous restorations in 2017. Repairs on the fountain started earlier this summer, and in a statement recently provided to the City, ShopCore management says they have not been given an anticipated completion date, however, repairs have been taking place daily.

“The fountain is privately owned and while there is a developer’s agreement in place, to date no City monies have been contributed towards its construction or upkeep,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski. “The City has been asked many times about its status. We look forward to repairs being complete and the fountain running the way that was approved by the City Council.”

Southlake is the Perfect Family Staycation

Have all the fun and relaxation of a vacation, without having to leave town! From restaurants to shopping to our beautiful parks to our luxurious spas and hotels to our fun events, Southlake has everything you need for the perfect staycation.

Splash, Play and Run

Whether it’s a run through one of the trails at Bob Jones Park or taking your kids for a splash at Bicentennial Park, there’s a park for you and your family!

Start your staycation at one of our many parks.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Take a midday stroll through Southlake Town Square, Park Village, Shops of Southlake or some of our other shopping options and find the perfect shopping experience for you. From finding the perfect outfit to getting started on your new hobby, Southlake has a store for you.

View our over 260 shopping options here.

Bring Out Your Inner Chef

When you’re planning your staycation, why not take a cooking class? Central Market, Taste Buds Kitchen and Sur La Table all offer a wide variety of classes to choose from!

Dine Out

Start your day off with a nice brunch, enjoy lunch at one of our breezy patio restaurants, grab a coffee, have a nice steak dinner and finish with dessert right here in Southlake! We offer a wide range of dining options and cuisines that are going to make your staycation perfect.

Find the perfect bite here.

Pet-Friendly Options

Your staycation can be spent with your furry companion thanks to our many pet-friendly options. You can take Sparky over to BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones Park for a walk or take him with you to lunch or dinner at one of our many pet-friendly dining options. Get him the VIP treatment from grooming to a massage or check into one of the pet-friendly hotels.

See just how pet-friendly Southlake is here.

Relax, it’s Your Staycation

Your staycation can be exactly how you want it. You can kick back and relax. Southlake offers a variety of spa options, and you can relax in one of our luxurious hotel options!

Choose from one of many spa options here.

View our hotel accommodations here.

Don’t Forget These Activities!

Southlake has the perfect attractions to enhance your staycation. You can watch a movie at Harkins Theatre or head on over to the Red Door Escape Room. This place locks you in a room for 60 minutes with friends and family, and you have to solve clues to escape the room!

Park Village Fountain to be Repaired

The privately owned fountain at Park Village is in need of repairs that could take several months to complete.

Representatives from ShopCore Properties, the owners of Park Village, tell the City that while the fountain had been working over the last several months, recently new issues were discovered.

“We are doing everything we can to permanently repair the fountain at Park Village, said Terrie Hatfield, Regional Property Manager at ShopCore Properties. “With each repair, there is a necessary investigatory process to define the root cause of each breakdown, which requires specialists to evaluate.  We are continuously addressing all repairs and are committed to ensuring Park Village is a best in class property.”

The fountain was previously repaired in 2017 after experiencing pipe corrosion issues.

Park Village Fountain Goes Dry for Repairs

The privately-owned fountain at Park Village is currently turned off due to water leak and pipe corrosion issues. According to the Park Village property management, ShopCore Properties, several steps must be taken before it is in working order again.

Those steps include filling the fountain with non-corrosive City water to help determine where the leak is coming from, repairing the corroded water lines, re-plastering the inside of the fountain and finally sealing the outside masonry.  Once the fountain is operational it will continue to be run on City water to avoid the corrosion from the previous well water.

The timeline for the overhaul is still being determined.  The City will be working with ShopCore management and the fountain’s new construction contractors to monitor the complete and timely repair.

While the fountain does not represent a safety issue, parents are urged to keep their children away from the fountain until renovations are complete.

“ShopCore appreciates the patience of the community while they work through this repair and are excited to have the fountain back up and running so the community can enjoy every aspect of the property,” said a ShopCore Properties spokesperson in a statement.

Park Village Welcomes Sweet Addition: Steel City Pops

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Pop in to Southlake. From fruity and fresh to creamy and indulgent, Steel City Pops will soon be serving up its gourmet frozen pops in Park Village at 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 370. The cool pop shop is expected to open in early March.

“We have actually wanted to be in Southlake for a couple years now. We have been waiting for the perfect spot and we really feel like we’ve found that! Southlake is a beautiful city with a great family-friendly vibe. We feel Southlake residents represent our loyal customer base very well,” states Ryan Childress, the general manager of Steel City Pops in Southlake.

The Southlake location will be one of 18 branches in the company-owned chain. Started by Jim Watkins and family in 2012 in Alabama, Steel City Pops has now expanded to Kentucky and Texas, with no shortage of locations in North Texas alone. Currently there are three branches each in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Dedicated to quality, Steel City Pops makes everything in small batches from fresh, natural ingredients that are certified organic and are locally-harvested where possible. All pops are sweetened with raw, organic cane sugar and are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. All of the pops are gluten-free and vegetarian, and the fruity choices are even vegan-friendly.

With each branch offering a menu unique to its location, as well as seasonal flavors and Pop of the Month, there is always something new to try at Steel City Pops. The featured flavor in January was Salted Caramel Apple. A few tasty flavors found at DFW area locations include Blood Orange, Champagne White Tea, Pineapple Jalapeno, Black Sesame Seed, Chocolate with Peanut Butter, Maple Bacon with Bourbon, and Root Beer Float.

“We will be offering a discounted rate on our pops for the opening event. Be looking for information on that on our social media,” stated Childress.

For additional details about Steel City Pops, please visit their website.

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This article was provided by Tracy Southers with WordPlay, LLC.

Southlake Welcomes Park Village: Grand Opening Celebration April 16 Features Gin Blossoms

A premier shopping and dining destination for nearly two decades, Southlake will soon officially welcome its newest retail attraction, Park Village.  The 186,000 square foot retail center, located at 1065 E. Southlake Boulevard, has been serving customers since last fall, but will celebrate its grand opening April 16, 5PM-8PM, with a free concert featuring the 1990s rock band, the Gin Blossoms.

Park Village SignThe outdoor shopping venue offers an assortment of shops and restaurants in a walkable setting. Owned by Excel Trust and managed by Lincoln Property Co., the center’s most unique feature is its eye-catching, illuminating, color changing fountain, a design inspired by the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Situated in a prime spot overlooking the intersection of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue, the fountain features coordinated lights and music and delights visitors with daily scheduled shows to several songs.

The complex, which is already 83 percent leased, is anchored on the north end by tenants The Fresh Market, popular outdoor outfitters REI and Orvis, RA Sushi, Malai Kitchen, and the soon-to-debut Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, one of several sibling restaurants to the famous Dallas original. Michael’s, the arts and crafts super store, fitness shoes retailer Luke’s Locker, Beauty Brands and Potbelly Sandwich Shop prominently line the south end of the center.

Other retailers to note include Modern Market, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers, The Juice Bar, Paper Source, Sur La Table, and the much talked about rustic pizzeria, Taverna Rossa, which will start serving hungry customers just in time for the center’s grand opening festivities.

To celebrate its grand opening, Park Village will host Sip, Shop and Rock on Saturday, April 16. In addition to a free outdoor concert, the event includes food and beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations, and store giveaways with the purchase of a VIP ticket benefiting the Miracle League of Southlake, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball.D4S_1403

The Miracle League of Southlake was launched fall 2015 and served 152 young athletes on 12 teams. The program caters to young athletes from ages four to 28, and provides opportunities for disabled young people have fun, be active, and play baseball, many for the very first time.

“The City of Southlake is a tremendous partner for the Miracle League, working with the league to build and help manage the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field within Southlake’s beautiful Bicentennial Park.  This partnership involved cost sharing and the City was generous in providing matching funds for all donations designated for capital costs. It is through this partnership and support from the Mayor and City Council that the Miracle League was designated as the beneficiary of proceeds from the VIP event,” states Craig Rothmeier, president of the Miracle League of Southlake, also noting that the event proceeds will go towards increased expenses from an ever-growing league of athletes.

Although Sip, Shop and Rock VIP tickets have sold out, the Miracle League of Southlake is still accepting donations. Sip, Shop and Rock hopefuls who did not purchase VIP tickets still have the chance to attend the free concert by the Gin Blossoms, known for hit songs Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You, Follow You Down and Till I Hear it From You. The band will perform from 7PM-8PM to cap off Park Village’s grand opening. Although admission to the concert is free, guests are required to register online to claim one of 2,000 available tickets.

Limited parking for the event will be available onsite at Park Village. Overflow parking with a complimentary shuttle will be available at Dragon Stadium in Southlake. For more information, visit www.ShopParkVillage.com.

Park Village Fountain

Park Village fountain facing intersection of Southlake Blvd. and Carroll Ave.