Friday, June 5, 2020

Southlake Parks Reopening

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the following park amenities will reopen.

  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • In-line Hockey Court

With the reopening of the playgrounds and sports courts, essentially all park amenities are now open including:

  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts
  • Dog Park
  • Batting Cages
  • Restrooms
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Benches

However, as a reminder, all drinking fountains remained closed.

Based on the Governor’s announcement this afternoon, all city-owned athletic fields will reopen on May 31, 2020, for practices and June 15, 2020, for games. As per the Governor’s executive order, “Effective May 31, 2020, youth sports may begin holding practices without spectators other than one parent or guardian per participant, as needed. Those sports may begin holding games or similar competitions, with our without spectators, on or after June 15, 2020. Spectators should maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from individuals not within the spectator’s group.”

City staff is communicating with league officials to get new schedules in place and share more information with participants.

With the reopening of the City’s park system, the Community Services department has adopted additional cleaning and sanitization practices.

We continue to encourage you to make the best possible decisions for yourself and your family by following expert guidance and advice. With that in mind here are some tips from the CDC and the National Recreation and Park Association about using our facilities during this time.

DO

  • Maximize physical distance from others
  • Bring your own water and hand sanitizer
  • Follow CDC guidelines

DON’T

  • Visit parks if you are sick
  • Visit parks if you were recently exposed to COVID-19
  • Visit crowded areas

covid19 urban park tips

The COVID-19 situation is frequently changing. The City of Southlake is committed to working with our residents and businesses as this unprecedented situation unfolds. We are grateful for the support of the community and work every day to continue to earn that trust.

For the latest City updates visit www.ProtectSouthlake.com

Southlake Awarded 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence

Congratulations to the City of Southlake for receiving the 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter! This certificate recognizes the dedication and support shown by City Council, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and City staff to uphold professional planning standards for the City.

The American Planning Association Texas Chapter awards city municipalities this certificate for planning excellence through their Richard R. Lillie, FAICP Planning Excellence Recognition Program. The goals of the program include:

  • Increasing community awareness of the importance of planning;
  • Recognizing planning departments which meet certain professional requirements;
  • Recognizing planning efforts that have achieved community support;
  • Encouraging the funding of professional training for Planning Commissioners and staff; and
  • Aiding economic development and community image.

This marks the fifteenth consecutive year that the City of Southlake has been recognized for this award. The City scored well above the 100-point threshold to receive recognition. Some of the evaluation criteria include level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, formulating and updating master plan components, and completion of other planning related projects.

If you would like to view the certificate or have additional questions please visit the Planning and Development Services Department in Southlake Town Hall, Suite 310 or visit our webpage here.

Parks and Recreation Board Meeting, November 11

The Next Parks Master Plan Meeting will be held on November 11 at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake, where Noble Oaks Park, Haven Park and Koalaty Park will be discussed!

Get involved in shaping the future of Southlake Parks! The City has kicked off the update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. City staff is working closely with the Parks and Recreation Board on crafting policy recommendations for many of the community’s parks and wants your help too. There will be multiple opportunities to provide your comments throughout this process. Three parks will be discussed at the November 11 Parks Board meeting that will take place at 6 p.m. at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. These include:

Noble Oaks Park

Haven Park

Koalaty Park

 

Make sure you are also following the City’s Twitter and Facebook for reminders about these meetings. You may also subscribe to the Southlake 2035 calendar on the City’s website (“Notify Me”) for updates.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, don’t let that stop you from sending your feedback to staff and the Parks and Recreation Board. A form has been created for residents to submit comments digitally. This can be found on the Parks Master Plan webpage or by clicking here.

In the meantime, you may find more information about the currently adopted Parks plan here.

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Join the City of Southlake as we host our very first Monarch Butterfly Festival at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve!

Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada

Did you know the Monarch butterfly makes a grand migration every winter that covers thousands of miles? Their journey leads them south from Canada all the way to the mountains of central Mexico where their trip culminates in what have become designated butterfly sanctuaries where millions of other Monarchs gather to wait out the winter. Once warmer weather approaches, they’ll make their way north again to warmer climates such as Texas, stopping to lay their eggs. As Texans, we have the unique opportunity to be stewards to these beautiful insects, which is why we celebrate their amazing journey with a festival!

At the Monarch Butterfly Festival, we’ll be hosting a grand butterfly release of over 500 butterflies, as well as a seed toss parade, butterfly-themed photo booth, interactive games and education stations, a walk-through butterfly house, face painting, scavenger hunts, self-guided nature hikes and more! Come take part in the celebration and learn all about these amazing insects. The first 500 children age 4-14 registered will be able to release a butterfly, so be sure to register online!

**Parking for the event will be at North Park, 200 E. Dove Rd. Shuttles will run to Bob Jones Nature Center beginning at 8:30am.

When:
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where:
Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
355 E. Bob Jones Rd.
Southlake, TX 76092
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Cost:
Resident Fee: $3
Non-resident Fee: $5
All kids under the age of 3 are free, no need to register.
Register Online

 

Family Fun Day at Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve

Bring the entire family out to Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve for fun and exciting hikes, arts and crafts, special group activities, scavenger hunts, snacks and more!

If you’re looking for ways for your family to unplug and connect with nature, then we’ve got the perfect opportunity to do just that! At Family Fun Day, you’ll learn all about the Cross Timbers ecosystem while spending time with your family in the beautiful outdoors. This is a FREE event but registration is required, so be sure to click the links below to let us know you’re coming.

Saturday, September 14 – Night Hike!
7:30-9:30pm
Register Online

Saturday, November 9
9:00-11:00am
Register Online

WHERE:
Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
355 E. Bob Jones Rd.
Southlake, TX 76092
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Capital Improvement Program Defines 2019 Construction Priorities

Each year the budget includes a five-year capital improvement program (CIP), delineating construction projects designed to implement Southlake 2030 and Southlake 2035.

These projects ensure that the City will meet demands for water, sewer, roadway, drainage, and parks as Southlake moves toward build-out. Year One of the CIP is called the capital budget and allocates dollars to build the identified projects.

Proposed FY 2019 Capital Projects Allocated by Project Type

This figure shows the proposed FY 2019 Capital Improvement Program allocation by project type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building & Maintaining Southlake’s Public Works Infrastructure

Public Works construction projects figure prominently in the FY 2019 budget.

Funds for construction of Zena Rucker Connector, North White Chapel Boulevard, SH 114 improvements, Kirkwood Boulevard intersection improvements, and landscaping are included in the budget. So are dollars for water quality projects and water lines along SH 114, Kirkwood, and Westpark Circle.

Drainage improvements on public land near Raven Bend, West Highland Street, Simmons Court, Creekside, Florence Road, Kirkwood Branch at White Chapel, and at the TW King Pump Station are also funded. Finally, the budget includes matching funds for the replacement of the South White Chapel Bridge at Bear Creek, to be financed through the Texas Department of Transportation.

Southlake engineers and inspectors have the responsibility to design, build, and ensure the quality of the infrastructure needed to provide water and sewer services, as well as drainage and roadway facilities for public use. And once these items are constructed, crews take on the responsibility of maintaining them.

With more than 296 miles of water distribution pipes, 208 miles of sewer mains, 211 linear miles of city roadways, and 174 miles of sidewalks/trails, maintenance responsibilities are significant. And these numbers don’t even account for public drainage ways and associated infrastructure like fire hydrants, meters, valves, manholes, and lift stations! The new construction will complement the current infrastructure and makes sure that facilities meet future demand.

Public Works Related Capital Improvement Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What About Parks?

City parks, open space, and recreational amenities for all ages are a top priority. The good news is that special funding makes it possible to implement the park master plan in an ongoing and steady timeline.

Champions Club, the newest part of The Marq Southlake, is set to open in December. This project, funded through a special sales tax overseen by the Community Enhancement and Development Corporation, will be a recreation game-changer for the community beginning in 2019.

The City will also begin designing improvements to the Southlake Sports Complex, including fields, building improvements, shade structures, restrooms, a playground, batting cages, trails, parking, and other amenities. Construction will span a few years, but things get started with the new fiscal year.

The team will also turn attention to Central Park (located at the Shops of Southlake) with an eye to improving the functionality of the space and developing plans for future improvements.

The Southlake Parks Development Corporation will fund these improvements with a special sales tax.

The City owns or leases 1,197.8 acres of park land and open space, and is responsible for the maintenance of the property and the related improvements, including 51 practice fields/game facilities, seven playgrounds, 21 tennis courts, and 14 pavilions.

The CIP paves the way for ongoing infrastructure development, making sure that Southlake continues to be a premier community in which to live, work, and play.

Proposed Parks Capital Improvement Projects

Preschool Programs Keep the Fun Going!

Keep the fun of Summer rolling into fall for you and your preschooler! (ages 3 – 5). Southlake Parks and Recreation offers fun activities to keep your little one active!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s our next superhero-in-training! That’s right! You and your preschooler are invited to join us for Southlakes own SuperHero Training Academy on September 30. Help your little one as you make your own superhero costumes, practice your hero skills, and help protect Southlake from evildoers!

Registration and information on these events can be found online at
SouthlakeParksandRec.com

For more information,
call (817) 748-8019

July sets the stage for a “Super” Park and Recreation Month in Southlake

Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local and community parks.

This July we’re celebrating the super powers of parks and recreation and all the ways these local, community resources add value to our daily lives with a Superhero Theme!

Whether it be SuperHero Training Academy for kids in Bicentennial Park, The Southlake Masterworks Concert Series, or watching Avengers: Age of Ultron with the family at the Aria Amphitheater, Parks and Recreation Month is action packed with activities and events sure to excite the hero in all of us.

Additionally the LiveFit Pass and all fitness classes will be free during July for Park and Recreation Month to help maintain that SuperHero health in all citizens. Register Here!

Events of all varieties and for all age groups will be hosted by The City of Southlake throughout the month of July, guaranteeing you and your family a super summer.

For a complete list check out the Park and Recreation Month Calendar.

 

 

 

5K’s take over Bicentennial Park in April

The spring season is always a great time for our residents to get out and visit the beautiful parks and facilities offered by the City of Southlake. But spring is also a great time for events and activites to take place at our parks. With our residents and regular park visitors in mind, the Southlake Community Services Department wanted to make sure you were aware of park usage during the season.

In the near future, there will be several 5k races and runs that will be taking place in Bicentennial Park. The Superhero 5k is on Saturday, April 2, the Altrusa 5k is on Saturday, April 16, and the Rescue 5k is on Saturday, April 30. For all three of these Saturdays, park visitors can expect parking to be bad from around 7:30 AM to noon. The Community Services Department recommends that unless you’re attending one of these events, that you visit the park at another time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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