Sunday, September 15, 2019

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.

City of Southlake offers numerous programs for Preschoolers

The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation Department is offering a lot of options for parents of preschool age children. These programs and activities are for children as young as 18 months and up to 5 years old. You can learn more about these programs in the Spring 2016 issue of the Southlake Scene.

Opportunities range from ongoing programs such as Lil’ Chefs and Jo-Ann’s Little Dancers to single events like Superhero Snacktime and Princess Tea Party. These programs are more than just fun & games, they are also beneficial in general child development. Through these programs, preschoolers are learning new skills and being exposed to new activities while also learning to socialize with other children. It’s an all-around win for the whole family.

To learn more about these programs and others, view the Southlake Scene or call 817.748.8019. To register for programs, visit here.

United States Tennis Association serves up major award to Southlake Tennis Center

At the Texas Section United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Annual Meeting and Conference this coming February, the Southlake Tennis Center will be recognized as the Texas section’s Organization of the Year!

This award, which is the most prestigious award that can be won by a USTA member organization, is based on an organization’s contributions to the community, to non-profit work, and to the growth of tennis through programs, leagues and tournaments.

The Southlake Tennis Center, which is a public tennis facility owned by the City of Southlake and operated by Roxy Tennis, has been a member organization of the USTA since 2002. With this award, STC becomes the Texas Section nominee for National Organization of the Year.

This is not the first time the center has been nationally recognized; the Southlake Tennis Center was named the Public Facility of the Year by the Tennis Industry Association in 2012 and remains the only facility in Texas to receive this honor. STC was named a National Outstanding Facility of the Year in 2011 and Texas Section Quick Start Facility of the Year in 2010.

For more information about the award-winning Southlake Tennis Center, go to www.southlaketennis.com or call 817-421-5605.

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.