Thursday, December 8, 2022

We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation: Meet the Recreation Division!

Nothing is better than enjoying free time after work or school to celebrate your efforts and spend time doing something you love.

The Recreation Division knows what it’s like to work hard and play hard! This incredible team is responsible for many programs and services that help the Community Services Department create life-long memories for our residents. It wouldn’t be Parks and Recreation without the biggest Division in the department.

Let’s spend some time learning more about the crucial work these Parks and Recreation professionals do.

The Recreation Division provides world-class experiences to our program participants, Champions Club members, Bob Jones Nature Center visitors, athletics participants, and Tennis Center guests. With approximately 170 employees during our busiest seasons, the Recreation team makes up 75% of the Community Services Department and manages five key business areas!

Athletics: The athletics team is responsible for providing athletic opportunities to athletes of all ages. From flag football, volleyball, and basketball leagues to clinics and youth camps, there’s an athletics program for everyone!

Aquatics: Champions Club wouldn’t be what it is without the incredible team that manages our world-class Aquatics Center. These dedicated team members work hard to ensure everyone that visits the Aquatics Center is safe and having a wonderful time.

Fitness and Performance: Champions Club is not like any other fitness center, and that’s partially thanks to our Fitness team! They manage the fitness floor and provide welcoming customer service to our members while innovating new fitness programs.

Guest Services: The Guest Services team is the face of Champions Club! From the front desk to our friendly and resourceful Managers on Duty, this team provides excellent customer service to all Champions Club members. They are the team in charge of executing the Membership Retention and Acquisition Plan, which includes the incredible member appreciation events and campaigns that set us apart from our competition!

Marq Maintenance: You don’t become an award-winning facility without a fantastic maintenance team. This dedicated group of staff is responsible for facility safety, maintenance, contract management, and the custodial needs of The Marq Southlake.

Programs: The Programs team works tirelessly to provide preschool, youth, teen, adult, and family recreation programming across our city facilities and parks year-round. From our incredible summer camps, Forest Pre-School, and world-class Adaptive Recreation services to Champions Club classes and outdoor recreation, this team does it all!

We couldn’t do what we do best without the dedicated recreation professionals that make up the Recreation Division. Thank you for rising up for our community every day!


We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation: Meet the Community Services Admin and Community Relations Divisions

Administration is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about a Parks and Recreation department, but it’s crucial in providing world-class community services to our residents. Community Relations goes hand-in-hand with Community Services, and this team handles everything from marketing and communications to community events!

There’s more than meets the eye regarding the Community Services Admin and Community Relations Divisions. The Admin team oversees the administration of Southlake’s biggest department. Led by the Community Services Director, the Admin Division is the primary liaison between our department, other departments, City leadership, and various citizen boards and commissions. People on this team include the Director of Community Services, Deputy Director of Community Services, Assistant to the Director, and Administrative Assistant. The Community Relations Division comprises the Community Relations Manager and the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. These two teams may seem small, but they provide a plethora of services to our community.

Let’s take a look at some of the things these teams do on a day-to-day basis.

Comprehensive Planning and Capital Improvement Projects: The Admin team oversees implementing Comprehensive Plan recommendations, which often turn into Capital Improvement Projects. The comprehensive plans serve as a strategic roadmap to where we want to be as a community. For our department, that includes implementing suggestions from the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan, the Public Arts Master Plan, and the Youth Master Plan, among others. Recent examples of master planning at work include Phase III of Bicentennial Park Improvement and the upcoming Pickleball Complex.

Boards and Commissions and Agenda Management: The Community Services Department serves seven citizen boards and commissions such as the Southlake City Council, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Southlake Arts Council, The Southlake Parks Development Corporation, the Southlake Youth Action Commission, the Senior Advisory Commission, and the Community Enhancement and Development Corporation. Service to these boards and commissions includes providing staff liaisons to each board, agenda management, and public record maintenance and retention.

Organizational Culture: The Administration Division works to create a positive departmental culture. This means managing strategic elements, such as onboarding processes, employee engagement and retention, succession planning, world-class customer service, championing innovation, departmental safety, and professional development.

Marketing and Communications: The Community Relations Division manages all departmental marketing and communications initiatives. Important work like website administration, social media management, media relations, crisis communications, marketing campaigns, and graphic design for the department are managed by this mighty team. This Division ensures we have clear, strong, and transparent communication for our external and internal partners.

Community Relations: As the name suggests, the Community Relations Division is also in charge of community building on behalf of the department. This team facilitates community events, manages the Public Arts Program, and works with our Community Services Agreements partners to provide world-class services to our residents.

This is just a short snapshot of what these Parks and Recreation professionals do to serve the City of Southlake. You may not always see them, but you can be sure they rise up for Parks and Recreation daily!

Five Free Fitness Events in July for National Park and Rec Month

Southlake LiveFit is a community initiative wellness program that encourages healthy lifestyles for both the mind and body! The City of Southlake hosts classes and seminars every month for the community to participate in but, coming this July ALL LiveFit Fitness classes will be FREE. We’re also adding more fun activities throughout the month that will encourage the National Park and Recreation Associations campaign of “Get your Play on”

1.Get fit at the Southlake Activity Center with FREE Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Total Body Workout, and more! Classes are normally $20/month.

Check out the calendar here for all the FREE Class Offerings! Register Here to sign our liability waiver or show up a few minutes before class to have one of our staff register you!

2.July 7 is National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day!  Bring your child(ren) to one of our local parks and take a walk! 

Royal and Annie Smith Park (3045 Johnson Rd.) Chesapeake Park (3150 Union Church Rd.)

3.  The LiveWell Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, July 11 at The Marq Southlake (285 Shady Oaks Drive) from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. This ongoing lecture series is presented by Executive Medicine of Texas, come listen to Dr. Judy Gaman as she teaches “10 Tips to Improve Health and Increase Longevity!” Seminars include complimentary child care (must be potty trained) and light snacks will be provided.

4. On Saturday, July 22 come out and walk with the Mayor at North Park (200 E Dove Rd) at 9:00 a.m.

5. To wrap up the entire month of Free Live Fit Classes, we are offering a FREE fun morning of outdoor fitness classes on Saturday, July 29 from 7 AM – 10:30 AM at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square (1400 Main Street)
Gentle Yoga with Tyler at 7:00 AM
Zumba with Rosy at 8:00 AM
Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga with Suzy at 9:30 AM

This summer, don’t just sit, LiveFit!
For more information on everything LiveFit has to offer visit or to see all the FREE family fun we are offering for National Park and Rec Month in July, contact the Southlake Community Services office at 817-748-8019.