Sunday, June 13, 2021

Leaf Your Worries Behind and Take a Hike at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

Spring is almost here, and that means hiking season is upon us!

There’s no better way to connect with nature than to disconnect from the screens and get outside! With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to forget about the benefits of going outdoors and exploring. Luckily for us in Southlake, the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is the perfect spot to leaf all your worries behind and take a hike!

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve provides a sanctuary for humans and wildlife to reconnect with nature away from the urban DFW metroplex. The Preserve, which features 758 acres of Cross Timbers ecosystem, is home to about 700 identified species of plants and animals!

The Bob Jones Nature Center provides over 20 miles of hiking trails to explore for those who are looking to escape into nature. Follow the Bluebird Trail surrounding the Nature Center for a short and sweet retreat, or challenge yourself to complete the expansive Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail. Wherever your adventures take you, you’re sure to run into fellow nature-lovers such as birds, squirrels, and maybe even deer!

If you’re new to hiking and not sure where to start, never fear! We’ve compiled a list of hiking tips to make sure your first excursion to the Preserve is a life-long positive memory.

Leave no Trace

One of the most critical tenets of hiking is to leave no trace. Preserving the land and protecting the wildlife that inhabits it is necessary to be a good steward of the land. Staying on designated trails, not disturbing plants and animals, and not littering are all characteristics of a good steward of the land.

Pick the Right Trail

Hiking can be the best adventure, but it’s imperative to pick the adequate trail for your experience level. It can be easy to get lost, so make sure you stick to the path, read signage, and let a friend know where you are going. Better yet, go in a group!

Be Prepared

Make sure to dress in light, moisture-absorbing layers. Long sleeves and pants are best for protecting against the sun and elements. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Make sure to wear comfortable closed-toed shoes to support your feet, and drink plenty of water.

Have fun

Hiking is all about reconnecting with nature and with yourself. The Bob Jones Nature Center hosts a variety of outdoor education programs for all ages if you are interested in learning more about the Cross Timbers natural habitat. Be on the lookout for exciting hiking opportunities coming up next month! See you on the trails!

The First Edition of Experience Southlake Magazine Is Live!

Southlake Scene is now Experience Southlake Magazine, your family’s seasonal guide to all the fun things happening in Southlake Community Services.

Our look may have changed, but Experience Southlake Magazine is still filled with the high-quality programs and services you love.

With the addition of Champions Club, we have moved all program registration to ACTIVE Net, the same portal where members of Champions Club and the Senior Activity Center can purchase and manage their memberships.

One important transition note to keep in mind: All users will have to create a new account on ACTIVE Net. Account information will NOT carry over from CSI.

Click here to learn how to set up and manage your ACTIVE Net account.

In the first edition of Experience Southlake Magazine, you will find:

  • Champions Club amenities, services and rental spaces
  • Special events coming up this winter and spring, including Easter in the Park, Celebrate Southlake and a candylicious Sweetheart Dance
  • Youth and adult programs (Be sure to register for Spring Break Camp Mania early before it sells out!)
  • Youth and adult athletic leagues
  • The latest happenings at the Senior Activity Center
  • Volunteer opportunities with the City of Southlake
  • Southlake Public Library programs, classes and events
  • Park amenities and pavilion rental rates

We will also be releasing a supplemental issue of Experience Southlake Magazine in early 2019 with more information about the classes, programs and services we will be offering at Champions Club. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to be the first to see our group fitness schedules, personal training packages, aquatics programs and more.

If you have any questions or would like assistance setting up your ACTIVE Net account, please contact Southlake Community Services at parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us or (817) 748-8019.

Parks and Recreation Launches New Registration Software, ACTIVE Net

With the opening of Champions Club, we have moved online registration for all recreation, athletic and Senior Activity Center programs to ACTIVE Net.

ACTIVE Net is an online portal where you can:

  • Purchase and manage your membership to Champions Club and the Senior Activity Center
  • Register for all Southlake Parks and Recreation programs and classes
  • Reserve park amenities and Champions Club facility spaces

All users must create a new account on ACTIVE Net. Your account information will NOT carry over from CSI.

You will need to create a new account before you are able to register for a program or athletic league. Click here for step-by-step instructions for creating a new account. If you are creating an account that will include multiple family members, please list one individual as the “primary member” on the account. Other family members such as spouses and children will become “sub-members” on the account.

To get started, visit ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/ActiveNet and follow these three easy steps:

We understand change can sometimes be confusing. If you have any questions or would like assistance setting up your account, please contact Southlake Community Services at parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us or (817) 748-8019.

Bob Jones Park Gets A Summer Refresh

Earlier this summer we told you about the upgrades coming to the playground at Bob Jones Park near the soccer fields.

Take a look at our progress! There are new shade structures and new things to jump, slide, run, and twirl on.

Construction of the playground is currently 90% complete and is expected to be ready in the next few weeks. The shade structure is still being fabricated and is scheduled to be installed by the end of September.

Another update to tell you about; the refreshed bathrooms near the softball fields. Those bathrooms have been power-washed, repainted, mirrors replaced and staff has made minor plumbing repairs.

“We appreciated the opportunity to refresh the bathrooms after getting some feedback on social media,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble. “Although we keep a close eye on all of our facilities, having residents on our team, letting us know when there is a problem, is a great resource.”

Visitors to Bob Jones Park can expect a similar refresh to the soccer field bathrooms later this year.

National Parks and Recreation Month Proclamation

Southlake Mayor Laura Hill presented to the Community Services Department the “National Parks and Recreation Month Proclamation” on Wednesday, June 27.

The City of Southlake recognizes parks and recreation programs and
facilities are an integral part of communities across the United
States, and in particular, their value to the City of Southlake; and,

Whereas, the parks and recreation programs and activities are vitally important to
establishing and maintaining the quality of life in Southlake, ensuring the health of
citizens, and contributes to the economic and environmental well-being of Southlake and
the region; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake offers a variety of parks and recreation opportunities
designed for all ages and interests, including popular recreation or athletic programs,
special community events, senior activities, nature exploration, tennis and aquatic
programs, arts and cultural activities and volunteer opportunities; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake Community Services Department desires to enhance the
quality of life for all Southlake residents by providing exceptional recreational, cultural
and educational opportunities through its parks and recreation programs; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim July,
2018, as National Parks and Recreation Month
and encourage all citizens to “A Lifetime of Discovery” during July, and to express our
sincere appreciation for the many Southlake parks and recreation programs, and the City
of Southlake parks and recreation staff for their dedicated service.

July Is Park and Recreation Month!

Southlake Parks and Recreation is inviting the entire community to celebrate “A Lifetime of Discovery” with free family events throughout the month of July.

July is Park and Recreation Month, a national campaign sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The purpose of this campaign is to inspire everyone to visit their city parks, embrace active lifestyles and improve their overall health. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to create healthy habits for yourself and your children by getting out to a park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space. The City of Southlake offers numerous recreational opportunities to explore, including over 1,200 acres of parkland, the newly renovated Southlake Tennis Center and the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. These park and recreation opportunities enrich the lives of Southlake residents and provide natural spaces to play and exercise.

This year’s theme is “A Lifetime of Discovery,” encouraging everyone to get out and explore all of the wonderful opportunities their parks and community have to offer! To help celebrate Park and Recreation Month, Southlake Community Services has put together a special calendar of events that you can print or view online. Every day in July, there is a highlighted activity for Southlake residents and visitors to do with their friends and family. Some of these free events include:

Walk and Breakfast with Mayor Hill
Saturday, July 14
North Park
9 a.m.
Kickstart your weekend with a walk around North Park with Mayor Hill followed by a light breakfast provided by the Bill Tait State Farm Agency. All participants will receive a complimentary Under Armour shirt, and the first 30 participants will receive a complimentary LiveFit water bottle!

National Ice Cream Day
Sunday, July 15
Bicentennial Park Playground
1 – 3 p.m.
Stop by Bicentennial Park Playground and celebrate America’s favorite summer treat with free Italian ice from Rita’s!

Wheeling Through Summer Safely
Monday, July 16
Bicentennial Park
8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a morning bike ride, helmet decorating, safety stations and water activities with Southlake officers and firefighters!

Parks Mini Rodeo
Tuesday, July 17
Bicentennial Park Playground
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kids will have a blast playing interactive games, learning about plants and discovering all of the cool things our Parks team does every day.

National Hot Dog Day
Wednesday, July 18
Bicentennial Park Playground
5 – 7 p.m.
We’ll be giving out free hot dogs, so swing by for a tasty snack while supplies last!

MasterWorks Presents: Escape
Saturday, July 21
Aria Amphitheater
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast for a free outdoor concert by Escape, DFW’s favorite Journey cover band! Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome at all MasterWorks concerts; no tarps, tents, alcohol or glass, please.

Pups in the Park
Tuesday, July 31
Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park
Bob Jones Park
5 – 8 p.m.
Bring your furry friend to Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park for all kinds of fun dog activities, including paw prints and a puppy photo booth. Humane Society of North Texas will also be on site with their mobile adoption vehicle accepting donations for the Keller Regional Adoption Center. If you or someone you know is searching for a new companion, be sure to stop by to meet the animals looking for their forever homes! We also invite all of our guests to bring a donation—not only will it help improve the quality of life for the animals in HSNT’s care, but it will also get you entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes like free vaccines, nail clippings, dog treats and more! HSNT is currently in need of the following items:: Purina One Dog and Puppy Food (dry), Purina One Cat and Kitten Food (dry), cat litter, bleach, towels, Pine-Sol and fleece blankets.

Check our calendar for more events and information, and celebrate this month of discovery by sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverJulySLK. However you decide to celebrate, Southlake Community Services encourages everyone to start talking about the positive impact parks and recreation has on their lives!

If you have any questions, please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit our website at ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/DiscoverJuly.

Community Services Becomes a True Southlake Experience

Whether you’ve lived in Southlake a long time, just recently became a resident or are an out of town visitor, you can certainly see that Southlake is a premiere City.  With a vast array of amenities and services, it’s no wonder that Southlake stands apart from other communities in the DFW Metroplex.

With the celebration of a new year ahead, Southlake wants to look forward and better serve those who live and play here. Residents and visitors will begin to notice these improvements and changes through some of the key messaging produced by the City in an effort to communicate a clear and succinct message to its customers. At the forefront of this effort is the Community Services Department whose collective mission is to offer a unique experience through programs and services.

If you are a resident of Southlake, you know that the City offers amazing parks and recreational opportunities for families. That’s easy to see with the construction going on at Bicentennial Park, The Marq and the Southlake Tennis Center.  It was clearly time to combine these wonderful Southlake services under one roof for an easier and more cohesive customer experience.  The City has taken the Community Services Department and branded it under one roof. ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com is now home to not only Legends Hall at The Marq, but the Senior Center, Cultural and Special Events, and Parks and Recreation. Not only is there a new look and feel, but also a more aligned set of programs and activities that customers may not have even known existed. This mobile-friendly site also features news and information scrolls to help customers see what’s important in the moment. Be sure to take a look at the Experience Southlake calendar on the home page that highlights all the programs and events happening now and in the future.

Need to know what’s new at The Marq or take a virtual tour of Legends Hall? How about checking out the new classes being offered at Champions Club or activities at the Senior Center? Just log on to ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com and take a look around. The main service areas for Community Services are highlighted along the top of the homepage to help visitors navigate the pages easily.

Here’s just a sampling of the featured sections:

Private Events & Hospitality – Learn all about Legends Hall. This incredible venue is designed and built to host events that dreams are made of. Planning a wedding? Take a virtual tour of Legends Hall and see everything this extraordinary venue has to offer. Special pricing and packages are available along with engaging pictures of previous events. The expert Banquet Specialist can assist in choosing the perfect setting to make a special event absolutely unique.

Recreation & Fitness – Looking for the perfect recreation event or how to sign up for spring sports? This is the place to look! Champions Club at The Marq can be found under this section and is home to the Southlake Scene which offers information about recreation, fitness and performance programs and more. Keep an eye on these pages as more information about Champions Club will be updated as the grand opening nears. Customers can also watch the real-time progress of Phase II of The Marq on the live EarthCam.

Champions Club is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 while memberships will go on sale in the summer of 2018. Want the latest and greatest information? Sign up here.  This new venue will be approximately 82,000 square feet of space for fitness, indoor/outdoor turf fields, gymnasium, jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, party rooms, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs.

Parks & Facilities – Want to learn more about our award-winning parks? These are the pages to visit. Check them out to explore all of Southlake’s parks and learn more about the amenities and park facilities the City has to offer.

Culture & Special Events – Easter in the Park, Stars & Stripes, Home for the Holidays and Celebrate Southlake. These pages are the go-to places to learn about all of Southlake’s special events and how to get involved and be a part of them.

Senior Life & Style – The Senior Activity Center is a hallmark of this community. Featuring a large lounge area, game parlor, fitness room and the Dick McCauley Library, the Senior Center is the place to be for lively programs and events in Southlake.

A rental space for a fun-filled party, where to find the next “monster to mash”, how to become a charter champion or when the next senior social dance may be.  The answers to these questions and more are here at experiencesouthlaketexas.com, because, perfect is closer than you think in Southlake.

For more information about Experience Southlake or to check out pricing and programs, please call (817) 748-8900.  While the site is still a work in progress, customer feedback is important to the City of Southlake. Email TalkToUS@CityofSouthlake.com and share what works and what doesn’t.  As a team of world-class professionals serving a world-class community, we are here to provide quality customer service.

 

A Royal Ball in Southlake: 2018 Sweetheart Dance

Calling all princes and princesses to attend the Royal Ball on February 3, 2018! Enjoy a regal evening of dancing, sweet treats and activities for all ages.

The City of Southlake is hosting its annual Sweetheart Dance, at Legends Hall at The Marq. This year’s theme is a Royal Ball. Bring your prince or princess to the Royal Ball for a memorable night filled with grandeur photo moments!

This year’s Royal Ball Sweetheart Dance offers two sessions, one from 5:30-7 p.m. and one from 7:30-9 p.m. Both sessions will feature a live DJ, light refreshments and photo opportunities in the elegant Traditions Ballroom at Legends Hall, a court fit for a queen or king.

Registration is required, and the cost of admission is $15 per person. Children under two are free! Register online  or call (817) 748-8019 for more information.

Date: February 3, 2018

Session 1: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Session 2: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Location:

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake

Traditions Ballroom

285 Shady Oaks Drive

Cost: $15 per person (Children under two are free.)

Mini Dribblers This Fall

They shoot, they score! The City of Southlake would like to invite preschoolers, ages 4-5, to join us for Mini Dribblers this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 16-November 8.

Mini-Dribblers will introduce children ages four and five to the game of basketball by teaching the basic fundamentals of the sport. Participants will learn how to dribble, shoot and pass, during fun and exciting basketball drills and activities in a well supervised environment. Teamwork, sportsmanship and overall fun will be emphasized over direct competition.

Practice will begin on Monday, October 16. Mini Dribblers will meet every Monday and Wednesday through November 8. Two sessions of the program are offered; 4:30p.m. – 5:15p.m. or 5:30p.m. – 6:15p.m. At the end of the four week program, players will demonstrate the skills they have learned in the Big Game.

 This program costs $45 which includes a jersey, trophy and youth-size ball. Click here for more information or to register.

You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Please contact (817) 748-8019 for more information.

Children Playing at Mini Dribblers