Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Plan Ahead for a Perfect Day of PLAY at the Park!

We love our Southlake parks for providing us with beautiful open spaces to get outside and get in tune with nature, but did you know that there are multiple benefits of playing outside for kids?

Indeed, playing outside leads to improved overall health, greater self-awareness, appreciation for the environment, and enhanced relationships with other children.

Outdoor play demands higher levels of creativity and imagination. As a result, children learn communication skills and learn how to build relationships with other kids. Moreover, no one can deny that being outside and catching some Vitamin D can turn any day from good to great!

If you’re ready to get in on the benefits of playing outside, mark your calendars because PLAY at the Park is coming up on February 27! Drop-off your child at Bicentennial Park for a day of exciting Pokémon-themed games and activities. Lunch will be provided and a fun time of catching them all is guaranteed!

PLAY at the Park will be offered on the fourth Saturday of the month during Spring, and structured activities will take place at various Southlake parks!

Check out our incredible schedule and terrific themes:

  • February 27 Bicentennial Park: Pokémon Day
  • March 27 Liberty Park: Superhero Day
  • April 24 Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve: Earth Day
  • May 22 Bicentennial Park: Star Wars Day

Don’t miss out on the chance for your child to explore the great outdoors and reap the benefits that our parks have to offer. Click here to register!

Bicentennial Park Named Best Park

Hooray for Bicentennial Park! For the fifth year in a row, Bicentennial Park has been voted Best City Park by the readers of Living Magazine – NE Tarrant County. Thank you to everyone who voted. We’re so glad you love the park as much as we do.

From the ball fields, best playground ever, the Southlake Tennis Center and of course The Marq Southlake, Bicentennial Park has it all. Have you taken time to explore some Bicentennial Park’s hidden gems like the Liberty Gardens? You can also enjoy some native Texas wildflowers in the fields next to the log cabin. Or take advantage of the more than two miles of interconnecting pathways throughout the park.

But did you know we’re still working on making it better? The park is currently undergoing more enhancements as part of the Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan. Here’s what’s next for Bicentennial:

  • Irrigation and turfing of the large field west of the existing in-line hockey rink,
  • Renovation and expansion of the in-line hockey rink that includes the addition of synthetic turf,
  • Renovation of the existing restroom into a storage building, and
  • The placement of safety netting at the 60/90 baseball field.

If you haven’t already checked out the park, add it to your list.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Want to learn more about the other City parks? Check out our website www.ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com.

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

Seven reasons Bicentennial Park was voted 2019’s Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County.

The readers of Living Magazine recently voted Southlake’s Premiere Bicentennial Park, 2019’s Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County. Bicentennial Park is one of Southlake’s largest parks and is home to more than 17 features including The Marq Southlake.

Here are seven reasons why WE think Bicentennial Park is the Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County.

1. Bicentennial Park is home to the Southlake Tennis Center and brand new Club House. The Tennis Center is the largest public tennis facility in Northeast Tarrant County housing 19 lighted hard courts. The award-winning public tennis center will be opening two newly renovated enclosed courts. Be sure to take a break during tournaments in the lounge area, purchase equipment and clothing inside the clubhouse or fill up at the ice machine. The Southlake Tennis Center is open seven days a week and maintains a full schedule year-round with adult league play, a junior program for all ages and levels, private group lessons, and tournaments.

City of Southlake Tennis Center at Bicentennial Park

2. Bicentennial Park is home to our brand new facility The Marq Southlake, including Champions Club and Legends Hall. Legends Hall is home to the incredible Southlake Senior Center and if you’re planning on hosting an event then be sure to book the spectacular ballroom. Champions Club celebrated its grand opening in April 2019. Champions Club is open to the community through memberships providing services such as, fitness and performance classes, an indoor pool, a movie theater, and a variety of programs and athletics. Some of the facilities amenities include an indoor playroom for the kids, family and individual locker rooms and an indoor and outdoor turf facility. So, whether you’re indulging in a late afternoon workout or a movie night with the family The Marq is the place for you.

The Marq Southlake at Bicentennial Park

3. Bicentennial Park is home to the Zen and peaceful Liberty Gardens but also includes some of the greatest landscape in North Texas. Liberty Gardens provide everyone with the opportunity to relax and take a break from their busy schedules. Located on the east side of the park and only accessible by foot don’t miss out on the opportunity to bask in the warm Texas sun.

Liberty Gardens at Bicentennial Park

4. Bicentennial Park is home to the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field. One of the first of its kind, The Miracle League of Southlake was launched in the fall 2015 and served 152 young athletes on 12 teams. The League provides opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in America’s favorite pastime. The field is intended to provide opportunities to a greater number of children. The Miracle League is a unique facility that brings a smile to these incredible players and their families.

The Miracle League Field at Bicentennial Park ©miracleleagueofsouthlake.com

5. One of the communities favorite features would be the incredible playground located near the south entrance of the park. One unique quality of the park is that it’s completely gated and receives multiple safety checks a year. Bring the kids and sit with ease knowing that they are enjoying fresh air safely inside the gates. Of course, the park contains traditional amenities such as swings, slides and jungle gyms. More importantly, the park is home to the coveted mother dragon. If you haven’t, be sure to indulge in the safe and friendly atmosphere of the city’s premiere playground.

Playground at Bicentennial Park

6. Bicentennial Park has plenty of parking to accommodate those heavy traffic days conveniently located at the center of all of the parks features. The parking at Bicentennial Park gives you access to the park and fields from two directions.

Main Parking Lot at Bicentennial Park

7. Visitors have the opportunity to indulge in nature by taking advantage of the multi-use trails that stretch across Bicentennial Park. The Park covers 1,200 total park acres and six miles of Park Trails. Explore everything we have to offer by strolling past the coveted baseball fields, hear the laughter from the playground or take in the landscape. Whether you want to indulge in the Texas sun or you need to get your steps in, the trails at Bicentennial can help.

The Trails at Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is one of the many great things about Southlake, TX. Bicentennial Park is spectacular and the city is continuously focused on providing world-class experiences. Let Bicentennial Park be the premier destination for lifelong memories. For more information click here to see our city featured in Living Magazine.

A New Playground is Coming to Bob Jones Park Soccer Fields!

The City of Southlake’s 2030 Parks, Recreation & Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan includes design and installation of a new playground and shade structure at the Bob Jones Park soccer fields. After ten fun years of play, the current playground is closed. Demolition began on Monday, June 18, 2018 to begin the exciting makeover of the playground.

On December 12, 2017, the City Council approved the purchase of the playground equipment and pavilion with Play & Park Structures. The City was the recipient of the “Community Heroes” grant from Play & Park Structures in the amount of $110,000, which will offset the cost of playground equipment.

The new playground will feature dedicated play areas for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, separate bays of swings and several single play elements. There will be opportunities for kids to climb, swing, balance, spin and slide on the equipment. There will be fabric shade structures covering the three main play areas to provide a safe space for play in the shade. In addition to the new playground, a larger pavilion will be installed. The pavilion will be the perfect place to rent for your next party as it includes a great place to gather in the shade and features several new amenities.

Completion of the project is anticipated for late July. We appreciate your patience during this time and hope to see you out at the new playground soon. If you have any questions, please contact Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

5K to take place in Bicentennial Park August 27

Attention parents! Bicentennial park is hosting a 5k on Saturday August 27 so what does this means for all you park and playground goers?

Though the park and playground will still be open to the public for use, both foot and standard traffic will be at much higher levels than usual. The race starts at 7:30 AM so please plan accordingly.

For questions and more information, go to
SouthlakeParksandRecreation.com
or call (817) 748-8019

Bicentennial Park playground closure on October 14th

If you’re there early enough on Wednesday, October 14 you may notice some closure signs at the Bicentennial Park playground. Starting at 7:00 AM, the playground will be closed for at least an hour so that a crew can sandblast the dragon creek basin. Once the sandblasting is complete, the rest of the playground will reopen, but the dragon creek basin will remain closed two additional days for re-painting. Signs will be posted at the gate entrance.

The City of Southlake and the Community Services Department apologize for any inconvenience. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 817.748.8019.

Bicentennial Park & Playground Grand Opening scheduled for September 12, 2015

Bicentennial Park & PlaygroundThe City of Southlake is excited to announce that the Grand Opening of Bicentennial Park & Playground will be Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join Southlake Mayor, Laura Hill as the City opens the new  playground at Bicentennial Park! Attendees can enjoy all the features of the new playground which include zip lines, slides, a rope pyramid, sand castle building, water play and more! Plus, Kona Ice will be at the event offering snow cones from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM!

SinMiracle League Fieldce December 2013, the City has been working with Schrickel, Rollins & Associates, Inc. and Dean Construction to give the Southlake community a state-of-the-art park for kids of all ages to enjoy. Improvements to the park include a new playground, a Texas Rangers Miracle League Field, a 60/90 baseball field, new concession/restroom facilities, enhancements to the original baseball 4-plex, a new Park Division Office, and new trails.

OneBicentennial Park of the most unique features of Bicentennial Park is the new playground! At approximately 1.3 acres, it will offer an abundance of natural play opportunities for kids of all ages. It features two play areas — one designed specifically for toddlers and the other for older children. The playground will also include three pavilions and a large open picnic space.

Bicentennial Park and Playground

Park goers will notice a mommy dragon and baby dragon around the outskirts of the playground that house natural play elements for children to climb and explore on.  The City welcomes everyone to come out to the Grand Opening on September 12, and the park and playground will resume normal play hours (Sunday – Monday from 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM) after that date.

Bicentennial Park is located at 450 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092. For more information about Bicentennial Park, please contact the Community Services Department at 817.748.8019.