Friday, August 19, 2022

Select Outdoor Park Facilities to Re-Open with Limited Use

As a result of today’s announcements by Governor Abbott, the following outdoor park facilities and amenities will re-open with limited use on May 1, 2020.

  • Dog Park
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts at Bicentennial Park (no more than 4 participants per court)
  • Batting Cages at Bicentennial and Bob Jones Parks
  • Restrooms
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Benches

With the re-opening of these park facilities and amenities, the Community Services department has adopted enhanced sanitizing practices. In addition to daily cleaning, bathrooms will be deeply sanitized once a week and wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations have been added.

We continue to encourage you to make the best possible decisions for yourself and your family by following expert guidance and advice, reducing the risk of being infected or infecting others, and staying up-to-date about the latest information. With that in mind here are some tips from the CDC and the National Parks and Recreation Association about using our facilities during this time.


  • Visit parks that are close to your home
  • Prepare before you visit
  • Maximize physical distance from others and follow CDC guidelines
  • Adhere to all facility-specific guidelines


  • Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19
  • Visit crowded parks
  • Participate in organized activities or sports that involve contact with other participants
  • Gather in groups of 10 or more people

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.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Stay-at-Home

There are a lot of questions about what stay-at-home means and what you’re allowed and not allowed to do until the order expires April 7. To help, we created a list of dos and don’ts.


DO Walk Your Dog – Outside walks and jogs are permitted. Remember to follow social distancing requirements and stay six feet apart from others.

DON’T Go to the Playground – While City parks are open, playgrounds, basketball courts and other amenities are closed to the public. Here’s a breakdown of what’s open and what’s not. You can take a stroll in the park, as long as it’s not a social gathering or grouping outside of your household and you are following social distancing requirements.

DO Order Takeout or Delivery from a Southlake Restaurant – Restaurants can serve takeout and delivery. So, pick out a restaurant from this list and place your order!

DON’T Go To Work If You’re Not Considered an Essential Service or Business – Have questions? Take a look at our summary of the order. Telecommute when possible.

DO a Scavenger Hunt – While you’re exercising outdoors, play our scavenger hunt! Remember to follow the social distancing requirements.

DON’T Organize a Social Outing – Instead of meeting your friends in-person, organize a video chat.

DO Grocery Shop – Grocery stores are open, so pick up some necessities or order online and use the store’s pick up or delivery services.

DON’T Panic Buy – When shopping, buy what you need. There’s no need to hoard.

DO Have Fun – It’s a stressful time for all of us. Make the most of it with at-home activities. Here’s a list!

Have more questions? Watch Deputy Mayor Pro Tem John Huffman and Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski give a breakdown in this video or review our summary of the order here.

View the full Tarrant County order here.

To help our community find the latest news and resources on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City has created an information page on its website at Bookmark this page for easy, quick access to the information you need and stay on top of how the City is responding.

Access the City of Southlake Online

As we’re all practicing social distancing, the City of Southlake wants to remind you that we’re here for you!

You can still access us online. Pay your water bill, request an inspection, apply for a permit or read an ebook, all from the comfort of your own home.

To make it easy, we’ve created a web listing with links to all our online services that can be found here.

To help you find the latest news and resources on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, visit Bookmark this page for easy, quick access to the information you need and stay on top of how the City is responding.

Spend some time outside. Here’s how to do it while practicing social distancing.

We’re lucky to have beautiful parks and trails right here in Southlake. And while we may not be gathering in large groups right now, you can still spend time outside. So if you are getting out to visit a park or hike a trail, here are some tips from Southlake Parks and our friends at the National Recreation and Park Association on how you can do it safely.