Sunday, June 13, 2021

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.

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.

DO

  • 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

DON’T

  • 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.

For the latest City updates visit www.ProtectSouthlake.com

Southlake Tennis Center “Serves” Family Fun at Open House May 18

Another major milestone at Bicentennial Park was achieved in May with the completion of the newly-renovated and expanded Southlake Tennis Center. The facelift is part of the third and final phase of Bicentennial Park improvements, which also includes a completed trail system, synthetic turf field for the in-line hockey court, additional landscaping, and other park amenities.

In honor of the occasion, the City hosted an open house May 18 to unveil the new facility to the public. Guided tours, food and refreshments, a bounce house, and tennis activities for adults and youth allowed attendees to experience both indoor and outdoor spaces.

However, the main attraction was the new 6,100 square foot clubhouse that includes a much larger pro shop equipped with tennis apparel, shoes, bags, balls and racquets. Upgraded locker rooms offer players more restrooms, showers and dressing areas. A reception area with seating is located near the front entrance, and flat screens are placed throughout the building to display announcements and upcoming events. Tennis Center staff and pros have access to a private lounge, break room and work space with desks.

The Club Room is a multi-purpose space that connects to the covered patio via accordion-style doors. It is available for special events, meetings and luncheons. Upon completion of clubhouse renovations, two of the 19 tennis courts will be enclosed to allow for indoor play during inclement weather.

According to Frances Scharli, an avid tennis player and vice chairman of Southlake’s Parks & Recreation Board, the dramatic improvements will not go unnoticed.

“My team plays all over North Texas and our new Tennis Center is better than any other facility in the area, including private country clubs. It is state-of-the-art and superior in all aspects,” Scharli states. “I’m proud of the new facility as a Parks Board member, but I’m more proud of it as a tennis player.”

As Southlake has grown over the years, so has the popularity of the Southlake Tennis Center, which opened in 1999. Over the past decade, six additional tennis courts were added to the original 13, making it the largest public tennis facility in Tarrant County. With an original capacity for only a few staff members, the clubhouse could no longer accommodate the now 10 tennis pros and 22 personnel at the Southlake Tennis Center, not to mention the year-round, full-schedule of adult and junior players.

Scharli, who has played at Southlake Tennis Center since it opened, compares the new facility to the other top-notch recreational amenities the city offers.

“We are serving adults and children in a first-class way, just like everything else we do in Southlake…including ballfields, in-line hockey court and The Marq. We do it right and our citizens and visitors benefit from it,” she says.

The $8.8 million-dollar Bicentennial Park improvements are being funded by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC). Created in 1993, the SPDC administers the City’s half-cent sales tax allocated to parks-related capital projects.

Champions Club Sprinting Towards Finish Line: Construction 50 Percent Complete

Champions Club, the second and final phase of development for The Marq, is now more than 50 percent complete.

With an anticipated opening in late 2018, the premier activity hub will offer 82,000 square feet of state-of-the-art amenities and fitness equipment, including a fitness center, a gymnasium with two full courts, an indoor pool with sauna and spa, and much more.

Substantial progress has been made due in part to fair weather, which has allowed the contractors to complete structural framing and more than 95 percent of the roof decking. Significant strides have also been accomplished on the interior, as framing, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work continue steadily.

“The exterior masonry work is proceeding as planned on the north, west and south facing walls. The tie-in to Legends Hall is almost complete,” stated Rob Cohen, the Director of Public Works for the City of Southlake.

Cohen also mentioned upcoming milestones, which include connecting Champions Club to grid power, placing the remaining rooftop equipment, and pool construction. Building development can be viewed in real-time with the construction camera.

Take a virtual sneak peek inside Champions Club with City of Southlake Councilman John Huffman on Tuesday, May 22 around 6 PM during a Facebook Live tour. Be sure to check out the City of Southlake’s Facebook page for more details.

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

Winter Basketball is open for registration!

With the winter season approaching, Southlake Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for its popular Winter Basketball league. Both boys and girls are invited to participate in our basketball program and learn how to enhance their skills.

The season will run December 2 – February 3 with a break to enjoy the holidays. In-person registration closes Friday, November 10 and online registration closes Sunday, November 12. This league fills up quick, so hurry and get your kids signed up!

Individual Basketball

The first league the City of Southlake offers is the Individual Basketball program. This league will be drafted by the City of Southlake giving players without a network of other players the opportunity to enjoy exciting league play. All teams will play an eight-game season and players will be on a rotation to ensure all participants get equal playing time. The cost is $85 per player. Click here for more information and to register online.

Team Basketball

Team Basketball is a more competitive league, where players sign up as an entire team and compete throughout the season against other pre-formed teams. Coaches in this league are given the freedom to manage their team with no minimum playing rules. Teams must provide their own coaches and uniforms and register under their head coach’s name. All teams will play an eight-game season. The cost for enrollment is $495 per team. Click here for more information and 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.