Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Fight the Bite When You Visit Parks This Summer!

Summertime and the living is easy—except for the mosquitoes are back with a vengeance!


There’s nothing we love more than hiking on the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve trails or playing baseball and tennis at Bicentennial Park. However, with the mosquito season in full swing, it’s time to take the necessary steps to fight the bite, Southlake!


If your blood is as sweet as you are, then you probably know the pain of taking a step outside to enjoy one of our lovely parks only to feel the instant sting of a mosquito bite. Mosquitos are prevalent this time of year, and with some North Texas mosquitoes carrying diseases, bite prevention is not merely a convenience, it’s a health necessity. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of handy tips to help you fight the bite this summer.


Use insect repellent

It may not always smell pleasant but using insect repellent such as DEET is a must when you want to spend some time outdoors. There are even natural options such as lemon eucalyptus oil to help you keep mosquitos away from you.


Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants

Nothing says “hot girl summer” more than light and breezy long layers! By wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, you are limiting mosquitoes’ access to your skin. Not only is this helpful for preventing mosquito bites, but wearing long layers also protects you from the sun! Double win for enjoying our parks with ease of mind.


Use screens to protect your windows and doors

If you want to enjoy the Southlake summer breeze from the comfort of your own home, make sure to put up screens on your doors and windows to keep the critters outside. 


Get rid of standing water

It’s been raining a lot in Southlake lately, and that means you may have areas of standing water near your home. Standing water provides the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed. Look out for dog bowls, rain gutters, empty pots, and still fountains in your back yard to prevent unwanted visitors in your garden.


It’s mosquito time in North Texas, but if you take the tips we provided to heart, you can celebrate summer knowing you are doing what you can to fight the bite!

Staying Safe Outdoors in Southlake this Summer

With so many fantastic outdoor opportunities in Southlake, we decided to create a list of outdoor safety tips to ensure your summer consists of only happy memories.

Summer is here, and the fun is just beginning! From athletic leagues and summer camps to our beautiful parks and playgrounds, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside this summer. Make sure to keep the following safety tips in mind when you venture out in Southlake and beyond.

Protect yourself from the sun and heat when you head out to one of our parks such as Bicentennial Park or Bob Jones Park!

  • Don’t forget to put on sunscreen every time you go outside to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Hats, caps, and sunglasses are also great to have when outdoors for long periods.
  • Take advantage of shade structures, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. There are over 14 park pavilions in Southlake to take a break from the rays!
  • Always check your backseat for children and pets before leaving your car unattended.

Stay hydrated when out on our many trails or playing on one of our 44 athletics fields!

  • Drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  • Take a reusable water bottle with you every time you leave the house—many of our parks are outfitted with refillable water bottle stations!
  • Remember to dispose of any trash you generate to preserve our Timber Creek habitat!

Fight the Bite when out in nature like the trails on the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

  • Mosquitos are notorious this time of year so remember to use DEET to protect yourself from bites.
  • Wear light-long layers when hiking to protect yourself from critters and mosquitos.

Be vigilant near water sources like the pond at Chesapeake Park!

  • Never leave children unattended in playgrounds, pools, ponds, or parks.
  • Wear life jackets when boating and swimming, and remember that our ponds are for fishing, not swimming!

With these safety tips in mind, you’re sure to have the summer of a lifetime!

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Another Magical Year of Breakfast and Snacks with Santa!

Southlake Parks and Recreation would like to extend a very special thanks to all of the sponsors who helped make our holiday programs a success.

On Saturday, December 1, families from Southlake and surrounding cities enjoyed a delicious breakfast, sweet treats and plenty of holiday fun with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Our holiday programs wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors:

Breakfast With Santa 2018 Sponsors

  • Title Sponsor: Gateway Church
  • Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • Alpine Materials
  • Central Market
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels

Snacks With Santa 2018 Sponsors

  • Alpine Materials
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Sprouts

We look forward to seeing you next 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.

Register Now for the New Under Armour 3v3 Basketball League!

Southlake Parks and Recreation is excited to introduce the new 3v3 Coast to Coast Basketball league powered by Under Armour.

Coast to Coast Basketball is a national coed youth league dedicated to promoting a competitive, confidence-building experience for boys and girls in kindergarten through 8th grade. The 3v3 format enables players of all skill levels to practice drills and scrimmages to improve their dribbling, passing, shooting and defending, and rosters are capped at 6 players to ensure that all players receive ample playing time.

Players register as individuals and will receive an Under Armour jersey and shorts. The registration fee is $130 per player.

We are in need of volunteer coaches! If you’re interested, please email parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us or call Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

Season Dates and Registration Information

Registration Closes: May 18, 2018
Coaches Meeting: May 30, 2018
Practices Begin: June 4–8, 2018
Season Dates: June 9–July 21, 2018 (No games on July 7)
League Tournament: July 23–28, 2018

Players can register online at UABall.com through Friday, May 18, 2018. Late registration will be limited, so register soon before this exclusive Under Armour league fills up!

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.


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

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.

Silly Science

Eureka! It’s time to discover wacky ways to perform ooey gooey, wonderfully colorful and sky-high erupting science experiments.

Our Silly Scientists, preschoolers ages 3 to 5, are invited to learn how to perform amazing science experiments and to play science themed activities. We will even have an experiment to take home!

Silly Science registration fee is $15, and the program will meet from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday, October 20, at the Southlake Activity Center, 607 Parkwood Drive. Come dressed as a scientist ready to begin experimenting with Silly Science!

Keep the fun of summer rolling into fall for you and your preschooler. You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

Please contact (817) 748–8019 if you would like more information or click here to register.