Tuesday, June 28, 2022

City of Southlake Athletics Wins the Gold Member City Award

It’s been a month full of good news for the Community Services Department!

The Athletics team recently won this year’s Gold Member City Award from the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF). The Gold Member City Award recognizes significant participation, support, and involvement with TAAF. Last year, the Athletics division registered 177 teams: 45 Volleyball, 112 Flag Football, and 20 Basketball teams!

The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation is a nonprofit organization that promotes, organizes, and conducts amateur athletics in the State of Texas. Their mission is to create and maintain in the State of Texas a permanent organization representative of amateur athletics and/or organizations devoted thereto; to establish and maintain the highest ideals of amateur sports in the State of Texas; promote the development of physical education and encourage the standardization of rules of all amateur athletics, games, and competitions.

Southlake is proud to be a member city. Thanks to this partnership, our teams can participate in regional and state tournaments hosted by TAAF. Moreover, our staff members receive access to training and continuous education to continue providing world-class experiences to Southlake athletes.

Here’s what our Athletics Team had to say about winning this award.

“It’s exciting to be recognized as a leader for youth sports in our area. To receive an award for our high levels of participation is a great reflection of our team and overall athletics program! We want to use sports to impact as many people as possible. It’s awesome to know we are making a difference in the lives of the people of this community, especially the kids!” Leigh Blake, Athletics Supervisor

Congratulations to Leigh and Chelsea for being recognized state-wide for their outstanding efforts in athletics. We are honored to receive this award and love providing world-class athletics opportunities to Southlake residents. We are proud to be a part of the award-winning Team Southlake.

Winter Basketball is Back!

It’s going to be nothing but net this winter as we gear up for another fantastic basketball season!

Basketball lovers, get ready to race down the court to register individual players and entire teams before the October 18 deadline! Here’s everything you need to know:

Individual Player Registration
Single players can register for one of 7 age-based brackets. The registration deadline is October 18, and the first practice is the week of November 29. The season goes from December 4-February 5, with no practices or games held from December 20-January 1. The League Tournament will be from February 7-12.

All games will take place on Saturdays, and League Tournaments will be played on weeknights. All players will be assigned to a team with uniforms provided!

$75.00 for Southlake Residents
$93.00 for Non-Residents

Team Registration
If you already have your perfect crew lined up, make sure to sign your team up by October 25! The first practice is the week of November 29. The season goes from December 4-February 5, and no practice or games will be held from December 20-January 1. The League Tournament will be from February 7-12.

All games will take place on Saturdays, with League Tournaments on weeknights. All teams must provide their own coach and light/dark jerseys!

$557.00 for Residents
$697.00 for Non-Residents

Be prepared to leave it all on the court! Register today!

The Bob Jones Nature Center Hosted the Third Annual Monarch Festival

Fall is here, and that means it’s time for one of nature’s most mesmerizing events: the monarch migration!

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve celebrated this spectacular natural phenomenon at the Third Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival last Saturday! In Southlake, we are privileged to live along the Monarch’s migration path on their annual epic journey from Canada to Mexico. As good stewards of our natural environment and the monarch butterflies that lay their eggs in Southlake, it’s up to us to help make their journey a success. Staff at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve loved teaching the community about the importance of this majestic pollinator species. What better way to honor these beautiful insects than with a festival?

Participants marveled at this colorful natural spectacle as we released hundreds of Monarch Butterflies into the wild! Festivalgoers interacted with these insects first-hand and enjoyed multiple butterfly-themed goodies and activities.

This year the event was broken up into three release sessions to ensure an intimate and safe experience. Participants could sign up for a session at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, or 12:00 pm.

“The Monarch Butterfly Festival was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate monarchs and educate the community about them. The festival presented a fun way to spend family time exploring the Preserve, while also learning about how we can help monarchs and other wildlife right here in Southlake! This year, we released 450 monarchs. All our butterflies were tagged with Monarch Watch stickers to track their migration to Mexico. It was an absolute joy to host an event that is for guests and our wildlife,” Hannah Nyquist, Outdoor Experience Coordinator.

We loved celebrating the beginning of Fall and one of nature’s most phenomenal events with you at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve! Make sure to catch us at our upcoming Open House on Saturday, September 25!


Home-Grown Staff: From Volunteer to Camp Director

Summer Camp Mania is a Southlake staple and one of our most beloved recreation programs. Today, we celebrate one of the special Community Services Staff Members that make it all happen: Meet Emma Blight!


Emma is currently going into her junior year of college at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Public and Non-Profit Administration. She is kind-hearted, selfless, and brings a smile to everyone around her. Emma’s story is just one example of our staff’s commitment to creating life-long memories for our residents.


Emma has been a crucial part of the Parks and Recreation team for six years. She initially made her mark as a Summer Camp Mania volunteer for two years in a row. During her first year, she was even honored with the Junior Volunteer of the Year award. Having enjoyed her volunteer experience so much, Emma took her commitment to the department to the next level by becoming a Camp Counselor. During her time with Camp Mania, Emma developed positive relationships, environments, and games for kids of various ages.


When the opportunity to become this year’s Camp Director became open, Emma knew she had to jump on it! Camp is only a few weeks in, but she has already exceeded expectations for the role! When your child comes home thrilled from a fun-filled day at Camp, make sure to thank Emma for her passion and dedication to Camp Mania.


Emma’s career within the Community Services Department is just one example of the career growth that’s possible when you have the right attitude. From volunteer to counselor to Camp Director, we are very excited to see what comes next for Emma’s future with our department.


“Working for the City of Southlake helped me find a job that I truly care about, as well as exemplified what it truly means to be a part of a team!”—Emma Blight, Camp Director.


We are happy to have Emma be a part of our team!

A Perfect Saturday in Southlake

Spring is in Southlake, and Saturday is the perfect day to enjoy the seasonal weather!

There’s no better time to get out and enjoy time outside than a weekend during Spring. The weather in Southlake has been beautiful lately, and this Saturday, April 10, should be another glorious day. If you’re still undecided about what to do this weekend, we have put together a schedule for the perfect Saturday in Bicentennial Park!

Rise and Shine

Starting the day with Latin moves and global beats is sure to set the mood for a festive day. Champions Club members, bring the whole family to the Aria Amphitheater at 10:00 am for a morning of Zumba fun and exercise! It’s bound to be a party with Zumba instructors Ann, Rosy, and Cristina, so be prepared to move to the rhythm!


Stick around The Marq for our Champions Club Member Bash from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Member Appreciation Week will close off with an afternoon of free food, fun games, bounce houses, fitness challenges, and exciting prizes! There will be something for everyone, so make sure to bring the entire family and let the games begin!

Late Afternoon

Enjoy some time in the afternoon sun by walking along the picturesque trails within Bicentennial Park. Pick up a tennis game, cool off in the splash pad, and explore the thrills of the zip line in the Playground. Check out the Log Cabin and brush up on your Southlake history. Don’t forget to take a picture in the Liberty Gardens!

There’s always something exciting to do at Bicentennial Park. Follow our schedule and add in your favorite activities for a perfect Saturday in Southlake’s premier park facility!

Going Mutts over Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park

There is no time like Springtime in North Texas: the weather is pleasant, your dog’s tail is wagging, and the great outdoors are beckoning!

If your pup is craving a fun day in the sun, look no further than Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones Park. Bob Jones Park consists of almost 500 acres of primarily native Cross Timbers habitat. Apart from its multiple soccer fields, ample parking, playground, and six miles of scenic trails, Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park boasts 2.5 acres of canine fun! Who says the perfect playdate must include other humans?

A trip to Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park is sure to be a day you’ll never fur-get; however, we’re offering some tips to make sure your puppy outing is pawsome!

Tip #1: Walk your dog before going to the park

If your dog is smiling with his head out the window and his tail is wagging on your drive to the park, you can bet he is excited to play with friends. However, other dogs and owners may get scared if an overly energetic puppy dashes through the park. To blow off some steam, take your dog on a short walk before letting him in the park.

Tip #2: Ensure your dog is well trained

Dog parks are ideal places for dogs to socialize, exercise, and exhaust their energy, but an untrained dog can easily turn a day at the park sour. Before letting your pup off the leash, it is essential to have mastered basic training commands such as sit, stay, come, and leave it. Additionally, your dog must be comfortable socializing with other dogs calmly and without getting aggressive or scared.

Tip #3: Pay attention to your friend

The atmosphere at a dog park can be very stimulating. Keep a close eye on your pup at all times to ensure he is having fun, playing nice, and not getting into fights. A trip to the dog park is not the time to catch up with your news feed. So put your phone away and pay close attention to body language as well! Your dog might feel overwhelmed or could be intimidating other pups. Don’t forget to keep your dog hydrated and pick up after him with one of our available Dog Stations!

The dog park is a fun space for your furry friend to play and meet other pups! Make your stay at Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park a positive one with these tips! Adhering to this advice will ensure your best friend is the most pupular pooch in the park!

Diamonds and denim made for a dazzling night at the annual Sweethearts Dance!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but denim is a love that never fades!

Valentine’s Day arrived early in Southlake as families celebrated love and friendship at the annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 13 at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Crafts, cookie decorating, and dancing ensured that a dazzling time was had by all as Southlake’s finest arrived decked out in denim and diamonds!

While the beloved annual event looked a little different this year, Southlake Community Services employees were determined to put on a fun and safe celebration.

Masks were worn, tables were reserved for individual households, and guests rotated between fun craft activities and dancing to ensure safe social distancing. Two identical dance sessions were held during the night to allow more families to celebrate love responsibly.

“The Sweetheart Dance went very well this year!” said Programs Coordinator, Gretchen Morgan. “We had some very positive reviews from our attendees this year including loving our creative layout and appreciating that food was brought to them. While we were concerned about the weather, we had a large turnout, and it was rewarding to see the event come to fruition. I want to give special thanks to our sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Ethan Allen, and CommunityMed Family Urgent Care! I am also proud of the team that made this event possible. From setting up the decorations, taking guests to their tables, to managing volunteers and getting the party started on the dancefloor, this event would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our incredible staff and volunteers.”

Safe and memorable family programming like the Sweetheart Dance is just one example of how the Southlake Community Services department enriches the quality of life for Southlake residents. Delivering remarkable experiences to our residents is simply the Southlake Way!

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Legends Hall Makes a Marq in North Texas Wedding and Events Industry

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake is making a name for itself as the premier North Texas wedding destination. True to its world-class promise, Legends Hall recently received several top honors.

In January, Society Life magazine selected Legends Hall as the Number One Wedding and Events Venue in North East Tarrant County. This is a monumental accomplishment for Legends Hall as it vied against numerous local private and non-profit competitors. This recognition would not have been possible without the support of residents who nominated and voted for Legends Hall in a web-based survey hosted by Society Life Magazine.

When asked why she chose Legends Hall, one local bride raved:

“We chose Legends Hall for a few reasons. One HUGE benefit was the option to choose our caterer and alcohol services. This allowed us to save money and have our favorite restaurants cater our wedding. We also loved the versatility of the space, such as the option to do an outdoor or indoor ceremony, cocktail hour either in the hallway or outdoors, a bar area to keep the drink lines short, and a huge space for the actual hall. We were able to have a large wedding with a large dance floor without going above our budget!”
– Alyza Sunny, Legends Hall Bride

The honors don’t stop there! Brides of North Texas magazine recently revealed their new Spring/Summer Edition which featured an October Legends Hall Wedding. Long-time Southlake residents, the Bond family chose Legends Hall because they knew it was the perfect destination to celebrate this joyous occasion.

“The Marq was extremely helpful and communicative during the uncertain months of the pandemic leading up to our wedding. They walked us through several options and accommodations, allowing us to have our wedding the way we always envisioned, and in a safe way for our guests. Their kindness and professionalism contributed to a stress-free and fun planning process, as well as an incredible wedding weekend!”
– Jessica Bond, Southlake Resident and Legends Hall Bride

Their beautiful wedding is highlighted in this season’s magazine through the end of May.

If you’re engaged and looking for a world-class venue, tour Legends Hall during their Sip & See event on Sunday, March 7th. Enjoy light bites and drinks as you get all your planning questions answered by Legends Hall Event Specialists. Take advantage of 10% off all 2021 packages if you book now through March 31st!

Be a part of something great. Experience how grand your wedding can be at Legends Hall!

Southlake Senior Center and DPS collaborate on cyber safety for seniors

The Southlake Senior Activity Center may be quieter than usual lately due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that hasn’t stopped senior citizens from getting involved with the community. The Senior Center recently collaborated with the Southlake Public Safety team to produce an entertaining and educational “Slam the Scam” video.

Senior Center and DPS staff members worked together to bring attention to the seriousness of phone scams in observation of National Safer Internet Day. The senior population is increasingly targeted by phone scammers during tax time, and the tactics are getting harder to catch. You can watch the video on the SLK DPS Facebook page and in the Senior Center’s weekly E-blast to learn more about spotting phone scammers.

Here are some quick tips to help you and your loved ones fight phone fraud:

  • Never give out your social security number or credit card number on the phone
  • Do not wire money or buy gift cards for people claiming to be family members without confirming their identity first
  • Confide in a trusted friend or family member if you are unsure about a call

Be on the lookout for more cyber security tips in the following weeks as the Senior Center is also collaborating with the City’s IT department to provide “what you need to know” cyber security handouts.

Learn more about the Southlake Senior Activity Center here.