Sunday, June 20, 2021

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.

Enclosed Courts Coming Soon to the Southlake Tennis Center

With construction beginning this week on the two new indoor courts, there will soon be even more to love about the recently renovated Southlake Tennis Center.

Since the Tennis Center’s beautiful new clubhouse was unveiled earlier this year, visitors have enjoyed state-of-the-art amenities, a full-service pro shop and a multipurpose Club Room that’s the perfect rental space for meetings, luncheons and other special events. With the addition of two enclosed courts, visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy the award-winning facility no matter the weather.

This final round of renovations will transform courts eight and nine into fully temperature-controlled indoor courts. Construction begins this week and is expected to conclude in summer 2019. During construction, the external gate to courts 17, 18 and 19 will not be accessible for visitors wishing to use the facility after hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage players to utilize the two courts by the water tower during the transition, both of which are open to the public. The gate will be re-opened once construction is complete.

For more information, contact the Southlake Tennis Center at (817) 421-5605.

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.

City of Southlake to Celebrate Newly Renovated Tennis Center with Open House

Join us at the Southlake Tennis Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18 to be one of the first to see inside the beautiful new facility.

The Southlake Tennis Center has been growing in popularity since its original opening in 1999, and with renovations officially wrapping up this May, the facility itself has grown too! To celebrate the grand opening of the refurbished Tennis Center, the City of Southlake will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Come see for yourself what all the excitement is about!

  • Take a guided tour of the updated facility, including the expanded clubhouse, state-of-the-art amenities, multipurpose meeting space and shaded back patio area.
  • Browse the new full-service pro shop’s selection of premier tennis equipment and accessories.
  • Get to know our tennis pros and learn about all of the programs and services offered at the Tennis Center.
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments and fun activities for the whole family.

The Southlake Tennis Center is located within Bicentennial Park at 450 W. Southlake Blvd. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

Southlake Tennis Center Scores with Renovations: New tennis center updates to increase space and amenities

The third and final phase of Bicentennial Park improvements has left the Southlake Tennis Center in the midst of a renovations rally since the demolition of its clubhouse building in April 2017. With three-quarters of the updates now complete, match point is on the horizon to soon unveil additional clubhouse space and amenities.

As Southlake has grown over the years, so has the popularity of the Southlake Tennis Center. Over the past decade, six additional tennis courts have been added to the original 13 tennis courts; however, the clubhouse building has remained unchanged since the Center’s opening in 1999. With an original capacity for only a few staff members, the club house 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.

Tennis Center Construction PhotosThe new clubhouse renovations will result in additional space and enhanced amenities. In addition to extra retail space for the full-service pro shop, upscale materials are also being used to create a boutique retail setting. Additional restroom facilities are being added, along with upgraded shower and locker areas. A lounge area, full break room and work space with desks will be available to Tennis Center pros and staff. In the back of the building, a multi-purpose space connected to a shaded patio via accordion-style doors will open opportunities for events, meetings and luncheons. Although ceramic tile work, exterior masonry and exterior finishes are still ongoing, final updates will be complete for an anticipated May 2018 grand opening.

Upon completion of clubhouse renovations, two tennis courts will become enclosed to allow for indoor play during inclement weather.

“As a public center for recreation, the new updates to the Southlake Tennis Center will allow it to better accommodate the needs of resident and visiting tennis players, as well as open up additional opportunities for the Center to host tennis-related activities and events,” stated Chris Tribble, the director of Community Services for the City of Southlake.

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.

The community is invited to an Open House event on Friday, May 18th from 6:00-8:00pm. Guests will be able to take a tour of the new facility while enjoying various activities. If you have any questions, contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Let’s Move Some Dirt: City Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremonies for The Marq Southlake Champions Club and Bicentennial Park Phase 3

November 10 marked both the beginning and the (near) end for two multi-year, milestone projects in Southlake. Hosting two groundbreaking ceremonies in one day, the City of Southlake kicked-off construction for final phases of The Marq Southlake and Bicentennial Park.

A crowd of approximately 100 people gathered at Aria Amphitheater behind The Marq at 8:00AM to celebrate the start of phase two, known as Champions Club. City leaders past and present were joined on stage by City staff and members of the Community Enhancement Development Corporation (CEDC), Southlake Parks and Recreation Board and Senior Advisory Commission. The Marq Southlake Champions Club groundbreaking 2016

“Today is more than just the groundbreaking of a building,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “It marks an important step in the development of this community. Many people have worked long and hard to get to this point and from this day forward, the real fun begins.”

Former Mayor and CEDC President John Terrell addressed the history of the project, noting that it’s been 20 years in the making and is being built with no tax increase to Southlake residents.

“Since 1996, Southlake citizens have listed a community recreation center as one of their top priorities.

Knowing that this facility was important to the community, the City Council dedicated resources to a feasibility study to help determine what components of a multi-purpose community recreation center should be included in the project. The scope of the project was narrowed down to the plan you see today,” Terrell explained and summarized the multi-year construction process:

  •  August 2013 – Phase 1 design
  • June 2014 – Site plan for Phase 1 approved
  • September 2014 – Phase 1 construction begins
  • May 2015 – Tax repurpose election to fund Phase 2
  • Summer 2015 – Proposed Phase 2 design
  • December 2015 – Phase 1 opens
  • Fall 2016 – Phase 2 construction begins
  • Summer 2018 – Phase 2 opens

The Marq Southlake Champions Club groundbreaking 2016The 84,000 square foot Champions Club is being designed to complement the 23,000 square foot Legends Hall that opened December 2015. It will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, child care and multipurpose classrooms for various programs. With no additional tax increase for Southlake residents, phase two is funded by Community Enhancement Development Corporation (CEDC) bonds, which were approved by voters May 2015. The $37.4 million-dollar facility is scheduled to open summer 2018. When complete, The Marq will be Southlake’s largest public facility at 109,000 square feet (encompassing phase one and two).

“The purpose of Champions Club is to create an elite recreation center for our community to enjoy. Each area has been uniquely designed to accommodate everything from an afternoon workout, a quick dip in the pool to a pickup basketball game all while knowing your child is safe and also enjoying their time here. Champions Club will also be a great place for your favorite recreation programs and birthday parties,” concluded City Manager Shana Yelverton.

The festivities moved across the parking lot at 10:00AM to the Southlake Tennis Center for the groundbreaking ceremony of Bicentennial Park Phase 3. This time, members of the Southlake Parks Development Corporation and Parks and Recreation Board joined City leaders and staff in the ceremonial “digging of the dirt.”

Bicentennial Park Phase 3 groundbreaking tennis center 2016“This is a special day for Southlake. We are truly blessed to have such a diverse park system that caters to the needs of our community,” Mayor Hill stated at the beginning of the ceremony. “Bicentennial Park is a cornerstone in our community. Many people have worked tirelessly to help make this park the jewel that it is today.”

Mayor Hill continued with a brief historical overview of Bicentennial Park, noting Phase 1 was completed in 2011 and Phase 2 in 2015, which included the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field, a 60/90 field, new playground and a new park maintenance facility. Mayor Pro Tem and Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC) President Randy Williamson spoke about the strategic guidance and significant contributions SPDC has made to the park system.

Bicentennial Park Phase 3 groundbreaking tennis center 2016“Years ago, the City recognized that great cities have incredible parks. In 1992, the Southlake Parks Development Corporation came into being. Its purpose is to administer the city’s half-cent sales tax, and apply it towards parks-related capital projects. Over the years, this group has had a huge task of implementing the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan, and I think today is a great example of the dedication they have to providing beautiful parks to our community,” said Williamson.

Bicentennial Park Phase 3 – an $8.8 million dollar project funded by the SPDC – includes a new building and enclosed courts for the Southlake Tennis Center, trail system completion, synthetic turf field at current in-line hockey court, landscape and irrigation enhancements, and park amenities enhancements. Certain elements of Bicentennial Park Phase 3 are anticipated to be completed by 2018.

“With such a large robust tennis population here in Southlake, we are looking forward to being able to provide what is sure to become one of the premier tennis facilities in the region,” Tina Wasserman, chair of the Parks and Recreation Board,

For more information about these projects, contact the City of Southlake Southlake Community Services Department, 817-748-8019.

Back-to-Back Groundbreaking Ceremonies Kick-Off The Marq Phase 2 and Bicentennial Park Phase 3

As if one groundbreaking ceremony is not exciting enough, the City of Southlake will host two in one day to kick-off construction for final phases of The Marq and Bicentennial Park. The public is invited to join City leaders and staff members November 10 to celebrate the coming-to-fruition of these new community facilities and enhancements:

Groundbreaking for The Marq Southlake Champions Club
8:00 AM
The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive

Groundbreaking for Bicentennial Park Phase 3
10:00 AM
Southlake Tennis Center, 450 W. Southlake Boulevard

Known as Champions Club at The Marq, the 84,000 square foot phase two project for the community recreation center will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, child care and multipurpose classrooms for various programs. With no additional tax increase for Southlake residents, phase two is funded by Community Enhancement Development Corporation (CEDC) bonds, which were approved by voters May 2015. The $37.4 million-dollar facility is scheduled to open summer 2018. When complete, The Marq will be Southlake’s largest public facility at 105,000 square feet (encompassing phase one and two).

Bicentennial Park phase three – an $8.8 million dollar project funded by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC) – includes a new building and enclosed courts for the Southlake Tennis Center, trail system completion, synthetic turf field at current in-line hockey court, landscape and irrigation enhancements, and park amenities enhancements. Certain elements of Bicentennial Park phase three are anticipated to be completed by 2018.

For more information about these projects, visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com.

Southlake Tennis Center Announces Fall Programs

431363_383346265070982_788373849_nContinuing its year-round offerings of programs, Southlake Tennis Center announces its Fall 2014 schedule of adult and junior classes. Southlake Tennis Center is now accepting participants for its fall programs, which begin the first week of September and continue through end of year.

Southlake Tennis Center is a public tennis facility owned by the City of Southlake. The center is a USTA Outstanding Facility and was named Tennis Industry’s Public Facility of the Year in 2012. It has 19 lighted hard courts available to rent on an hourly basis. The center provides professional instruction with coaches available for private individual and group instruction. “We are proud that our dedicated tennis pros have all played college tennis and are USPTA/PTR certified,” said Southlake Tennis Center Manager Mia Gordon-Poorman.

The Southlake Tennis Academy is designed to provide a comprehensive program for juniors starting at age 4.  The STA program includes weekly classes, organized match play and tournaments. “We offer weekly match play for players starting at 7 years old, Junior Team Tennis, Futures Stars Tournaments and Play Days/Nights during the fall season,” said Gordon-Poorman. “We have a graduated method of instruction that allows players to gain skills quickly and advance based on ability.”

Fall monthly classes will be held for ages 4-16 years old using the USTA QuickStart Program, which uses racquets, balls, courts and nets that are scaled to the size and ability of the student. Classes are based on age and ability with each class focusing on developing the appropriate skills needed to become a competitive tennis player. Classes will work on coordination, agility, footwork, court movement, ball skills and racquet technique.

Fall 2014 Junior Monthly Classes:

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Level                            Day                  Time

Ages 4-6                       M, W, F            4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ages 7-8                       M-Th                4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ages 9-11                     M-Th                4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ages 12-14                   M-Th                5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Ages 14+                      M-Th                5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Fall 2014 Junior Monthly Saturday Classes:

Level                Time

Ages 4-6           8:00 – 9:00 am

Ages 7-8           9:00 – 10:00 am

Ages 9-11         10:00 – 11:00 am

Ages 12-16       11:00 – 12:00 noon

Southlake Tennis Center hosts a variety of adult activities and events throughout the fall. The adult activities include leagues, tournaments, adult camps and workouts throughout the year. Special adult programs include Drop-in Drills and New to Tennis classes. The New to Tennis classes are nine weeks of instruction for adults who are new to the game. They include on-court instruction by the tennis pro staff followed by coached match play. These classes are offered days, nights and weekends. Register for all programs online at www.SouthlakeTennis.com.

More information is available at www.SouthlakeTennis.com or by calling 817-421-5605.

Southlake Tennis Center Hosts Junior Tennis Camps & Classes June 9 – August 22

tennis centerSouthlake Tennis Center, one of the premier facility for junior tennis instruction in Dallas Fort Worth, kicks off its junior summer program on June 9 with week-long tennis camps, once-a-week tennis classes and tournament training. Other activities throughout the summer include Saturday Match Days and Future Stars Tournaments. Registration and payment can be done at the pro shop or online at www.SouthlakeTennis.com.

According to Mia Gordon-Poorman, general manager of Southlake Tennis Center, the goal is to provide programs for both recreational and competitive junior players.

“Summer is a time to have fun, and we make sure kids have fun on the courts while also developing basic skills. For our players who compete in tournaments, summer is the time for intensive training,” she says, noting classes follow the USTA High Performance Coaching Program with certified coaches who played college tennis.

Gordon-Poorman added, “Our instructors all played at the Division 1 or 2 college level with most coaching at that collegiate level too.” Owing to their high-level of coaching knowledge and experience, the center uses a team approach. Players are grouped by age/ability. The student-pro ratio is no more than eight students, which ensures individualized attention emphasizing correct technique and match play skills.

Using the USTA QuickStart program for 10 and under players, which uses modified courts, balls and racquets, the junior tennis camps and classes include warm up drills, stroke development, tennis related games and match play. The instructors are all PTR/USPTA certified tennis professionals with specialist certifications in junior development. Players who come to one week of camp are eligible for a 10 percent discount on additional weeks in camp, other summer tennis activities and Pro Shop purchases.

“This program emphasizes good technique and the ability to play points, which develops tennis skills more quickly,” states Director of Tennis Stephen Poorman, noting Southlake Tennis Center was one of the first facilities in Texas to be recognized as a USTA Approved QuickStart Tennis Facility. “The focus is on learning to play the game from an early age, not just instruction.”

Southlake Tennis Center is a public tennis facility owned by the City of Southlake and managed by Stephen Poorman and Mia Gordon-Poorman (Roxy Tennis, LLC). It has 19 lighted hard courts available to rent on an hourly basis. Southlake residents may make reservations to use the courts up to one week in advance. Non-residents can make reservations 48 hours ahead. Court fees are $4.00 per person for residents and $5.00 per person for non-residents for up to 2 hours of court time.

For more information, call 817-421-8605 or go to www.SouthlakeTennis.com.

Week Long Summer Tennis Camps: June 9 – August 22

  • Red Level I (4-6 yrs)                   M-F      8:00-9:00 a.m.                 $75.00/week
  • Red Level II (7-8 yrs)                 M-F      9:00-12:00 noon            $135.00/week
  • Orange Level (9-11 yrs)             M-F      9:00-12:00 noon            $135.00/week
  • Green Level (11-13 yrs)             M-F      9:00-12:00 noon            $135.00/week
  • Yellow Level (13-16 yrs)           M-F      9:00-12:00 noon            $135.00/week

Once-a-Week Summer Tennis Classes: June 9 – August 22

  • Red Level II (7-8 yrs)                       M or W          6:00-7:00 p.m.              $75.00/4 classes or $135.00/8 classes
  • Orange Level (9-10 yrs)                  M or W           6:00-7:00 p.m.              $75.00/4 classes or $135.00/8 classes
  • Green Level (11-13 yrs)                   M or W          6:00-7:00 p.m.              $75.00/4 classes or $135.00/8 classes
  • Yellow Level (13-16 yrs)                 T or TH         6:00-7:00 p.m.               $75.00/4 classes or $135.00/8 classes
  • Red Elite* (8 yrs and under)         M or W           6:00-7:30 p.m.               $75.00/4 classes or $135.00/8 classes
  • Orange Elite* (9-10 yrs)                 T or TH         6:00-7:30 p.m.               $75.00/4 classes or $135.00/8 classes

*Red and Orange Elite levels are for players wanting to enter tournament training or for those players currently in tournament play.

Monthly classes also are available on Saturday for ages 5-16 years old. Click here for schedule.

The advanced player program features two-a-day workouts and is designed to train players for competition in Texas Section ranking tournaments. Known as the Southlake Tennis Academy (STA), training focuses on technique-based drills, court strategy, conditioning, agility/speed training, video analysis and coached match play to further develop players who are actively pursuing tournament level tennis.

Southlake Tennis Academy Junior Tournament Training: June 9 – August 22

  • Morning Session                       M-F      9:00-12 noon     $150.00 for 5 sessions or $550.00 for 20
  • Afternoon Session                   M-F      1:30-4:30 p.m.   $150.00 for 5 sessions or $550.00 for 20