TFEA hosted the annual Kaliff Marketing Awards for events held throughout the state before the pandemic and virtually after the pandemic began from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020. Southlake earned the top honor, first place, in the Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor for the City’s photo booth display, in its respective budget category. The City also was chosen for two bronze awards in the Best Event Video Promotion and Best Giveaway categories.
“It is our goal to create memorable experiences for our City, its residents, and visitors alike,” said Daniel Cortez, Southlake’s director of economic development and tourism. “We can bring forth these exemplary events like our signature Stars and Stripes because of our community support. We can’t thank our sponsors enough for seeing and believing in our vision for events and joining us in our efforts to help create those memories.”
The award competition, which recognizes marketing and promotion campaign excellence, highlights the TFEA’s annual summer conference. Although the meeting was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the awards competition still took place with 395 submitted entries.
“The goal for festivals and events is to create memorable experiences and signature destination events that are unrivaled in their entertainment value, as well as all the other elements associated with such programs,” said TFEA Executive Director Kay Wolf.
TFEA is a professional trade association for festival and event planners, volunteers, and suppliers from across Texas. It is an official affiliate of the International Festivals & Events Association, the premier professional association supporting festival and event leaders worldwide.
Southlake Town Hall has a new accessory this week as the City’s first mural titled “I Believe in Southlake,” was unveiled on Tuesday, December 8.
Inspired by the public art displays in New Orleans, it was developed to show some of the many reasons why Southlake is vibrant and unforgettable.
Mayor Laura Hill said City officials started brainstorming ways to bring more people to Southlake Town Square and enjoy with their families.
“I am so proud of our City. Southlake is so many things to so many people, and I love that this piece of public art captures all the things that make it unique and special. I can’t wait to see the pictures on social media; I think it’s a great way for people to make memories in a place that all of us love to visit and enjoy,” she said.
The city is putting the final touches on the newly erected display to help ensure safety for those taking keepsake photos in front of it.
The mural, designed by Southlake’s Marketing and Graphic Design Coordinator Missy Saunders, includes beloved staples of the Southlake community and Texas. It is the first of its kind Southlake Public Art initiative. The painting, which is estimated to be 15 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall, was further developed by local artist Liz Bonham. It’s located on the building’s northwest side, across the street from Rockfish.
This initiative is also part of the Southlake Arts Master Plan, which includes creating engaging public spaces that stimulate discussion, cultivate patrons of the arts, and celebrates Southlake’s history.
To learn more about the City’s public art collection, visit SouthlakePublicArt.com.
Next week, September 22, to be exact, Southlake turns 64! Celebrate with us the next time you are in Town Square by taking a stroll in Family Park and checking out our new light pole banners.
The banners showcase who we are now as well as where Southlake came from stemming back to the last century.
We’ve already kicked off the celebration with the Mayor’s Alliance, “We are Southlake” city-wide poster contest. Winners will also be featured in the Square during the fall. There’s still time to enter; click here for more information.
Here’s an up-close and personal view of our new banners. Enjoy, and we will see you in the Square!
Southlake Town Square was named a Great Public Space by the American Planning Association Texas Chapter for 2020.
The award recognizes the great neighborhoods, streets and public spaces in Texas and how perfect planning is key to creating a space for people to work and play.
“Southlake Town Square is proof that our thoughtful planning by City leaders and citizens throughout the years has led to exceeding the expectations of our residents and visitors,” City of Southlake Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker said. “We’re very proud to be recognized for the community’s hard work and delivering memorable experiences.”
Even during social distancing, as businesses, residents and visitors face limited choices and options, Town Square remains a place for people to take out a bite to eat or spend some time walking around and enjoying one of the six parks.
Southlake Town Square was created as a 130-acre downtown. The area has parks, open space, retail and office buildings, Town Hall and residential buildings, and also serves as a community gathering place, hosting events such as Stars and Stripes, Art in the Square and Home for the Holidays.
The first phase of the project opened in 1999, with the second and third phases opening in 2006.
You know that the ole saying, “the more the merrier,” It’s perfectly fine to be merry, but let’s practice safety too! We have a few safety tips to help make your Home for the Holidays festivities happier and merrier and safer of course.
Home for the Holidays is a great time for families and friends to gather in Town Square to kick off the holiday season. The season starts on Saturday, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place at 6 p.m.
Here are a few tips to know before the event:
If you plan to utilize a rideshare service, direct your driver to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.
What to bring:
Pack up gloves or mittens for your little ones. We will have cool activities like snowman building and tubing down snow mountain on site, bringing gloves will help keep those little hands warm so they can have a lot of fun!
To review a full list of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays events, please visit our website. Also, check out our fun Home for the Holidays video(LINK) on safety and tips here.
Special thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Sprouts, Fort Worth Christian School, Springfree Trampoline, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and Madison Reed Color Bar.
City Council approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Baird, Hampton and Brown to provide design services for water line improvements at Westpark Circle along T.W. King Road and SH 114 at the September 17 City Council meeting.
These improvements will allow the city to retain our public assets as well as provide safety and security to our residents while reducing maintenance costs for water line facilities.
Westpark Circle along T.W. King Road
The Westpark Circle improvements will serve the Westpark Circle Subdivision. The subdivision is served by an existing 2-inch water line and does not currently have any fire hydrants. The proposed design will include upsizing the existing 2-inch water line to an 8-inch water line in addition to adding fire hydrants.
T.W. King Road runs adjacent to Westpark Circle and has a 6-inch water line under the pavement. The proposed upgrade will replace the 6-inch line with a 12-inch line outside of the pavement. The 12-inch water line will allow for easier access to the water line for maintenance while minimizing traffic impacts on T.W. King Road.
Improvements to both water lines will allow the City to improve water quality as well as provide fire protection to residents.
The updated for SH 114 Frontage Road will take place near the Southlake Medical District.
Right now, there are two 12-inch lines in place that come to a dead end. One line goes to the southeast of the Southlake Medical District and the other line ends northeast of the East Highland and the SH 114 intersection.
The proposed improvements will connect the water lines along SH 114. By connecting the water line segments of each dead end, it will allow better circulation in the water system which would eliminate the need to flush stagnant water as well as improve water quality.
Funding for these improvements will come out of the FY 2019 Capital Improvement Program budget. This Construction is scheduled to start Q4 of FY 2020.
Mobility improvements for North Carroll Avenue and State Street are coming in the near future. City Council recently approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. during the September 17 City Council meeting. The firm will provide design services for several mobility improvements on both roads.
North Carroll Avenue
As of now, North Carroll Avenue commuters experience significant traffic delays while turning left onto SH 114, exiting Lake Wood Drive, leaving Town Square and turning right onto Southlake Boulevard. There is also a recurring issue with drivers making illegal U-turns near the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Headquarters facility. The agreement will allow professional engineering consultants to provide and design recommendations to address these issues.
The design will include an extension of the northbound left turn lane onto SH 114 from North Carroll Avenue to help reduce queue lengths which extend past Lake Wood Drive. The median at Lake Wood Drive will be redesigned to restrict any through movements or left turns from the shopping center, while maintaining full access for residents turning onto North Carroll Avenue. To promote safety and encourage drivers not to make illegal U-turns, pavement treatment alternatives will be explored near DPS Headquarters. This could include special pavement marking or new materials to make it clear that this area is for emergency vehicle usage only. Left turns from Main Street onto North Carroll Avenue will be restricted in order to improve safety and decrease delays for exiting traffic, and the right lane will be extended at Southlake Boulevard to increase capacity for right turns.
Modifications to State Street at SH 114 will address difficulties for heavy trucks entering and exiting Town Square, which is currently a safety concern for both pedestrians and drivers. Improvements will include expanding the curb radius to allow safer entry and exits for vehicles and re-aligning sidewalks to facilitate crossing and creating a larger buffer between pedestrians and traffic.
The Southlake Mobility Team’s priority is to continue to identify transportation needs for motorists and pedestrians. As items are brought to the table, the team works to address those items in order to enhance the mobility in Southlake. Addressing mobility concerns near Southlake Town Square will positively impact residents, commercial property owners and visitors to the City of Southlake.
Funding for these improvements will come out of the FY 2017 through 2019 Capital Improvement Program budget. Design for the project is scheduled to start in October 2019.
This fall, the Southlake Arts Council has partnered with the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture to present “Unity” by Farah Janjua. The exhibit is a cultural journey illustrated through photographs, and will be on display in Town Hall lobby from September 13th – November 1st.
The Artist, Farah Janjua is currently based in Dallas, and is originally from Pakistan. She has been pursuing photography since 1992. For Janjau, photography is a means to explore the infinite possibilities in art to work for the betterment of humanity. It is a bridge to connect the diverse mindsets and break the barriers of a world divided by boundaries and it often serves as a looking glass that mirrors our thoughts.
According to Janjua: “I feel the message of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture and Southlake Public Arts connects perfectly with the message of my work and what I am trying to achieve though my art. My mission is to stress the need to honor humanity and collectively work towards connecting hearts and minds through appreciating our similarities and respecting our differences. I believe that if we unite for the aim of nurturing intercultural understanding and embracing diversity, we can create a stronger force for a peaceful future for everyone! I truly appreciate the efforts of your organization which I believe is doing beautiful work to bring us all together!”
Janjua recently published a photography book “Jerusalem-Three Souls in One City” promoting interfaith harmony. The book is a pictorial testimony of how humanizing each other is the first step towards achieving peaceful co-existence.
Please join the City of Southlake at a reception featuring Janua’s work on September 22nd in Southlake Town Hall. The reception is from 5:00-6:30PM and is free and open to the public.
To learn more about the artist, please visit Farah Janjua’s Website at: www.farahjanjuaphotography.com
Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but it will also tell you what’s coming to Southlake in the next few months.