This past February, The City of Southlake’s Community Services Department was awarded two state TRAPS (Texas Recreation & Society) Awards for their work in 2014. The first award went to Recreation Coordinator, Amy Bennet – she received the Class IV Lone Star Recreation Programming Award for her Hunger Games Southlake program that took place on Saturday, November 15, 2014.
This event was held in honor of the release of the Hunger Games movie Mockingjay, at the Bob Jones Nature Center and introduced young tributes, ages 9-13, to the skills and knowledge necessary to survive in the wilderness. It included a Hunger Games Southlake competition where the tributes put their skills to the test to determine a victory district! Although the day’s activities were themed around the Hunger Games, the focus was on encouraging youth to experience and enjoy nature. The program was an opportunity for the tributes to build teamwork and leadership skills and gain confidence in their own skills!
The second award received was the Class IV Park Design Excellence Award, for Southlake’s North Park. This award recognizes the Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Design Professionals from Schrickel,Rollins & Associates for their team work on the park design. North Park is Southlake’s newest community park that opened September 20, 2012 and features multi-purpose sports fields, a concession/restroom building, playground and lots of open play space.
For more information on TRAPS please visit www.traps.org.