Saturday, September 30, 2023

We Rise Up for Parks and Rec: Meet the Hospitality and Sales Division

From making your dream celebration a reality to providing a private space for our 55 and better community, the Hospitality and Sales Division strive to create life-long memories.

Parks and Recreation can encompass a myriad of services. The Hospitality and Sales Division sets us apart from other Recreation organizations thanks to their commitment to excellence. This critical Division oversees Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake, creating world-class experiences for everyone on this side of The Marq. This team of dedicated Recreation professionals spends their days booking and planning all sorts of events at Legends Hall. The Hospitality and Sales team executes incredible events and programming, from large-scale weddings, corporate gatherings, Board and Commission meetings to birthday parties, outdoor concerts, and running the Senior Activity Center.

This team consists of dedicated professionals who make your important milestones memorable. Here’s a look at the services they provide our community.

Private Events
Weddings and large-scale events account for approximately 29% of the gross revenue for Legends Hall since it opened in 2015. Legends Hall has made its Marq as a premier DFW wedding destination and as an award-winning facility. Our wide range of event packages and knowledgeable staff make Legends Hall the ideal place to say, “I Do.”

Other events this Division hosts include social events like birthday parties, baby showers, graduation, and holiday parties. Corporate events and smaller-scale events are also commonplace at Legends Hall. The Hospitality and Sales Division collaborates with community partners like APEX Arts League and Arts Council Northeast to bring cultural performances to our community at the Aria Amphitheater.

Senior Activity Center
The Senior Activity Center is a critical component of the services provided by this team to our community. The Senior Services team lovingly works to ensure our senior citizens access quality programs, exciting field trips, community meals, and their designated space. It’s no secret that the Senior Center holds a special place in our hearts!

Celebrating life’s most memorable events is what the Hospitality and Sales Division does best! This team of incredible Recreation professionals creates life-long memories for our residents and guests every day, and we are so thankful for them this Park and Recreation Month!

Meet at The Marq in 2017: Venue Offers Space and Services for Meetings and Special Events

The Marq SouthlakeWith a year under its belt, The Marq Southlake is becoming known as the place to meet – literally. Since opening the doors to phase one December 12, 2015, more than 275 events have taken place within the 23,000 square foot facility known as Legends Hall. And, hosting legendary events – including luncheons, corporate meetings, evening receptions, private parties and community fundraisers – is what the staff at The Marq wants to be sure local businesses, organizations and residents knows about.

“The appeal of The Marq is not only its beauty and functionality, but also the fact that large rental spaces to host public and private events are limited in Southlake,” stated Ashley Newhart, interim events and hospitality manager for City of Southlake. “We are delighted to already have 120 events booked for 2017. We have such a fantastic space to offer and are really looking forward to getting more local businesses and organizations to step through the door to see what we have to offer and book their next event with us.”

Designed as a multi-purpose venue with indoor and outdoor spaces available for rental, the main attraction is Traditions Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 300 guests and features a built-in dance floor, stage, professional catering kitchen, and access to a covered outdoor terrace with fire pit. Suitable for events day or night, Traditions Ballroom has played host to several Southlake Chamber of Commerce luncheons and was the site for Southlake Style magazine’s annual “Best of 2016” evening reception.

“We love having Chamber functions at The Marq – it’s a first-class facility. The building is beautiful, the staff is a delight to work with, and the presentation technology is state-of-the- art,” commented Mark Guilbert, president of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. “Each time we conduct a luncheon at The Marq, we get very positive feedback from our attendees about the high quality of the venue. We look forward to returning time and time again.”

Also popular with local businesses are the three Legacy Meeting Rooms, which are ideal for seminars, a corporate retreat or breakout rooms. William Braxdale, owner of Braxdale Travel in Southlake, utilized one of the meeting rooms recently for a presentation to approximately 20 clients.

“The Marq offered easy access and a familiar location for our guests, perfect facility size, reasonably priced, technology for our presentation, and ample amenities to serve our needs. The Marq staff was remarkably helpful and energetic; they not only provided everything on time and as promised, but went to extra lengths to provide help with last- minute needs,” said Braxdale.

Additional spaces available for use at The Marq are the Club Lounge – which can accommodate up to 50 people with a bar, banquette seating and flat screen televisions –
and Aria Outdoor Amphitheater.

If planning a big event or community fundraiser in 2017, Legends Hall can accommodate 300-600 people total (utilizing all of the spaces available for rental and depending on the type of event). Such is the case with Staying Alive Southlake, which is co-sponsored by Texas Health Southlake, City of Southlake and American Heart Association. For the second consecutive year, the annual health fair will be held at The Marq in February, attracting hundreds of visitors for CPR training, Zumba classes, women’s self-defense demonstrations, obstacle course and vendor expo.

In addition to a beautiful facility, The Marq offers a professional staff and services to make the event planning process easy:

• On-site Banquet Specialist to assist with venue logistics on the day of the event
• Preferred catering list
• 72 inch round tables with white or black floor length linens and napkins with neutral banquet chairs
• High and low cocktail tables with house linens
• Six foot rectangular tables with house linens
• State-of-the-art audio visual and complimentary wireless internet
• Catering kitchen with ice machine
• Basic set of dishware, glassware, and flatware (when using a caterer)
• Food truck parking spaces along the promenade
• Complimentary on-site parking
• Southlake residents, businesses and non-profit organizations receive a 20% discount off room rental fees

These extra “perks” are what convinced Kristine Elieson to book the Carillon Home Owners Association’s holiday party for 170 guests at The Marq in December 2016. After contacting 12 venues in Southlake, Trophy Club and Grapevine and reviewing proposals from each, Elieson determined The Marq was the best choice overall in terms of venue size, flexibility, options, amenities and price.

“The staff at The Marq was wonderful to work with and they followed up in a timely manner on all questions and concerns. They are very experienced in large events and were able to give suggestions and advice. The night of our event they provided two staff members to help with anything we needed,” said Elieson. “The event was a fabulous success. Many residents had never been to The Marq and were very impressed. We are already planning to use it for our party next year. It is a beautiful venue right here in the middle of Southlake!”

The Marq is located at 285 North Shady Oaks Drive in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM and Saturday 9AM-3PM. The Marq is closed Sunday unless booked for a special event. For more information, call 817-748-8900 or visit

Sparks Will Fly July 3 in Southlake: Get Ready for Stars and Stripes 2016

Fireworks, festival activities and family fun will return to Southlake Town Square during the 18th Annual Stars and Stripes celebration on Sunday, July 3. Hosted by the City of Southlake and Southlake Town Square, the Independence Day celebration will offer free admission, live entertainment, family activities, delicious food and beverage options, and a spectacular fireworks show in honor of our country’s anniversary of freedom.

The festivities will kick-off with patriotic music starting at 6:00 p.m. on two stages in Southlake Town Square, including Rustin Pavilion and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. The Southlake Community Band, Lone Star Attitude Band and Limelight Band, along with various patriotic ceremonies will entertain the crowd with live performances.

In addition to live entertainment, Stars and Stripes will offer activities for the entire family. In the Creation Station, kids of all ages will be able to create patriotic crafts. The KidZone will offer active children various exciting activities, such as inflatable obstacles, midway games and slides, and a fun toddler-centric zone. Guests can also expect to see strolling characters, candy art and balloon artists.Stars and Stripes Article

With nearly 20 delicious food and beverage booths and food trucks last year, visitors will have an equally tasty experience at Stars and Stripes this year.

Launched from the rooftop of the west parking garage and synchronized to patriotic favorites, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m. and will be seen from nearly anywhere in Southlake Town Square. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a comfortable viewing experience. A limited number of guests may have the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate spectator experience during The Star Experience. Tickets for the VIP treatment include a table for four people with a great view of the fireworks show and close seating to the stage featuring Limelight Band, as well as preset appetizers and bottled water. Additional details and ticket prices are now available, but hurry as reservations for this experience go fast!

Internal Southlake Town Sqaure parking will close for event setup Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM. All surface lots and East Garage will close once full or by 7:30 PM. All entrances into Town Square parking lots will be closed Sunday, July 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. or when full, with the exception of the entrances off of SH 114 Service Road. Parking and Shuttle services will also be available at White’s Chapel Methodist Church and Gateway Church with service to Southlake Town Square. Remember, parking and shuttle services for Southlake Stars & Stripes are FREE!

Volunteers help make events happen, and a large community event like Stars and Stripes has numerous opportunities for people who want to participate. Please contact the Community Services Department at (817) 748-8019 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.Stars and Stripes Article2

Stars & Stripes wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous sponsors that participate every year!  This years’ event is no exception to that!  Be sure to check out the  for the 2016 Stars & Stripes event!  For additional event information, including an event map, parking map and a list of FAQ’s, please visit the event website at

Breakfast Story Time with Mayor Laura Hill

Come share breakfast and a story.  On August 11, 2015, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill will be visiting Story Time at the Southlake Library in Town Hall. Little ones will enjoy songs, games, puppets and a story read by their Mayor. Her visit will include Toddler Time beginning at 10:45 AM and Preschool Time beginning at 11:30 AM. Breakfast treats will be served while supplies last.  For more information, please call the Southlake Library at 817-748-8243.