Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Bicentennial Park Named Best Park

Hooray for Bicentennial Park! For the fifth year in a row, Bicentennial Park has been voted Best City Park by the readers of Living Magazine – NE Tarrant County. Thank you to everyone who voted. We’re so glad you love the park as much as we do.

From the ball fields, best playground ever, the Southlake Tennis Center and of course The Marq Southlake, Bicentennial Park has it all. Have you taken time to explore some Bicentennial Park’s hidden gems like the Liberty Gardens? You can also enjoy some native Texas wildflowers in the fields next to the log cabin. Or take advantage of the more than two miles of interconnecting pathways throughout the park.

But did you know we’re still working on making it better? The park is currently undergoing more enhancements as part of the Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan. Here’s what’s next for Bicentennial:

  • Irrigation and turfing of the large field west of the existing in-line hockey rink,
  • Renovation and expansion of the in-line hockey rink that includes the addition of synthetic turf,
  • Renovation of the existing restroom into a storage building, and
  • The placement of safety netting at the 60/90 baseball field.

If you haven’t already checked out the park, add it to your list.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Want to learn more about the other City parks? Check out our website www.ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com.

Southlake Tennis Center is the Coolest Spot in Town

The Southlake Tennis Center is on its way to becoming the new cool spot in town soon. The facility underwent some major construction transforming two tennis courts to indoor courts giving players the option to play outside or inside.

The state of the art facility will include features such as high volume fans and HVAC climate control. The two indoor courts are separated by partition netting and provide additional netting around the courts to catch loose tennis balls. The lighting within the facility gives players the option to light the entire space or just their individual court.

These enhancements are a part of the Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/ Community Facilities Master Plan which is divided into in three phases. The newly enclosed facility is part of the Bicentennial Park Phase 3 project. The facility is scheduled to be completed in July 2019.

To date, a vast majority of the interior work has been completed. Resurfacing of the courts and irrigation installation is scheduled next.

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.

Change in Tennis Center hours!

In an effort to allow tennis players to get their game on without the blistering Summer heat dragging them down, The Southlake Tennis Center is changing it’s hours!

Monday – Thursday,
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Friday
8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday
8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday
8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Though the weekday hours have remained unchanged, The Tennis Center will now open at 8:00 A.M. on Sundays and remain open until 2:00 P.M. allowing for play earlier in the day!

For more information, call 817-421-5605, or go to SouthlakeTennis.com

Southlake Tennis Center Hosts Junior Tennis Camps and Classes June 10 – August 23

Southlake Tennis Center, one of the premier facility for junior tennis instruction in Dallas Fort Worth, kicks-off its junior summer program June 10 with week-long tennis camps, once-a-week tennis classes, and tournament training. Other activities throughout the summer include Friday Match Days, Saturday Play Nights 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.

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. Players are grouped by age/ability. The student-pro ratio is no more than eight students which ensures individualized attention and emphasize correct technique and match play skills. The instructors are all PTR/USPTA certified tennis professionals with specialist certifications in junior development. Students will be given a sports sack, water bottle and t-shirt at the time of registration. Players who come to one week of camp are eligible for a 10 percent discount on additional weeks in camp or other summer tennis activities.

“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.”

Week Long Summer Tennis Camps: June 10 – August 23

Red Level I (5-6 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 (12-13 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 10 – August 23*

Red Level II (7-8 yrs)                M or W             6:00-7:00 p.m.             $75.00/4 classes or $130.00/8 classes

Orange Level (9-10 yrs)            M or W             6:00-7:00 p.m.             $75.00/4 classes or $130.00/8 classes

Green Level (11-13 yrs)            M or W             6:00-7:00 p.m.             $75.00/4 classes or $130.00/8 classes

Orange Level (13-16 yrs)          T or TH 6:00-7:00 p.m.              $75.00/4 classes or $130.00/8 classes

* Monthly classes are also 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 10 – August 23

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

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