Monday, June 21, 2021

Southlake Wins TRAPS Promotions and Marketing Award for Champions Club

The Southlake Community Services Department is a Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) 2020 Promotions and Marketing Award winner.

The team won for their efforts in promoting the 2019 opening and membership drive for Champions Club at The Marq Southlake.

Community Services Director Chris Tribble is excited The Marq Southlake team is being recognized for its efforts.

“Opening the doors to a new building is always a big job, and I am so proud to be a part of a team that was able to welcome all of our new Champions Club members with open arms,” Tribble stated. “We love seeing people learn about and enjoy the new facility.”

Jennifer Oaks, with the TRAPS awards committee, noted that “Your nomination stood out above the rest to exemplify commitment and dedication in the field of recreation. We are honored to present this award to you.”

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Southlake and Grapevine Host the TRAPS North Region Parks Rodeo Competition

On Wednesday October 7, the cities of Southlake and Grapevine co-hosted the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) North Region Parks Rodeo at the newly renovated Bicentennial Park.  Twenty-eight cities from across the Metroplex came out to compete in the event.

DS2_0159The Parks Rodeo is an annual event held by TRAPS member cities.  During the competition, parks professionals compete in a variety of events including trailer backing, zero-turn mowers and backpack courses; plant identification; irrigation assembly; backhoe operation; and nail driving.  Participants compete either as individuals or part of a team depending on the event.  The top five individual or team finishers in each event qualify for the state-level competition held during the annual TRAPS State Conference.DS2_0033

In addition to individual/team awards, the three cities with the most points at the end of the competition are also recognized.  This year first place went to Farmers Branch, second place to Denton and third place to Carrollton.

Over 30 vendors were also present during the event to exhibit equipment, supplies and services used in facility and grounds maintenance.

Southlake and Grapevine would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2015 TRAPS North Region Parks Rodeo:  Professional Turf Products (title sponsor); O’Donnell’s Landscape Services, Inc. and Prolawn Commercial, LLC (lunch sponsors); Rita’s Italian Ice; Recreation Consultants of Texas, LLC; la terra studio; Lea Park and Play; and Arbor Masters Tree Service.

Southlake Community Services Department receives state Texas Recreation & Park Society Awards

Southlake City Council and Community Services staff with TRAPS Awards.

Southlake City Council and Community Services staff with TRAPS Awards.

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.

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