Are you ready for Stars and Stripes? Here’s what you should know about getting to the event.

Stars and Stripes Southlake is just a few days away. Tuesday, July 3, will be here before we know it. It’s an exciting event with a lot of activity, so before you come down we want to share some traffic, parking and safety tips.

Along with providing the perfect family-fun event, we also strive to provide a safe and secure event for all our visitors. The City of Southlake takes great measures to make sure all families attending the event have a safe and enjoyable experience.

“This is one of our most popular and fun events. We all look forward to Stars and Stripes,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “With that being said, Town Square will be full of people and activities. I’d like to remind everyone that while at the festivities please be aware of your surroundings. If anything causes you concern, our officers can be found throughout the event. Our primary goal is to make Stars and Stripes a safe place to enjoy the holiday for your family.”

Before you come to the event, here are some important tips to help you arrive and enjoy the event safely:

Want to avoid parking in Town Square?

Take the Shuttle: We are providing a shuttle service to and from the event.  The shuttle will be running from 3:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m., and the pickup/drop off locations will be located at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard and Gateway Church at 700 Blessed Way.

The pickup/drop off location in Town Square will be located on Division and State Streets next to DPS Headquarters.

Use the family drop off area: There will be a family drop off at DPS Headquarters near the shuttle drop off. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop. This will help alleviate traffic congestion. Drivers who are planning to use Southlake Blvd. to get home need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue towards SH 114.

Use the Uber and Lyft drop off area: This year, we’ve created a designated drop off location to help you coordinate drop off and pick up with your driver. Tell your driver to drop you off at DPS Headquarters, or 600 State St.

Traffic officers will be in the area to make sure that drivers are following the plan so that everyone gets in and out of Town Square safely and with as little delay as possible.

Planning to drive and park in the area?

Take advantage of the Granite parking garage: Parking will be available after 6:00 p.m. in the Granite parking garage located on the north side of Town Square.  The garage can be accessed on Division Street, the road that runs along the south side of DPS HQ, then traffic will be directed northbound on State Street to turn into the parking garage. Just follow the signs that will guide you into the Granite parking garage.

Entering via SH 114: Take the Carroll Avenue exit of SH 114.  Access is available on North Carroll Avenue at Federal Way and Prospect Street, between SH 114 and Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709). Drivers may also access Town Square from the eastbound service road of SH 114 at Grand Avenue and Central Avenue. It’s important to note that there will be no southbound traffic allowed from the north parking lots. All traffic will exit to the service road. Also, no parking will be allowed on the grassy areas next to the service road. “No Parking” signs will be posted and enforced.

Entering via Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709): You may either turn north on Carroll Avenue to park on the west side of Town Square; use Central Avenue to access the east side of the Square; or use the east parking garage. **Please note that the west parking garage will be closed for the event.

At the end of the event: All traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll Avenue heading northbound. There will be NO southbound traffic out of the Square allowed onto Carroll Avenue.

All traffic on the east side of the Square from Main Street will exit onto Central Avenue southbound.  All exits from the east garage will be directed to Central Avenue to go north to the SH 114 service road to exit the Square. **The west side exits to the east garage will be closed.

Handicapped Parking in Town Square

Drivers can enter from either Prospect Street/Carroll Avenue or Central Avenue /Southlake Blvd (FM 1709). to access the handicapped parking along Main Street. Handicapped parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina. Please be aware that the entrance at Carroll Avenue /Main Street will be designated for exit only.

Not parking in Town Square?  

Lighted crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake officers at the following locations:

  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Central Avenue
  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Carroll Avenue
  • North Carroll Avenue and Prospect Street
  • North Carroll Avenue and Federal Way

If parking on the side streets off of Carroll Avenue, please remember to follow these important rules.

  • To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it’s imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) on foot from the Central Market area is very dangerous and PROHIBITED!  Bike officers will be patrolling the area and will take appropriate enforcement action for your safety.
  • Park facing the correct way and no more than 18” from the curb.
  • Do not block driveways or park in someone’s yard.
  • Make sure your vehicle is not in the intersection; it will be towed.
  • Be courteous to the neighborhood.

Access to Town Square before the event

  • Barricades will go up early in the morning on July 3rd. The interior roads of Town Square will not be accessible by vehicle. Please plan accordingly. The parking lots and east garage will be open until full. As the lots and garage become full, they will be closed. All parking lots with the exception of the lots north of the Hilton will close no later than 7:30 p.m. There will be barricades for the duration of the event preventing traffic from traveling north on Central Avenue past Main Street.
  • And most of all, WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS! Citizens on Patrol (COPs) volunteers will also be on hand to assist pedestrians at major crosswalks and to help ensure the safety of all attendees.

For more information about the event, visit www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

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Curious about how the City tests for mosquitoes?

It’s summertime and that means it’s also mosquito time. The City’s Office of Emergency Management has your back with their Vector Control Program.

Simply put the Vector Control Program is mosquito testing in Southlake. Every week the Office of Emergency Management sets and tests mosquito traps located throughout the city. To help you better understand the program we present: A Day in the Life of Southlake Vector Control Program.

Day in the life of SLK Vector Control

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Curious about what’s in our water? The 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report will be in homes soon.

Summer is here! That means we will be spending more time outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the pool. It also means as it gets hotter we’ll be drinking more water. Ever wonder what’s in our drinking water?

In the coming days, the 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report will be reaching your mailbox. This report tells you pretty much everything you need to know about our drinking water in Southlake, from where our drinking water comes from to what contaminants could be in the water. The most important thing this report will tell you is that our water is safe.

The report provides data about water quality for the 2017 calendar year, explains how water tests are conducted and how our water measures up against state and federal guidelines.

Before you see the Water Quality Report, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. This is an official report that serves as a technical tool. That means it has a lot of useful charts breaking down exactly what is in our water.  The majority of the measures in the report are either parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb). When you see these numbers, they only represent trace amounts of contaminants measured in the water. To help visualize these measures, one ppm is roughly one teaspoon in 1,302 gallons and one ppb is one teaspoon in 1,302,000 gallons.

This report also has some great information about what you can do to help keep our water clean. Simple things, like picking up after your pets, checking for leaks and properly disposing of medications can go a long way.

We hope you’ll take the time to read through the report. We’re happy to answer any questions or help explain anything you might not understand. If you’re curious about what last year’s report said, check it out here.

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Find out about infrastructure improvements in the Ridglea area

The city will replace existing water and sewer lines and rehabilitate the streets in the Ridglea area. Affected streets include:

  • Olive Place from Hemsell Place to Curzon Avenue.
  • Tex Boulevard from Elizabeth Lane West to Calmont Avenue.
  • Mary’s Lane from Greenway Road to Garland Avenue.
  • Ridglea Avenue from Kenwick Avenue to Locke Avenue and from Darwood Avenue to Malvey Avenue.
  • Calmont Avenue from Tex Boulevard to Bigham Boulevard.
  • Locke Avenue from Sappington Place to Olive Place and from Bryant Irvin Road north to Halloran Street.
  • Curzon Avenue from Lackland Road to Sappington Place, from Olive Place to Mary’s Lane, from Bigham Boulevard to Edgehill Road and from Sappington Place to Olive Place.
  • Garland Avenue from Sappington Place to Bigham Boulevard.
  • Elizabeth Lane West from Olive Place to Tex Boulevard.
  • Malvey Avenue from Bryant Irvin Road North to Halloran Street.
  • Halloran Street from Camp Bowie Boulevard to Malvey Avenue.

Make plans to attend the project meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 21 at the R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road, to learn about the construction schedule and impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Liam Conlon at 817-392-6824.

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Community Update about Proposed Carillon Parc

Mark your calendars for a public meeting about the proposed Carillon Parc on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Mayor Laura Hill will lead the public meeting whose purpose is to update Southlake residents and the City’s Boards and Commission members. Meeting attendees will hear from Southlake staff about the overall project as well as the proposed public park, proposed public library, and the potential public investment. The meeting will take place at The Marq Southlake in Legends Hall and will start at 6:00 p.m.

Currently, the Carillon residential community sits on 285 acres of land between North White Chapel Boulevard and Carroll Avenue on State Highway 114.

The Development Plan was heard by the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission on May 17, 2018. The Commission recommended the development to the Council by a vote of 6-0. The proposed development plan is scheduled to go before the Council on June 5, 2018.

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Two more opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Two upcoming public meetings give residents a final opportunity to learn about the May 5 bond election:

April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. UCC Polytechnic Center, 3100 Ave. I.
April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St. (This meeting will be conducted in Spanish and English.)

Early voting begins April 23 and runs through May 1. Find locations and hours.

If approved by voters, the $399.5 million bond package will provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Learn more about the bond propositions.

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Learn about proposed widening of I-35W north of Fort Worth

The Texas Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting to solicit public comments on the proposed reconstruction and widening of I-35W from the Tarrant-Denton County line to I-35E.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. April 19 at Argyle Middle School, 6601 Canyon Falls Drive in Argyle.

The proposed project would consist of reconstructing and widening I-35W from four lanes to six lanes. Continuous four-lane frontage roads with auxiliary lanes would be added from Dale Earnhardt Wat to the interchange with I-35E. Existing ramps would be reconfigured and/or relocated. Construction is expected to take place in phases, with frontage road improvements occurring first.

To learn more, contact Nelson Underwood.

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Public meetings provide opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Six upcoming public meetings will allow residents to learn about the May 5 bond election and to provide feedback on the propositions:

  • March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Temple Baptist Church, 6824 Randol Mill Road.
  • April 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
  • April 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.
  • April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.
  • April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road.
  • April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. UCC Polytechnic Center, 3100 Ave. I.

If approved by voters, the $399.5 million bond package will provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Learn more about the bond propositions online.

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Cyclists can provide feedback about experiences at city facilities

Fort Worth is applying for recertification in the Bicycle-Friendly Business program, and residents can help by answering a survey. The survey responses will provide valuable insight into the experiences of existing and potential cyclists who work at or visit city facilities.

The survey will be available through Nov. 10.

In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Fort Worth with a bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Business award for leading America toward a greener future.

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Sound the alarm about fire safety

The Fort Worth Fire Department and the American Red Cross will conduct a citywide smoke alarm drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14. Firefighters and volunteers will canvass neighborhoods and install or replace smoke alarms in homes that need them.

The smoke alarms are provided free by First Alert Inc. and the American Red Cross.

Although most people will agree that smoke alarms are a necessity, many people take them for granted. While sleeping, 80-85 percent of people lose their sense of smell and will not detect the smoke in time to escape. Smoke alarms buy extra precious seconds needed to evacuate during a house fire.

During prior smoke alarm drives in Fort Worth, a significant percentage of homes either needed new batteries for their smoke alarms or lacked smoke alarms altogether.

To request a free smoke alarm installation, call 817-928-1384.

If you miss the drive…

Fort Worth Fire will install or replace smoke alarms year-round for Fort Worth residents who are also homeowners. Call 817-392-6862 for assistance.

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