Public art dedication scheduled for Highland Hills Community Center

The Welcome Space, by artist Sedrick Huckaby, is the latest commissioned artwork to be added to the City of Fort Worth’s Public Art Collection and is located at Highland Hills Community Center.

The artwork will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. July 23 at Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road. The public is invited.

Two outdoor benches have the appearance of couches covered by quilts, welcoming visitors by seating them among the patchwork of community members who have graced the neighborhood over the years. The sitting area is one that recalls the African American artistic legacy of quilting and handmade crafts. Its jubilant color reflects the celebratory palette in many traditional African cultures.

The cultural quilts acknowledge the quilted past of the community, with some patches featuring portraits as a way of illustrating the variety of people who have made up this close-knit community. The portraits feature people of different ages and genders, while not naming anyone specifically, and also include other institutions commemorating the neighborhood’s history and heritage.

The artist was born in 1975 in Fort Worth. His formal education in art started at Texas Wesleyan University. He then transferred to Boston University, where he received extensive training in studio art. For graduate studies, he went to Yale University. He was named the Texas State Artist for 2018.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Alida Labbe at 817-298-3034.

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Community Services Department Welcomes New Staff for Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve has a rich history and bright future ahead! The Southlake Community Services Department has built a team of nature lovers who will be running the day-to-day business at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

Our team will continue to offer great environmental programs, like the Forrest Preschool and Family Fun Days, as well as bring their passion and expertise for environmental preservation to the Southlake staff.

Meet Hannah Nyquist

Hannah, a native of North Carolina, knew she had a career in the environmental field ahead of her. As a young girl, she frequently explored the woods of North Carolina.  After she graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Natural Resources Conservation, she moved to Texas for an internship at the City of Grapevine which turned into a permanent position as the Environmental Education Specialist creating and teaching curriculum, leading citizen science projects and helping manage environmental restoration areas.

As the Outdoor Experience Programs Coordinator for Southlake, Hannah is developing and teaching curriculum for Cross Timbers Nature Camp, Forest Preschool, Family Fun Days, and various outreach events and running the day to day business at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

“I am amazed at the amount of wildlife at BJNCP. Hearing campers express how much they care about the wildlife we encounter daily is so encouraging and what gets me most excited about the work we are doing.“

Meet Madeleine Bauss

Madeline, our Recreation Specialist for Outdoor Experience, studied at Utah Valley University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation Management. Her time at UVU perfectly prepared her for planning educational and fun-filled days for our Cross Timbers Nature Camp. Madeline has an overwhelming passion for the great outdoors and the preservation of beautiful natural places and is excited to share her passion with others.

“I am just overjoyed to be working for such an impressive and professional city, especially here at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. I work alongside an incredible team who also sees the importance of incorporating the natural world into our daily lives.”

Check out upcoming events and programs on the BJNCP website here.

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Nature center earns $13,000 grant

Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNCR) will receive a $13,000 grant from REI to support trail bridges and the summer intern program.

REI launched the Loving Our Local Outdoors initiative to offer its members across the country a chance to help local nonprofit organizations near all of its 154 stores. Over a four-week period, REI members were allowed to help decide how to invest $1 million.

The $1 million investment will benefit organizations that specialize in things like building new trails, clearing existing trails, restoring campsites, enhancing climbing areas, increasing water access and more projects in urban and backcountry locations around the country.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth REI market, the nature center was competing against Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve and Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association. The FWNCR garnered the most votes and received the grant funding.

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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.

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Celebrate dad at your local community center

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of special events for kids of all ages to celebrate their dads.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Father’s Day Cookout at Eugene McCray Community Center: 10 a.m. June 13, 2019; Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger.

Father’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 8:30 a.m. June 14, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

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MedStar to build deployment center in far north

Medstar broke ground on its North Deployment Center at 8928 Medical City Parkway.

For 33 years, MedStar has used a centralized deployment model, with all units starting shifts and deployed across the service area from a headquarters facility on Alta Mere Drive in Fort Worth. To better serve the far north side of the ambulance service area, MedStar is building the new deployment center between Medical City Alliance and the Fort Worth Police Department’s North Division Sector, which opened in 2018.

Once it opens, the new facility will deploy assets to the northern part of the city and help improve emergency response in the fast-growing sector.

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Celebrate mom at your local community center

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of luncheons, teas and other ways for kids of all ages to celebrate their moms.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Mother’s Day Luncheon at Hillside Community Center: 11 a.m. May 4, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Southside Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 7, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 8, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Mothers and Tea at Riverside Community Center: 9:30 a.m. May 9, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Dia de la Madre – Mother’s Day Celebration at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. May 9, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Diamond Hill Community Center: 10 a.m. May 11, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Como Community Center: noon May 11, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Mom and Son Night of Fun at Greenbriar Community Center: 6 p.m. May 11, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

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Discover Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center!

Learn about the Cross Timbers ecosystem while spending time with your family in the beautiful outdoors.

Looking for something fun to do that the whole family will enjoy? Join us at the Bob Jones Nature Center for exciting and educational hikes, arts and crafts, special group activities, scavenger hunts, snacks and so much more. All ages are welcome. Online pre-registration is required (one per family).

Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center

Saturday, May 18
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, June 15
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, July 13
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, August 10
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center
Instructor: Outdoor Experience Staff
Resident Fee: $20
Non-Resident Fee: $24

For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Southlake Tennis Center Takes it Indoors

Residents will soon be able to play a game of tennis indoors at the Southlake Tennis Center.  Currently, two tennis courts are undergoing renovations and upgrades, the courts will be converted from an outdoor space to an enclosed and climate- controlled environment.

After breaking ground in December of 2018, this project has been steadily moving forward and on schedule. The newly constructed facility will have fans and HVAC, so players will be able to enjoy a game of tennis year- round avoiding the Texas heat, chilly winters and of course, rain.

“Incorporating an indoor court at the Tennis Center will enhance the player experience, despite the weather,”  said Director of Community Services, Chris Tribble.

With Champions Club opening in just a few days and the addition of the indoor tennis courts, Bicentennial Park continues to be a top destination for recreation, fun and leisure activities in Southlake.

These improvements are a part of the adopted Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and& Open Space/ Community Facilities Master Plan. The newly enclosed facility will contribute to the ongoing effort to update and enhance the signature park.

The indoor court’s facility is on schedule to be completed in June of 2019, weather permitting.

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City to purchase YMCA building, repurpose it as a community center

In response to ongoing community discussions around improvements needed in Las Vegas Trail area and in partnership with the YMCA of Fort Worth and LVTRise, the Fort Worth City Council unanimously agreed to purchase the Westside YMCA building near Las Vegas Trail and renovate it into a new community center and park.

“We are pleased to provide a permanent location for the many partners working with LVTRise to serve the residents in the Las Vegas Trail area,” said Brian Byrd, Fort Worth City Council Member representing District 3 and the Las Vegas Trail area. “Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard these past 18 months.”

The Y has agreed to sell the property to the city for $242,000 plus closing costs, knowing that together with multiple organizations at the table a bigger impact will be made. The property includes about five acres of land, two buildings totaling 12,650 feet, a parking lot and recreation amenities. As part of the proposed renovations to maximize utilization of the property, the existing, aging swimming pool on the site will be filled in.

“We are excited for what these partnerships will bring to the Las Vegas Trail area,” notes Tony Shuman, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. “We will be able to better serve families in west Fort Worth by partnering with the City of Fort Worth, Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project and other local partners to make a larger impact.”

The Westside YMCA location will transition to a city-owned property in mid-April and will be managed by LVTRise, a cooperative effort by private companies, human services organizations and government agencies including: Tarrant Area Food Bank, Community Learning Center, Tarrant Area Public Health, Workforce Solutions, YMCA of Fort Worth, Boys and Girls Club, WestAid, and Fort Worth Public Library.

The Y will continue to provide wellness and youth programs in partnership with LVTRise in West Fort Worth.

The existing YMCA building will be renovated to accommodate new programming needs and to address ADA accessibility. Total estimated cost for building renovation and site improvements is $3.2 million.

Beginning April 1, the initial hours of operations will be 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Service providers will be onsite Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

“I am proud to witness such a key transition for LVTRise,” said Karmen Rubin, LVTRise Executive Director. “We are well on our way to executing the vision of providing the Las Vegas Trail community a social service hub through the spirit of collaboration with dedicated partners.”

Just over four acres of land will be dedicated as Calmont Park. An additional one acre of land will be reserved for future growth of LVTRise programming. The property and improvements will be leased to LVTRise, which will in turn be responsible for providing programs, services and recreational opportunities for the community.

Residents, including current YMCA members, will be able to use this new community center free of charge.
For more information on the new community center, visit LVTRise.org.

Project partners

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

With 128 years of service to the Fort Worth area, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth serves more than 112,000 unique individuals on an annual basis. Its work impacts our community daily through programs that emphasize youth development, encourage healthy living, and empower social responsibility.

LVTRise

LVTRISE represents a partnership of private companies, human service organizations and government agencies dedicated to helping residents of the Las Vegas Trail area improve their neighborhood and their lives. The partnership focuses resources for both sustained change and immediate positive impact to life in the Las Vegas Trail area.

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