Lakeside Drive near Benbrook Lake now open

Lakeside Drive has reopened as of 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, after having been closed at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, in anticipation of high rainfall. The City of Fort Worth will continue to monitor lake levels and will close the section of road again if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends it.

High amounts of rainfall over the past several weeks had caused elevated water levels at Benbrook Lake, and the intersection and spillway were closed as a precaution.

Residents were still able to access Pecan Valley Golf Course, the Art Cowsen trailhead and the Benbrook youth soccer fields coming from Altamesa Boulevard and Dirks Road.

This page will be updated if the status of streets closures around Benbrook Lake changes.

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Health and Wellness Committee Open House and Presentation

The Health and Wellness Master Plan Committee hosted an open house at Town Hall on Tuesday, May 14, to present the proposed City of Southlake Health and Wellness Master Plan.

The Health andWellness Master Plan, a component of the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan, is aimed to address four key topic areas to promote health and wellness in Southlake: Built & Natural Environment, Mental & Physical Health, an Age-Friendly Community and Community Resiliency.

“Although the City of Southlake currently offers programs that directly relate to serving the community in terms of health and wellness, there was not a unifying document that brought all these efforts together. This plan was developed to capture many of the important initiatives underway currently, as well as plan for the future of Southlake,” said Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

The Health & Wellness Committee made 36 recommendations, categorized by the four topic areas listed above. These four topic areas are further explained below.

Built and Natural Environment

The built and natural environment represents a broad topic, spanning from infrastructure to open space within Southlake. The built environment reflects on the benefits of sustainable building design and how building design can lead to greater overall public health. The section also discusses the benefits of nature in relation to one’s well-being, expanding this into the personal responsibility we all share as it relates to health and wellness. This section even extends into maintaining an effective vector (mosquito) control program. This section of the Health & Wellness Master Plan explores the ways our environment impacts our individual daily lives, and the steps the City can take to promote overall wellness for the community.

Mental & Physical Health

In the context of overall health and wellness, it is difficult to talk about mental health and physical health separately. This section of the plan will include continued participation in campaigns such as Prescription Drug Take-Back Day as well as encouraging community support of and access to City park facilities. Leveraging technology to support public health was also recommended such as by providing safe mobility and active transportation routes to get to City park facilities. The City will also continue to partner with groups and organizations such as S.P.A.R.K. and C.I.S.D. to provide educational workshops for parents and students on topics such as healthy cooking and eating, stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health topics.

Age-Friendly Community

This section considers that the community is made up of residents of varying ages and includes recommendations focusing on ensuring the community is age-friendly. Included are recommendations regarding the promotion of programs such as Carfit, Stop the Bleed and car seat adjustment. The section also considers the possibility of developing an age-friendly park facility or similar amenity or potentially activating City parks or other park facilities by adding an outdoor collaboration space to the public realm.

Community Resiliency

This section focuses on implementing measures to not only promote citywide resiliency but also foster a sense of personal emergency awareness and preparedness for residents. The section speaks to implementing measures that increase disaster recovery and business continuity. Among other topics, the section speaks to investing in technology that enables real-time monitoring of traffic conditions. In terms of volunteer opportunities, the plan recommends continuation of the DPS Citizens Academy or similar program, as well as potentially bringing back the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The purpose of the Health & Wellness Master Plan is to establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years to encourage overall community wellness. More specifically, this plan will identify opportunities for the City to further position itself as an advocate for the well-being of all residents, visitors and corporate citizens.

The next steps for the Health & Wellness Master Plan are below. All meetings will take place at Southlake Town Hall.

  • P&Z Commission meeting – May 23, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 1st Reading – June 4, 2019 (5:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 2nd Reading & Public Hearing – June 18, 2019 (7 p.m)

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master plan is available on the City’s website at CityofSouthlake.com/HealthandWellness.

 

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Four new TCC Connect programs available completely online open doors to jobs in high-demand fields

In fall 2019, TCC Connect, responsible for eLearning and Weekend College at Tarrant County College, will offer four new and completely online academic programs as part of the College’s commitment to being student ready. Two of these will be certificate programs in information security and two will be associate degree programs in human resources and marketing, respectively.

Those interested in the cybersecurity field may earn credentials that would qualify them to work as a cybersecurity specialist or in ethical hacking. Both positions are in greater demand as businesses across all

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Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee Hosts Open House

Join us on Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall for a public open house hosted by the 2035 Southlake Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee! City staff will present information on the proposed recommendations of the Health & Wellness Master Plan, which focuses on topics such as built and natural environment, aging population, mental and physical health and community resiliency. The open house will allow citizens the opportunity to attend and provide valuable comments on the plan

The 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee was appointed by Southlake City Council in June 2018. The committee held their kick-off meeting in August 2018 and has since met numerous times to develop recommendations for the plan.

Health & Wellness Open House

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Third Floor Conference Rooms, Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main St.
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Open House Portion
  • 6:30 p.m. Health & Wellness Master Plan Presentation with Q&A

“Community health and wellness continues to grow as a popular topic in future planning efforts”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Recommendations included within the 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan allow us to stay proactive in addressing strategies that promote health and wellness. We encourage residents to attend the Health & Wellness Open House, as this provides a great opportunity for our stakeholders to give us highly valued input and feedback”.

A draft version of the Health & Wellness Master Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form on the Health & Wellness web page for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about the upcoming open house or the Southlake Comprehensive Plan, feel free to call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

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Learn about Texas Transportation Plan at Feb. 21 open house

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hosting a series of open house-style public meetings to solicit input to guide the development of the Texas Transportation Plan (TTP) 2050 — the state’s multi-modal, long-range transportation plan.

A regional meeting is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

The TTP 2050 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide collaborative planning efforts with stakeholders to address the state’s transportation needs, and to accomplish the goals in TxDOT’s strategic plan. The TTP 2050 will include strategies for the development, construction and implementation of projects and services for all transportation modes, including roadways, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, waterways and coastal waters, and freight and passenger rail.

At the open house, residents can review displays, talk with staff and provide input. Feedback will help TxDOT develop priorities for the plan.

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Soccer Programs Open Season With Impressive Tournament Performances

The Lady Dragon and Dragon Soccer Programs are off to hot starts in the pre-district portion of their schedules. Both teams have competed impressively in multiple tournaments.

Lady Dragon Soccer

The Lady Dragons competed in the National Elite Prep Showcase (NEPS) the holiday break. NEPS is a showcase that matches up some of the top girl’s soccer programs in the country. The showcase was played at Dragon Stadium and various other stadiums around DFW. The Lady Dragons opened the tournament with a 5-0 shutout of Boerne Champion. Senior Taylor Tuft notched her first hat trick of the season scoring three goals on the opening game. The Lady Dragons went on to finish the tournament 3-0-1 after a draw in the final game. The girls outscored their opponents throughout the national showcase tournament 20-1.

The Lady Dragons carried the scoring over to their three games this past weekend against tough local competition.  Friday, the Lady Dragons played a tough match against the team that ended their 2018 season, Allen. A late goal from Madi Drenowatz sealed the 1-0 victory for the ladies. The Lady Dragons would go on to sweep the weekend with victories over Arlington Martin and Plano.

The Lady Dragons will be traveling to Birkelback Stadium on Thursday to take on Leander Rouse at 10:50 am in the opener of the Lady’s Governor’s Cup Tournament in Georgetown.

Dragon Soccer

The Dragon Soccer Program, under first-year Dragon Coach Aaron Cottrell have opened the season on a hot streak.

The Dragons rolled through the Richland tournament over the holiday break taking care of playoff Perennial team Bowie High School in the opener 3-1. They went on to shut out Eaton High School 6-0 and Trinity 3-0 to cap off the tourney. Robbie Pino had two goals in the Trinity game.

Dragon Soccer opened their home schedule before a raucous crowd with a 3-1 win over Arlington Sam Houston last week. Sam Houston is often considered a powerhouse in high school boy’s soccer. Nolan Mikolasik, Preston Myers and Carlos Trevino netted goals for the Dragons.

The Dragons headed south to Georgetown for the boy’s Governor’s Cup. This tournament is one of the biggest in the state for high school boy’s soccer. The Dragons kept their high scoring offense alive on this trip outscoring their opponents 11-0 over the tournament. The Dragons took down Deer Park, Wolfforth Frenship and San Angelo Central over the weekend trip.

The Dragons will return to action on January 18 versus Colleyville Heritage at Dragon Stadium at 7:30

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Registration Is Open for Southlake’s Spring Girls Volleyball League

Register as an individual player by Friday, February 22 to reserve your spot in Southlake’s 2019 spring volleyball league!

This recreational league is designed for girls ages 6 to 12. Jerseys will be provided, and coaches use a set rotation to ensure that all players receive equal playing time. All teams will play a six-game season plus playoffs.

Click an age range* below to register:

8 & Under — Register now
10 & Under – Register now
12 & Under – Register now

*Age as of September 1, 2018.

Registration Closes: February 22
Season Dates: March 23 – May 4
Coaches Meeting: March 5
Practice Begins: Week of March 18
League Tournament: Week of May 6
Resident Fee: $66 per Player
Non-Resident Fee: $85 per Player

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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Coffee and Conversation: An Open Dialogue about Racism, Discrimination & Intolerance

A Mom to Mom Coffee and Conversation is taking place Wednesday, November 14 starting at 7:00 p.m. at The Marq Southlake.

“I pulled together this event so that Moms can talk about what can be done to create meaningful change in our community,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

The conversation, which will be led by Mayor Hill, Carroll ISD School Board President Sheri Mills and Carroll ISD School Board Vice President Michelle Moore, is the latest in a series of community meetings and gatherings after a video recently posted on social media showed teenagers chanting a racist word to the camera.

“We want to have an open dialogue and talk about what we can do together to make meaningful change,” said the Mayor. “I am profoundly sad that even I did not know what some of our children and families have experienced and I feel very responsible for how we move forward.”

The event is one of many opportunities that will bring people together to talk honestly and share ideas about how to fight racism and intolerance in the Southlake community.

The Mayor and Board Trustees are organizing this Coffee and Conversation for Moms while City Council members are working on a similar event for Dads.

“Council and staff have made it clear we will be part of a solution for change, and we will work hard to be a supportive partner to Carroll ISD,” the Mayor stated.

Look for more community meeting information, including the second annual Celebrate Southlake on the City’s and Mayor’s social media accounts, My Southlake News and through the Carroll ISD Dragon eBlast.

The November 14 Coffee and Conversation will take place at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

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Coffee and Conversation: An Open Dialog about Racism, Discrimination & Intolerance

A Mom to Mom Coffee and Conversation is taking place Wednesday, November 14 starting at 7:00 p.m. at The Marq Southlake.

“I pulled together this event so that Moms can talk about what can be done to create meaningful change in our community,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

The conversation, which will be led by Mayor Hill, Carroll ISD School Board President Sheri Mills and Carroll ISD School Board Vice President Michelle Moore, is the latest in a series of community meetings and gatherings after a video recently posted on social media showed teenagers chanting a racist word to the camera.

“We want to have an open dialog and talk about what we can do together to make meaningful change,” said the Mayor. “I am profoundly sad that even I did not know what some of our children and families have experienced and I feel very responsible for how we move forward.”

The event is one of many opportunities that will bring people together to talk honestly and share ideas about how to fight racism and intolerance in the Southlake community.

The Mayor and Board Trustees are organizing this Coffee and Conversation for Moms while City Council members are working on a similar event for Dads.

“Council and staff have made it clear we will be part of a solution for change, and we will work hard to be a supportive partner to Carroll ISD,” the Mayor stated.

Look for more community meeting information, including the second annual Celebrate Southlake on the City’s and Mayor’s social media accounts, My Southlake News and through the Carroll ISD Dragon eBlast.

The November 14 Coffee and Conversation will take place at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

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