Southlake Tennis Center “Serves” Family Fun at Open House May 18

Another major milestone at Bicentennial Park was achieved in May with the completion of the newly-renovated and expanded Southlake Tennis Center. The facelift is part of the third and final phase of Bicentennial Park improvements, which also includes a completed trail system, synthetic turf field for the in-line hockey court, additional landscaping, and other park amenities.

In honor of the occasion, the City hosted an open house May 18 to unveil the new facility to the public. Guided tours, food and refreshments, a bounce house, and tennis activities for adults and youth allowed attendees to experience both indoor and outdoor spaces.

However, the main attraction was the new 6,100 square foot clubhouse that includes a much larger pro shop equipped with tennis apparel, shoes, bags, balls and racquets. Upgraded locker rooms offer players more restrooms, showers and dressing areas. A reception area with seating is located near the front entrance, and flat screens are placed throughout the building to display announcements and upcoming events. Tennis Center staff and pros have access to a private lounge, break room and work space with desks.

The Club Room is a multi-purpose space that connects to the covered patio via accordion-style doors. It is available for special events, meetings and luncheons. Upon completion of clubhouse renovations, two of the 19 tennis courts will be enclosed to allow for indoor play during inclement weather.

According to Frances Scharli, an avid tennis player and vice chairman of Southlake’s Parks & Recreation Board, the dramatic improvements will not go unnoticed.

“My team plays all over North Texas and our new Tennis Center is better than any other facility in the area, including private country clubs. It is state-of-the-art and superior in all aspects,” Scharli states. “I’m proud of the new facility as a Parks Board member, but I’m more proud of it as a tennis player.”

As Southlake has grown over the years, so has the popularity of the Southlake Tennis Center, which opened in 1999. Over the past decade, six additional tennis courts were added to the original 13, making it the largest public tennis facility in Tarrant County. With an original capacity for only a few staff members, the clubhouse could no longer accommodate the now 10 tennis pros and 22 personnel at the Southlake Tennis Center, not to mention the year-round, full-schedule of adult and junior players.

Scharli, who has played at Southlake Tennis Center since it opened, compares the new facility to the other top-notch recreational amenities the city offers.

“We are serving adults and children in a first-class way, just like everything else we do in Southlake…including ballfields, in-line hockey court and The Marq. We do it right and our citizens and visitors benefit from it,” she says.

The $8.8 million-dollar Bicentennial Park improvements are being funded by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC). Created in 1993, the SPDC administers the City’s half-cent sales tax allocated to parks-related capital projects.

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Summer Basketball Is Open for Registration

Register as a team and compete against other formed teams in Southlake’s youth summer basketball league.

This competitive youth league offers a range of age groups for boys ages 8–18 and girls ages 8–12. Coaches are given the freedom to manage their teams with no minimum playing rules, and divisions are formed based on team skill level when possible.

Registration is $410 per team, and teams must provide their own coach and uniforms. Please email parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us if you are interested in being a volunteer coach! Coaches must pass a formal background check, which can be submitted online at volunteersouthlake.com. Rosters and birth certificates are due at the coaches meeting on May 30. Blank rosters can be found at teamsideline.com/southlake.

Season Dates and Registration Information

Registration Closes: May 18
Coaches Meeting: May 30
Practices Begin: Jun 4–8
Season Dates: Jun 9– Jul 21 (No games on July 7)
League Tournament: Jul 23–28

Teams can register under their head coach’s name either online here or in person at Southlake Town Hall until Friday, May 18. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

Looking for a summer basketball league that offers individual registration? Check out our new 3v3 coed league, Coast to Coast Basketball powered by Under Armour.

Cancellation Policy: Programs, classes and camps that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled time will be canceled.

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Registration Is Open for Southlake’s Summer Volleyball League

In this recreational volleyball league, girls ages 6-12 can spend the summer perfecting their serves, sets, hits and passes in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Whether your child is a student athlete or a recreational player with a love of the game, Southlake’s summer volleyball league will help her sharpen her skills while school’s out. Players register as individuals and coaches use a set rotation to ensure that all players receive equal playing time. Every effort will be made to honor coach and player requests, but requests are not guaranteed.

Registration is $70 per player, and each player will receive a league jersey. Teams will be provided a designated space for a one-hour practice each week.

We’re also in need of volunteer coaches! If you love volleyball and are looking for a rewarding summer experience, email parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us or call Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019. All coaches must pass a formal background check.

Season Dates and Registration Information

Registration Closes: May 18, 2018
Coaches Meeting: May 31, 2018
Practices Begin: June 4–8, 2018
Season Dates: June 9–July 21, 2018 (No games on July 7)
League Tournament: July 23–28, 2018

Individual players can register online or in-person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210).

Cancellation Policy: Programs, classes and camps that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled time will be canceled.

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City Plans Third Open House For the 2035 Land Use Plan Update

Interested in learning more about the Land Use Sector Plans? Join the City of Southlake at a public open house on Tuesday, April 10 to share information and provide input on future development aspirations.

Information on the proposed recommendations of the Land Use Sector Plans and the Consolidated Future Land Use Plan, elements which will be included in the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan update, will be presented during the event.

The first element (SH114 Corridor Plan) was adopted by City Council in June 2017.
The second element (FM 1709-FM 1938 Corridor Plan) was adopted by City Council in December 2017.

Land Use Plan Open House

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Third Floor Conference Rooms, Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main St.
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Open House Portion
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Land Use Sectors Plan Presentation with Q&A

This plan includes all four sector plans – the North Sector Plan, Central Sector Plan, West Sector plan and Southeast Sector Plan and encompasses all of the land area in Southlake outside of the three major roadway corridors.  The Land Use Sectors Plan addresses each of the four sectors separately, providing an overview of the existing land use, mobility and environmental resource considerations, discussing planning challenges and issues, and providing specific recommendations.

“Future land use recommendations are essential for the continued growth and development of Southlake”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Resident input is highly valued throughout the planning process as the City develops the Land Use Plans.  The Open House provides an opportunity for our stakeholders to give us some great feedback”.

A draft version of the Land Use Sector Plan and the Consolidated Land Use Plan are available on the city’s website. There is also a feedback form that has been created for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about Land Use, please visit the 2035 Land Use webpage or call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

Map of Land Use Sectors Plan Map

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New lanes on I-35W open months ahead of schedule

As progress continues on the North Tarrant Express 35W project, NTE Mobility Partners announced the early opening of a major section of the highway corridor extending from Northside Drive to the IH 820/I-35W interchange.

This 35W project, which began in May 2014, includes complete reconstruction of frontage roads, general highway lanes and the addition of two managed TEXpress lanes in each direction. The final section of the North Tarrant Express 35W project from Northside Drive south to I-30 is on schedule to open later this year.

The new highway corridor consists of new ramps improving accessibility with additional connections to and from the general highway lanes and the TEXpress lanes. Drivers can choose to use the rebuilt general highway, bypass and frontage roads at no charge, or use the TEXpress lanes for a faster, more direct commute through the corridor.

The design-build method played a large role in the early opening because the contractor was able to work in all areas of the corridor simultaneously. This has allowed for an accelerated schedule and for the new highway to be built years ahead of the traditional construction timeline.

The opening is part of the $1.4 billion North Tarrant Express 35W project, which includes a 6.5-mile section of roadway currently ranked 23rd on the state’s most congested roadways list. This section of I-35W from north of I-30 to north of the I-35W/US 287 interchange just south of North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth was ranked 6th in congestion at the start of construction. The reconstruction of general highway lanes and the addition of TEXpress Lanes have already provided relief during heavy traffic periods on 35W.

Learn more about TEXpress lanes online.

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Carroll ISD Announces Open House Dates

Carroll ISD will be hosting open houses at elementary and intermediate campuses during the early part of March. Students and their parents are invited to attend and visit with teachers and staff on their student’s campus.

The schedule for the open house nights:

Carroll Elementary School – Thursday, March 8 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Johnson Elementary School – Thursday, March 8 5 to 6 p.m.

Old Union Elementary School – Thursday, March 8 5 to 6 p.m.

Rockenbaugh Elementary School – Thursday, March 8 5 to 6 p.m.

Walnut Grove Elementary School – Thursday, March 8

Last name A – L 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Last name M – Z 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Durham Intermediate School – Tuesday, March 6 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Eubanks Intermediate School – Tuesday, March 6 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Open house scheduled for Overton Woods infrastructure improvements

The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department is hosting an open house from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19 to update residents on the Overton Woods drainage, sewer and street improvements project. The meeting will take place at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road.

Make plans to stop by the open house anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Stations will be set up so residents can review the project scope revisions, learn more about the history of the project and get questions answered.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mike Bennett at 817-392-7891.

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Registration Is Now Open for Spring Youth Volleyball and Flag Football

Register now to secure your child’s spot in one of City of Southlake’s spring youth athletic programs, including youth volleyball and Under the Lights flag football.

Spring Youth Volleyball

Join the City of Southlake in this recreational youth volleyball league designed for girls ages 6-12. Jerseys will be provided and a set rotation will be utilized to ensure all players receive equal playing time. All teams will play an 8-game season plus playoffs. All players must register as individuals (no teams). Girl serving volleyball in Southlake youth volleyball league

Registration Closes: February 23, 2018
Coaches Meeting: March 6, 2018
Practice Begins: Week of March 19
Season Dates: March 24 – May 5
League Tournament: Week of May 7

Register for spring youth volleyball online or in person at 1400 Main Street, Suite 210.

Under the Lights Youth Flag Football

City of Southlake is proud to partner with Under Armour for our spring 2018 youth flag football program, Under the Lights. Under the Lights is a co-ed league for 1st through 8th graders. There will be 8 regular season games in a 6 vs. 6 format. Practice is held one hour before each game, which is great for kids who play multiple sports!Kids high five after a good game of flag football

Registration Closes: February 16, 2018
Season Dates: March 22 – May 18
1st – 6th Grade Games: Fridays 5PM – 9PM
K, 7th and 8th Grade Games: Thursdays 5PM – 9PM
League Tournament: May 23 & May 24

Register for Under the Lights at www.UAFlag.com. Registration closes on February 16, 2018, with limited late registration available.

If you have any questions about our spring youth athletic programs, please call Southlake Parks and Recreation at 817-748-8019.

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Registration Is Now Open for Spring Youth Volleyball and Flag Football

Register now to secure your child’s spot in one of City of Southlake’s spring youth athletic programs, including youth volleyball and Under the Lights flag football.

Spring Youth Volleyball

Join the City of Southlake in this recreational youth volleyball league designed for girls ages 6-12. Jerseys will be provided and a set rotation will be utilized to ensure all players receive equal playing time. All teams will play an 8-game season plus playoffs. All players must register as individuals (no teams). Girl serving volleyball in Southlake youth volleyball league

Registration Closes: February 23, 2018
Coaches Meeting: March 6, 2018
Practice Begins: Week of March 19
Season Dates: March 24 – May 5
League Tournament: Week of May 7

Register for spring youth volleyball online or in person at 1400 Main Street, Suite 210.

Under the Lights Youth Flag Football

City of Southlake is proud to partner with Under Armour for our spring 2018 youth flag football program, Under the Lights. Under the Lights is a co-ed league for 1st through 8th graders. There will be 8 regular season games in a 6 vs. 6 format. Practice is held one hour before each game, which is great for kids who play multiple sports!Kids high five after a good game of flag football

Registration Closes: February 16, 2018
Season Dates: March 22 – May 18
1st – 6th Grade Games: Fridays 5PM – 9PM
K, 7th and 8th Grade Games: Thursdays 5PM – 9PM
League Tournament: May 23 & May 24

Register for Under the Lights at www.UAFlag.com. Registration closes on February 16, 2018, with limited late registration available.

If you have any questions about our spring youth athletic programs, please call Southlake Parks and Recreation at 817-748-8019.

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