Champions Challenge Kicked-off at the Grand Opening of Champions Club on April 6, 2019

Champions Club kicked-off the inaugural Champions Challenge at the Grand Opening on April 6, 2019. Champions Challenge will be an annual tradition that is held each anniversary of the facility. Members will be able to compete in various athletic challenges to try and beat the previous year’s winner. The new Champions of each event will be featured at the facility and will hold their title until the following year.

During the Grand Opening, celebrity Champions came to show attendees their skills and help orchestrate some of the challenges. We appreciate each of the celebrities for their efforts in making the first Champions Challenge a success. Follow Champions Club on Facebook to learn more about our Champions and the events included in the Challenge. The 2020 Champions Challenge date will be announced later this year.

Congratulations to the below winners of the challenges!

Athletic Challenges
3 Point featuring Karen Young, former Dragon & TCU Player
10 & Under: Danny Kunz
12 & Under: Taevin Kunz
13 & Under: Luke Hallenback
Adult: Danny Wood

Bunting featuring Mike Adams, former Texas Ranger Player
6 & Under: Jackson Hartzler
8 & Under: Braden Bormaster
10 & Under: Zak Pryce
12 & Under: Carter Williams
Teens: Will Bloumt

Free Throw featuring Coach Eric McDade
6 & Under: Owen Armstrong
8 & Under: Ethan Meche
10 & Under: Bennett Bormaster
12 & Under: Jackson Meche
Teens: Nick Ryniak
Adults: Taylor Perkins & Brandon Meche

Field Goals
Teens: Kyle Lemmermann and Jackson Fuller

Shuttle Run featuring Willie Pile
6 & Under: Philip Derry
10 & Under: Lindy Meacham
12 & Under: Ben Blount
Teens: Ryan Schmuhl
Adults: Adam Derry

QB Accuracy featuring Coach Riley Dodge
8 & Under: Ronan Muokere
10 & Under: Brody Knowles
12 & Under: Gavin Strange
Teens: Jake Jimenes, Robby Hanson and Eric Garza
Adult: Chris Tribble

Soccer Accuracy
6 & Under: Jackson Copeland
8 & Under: Presley Knowles
10 & Under: Allison Copeland
12& Under: Gavin Strange
Teens: Hamza Khawaja

Fitness Challenges
Track Race featuring Councilmember Chad Patton
8 & Under: Vimey Bai
10 & Under: Andrew Huffman
Adults: Todd Jorgenson

Rower featuring Councilmember John Huffman
Adults: Steve Schlitsky

Adults: Paul Phillips

Bench Press
Adults: Christian Espirit

Aquatics Challenges
Green Water Slide Race featuring Shawn McCaskill
Adults: Shawn McCaskill

Blue Water Slide Race
6 & Under: Vincent Snayor
8 & Under: Thomas Reekers
10 & Under: Harper Yates
12 & Under: Ollie Veil

To learn more about Champions Club’s membership opportunities and amenities, please check out our website or give us a call at (817) 748-8955.

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Opening near TCC-South Campus: Affordable housing for the workforce

Fort Worth Housing Solutions will open Campus Apartments, its newest affordable housing community, near Tarrant County College-South Campus in late March.

The 224-unit community features 10 market-rate units and 214 units for households earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income. Fifteen of the affordable units will be new homes for families relocating from Butler Place Apartments under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

The property has already leased all of the one- and three-bedroom units due to the high demand for affordable housing as well as the convenient location at 4366 Campus Drive.

“Campus Apartments will help meet our city’s pressing need for housing that is reasonably priced for the workforce,” said Mary-Margaret Lemons, FWHS president. “We’re especially proud of the property’s modern finishes, amenities and proximity to public transportation, schools and TCC.”

Campus Apartments sits across the street from a Trinity Metro bus stop and within walking distance to the Tarrant County Resource Connection and O.D. Wyatt High School. The community features an elegant clubhouse with business and fitness centers and an activity room; swimming pool, playground and dog park.

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Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00am-8:00pm! Members and non-member are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

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TEXRail ridership exceeds 11,000 in opening weekend

North Texans gave TEXRail a warm welcome during the commuter rail line’s opening weekend, Jan. 12-13. More than 11,000 riders experienced the new TEXRail train that travels across a 27-mile route from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

Ridership on Saturday reached 6,489, and Sunday’s ridership was 4,625, yielding a weekend total of 11,114.

Numbers from the weekend show that some of the most popular places to board were the Fort Worth Texas & Pacific Station, Grapevine/Main Street Station and the DFW Airport Terminal B Station. The Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station and North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station also reflected strong ridership

On Saturday, 220 riders boarded at the Fort Worth T&P Station for one of the trains. At Grapevine, 170 riders boarded a morning train. An afternoon train had 236 riders board at the DFW Airport Terminal B Station. On one of the Sunday trains, 201 passengers boarded at the T&P Station. On the other end of the line, 167 riders boarded the train at the DFW Airport Terminal B Station.

“From the feedback we received, riders were trying TEXRail for a number of reasons,” Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J. Ballard said. “Some were taking day trips with their families, and others were testing out the route in anticipation of commuting to work during the week. We also saw travelers with luggage going to or from the airport.”

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Champions Club Grand Opening Delayed Due to September Rainfall

Due to heavy rainfall Southlake experienced in September, Champions Club will not open as planned in December. We are working diligently to make up as much time as we can and currently anticipate opening in February.

We appreciate your understanding and can’t wait to serve you at Champions Club. Be sure to visit our website and follow us on Facebook to receive the latest Champions Club updates.

Important Information

  • If you have already purchased your membership, your account will not be charged again until April 1, 2019 or 30 days after the facility opens to the public, whichever date is greater.
  • Sneak peek tours will still be available to our pre-sale members. We’ll be posting the information as soon as we set our dates. It’s not too late to purchase a pre-sale membership! Visit our membership page for all the details.

We are here to answer any questions you may have! Please give us a call at (817) 748-8955 or email us at

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A center for the community: Victory Forest celebrates grand opening March 3

Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St., will celebrate its grand opening with a day of festivities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3.

The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by remarks from community leaders, performances by local dance groups, demonstrations by fitness and martial arts instructors, and much more. Tours of the new facility will be offered regularly, so visitors can learn more about its amenities and the variety of programs currently being offered.

“We want the community to feel like this is their center,” said Peggy McCoy, center supervisor for Victory Forest. “We want it to be the place where our community gathers to celebrate with friends and family, where they spend time getting healthy … ultimately, we want to enrich the lives of every person who walks through our doors.”

Putting the “community” in “community center”

“When we talk about ‘finding your center,’ we recognize that everyone is enriched in different ways,” said Sheri Endsley, a superintendent in the Park & Recreation Department. “Some people find enrichment through exercise and physical training, while for others it may be through building relationships, or exploring their creativity.”

“Whatever it is that makes people feel connected, part of something special — that’s what Victory Forest, and all of Fort Worth’s community centers, are all about.”

Victory Forest has been designed with the community in mind, offering a variety of patios, multipurpose rooms, a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and an outdoor courtyard where residents can host children’s birthday parties, graduation get-togethers, family reunions, bridal showers or company events.

Additionally, Victory Forest offers a variety of enriching programs for all ages. Kids can participate in the center’s After School Program, or an assortment of classes ranging from ballet to martial arts; families can take part in story time or other activities with their toddlers, and adults can socialize while painting or playing pickleball. Special events will also be held to coincide with holidays or other occasions.

Helping residents reach their fitness goals

Similar to Chisholm Trail Community Center, which opened in 2014, Victory Forest has a 2,000-square-foot fitness room filled with cardio machines, strength equipment and free weights — everything one could need to meet their fitness goals.

For families on the go, the center offers Kids Play to keep children engaged and having fun while their parents squeeze in a workout.

Fitness memberships for the center are currently on sale as part of an early-bird discount. People who purchase a fitness membership — a separate cost from base center membership — prior to the center’s grand opening on March 3 will receive a 20 percent discount off standard rates.

Those who are interested in purchasing a center or fitness membership, renting the venue, or signing up for one of Victory Forest’s classes can do so online.

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Orange Barrel Alert: Traffic Lanes Opening on Kirkwood Blvd.

On Monday, December 18, traffic lanes on Kirkwood Blvd. in front of the Sabre facility will be open. The lanes had been closed due to the construction of the TD Ameritrade facility.

The three-way stop at the southern Sabre driveway will be removed and traffic will return to normal operation. Due to ongoing construction further south on Kirkwood Blvd. a new three-way sign will be moved to the southern driveway at the new TD Ameritrade facility.

Signage will be in place to help motorists. Please contact Public Works with any questions at (817) 748-8098.

Kirkwood Blvd. Map

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Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for New Location

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2017)
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, officially will open its doors to its new location housing administrative offices for eLearning and Weekend College.
Thursday, May 18
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual and Face-to-Face Tours
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets

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TCC Connect Campus Celebrates New Location with Tours at Official Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Event

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 11. 2017) – Virtual learning has a new address at Tarrant County College. Next week, TCC Connect Campus, responsible for eLearning and Weekend College, is showing off its new open spaces as TCC’s sixth campus.
TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and Board of Trustees President Louise Appleman will
be present for the TCC Connect Campus Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The celebration will be preceded by virtual and face-to-face tours of the new location at 444 N. Henderson Street. Parking for TCC Connect is available in the TCC Parking Garage at the corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets.
“As the pace of our society continues to quicken, TCC Connect Campus is helping open doors to better career options afforded by higher education in a more accessible way,” said TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D. “The opening of this new facility makes it possible for us to better meet the needs of our community.”
TCC began offering courses online in 1989. Currently, TCC Connect Campus offers 18
fully online programs and confers five associate degrees and 13 certificate programs online. TCC Connect provides an eLearning course inventory of more than 350 courses and more than 1,100 classes. For the first time, TCC Connect offered classes during Maymester – 20 courses from May 12 to May 26.
TCC Connect also is offering 564 classes in two five-week sessions during the summer. Students can register for summer 2017 classes through May 29. Summer classes begin June 5.
“TCC Connect Campus is the only accredited virtual campus in Texas and we are ecstatic about our new facilities,” said TCC Connect Campus President Carlos Morales, Ph.D. “Through online and accelerated education, we are intentionally providing students with greater access to education because we understand the flexibility needed by the non-traditional student.”
Information about enrolling in TCC Connect is available by contacting TCC Advising at or by calling 817-515-8025.

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