A New Playground is Coming to Bob Jones Park Soccer Fields!

The City of Southlake’s 2030 Parks, Recreation & Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan includes design and installation of a new playground and shade structure at the Bob Jones Park soccer fields. After ten fun years of play, the current playground is closed. Demolition began on Monday, June 18, 2018 to begin the exciting makeover of the playground.

On December 12, 2017, the City Council approved the purchase of the playground equipment and pavilion with Play & Park Structures. The City was the recipient of the “Community Heroes” grant from Play & Park Structures in the amount of $110,000, which will offset the cost of playground equipment.

The new playground will feature dedicated play areas for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, separate bays of swings and several single play elements. There will be opportunities for kids to climb, swing, balance, spin and slide on the equipment. There will be fabric shade structures covering the three main play areas to provide a safe space for play in the shade. In addition to the new playground, a larger pavilion will be installed. The pavilion will be the perfect place to rent for your next party as it includes a great place to gather in the shade and features several new amenities.

Completion of the project is anticipated for late July. We appreciate your patience during this time and hope to see you out at the new playground soon. If you have any questions, please contact Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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Park Village Fountain to be Repaired

The privately owned fountain at Park Village is in need of repairs that could take several months to complete.

Representatives from ShopCore Properties, the owners of Park Village, tell the City that while the fountain had been working over the last several months, recently new issues were discovered.

“We are doing everything we can to permanently repair the fountain at Park Village, said Terrie Hatfield, Regional Property Manager at ShopCore Properties. “With each repair, there is a necessary investigatory process to define the root cause of each breakdown, which requires specialists to evaluate.  We are continuously addressing all repairs and are committed to ensuring Park Village is a best in class property.”

The fountain was previously repaired in 2017 after experiencing pipe corrosion issues.

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July Is Park and Recreation Month!

Southlake Parks and Recreation is inviting the entire community to celebrate “A Lifetime of Discovery” with free family events throughout the month of July.

July is Park and Recreation Month, a national campaign sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The purpose of this campaign is to inspire everyone to visit their city parks, embrace active lifestyles and improve their overall health. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to create healthy habits for yourself and your children by getting out to a park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space. The City of Southlake offers numerous recreational opportunities to explore, including over 1,200 acres of parkland, the newly renovated Southlake Tennis Center and the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. These park and recreation opportunities enrich the lives of Southlake residents and provide natural spaces to play and exercise.

This year’s theme is “A Lifetime of Discovery,” encouraging everyone to get out and explore all of the wonderful opportunities their parks and community have to offer! To help celebrate Park and Recreation Month, Southlake Community Services has put together a special calendar of events that you can print or view online. Every day in July, there is a highlighted activity for Southlake residents and visitors to do with their friends and family. Some of these free events include:

Walk with the Mayor
Saturday, July 14
North Park
9 a.m.
Kickstart your weekend with a walk around North Park with Mayor Hill followed by a light breakfast provided by the Bill Tait State Farm Agency.

National Ice Cream Day
Sunday, July 15
Bicentennial Park Playground
1 – 3 p.m.
Stop by Bicentennial Park Playground and celebrate America’s favorite summer treat with free Italian ice from Rita’s!

Parks Mini Rodeo
Tuesday, July 17
Bicentennial Park Playground
10 a.m.
Kids will have a blast playing interactive games, learning about plants and discovering all of the cool things our Parks team does every day.

National Hot Dog Day
Wednesday, July 18
Bicentennial Park Playground
5 – 7 p.m.
We’ll be giving out free hot dogs, so swing by for a tasty snack while supplies last!

MasterWorks Presents: Escape
Saturday, July 21
Aria Amphitheater
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast for a free outdoor concert by Escape, DFW’s favorite Journey cover band! Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome at all MasterWorks concerts; no tarps, tents, alcohol or glass, please.

Discover Champions Club
Saturday, July 28
The Marq Southlake
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Want to learn more about Champions Club before it opens later this year? Drop by The Marq for free class and equipment demos, awesome Champions Club giveaways and more!

Pups in the Park
Tuesday, July 31
Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park
Bob Jones Park
5 – 8 p.m.
Bring your furry friend to Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park for all kinds of fun dog activities, including paw prints and a puppy photo booth. We’ll also be accepting donations of the following items to benefit the Keller Regional Adoption Center: Purina One Dog and Puppy Food (dry), Purina One Cat and Kitten Food (dry), cat litter, bleach, towels, Pine-Sol and fleece blankets. Bring a donation for the chance to win raffle prizes!

Check our calendar for more events and information, and celebrate this month of discovery by sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverJulySLK. However you decide to celebrate, Southlake Community Services encourages everyone to start talking about the positive impact parks and recreation has on their lives!

If you have any questions, please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit our website at ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/DiscoverJuly.

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MY Park NRH at Richfield Park

Event date: June 23, 2018
Event Time: 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM
7250 Chapman Road
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Join us for free fun and play for the entire family at MY Park NRH. The play day will include: games, activities, information on multiple city services and more. The event is free and for all ages! Get ready, play days are coming your way!

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MY Park NRH at Linda Spurlock Park

Event date: June 16, 2018
Event Time: 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM
6400 Glenview Drive
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Join us for free fun and play for the entire family at MY Park NRH. The play day will include: games, activities, information on multiple city services and more. The event is free and for all ages! Get ready, play days are coming your way!

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Paint on the Plaza at Stormy Plaza Park

Event date: June 9, 2018
Event Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
9010 Grand Avenue
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
A free, fun event for anyone who likes to draw or paint is coming to Stormy Plaza Park this summer! Paint on the Plaza is open to all artists, aspiring artists and hobbyists. Bring your own art materials and join us as we paint and draw in the beautiful outdoors at Stormy Plaza Park! Artists are invited to create a drawing or painting of Barbara Grygutis’ sculpture, “Weather” which sits in the center of Stormy Plaza, or artists are free to create a work from another inspiration.The event will be facilitated by Becky Bragg of Cruising Canvases and the top three artworks created that morning will hang at NRH City Hall in July and August! Paint on the Plaza will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Stormy Plaza Park, 9010 Grand Avenue. For more info, call 817-427-6620 or email sgreen@nrhtx.com.

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