Seven reasons Bicentennial Park was voted 2019’s Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County.

The readers of Living Magazine recently voted Southlake’s Premiere Bicentennial Park, 2019’s Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County. Bicentennial Park is one of Southlake’s largest parks and is home to more than 17 features including The Marq Southlake.

Here are seven reasons why WE think Bicentennial Park is the Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County.

1. Bicentennial Park is home to the Southlake Tennis Center and brand new Club House. The Tennis Center is the largest public tennis facility in Northeast Tarrant County housing 19 lighted hard courts. The award-winning public tennis center will be opening two newly renovated enclosed courts. Be sure to take a break during tournaments in the lounge area, purchase equipment and clothing inside the clubhouse or fill up at the ice machine. The Southlake Tennis Center is open seven days a week and maintains a full schedule year-round with adult league play, a junior program for all ages and levels, private group lessons, and tournaments.

City of Southlake Tennis Center at Bicentennial Park

2. Bicentennial Park is home to our brand new facility The Marq Southlake, including Champions Club and Legends Hall. Legends Hall is home to the incredible Southlake Senior Center and if you’re planning on hosting an event then be sure to book the spectacular ballroom. Champions Club celebrated its grand opening in April 2019. Champions Club is open to the community through memberships providing services such as, fitness and performance classes, an indoor pool, a movie theater, and a variety of programs and athletics. Some of the facilities amenities include an indoor playroom for the kids, family and individual locker rooms and an indoor and outdoor turf facility. So, whether you’re indulging in a late afternoon workout or a movie night with the family The Marq is the place for you.

The Marq Southlake at Bicentennial Park

3. Bicentennial Park is home to the Zen and peaceful Liberty Gardens but also includes some of the greatest landscape in North Texas. Liberty Gardens provide everyone with the opportunity to relax and take a break from their busy schedules. Located on the east side of the park and only accessible by foot don’t miss out on the opportunity to bask in the warm Texas sun.

Liberty Gardens at Bicentennial Park

4. Bicentennial Park is home to the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field. One of the first of its kind, The Miracle League of Southlake was launched in the fall 2015 and served 152 young athletes on 12 teams. The League provides opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in America’s favorite pastime. The field is intended to provide opportunities to a greater number of children. The Miracle League is a unique facility that brings a smile to these incredible players and their families.

The Miracle League Field at Bicentennial Park ©miracleleagueofsouthlake.com

5. One of the communities favorite features would be the incredible playground located near the south entrance of the park. One unique quality of the park is that it’s completely gated and receives multiple safety checks a year. Bring the kids and sit with ease knowing that they are enjoying fresh air safely inside the gates. Of course, the park contains traditional amenities such as swings, slides and jungle gyms. More importantly, the park is home to the coveted mother dragon. If you haven’t, be sure to indulge in the safe and friendly atmosphere of the city’s premiere playground.

Playground at Bicentennial Park

6. Bicentennial Park has plenty of parking to accommodate those heavy traffic days conveniently located at the center of all of the parks features. The parking at Bicentennial Park gives you access to the park and fields from two directions.

Main Parking Lot at Bicentennial Park

7. Visitors have the opportunity to indulge in nature by taking advantage of the multi-use trails that stretch across Bicentennial Park. The Park covers 1,200 total park acres and six miles of Park Trails. Explore everything we have to offer by strolling past the coveted baseball fields, hear the laughter from the playground or take in the landscape. Whether you want to indulge in the Texas sun or you need to get your steps in, the trails at Bicentennial can help.

The Trails at Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is one of the many great things about Southlake, TX. Bicentennial Park is spectacular and the city is continuously focused on providing world-class experiences. Let Bicentennial Park be the premier destination for lifelong memories. For more information click here to see our city featured in Living Magazine.

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City of Southlake is Game On for Park and Recreation Month

Get ready to get in the game this July with the City of Southlake and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.

This year, it’s all about highlighting the fun, games and exciting offerings at your local parks and recreation centers. From providing special events to exciting sports leagues and everything in between, the City of Southlake has a wide variety of programs that are not only fun, they also bring the community together. NRPA and the City of Southlake are encouraging everyone to get out there and get in the game in their own way at their local parks and rec centers.

In Southlake, you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month by experience many of our FUN activities below or get involved all month long with our Parks and Rec Month Calendar.

Southlake’s Stars and Stripes
Wednesday, July 3
Southlake Town Square
6 – 11:00 p.m.
Come celebrate 20 years of history at our 2019 Stars and Stripes event. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Storybook Time
Tuesday, July 9
Bicentennial Park
10:00 a.m.
Come and enjoy a story read by one of our own Southlake librarians at Bicentennial Park followed by some fun storybook activities.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, July 13th
Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
9 – 11:00 a.m.
Bring the entire family out to Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve for fun and exciting hikes, arts and crafts, special group activities, scavenger hunts, snacks and more! Learn about the Cross Timbers ecosystem while spending time with your family in the beautiful outdoors.

Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Day
Wednesday, July 17
Bicentennial Park Playground
5 – 7:00 p.m.
Swing by and enjoy some hot dogs, ice cream, and water games at Bicentennial Park Playground.

Yoga in the Park
Thursday, July 25
North Park
9 – 10:00 a.m.
Grab your mats and head out to North Park for a Sunrise Yoga session led by one of our Champions Club instructors!

Board Game Day
Saturday, July 29
Champions Club
4 – 6 p.m.

Come enjoy some board games for the whole family from 4- 6 p.m. at Champions Club.

Pups in the Park
Saturday, July 27
Bob Jones Dog Park
5 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us at Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones for some pup fun off the leash!

Can’t make it out to an event? No problem. Join us for a “Game On’ Scavenger Hunt for a chance to be featured on our Experience Southlake websites!

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Give input on new Trinity Trails from River Trails Park to River Legacy Park Trail

Fort Worth residents are getting new trails along the eastern portion of the Trinity River. Give input at the upcoming project meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 2 at First Baptist Hurst, Fort Worth Campus, located at 9208 Trammel Davis Road.

Plans include design and construction for the expansion of the Trinity Trails system including, but not limited to, connecting from River Trails Park to River Legacy Park at the boundary with the City of Arlington to create expanded recreational and accessible trail opportunities.

This project is being funded from the 2014 bond program, $325,000, and $4 million from the 2018 bond program.

Make plans to attend the meeting and let your voice be heard.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Clarence Bryant at 817-392-7372.

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Historic Bunche Park is now officially open

Dignitaries and neighborhood representatives cut the ribbon to officially open Ralph J. Bunche Park on June 6 after the District 5 park received a series of capital improvements including trails, a group shelter, benches and picnic tables.

Funding for the improvements came from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant and $40,516 from the 2004 Bond Program.

Located at 5600 Ramey Ave., Bunche Park was developed in the early 1950s when Fort Worth’s neighborhoods and parks were segregated by race. The land was originally acquired by the city to serve the area south of Carver Heights, a suburb where many of Fort Worth’s upwardly mobile African American residents lived.

At the suggestion of the Rosedale Park Civic League, the park board named the park after Ralph Bunche in May 1954. Bunche was the first African American to be a division head in the U.S. State Department, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his work as the principal secretary of the United Nations Palestine Commission.

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Historic Bunche Park dedication set for June 6 following capital improvements

Ralph J. Bunche Park in District 5 will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6 after receiving a series of capital improvements.

These improvements include trails, a group shelter, benches and picnic tables. Additionally, Texas Health Resources and the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth donated a combined $86,768 to purchase and install playground and fitness equipment at Bunche Park, including a specially-designed set of low-medium-high degree exercise units for children and seniors.

Funding for these improvements will come from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, as well as $40,516 from the 2004 Bond Program.

Park history

Located at 5600 Ramey Ave., Bunche Park was developed in the early 1950s at a time when Fort Worth’s neighborhoods and parks were still segregated by race. The land was originally acquired by the city to serve the area south of Carver Heights, a suburb where many of Fort Worth’s upwardly mobile African American residents lived.

At the suggestion of the Rosedale Park Civic League, the park board authorized naming the park after Ralph Bunche in May 1954. Bunche was the first African American to be a division head in the U.S. State Department, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his work as the principal secretary of the United Nations Palestine Commission.

About Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph J. Bunche graduated as valedictorian of his class at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1927, where he supported his studies thanks to an athletics scholarship and a janitorial job. He received a scholarship to Harvard, completing his master’s degree in political science and receiving his doctorate in 1934 with numerous distinctions.

Bunche maintained strong ties to education throughout his career, teaching at both Howard University (where he served as chair of the Political Science Department) and Harvard University. He was also a member of the New York City Board of Education and served as a trustee of several schools.

During his political career, Bunche was a member of the Black Cabinet, consulted on minority issues for Roosevelt’s administration, and declined President Truman’s offer of the position of assistant secretary of state because of the segregated housing conditions in Washington, D.C. He also helped lead the 1965 civil rights march organized by Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Ala., and served as an advisor to the Department of State and to the military on Africa and colonial areas of strategic importance during World War II.

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Phase 2 contract for Gateway Park work awarded by Corps

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District awarded a contract totaling $5.2 million for the construction of Oxbow Phase 2 in support of the Trinity River Vision/Central City project.

The contract was awarded to Ahtna Inc., an Alaska Native Regional Corporation from Anchorage, Alaska, and is awarded under the Small Business Administration’s 8a program.

The work includes mass excavation of Oxbow Site H to develop valley storage for the Fort Worth Central City project. The project also includes tree protection, tree removal, utility protection, drainage culvert, fencing, site restoration using a variety of seed mixes and incidental related work.

Site H consists of an approximately 26-acre site that requires an estimated 81,000 cubic yards of excavation with all material exported to the Site I disposal site. A temporary site entrance and haul road will be constructed and maintained for construction equipment and hauling. A storm drainage culvert will be constructed as well as perimeter fencing to control access to the property.

Site I consists of an approximately 10.1-acre site that can handle all of the exported materials from Site H. The portions of the haul road between Site H and Site I will follow an existing City of Fort Worth haul road used for the demolition of an old wastewater treatment plant. Using this existing haul road should cause minimal impact to the public. A temporary access road will be constructed to allow entry and hauling operations from Site I and connect to the existing haul route.

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Construction to start on wastewater lines in Trinity Park and along University Drive

Large-diameter wastewater mains in Trinity Park and along University Drive to Interstate 30 are scheduled for rehabilitation construction.

Make plans to attend the project meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave., to learn about the project.

Affected areas include:

  • Three segments in Union Pacific Railroad Davidson Yard and one segment that crosses Rosedale Street, due west of 12th Street.
  • Another three segments that traverse Trinity Park at various locations between University Drive and the Seventh Street Bridge.
  • A further segment is located on University Drive from just south of Harley Street to north of the University Drive west exit off IH-30.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Liam Conlon at 817-392-6824.

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