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Fort Worth, Vaqueros collaborating on improved soccer facility at Sycamore Park

The City Council voted this week to work with the Fort Worth Vaqueros, an amateur American soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League, to repurpose tennis courts at Sycamore Park and renovate them into a youth-sized synthetic surface soccer field.

The tennis courts at Sycamore Park were installed in 1915, had fallen into disrepair and were seldom used.

The renovation project calls for removing the existing tennis nets and posts, installing a drainage pad system, synthetic turf, new posts, chain link fence, access gate, player benches and a scoreboard.

The city’s Park and Recreation Department will share maintenance costs with the Vaqueros. The city will be responsible for all costs associated with repurposing and renovating the tennis courts, up to $183,700. Any cost above that will be covered by the Vaqueros.

The fields will eventually be used as part of a youth soccer academy operated by the Vaqueros for children aged 7-12.

To learn about programming at the facility or how to get involved, contact Mark Snell, Fort Worth Vaqueros academy director, at 214-642-3447.

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Riverside Park excavation completed

All excavation and dirt work has been completed at Riverside Park as finishing touches are being made on the yearlong project. The Riverside Park River Connect Plan provides needed flood control and makes way for future park improvements.

Park users can expect a new parking lot with easy trail access and a new kayak launch along the river’s edge. The park will also be ready for improved soccer fields.

The Trinity River Vision’s River Connect Plan will provide enhanced flood protection throughout Fort Worth. The plan was adopted in 2010 as the master plan for Riverside Park.

Work is expected to last through September.

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Gateway Park West making huge strides

The finishing touches are being put on Phase 1 of Gateway Park West. The excavation is completed and the area is being seeded for grass.

Phase 2 of the continued excavation will occur in the central area of the park. The design for Phase 2 is nearly complete and excavation is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

This work provides necessary flood protection for Fort Worth and brings Gateway Park another step closer to becoming one of the largest urban programmed parks in North Texas. Upon completion of the Gateway Park Master Plan, the park will be larger than Central Park in New York City, at just over 1,000 acres.

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Park Village Fountain Goes Dry for Repairs

The privately-owned fountain at Park Village is currently turned off due to water leak and pipe corrosion issues. According to the Park Village property management, Shopcore, several steps must be taken before it is in working order again.

Those steps include filling the fountain with non-corrosive City water to help determine where the leak is coming from, repairing the corroded water lines, re-plastering the inside of the fountain and finally sealing the outside masonry.  Once the fountain is operational it will continue to be run on City water to avoid the corrosion from the previous well water.

The timeline for the overhaul is still being determined.  The City will be working with Shopcore management and the fountain’s new construction contractors to monitor the complete and timely repair.

While the fountain does not represent a safety issue, parents are urged to keep their children away from the fountain until renovations are complete.

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Don’t Miss Pups in the Park

Southlake Parks and Recreation is participating in National Mutt Day and we hope you will too!

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. To celebrate these special friends, the Southlake Parks and Recreation team has lots of fun activities planned for your family pet. You’ll find on-site print photos, puppy paw-print painting, grooming demonstrations, vet advice, and more. Southlake DPS will also give a presentation on pet safety including leash laws, reminding pet owners not to leave animals in hot cars, and who to contact about a loose or stray dog.

Best of all you will get to meet Mayor Laura Hill who is planning to bring her beloved family pet, Emma to Pups in the Park. We hope everyone can join us for this pet friendly event on Monday, July 31 at Boo Boo’s Community Dog Park located at 3901 N White Chapel Blvd.

The Parks and Rec team will also be raffling away several prizes including two tickets to a Rangers game, also dog treat baskets, grooming certificates, and more. Participants can enter the raffle by bringing any of the items listed to be donated to the Keller Regional Adoption Center. Donated items to bring include: Purina One dog and puppy food (dry), Purina One cat and kitten food (dry), rolls of paper towels, antibacterial hand soap, large/black heavy-duty trash bags, bleach, Pine-sol, fleece blankets, towels, dog and cat collars and leashes, dog and cat toys (dishwasher safe), and cat litter (large granules only).

Pups in the Park

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Boo Boo’s Community Park, 3901 N White Chapel Blvd.

When:   Monday, July 31

If you need a four-legged friend, please check out the pets available for adoption at the Human Society of North Texas Keller Regional Adoption Center located at 330 Rufe Snow Dr. in Keller. The shelter is open Monday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Sunday). If you would like to call ahead, the phone number is (817) 743-4711 or check out the pets available for adoption on their website.

For more information about Pups in the Park, contact Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019. To learn more about National Mutt Day and the special days dedicated to these furry friends visit.

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Five Free Fitness Events in July for National Park and Rec Month

Southlake LiveFit is a community initiative wellness program that encourages healthy lifestyles for both the mind and body! The City of Southlake hosts classes and seminars every month for the community to participate in but, coming this July ALL LiveFit Fitness classes will be FREE. We’re also adding more fun activities throughout the month that will encourage the National Park and Recreation Associations campaign of “Get your Play on”

1.Get fit at the Southlake Activity Center with FREE Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Total Body Workout, and more! Classes are normally $20/month.

Check out the calendar here for all the FREE Class Offerings! Register Here to sign our liability waiver or show up a few minutes before class to have one of our staff register you!

2.July 7 is National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day!  Bring your child(ren) to one of our local parks and take a walk! 

Royal and Annie Smith Park (3045 Johnson Rd.) Chesapeake Park (3150 Union Church Rd.)

3.  The LiveWell Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, July 11 at The Marq Southlake (285 Shady Oaks Drive) from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. This ongoing lecture series is presented by Executive Medicine of Texas, come listen to Dr. Judy Gaman as she teaches “10 Tips to Improve Health and Increase Longevity!” Seminars include complimentary child care (must be potty trained) and light snacks will be provided.

4. On Saturday, July 22 come out and walk with the Mayor at North Park (200 E Dove Rd) at 9:00 a.m.

5. To wrap up the entire month of Free Live Fit Classes, we are offering a FREE fun morning of outdoor fitness classes on Saturday, July 29 from 7 AM – 10:30 AM at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square (1400 Main Street)
Gentle Yoga with Tyler at 7:00 AM
Zumba with Rosy at 8:00 AM
Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga with Suzy at 9:30 AM

This summer, don’t just sit, LiveFit!
For more information on everything LiveFit has to offer visit or to see all the FREE family fun we are offering for National Park and Rec Month in July, contact the Southlake Community Services office at 817-748-8019.

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