Access to part of Trinity Park will be limited for Mayfest

The Mayfest area of Trinity Park will be closed to the public April 22-May 8 for the 47th annual Mayfest setup, takedown and the four-day family festival.

The Trinity Park Loop Trail provides a lighted detour connecting the Trinity Trail north and south ends of the closure. The Loop Trail ensures that trail users can continue to use the trails while the Mayfest portion of the park is closed.

In addition, beginning April 22, the area of Trinity Park where the Dream Park is located will be temporarily closed in preparation for Mayfest. The Dream Park will be open to all Mayfest attendees during the festival and will reopen to the public on May 9.

Seven parks with playgrounds can be found within a one-mile radius of Trinity Park, providing great options for residents and visitors seeking a playground.

The mission of Mayfest is to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. Mayfest has returned more than $7.5 million to the Fort Worth community over its 47-year history. Examples of improvements Mayfest has funded include LED lighting and structures throughout Trinity Park, the Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge signage and landscaping, as well as five trail connections along the Trinity Trails.

To learn more about park access, contact the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department at 817-392-5700 or Mayfest at 817-332-1055.

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New Dream Park helps make Fort Worth a better, more inclusive community for future generations

On Monday, April 15, the long-held dream of three passionate community members will finally be realized with the ribbon-cutting celebration for Frank Kent’s Dream Park, a play space custom-designed for children of all abilities to explore, learn and play.

Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, this 57,000 square-foot playground is set to become the city’s largest, as well as one of the largest play spaces of its kind in the state. Its size is only surpassed by its ambitious, inclusive vision: a place where kids of all abilities can share adventures together.

The state-of-the-art park far exceeds guidelines established by the Americans With Disabilities Act: its amenities include poured-in-place rubber surfacing for wheelchairs and individuals with limited mobility, adaptive swings for toddlers and children with low muscle tone, a stainless-steel roller slide that won’t short-out kids’ hearing devices, and much more. In addition, there are interactive and musical elements scattered throughout the playground to provide a truly sensory-rich environment that sparks curiosity and imagination.

This park couldn’t have arrived at a better time for the 15th largest city in the country. According to the Texas Workforce Investment Council, 203,041 individuals in Tarrant County have a disability. Approximately 29,000 students in Tarrant County are in need of special education services, according to Growing Up in North Texas’ community assessment.

A dream becomes a reality

The development of the park has involved an ongoing collaboration between dedicated community members Rachael Churchill, Sandy Mesch and Corrie Watson, and the City of Fort Worth. Almost $3 million was raised for the park’s creation through grassroots fundraising efforts, bolstered through generous contributions from the title sponsor Frank Kent and many other community organizations.

“Dream Park represents what Fort Worth strives to be: a generous, inclusive and active community where every child can thrive,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Opening Dream Park in the heart of our city represents our vision for a better Fort Worth that all families can be proud of for generations to come.”

“Fort Worth’s park system has existed for over a century, and we are thrilled to add to that legacy through the creation of this Dream Park,” added Richard Zavala, director of Fort Worth’s Park & Recreation Department.

“This project is a testament to what can be accomplished through cooperation and the pursuit of a shared dream. Moreover, it perpetuates the legacy of community giving in support of Trinity Park, which has benefitted from the generous contributions of many organizations throughout its history. I am certain that the project sponsors’ deep compassion, generosity, and determination to build a more inclusive Fort Worth will echo in the happy smiles of the children – and their caregivers – who visit this park for many years.”

The Dream Park’s playground equipment was provided by Landscape Structures, an industry leader in creating inclusive play environments, and Dean Construction. The playground itself was designed by Arlington-based Schrickel, Rollins & Associates.

Frank Kent’s Dream Park joins Patricia La Blanc Park in southwest Fort Worth as the city’s second inclusive playground.

Dedication information and Mayfest schedule

The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting celebration of Frank Kent’s Dream Park at noon Monday, April 15. Kona Ice will be on-site from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving away free shaved ice.

The playground will remain open through Easter weekend, April 21, before temporarily closing on Monday, April 22, to accommodate preparations for the 47th annual Mayfest festival. The playground will be open to all Mayfest attendees during the festival, and will reopen to the public on May 9.

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Free Family Movie Nights Coming to Bicentennial Park This May

Movies at The Marq, Southlake’s free outdoor movie series, returns to Aria Amphitheater this May with fun for the whole family.

Join us at Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake as we enjoy family-friendly new releases on a giant outdoor screen. We’ll also have free popcorn, refreshments and movie-themed activities and giveaways.

Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m., and movies begin at sundown. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but tarps, tents, alcohol and glass are not permitted. We look forward to seeing you there!

Incredibles 2
Friday, May 10

Disney’s Christopher Robin
Friday, May 24

For more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

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The Easter Bunny Is Hopping into Southlake for Another Egg-citing Easter in the Park!

Join us at North Park on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for free egg scrambles and spring activities for all ages.

The Easter Bunny has been hard at work hiding thousands of toy- and candy-filled eggs for this year’s Easter in the Park! Bring the whole family out to North Park (200 E. Dove Road) on Saturday, April 13 to enjoy a morning of Easter fun, including:

  • Egg scrambles by age
  • Petting zoo
  • Inflatable fun
  • Crafts and activities
  • Sweet treats for purchase
  • Photos with the Easter Bunny and so much more!

Egg Scrambles

Egg scrambles will be divided by age. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the start of your age group’s egg scramble. Venue parking is very limited, but FREE shuttle parking will be available at CISD Administration Building (2400 Carroll Avenue), only half a mile east of North Park.

10:00 a.m. – Children 2 and under
10:15 a.m. – Children 3–4 years old
10:30 a.m. –Children 5–6 years old
10:45 a.m. – Children 7–8 years old
11:00 a.m. – Golden Egg Hunt for ages 9–12 years old*
*Children must be able to complete hunt without an adult.

Golden Tickets will be placed in a handful of eggs in each division for those lucky hunters to win a fun prize. Be sure to open your eggs before you leave to pick up your spring prize at the Parks and Rec tent!

Easter in the Park is a FREE event with no registration required. For more information, please call (817) 748-8919 or visit Easter in the Park on Facebook.

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Park Village Fountain Repairs

The privately-owned Park Village fountains are days away from completion according to a ShopCore Properties representative.

ShopCore’s representative also tells the City that crews are working quickly to wrap up the work. After troubleshooting robotics and sealer issues last week, the larger fountain is now filled with water and running. With a few more updates to the robotics system, the large fountain is expected to be fully functional by next week.

The representative also indicated that the smaller fountain near Taverna Rossa is also expected to be repaired next week. A broken water pipe needs to be fixed before that fountain is back online.

The Park Village Fountains are located on the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue. The Southlake City Council approved the privately-owned fountains as part of the Park Village development in 2013.

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City Council Approves Contract for Design for Phase 3 of Bicentennial Park

City Council approved a professional services agreement with Schrickel Rollins, PSC for the design of Bicentennial Park Phase 3.

The improvements are a part of the adopted 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/Community Facilities Plan, which enhances our parks by expanding our facilities and land usage.

The improvements are approved by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC), a City appointed board which administers the City’s half-cent sales tax allocated to parks-related capital projects.

The enhancements included in this project’s design are: renovation of the in-line hockey rink to include synthetic turf, placement of safety netting at the 60/90 baseball field and a renovation of the existing restroom building located at the south end of the Tennis Center.

This project’s design has also been combined with a separate Water Utilities capital project, which is intended to construct a new fence and drive approach to the Bicentennial Water Tower which is also located in the park.

So far, Phase 1 and Phase 2 have both been completed.  Phase 3 is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.


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Give input on the improvements for North Park

Residents in north Fort Worth are getting a new place to play and enjoy the outdoors. North Park’s master plan is being updated for implementation of new amenities.

Make plans to attend the project meeting and give input on what you would like to see constructed. A meeting is planned for 7 p.m. March 7 at the Northpark YMCA, 9100 N. Beach St.

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

To learn more, contact Project Manager Dwight Taylor at 817-392-5746.

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