Ash selected to lead Fort Worth Public Library Foundation

Andrea L. Ash has been named president and chief executive officer of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation.

“I am honored to be joining such a passionate and dynamic team where I can combine my expertise with my passion of lifelong learning for the purpose of serving the Fort Worth community,” Ash said.

She will become the third chief executive officer in the 26-year history of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation. The mission of the Library Foundation is to benefit the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings and infrastructure improvements. The Library Foundation has contributed more than $9 million to the library system and Fort Worth community in support of its mission since its founding in 1993.

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Council Approves Public Art Installation for Roundabout located at N. White Chapel Boulevard and Highland Street

City Council approved the art concept and contract with artist Boris Kramer for his art sculpture, “Be the Bridge” to be installed at the N. White Chapel Boulevard and Highland Street roundabout.

It will be replacing the artwork, “Prairie Winds”, a sculpture by Seth Vandable, which will be relocated to Bicentennial Park.

The Arts Council recommended for the “Prairie Winds” installation to be relocated due to the structures “pioneer” vibe. The artwork will be moved near the log cabin in Bicentennial Park.  Members of the Arts Council recognized that Bicentennial Park is more suitable for the “Prairie Winds” sculpture because it will enhance the area’s connection with Southlake’s early settlers and wagon trails that were part of the westward migration.

Kramer’s piece, “Be the Bridge” was chosen based on feedback that was provided from a Joint City Council and Arts Council meeting in December.  The Arts Council goal was to seek a proposal for an art piece that would highlight unity and culture, and this piece did just that.

The concept of this piece is about bringing acceptance and tolerance through the experiences of play and dance. The central figure will have five predominant colors: black, brown, yellow, red and white. The artists’ theory is that the figure can be interpreted from a variety of viewpoints. The sculpture can represent everyone from different backgrounds with one of the figures in the middle of the group making the connection, the middle figure could also be interpreted as the person who does not fit into simply one ethnic background or social group, or the figure could be a person who is blended into a number of different groups but can still be a catalyst for equality.

The City utilizes roundabouts, key gateways, intersections, open spaces and key destinations as opportunities for special design features such as public art.

The roundabout program is a part of the Public Art Master Plan, a plan that recommends commissioning and installing public art pieces in the roundabouts throughout the City for beautification and to build a network of art markers that help with wayfinding and placemaking throughout the city.

To date, art is installed in all Southlake Roundabouts. The replacement and installation of both sculptures are expected to be completed by  Fall of 2019.

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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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Council Approves Public Art Installation for Roundabout at Zena Rucker Road in Southlake

Plans are in place to improve mobility between Byron Nelson Parkway and Carroll Avenue. Design for the Zena Rucker Connector east of the Pecan Creek Offices to Tower Boulevard is underway!

Phase I of the project calls for a roundabout with public art and landscaping. City Council recently approved the contract with sculpture and ceramics artist Michael Warrick after he submitted his design concept for the public art display for the roundabout located at Zena Rucker Road and Tower Boulevard.

The Southlake Arts Council reviewed 18 proposals from a variety of applicants and Warrick’s submission, “Mockingbird Tree” was selected.

The concept of this piece celebrates the tree as one of Texas’ natural resources and represents the medical, retail and residential developments surrounding the roundabout. The tree also incorporates three mockingbirds, which is the Texas State bird.

The Arts Council provided the direction of how the artwork should reflect the mission and values of the City as well as how the piece should connect the developments in the area.

This would be the sixth public art installation located at a roundabout within City limits.

Once this portion of the project is complete, Phase II construction on Zena Rucker Road will conclude with water, sewer and storm drainage extensions.  Construction for the entire project is estimated to begin late summer 2019 and expected to be completed within six months, weather permitting.

For updates, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit

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Funding is available to public service agencies

Is your nonprofit seeking funding for a program that benefits Fort Worth residents?

The City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department invites nonprofit and social service agencies to respond to a request for proposals for public service and architectural barrier removal programs that will provide benefits to eligible households.

Proposals must be submitted by March 15 through ZoomGrants.

Learn more on the Neighborhood Services grant page.

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Two seasoned professionals join Transportation & Public Works Department

Fort Worth’s Transportation & Public Works Department added two members to its leadership team. They join the staff in January.


Tanya Brooks

Tanya Brooks will be assistant director overseeing the Traffic Management Division. In her new role she will be responsible for maintaining and operating the city’s parking, signal, street lighting, pavement markings and street signage programs, as well as the transportation and engineering planning sections.

Brooks is currently assistant director responsible for the Mobility Planning Division in Dallas’ Department of Transportation. She has worked for the City of Dallas for 20 years in transportation planning in the departments of Public Works and Transportation, Sustainable Development and Construction and Planning and Urban Design. She oversees Mobility Planning Division activities covering a wide range of services essential to economic viability and growth.

Brooks was a pioneer in the City of Dallas advocating for streets as corridors for all modes of transportation and led the Complete Streets Initiative. She specializes in complete streets planning, conceptual design and project implementation, especially retrofitting existing transportation corridors. She is an accomplished leader in forming multidisciplinary teams to enhance how multimodal transportation networks contribute to healthy, vibrant and livable communities by creating streets that facilitate walking and bicycling. The Complete Streets Design Manual received the 2015 Urban Design Award from the Greater Dallas Planning Council and was adopted by the Dallas City Council in 2016.

This year, Brooks led the effort for Dallas to become a full member of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, whose mission is to build a strong network of peers and foster open communication and collaboration between cities. Brooks works in close collaboration with multiple agencies, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Dallas County, Texas Department of Transportation, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, where she is currently a board member, to develop and implement a comprehensive and efficient multimodal transportation system.

Brooks holds a master of public policy degree from the University of Northern Iowa and received her bachelor of science degree in transportation from Southern University.


Chad Edwards

Chad Edwards will be the mobility and innovation officer. He comes to Fort Worth with nearly 20 years of experience in transportation planning. Most recently, Edwards was assistant vice president of capital planning at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where he had oversight of several areas, including corridor development, feasibility assessments, transit system planning and travel demand modeling.

Edwards also managed the agency’s $36 million General Planning Consultant Contract, where outside consulting services are utilized to support transit corridor, system, environmental and transit-oriented/economic development planning work.

Recent efforts included project development for extending station platforms along the Red and Blue light-rail lines; refining a locally preferred alternative for the Downtown Dallas Second Light Rail Alignment (D2 Subway); completing the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cotton Belt Corridor Passenger Rail Line and developing the next DART Transit System Plan.

Prior to DART, Edwards worked as a transportation planner for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the region’s metropolitan planning organization. His activities included air quality planning and conformity determinations, thoroughfare planning, transit/rail planning and coordinating the region’s long-range transportation plan.

Edwards is a member of the American Planning Association. He earned a bachelor degree in geography at Texas Tech University and later earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Public art to be dedicated at East Division Police Station

Pieces of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, a multi-faceted painting by local artist Gregory Beck, is the latest commissioned artwork to be added to the Fort Worth Public Art Collection. Located at the East Division Police Station, the vibrant artwork is inspired by the spirit of East Fort Worth and its ties to, and influences on, the city.

The dedication is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at 5650 E. Lancaster Ave. The public is invited.

The work, comprised of 27 individual pieces and eight large-scale panels, illustrates a puzzle in progress. Each piece of the puzzle is inspired by East Fort Worth’s historic relevance and cultural diversity. Showing the evolution of the community in Handley-Meadowbrook, the artwork references signature elements of the area, such as the Interurban Railway that ran from Fort Worth to Lake Erie, and the Pike Drive-In Theater, as well as portraits of present-day community members and Fort Worth police officers.

The artwork is made up of water-jet-cut aluminum sheets and automotive paint, totaling 900 layers of paint, and is approximately 10 feet high and 80 feet long.

To learn more, contact project manager Michelle Richardson at 817-298-3040.

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Public Safety Employees Graduate Leadership Academy

Over the last six months, 11 Public Safety employees have participated in our fifth DPS Leadership Academy.

The Leadership Academy was developed as a way to bring members of both the Fire and Police departments together to strengthen their skills as leaders.  Its purpose is to develop quality leadership within our Police and Fire departments. The program included both internal and external experts who spoke on the topics of Pride and OwnershipCritical Thinking & Decision MakingLeadership & Communication StylesGenerational DifferencesEmployee Relations and Southlake’s Strategy. This program was originally made possible by a very generous anonymous donation facilitated through SDCA.

On September 19th, we celebrated the graduation of the program participants listed below. At the graduation ceremony, each participant spoke about what they learned from the program and how they will use it to become a better leader. The program was very successful and we look forward to offering it again in the future.
Fire Department:
Wes Adams
Mike Leonard
Jason Moloney
Jay Nunnally
Cory Teague
Vann Wakefield
Police Department:
Nate Anderson
Andrew Davis
Micah Davis
Myles Jenkins
Dakota Mowdy

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Council Approves Public Arts Master Plan as element of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

City Council voted on Tuesday, September 18 to adopt the Public Arts Master Plan, a cohesive vision and strategy for Southlake’s Public Art initiative.  It also identifies opportunities, recommendations and resources to promote public art in Southlake.

“The city gains value through public art – cultural, social and economic. One of the most fascinating aspects of public arts is that it is accessible to everyone; it is a staple in our community that tells a story about the city’s history, citizens and artistic style,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “Public art can be displayed in many forms, sizes and scales, from a sculpture to a milestone to an eye-catching abstract piece that reflects our city’s values, invigorates public spaces and creates uniqueness to the community.”

Highlights of the plan include:

Public Art Collection Building and Maintenance: The mission of the Southlake Public art initiative is to create a better visual environment for residents and visitors.  Recommendations focus on maintaining the visibility of the public art collection by reviewing landscape and lighting surrounding public art installments in addition to optimizing visibility of the collection. The plan also covers diversifying Southlake’s Public Art Collection by partnering with arts agencies, enhancing art donations and updating and engaging the public on procurement process.

The plan identifies opportunities to add public art to Southlake’s collection and guidance on how to expand the Public Arts Program, including recommendations to the Carillon project, installing interactive art and incorporating art into park design and redevelopment.

Other recommendations call on expanding on current partnerships, identifying new partnerships, marketing opportunities and recognizing programs that highlight or increase performing arts opportunities such as film, literature, dance, music and theatre.

To learn more about the Public Arts Master Plan, click here.

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Final designs for North Beach Street public art project unveiled Sept. 22

Join Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Shingleton and Councilmember Cary Moon, along with artist Christopher Fennell, for the North Beach public art project kickoff at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Fort Worth Police Department’s Sixth Patrol Division, 8755 N. Riverside Drive.

Fennell will present his final design for the 12 large-scale weathervane sculptures that will be installed along approximately three miles of the North Beach Corridor, from Shiver Road to Timberland Boulevard. Each weathervane features an animal sculpted from upcycled materials collected from the community.

Thanks to a partnership between Fort Worth Public Art and the city’s Code Compliance Department, the public is invited to drop off materials for the artwork at the Hillshire and Brennan drop-off stations. The artist is asking for these materials: baseball bats, hubcaps, birdhouses, trashcans, mailboxes, bicycles, shovel heads, car and truck bumpers, lawnmower blades, chain-link fencing, fence posts, automotive springs and airplane wings.

To learn more, contact Fort Worth Public Art at 817-298-3027.

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