City of Southlake Adopts Health and Wellness Master Plan

City Council adopted Southlake’s first ever Health and Wellness Master Plan at the June 18 City Council meeting.

The proposed plan is an element of the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan and is designed to address key components of wellness in the community.

It includes 36 recommendations across four topic areas: Built and Natural Environment, Mental and Physical Health, Age-Friendly Communities and Community Resiliency.

The plan identifies opportunities for the city to advocate for the well-being of all residents, visitors and corporate citizens as well as serve as a guide to encourage community wellness.

The road to accomplishing such a plan was a collaborative effort. The Health and Wellness Committee worked with City staff members representing each department and conducted six meetings to formulate the plan. In addition to working with City staff, the Health and Wellness Committee also received input from other City organizations such as the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL), the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) and the Southlake Senior Advisory Commission (SAC). Additionally, City staff met with the Carroll ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

An important component of the plan was to identify all the existing health and wellness policies, programs and partnerships in the City of Southlake, and make sure that these programs are promoted to the citizens. The City wants to provide information to the citizens on the many non-profit agencies in the area that offer these health and wellness related services.

“The City currently has partnerships and relationships with many non-profit agencies in Tarrant County that provide health and wellness related services and a recommendation of this plan is to make sure the public is aware of these organizations and the services they provide,” stated Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master plan is available on the City’s website at

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Birthplace of Carroll Schools and the City of Southlake Turns 100

To celebrate the centennial of Carroll Hill School, the first school in our award-winning school district and the place where the City of Southlake was born, the Southlake Historical Society is presenting an exhibit July 12-September 6 in the lobby of Town Hall, 1400 Main St. A free ice cream social and reception open to all will be 5-6:30 p.m. on July 28.

For years, the school was the centerpiece of the community; in 1917, Tarrant County consolidated one-room schools in now-Southlake into District No.99. Farmers and others in this poor, rural district (property values totaled $207,000) voted to raise their taxes to build a brick schoolhouse. In 1919, after World War I had ended, it was built. The district was named B. Carroll, Tarrant County Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Carroll Hill, the school built on a hill, was not fancy like schools in Grapevine and Bedford. It had three classrooms that held nine grades. “The original Carroll building … is as plain, sturdy and practical as the farmers who built it,” Mary Ann King, Carroll’s granddaughter, told Carroll ISD trustees in 2009 when it was feared the building would be torn down. “In this throwaway society, it is important to have an anchor to the past. It takes tangible things, something to touch, to remind us all of the history that has gone before.”

The school still stands, at 1055 N. Carroll Ave., north of Texas 114 and next to the former Carroll Intermediate School (now Southlake Baptist Church). There is a Texas historical marker out front.

The exhibit will display the history of the school and pictures of students from 1919 into the 1960s, plus a special picture of 2019 Carroll graduates in front of the school. Drawings made with the input of women and men who attended Carroll Hill in the 1930s and ’40s will give a look at the school’s classrooms, stage and removable chalkboards. Visitors will also see pictures and history of the early days of Southlake, established in 1956.

Because of racial segregation, black and biracial students could not attend Carroll Hill. In 1920, local rancher Bob Jones had Walnut Grove School built for his grandchildren and

neighbors’ children. The school closed in 1951 because most of its seven or so students were ready to enter junior high, for which they had to go to Fort Worth.

This being a school exhibit, there will be lots to learn. Learn which city was aiming to annex our area when local citizens voted at Carroll Hill School to incorporate into the town of Southlake. Learn lots of Carroll “firsts,” including which activity earned the district its first state championship (no, it wasn’t football — or any sport).

Also learn about Denton’s Annie Webb Blanton, who in 1918 was the first woman elected to statewide office (state Superintendent of Public Instruction) and whether Clyde Barrow attended Carroll Hill School.

The future of the old school is not yet known.

Graphic design for the exhibit was done by Courtney Fray-Dingemanse of Grapevine, owner of the boutique marketing agency Fray Design Firm. She is a Grapevine Heritage Foundation board member.

Drawings were done by artist Karen Davidenko of Grapevine, who also teaches special education at Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine.

The exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-8 pm. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. No RSVP is required for the ice cream social and reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on July

28. The exhibit and reception are free.

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Record Rainfall in Southlake Over the Weekend

Did anyone else have the words to the popular nursery rhyme “Rain, Rain, Go Away” stuck in their head Sunday? It came fast and it came furious. The City of Southlake had a total of 5.64 inches of rain on Sunday afternoon. The majority of that, 5.5 inches to be exact, fell within just 30 minutes.

The heavy rainfall caused several headaches around town. From flooded roadways, overflowing drainage systems to fallen tree limbs, the storm served as a tangible reminder to always be weather aware.

“Severe weather can happen very fast,” notes Southlake Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Meneses. “When it does happen, don’t try to brave the storm, normally it passes quickly and if you see something that impacts public safety, report it.”

This has been a record-setting year for rainfall. According to the National Weather Service, as of May, the DFW area has seen more than 19 inches of rain this year. Last May, we saw almost two inches of rain in May, this year we had more than eight inches in May. This means the ground has been very saturated, that doesn’t leave much room for the additional water any new rainfall brings. But the water has to go somewhere, right?

The City has an extensive drainage system that is designed to channel rainwater. City engineers are always considering how water will impact public lands. When they see an issue, they work with the City Council to invest public dollars into proper drainage. If you have more questions about drainage in Southlake, visit our Stormwater and Drainage page on the City website.

Also, remember with heavy rainfall there can be debris left over and Republic Services, the City’s solid waste contractor, can help with that. Republic Services provides curbside collection of bulky waste during the regular residential collection at the rate of up to two cubic yards for no additional charge. The brush should be bundled in length of no more than four feet and no more than 50 pounds. If you have additional questions about trash collection, click here for more information.

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

City of Southlake Wins PRSA Silver Anvil Award

The City of Southlake is the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award for the Most Effective Campaign $5,000 Or Less, Government.

“I am so proud of Southlake DPS and the City for their amazing efforts,” said Southlake Mayor Laura Hill.  “They have taken a humorous yet effective approach to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work, and drive in Southlake. I love how they went about it.”

In early 2018, the Police Department set a goal to “Humanize the Badge” and to eliminate the “cop talk” that often tended to be formal and uninviting.

What replaced it?  A fun, pop culture driven social media strategy that would help cement the public’s trust with a nationally accredited Police Department that protects, is compassionate, and engages with the people they serve.

“The innovative and unconventional approach took a leap of faith,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “But we felt the risk was worth it to get important messages to the public in a form they could digest and enjoy.”

“We had a good following on the Southlake DPS Facebook accounts,” said Police Chief James Brandon.  “But with our change in strategy, we saw a 285% increase in Facebook followers, which was important to achieving a crowdsourcing approach to ensuring safety and security.”

As the following grew, the posts focused on three main areas: sound police management practices and protocols, the officers’ professional training, and their relationship-building activities.  But make no mistake, the approach was anything but ordinary.

People started noticing after a Facebook and Twitter post called “GURL CALL ME.”

The post was a “letter” written to a woman suspected of identity theft. The letter was much more than the usual, “we are looking for this criminal” narrative, as it used emojis and “teen girl talk” to give facts about the case and also signed off with the now infamous phrase GURL CALL ME. With this post, the Southlake DPS Facebook page saw its following double in less than 24 hours, reaching more than 3.1 million people and 1.7 million engagements.

The person behind the video, memes, and fun writing is Officer Brad Uptmore. His Baylor University film degree along with 12 and half years of police experience, was put to work to make the strategy come alive. Since that first viral post, Uptmore has created more than several dozens of videos including the popular Pumpkin Spice Citations video and the Use Your JAR JAR BLINKER when driving on Star Wars Day video.  He’s also created dozens of memes including the long-standing joke/reminder to drive 30mph on Randol Mill since it’s a road construction zone.  But despite the light-hearted demeanor, Officer Uptmore is all business when it comes to safety and security.

“It is such a privilege to do this job,” said Officer Uptmore. “Chief Brandon’s willingness to let me try different ideas to help people be safe and make safe choices as well as get to know our officers? It’s a win-win!”

Since 1944, PRSA has awarded Silver Anvil Awards annually to organizations around the world for outstanding strategic public relations programs. According to the PRSA website, judges look for programs or campaigns “that incorporate sound insights and analysis, planning, execution, and evaluation. They must meet the highest standards of performance in the profession.”

The Silver Anvil Award for the Most Effective Campaign $5,000 Or Less, Government is the City of Southlake’s first PRSA Silver Anvil Award.

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Southlake Tennis Center is the Coolest Spot in Town

The Southlake Tennis Center is on its way to becoming the new cool spot in town soon. The facility underwent some major construction transforming two tennis courts to indoor courts giving players the option to play outside or inside.

The state of the art facility will include features such as high volume fans and HVAC climate control. The two indoor courts are separated by partition netting and provide additional netting around the courts to catch loose tennis balls. The lighting within the facility gives players the option to light the entire space or just their individual court.

These enhancements are a part of the Southlake 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space/ Community Facilities Master Plan which is divided into in three phases. The newly enclosed facility is part of the Bicentennial Park Phase 3 project. The facility is scheduled to be completed in July 2019.

To date, a vast majority of the interior work has been completed. Resurfacing of the courts and irrigation installation is scheduled next.

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Fresh Flavors Have Arrived Just in Time for Summer in Southlake

The summer sizzle has started and Southlake is the spot to fuel up on fresh and exciting flavors. Already home to several uniquely delicious restaurants, Southlake recently added a few more tasty options to satisfy appetites for healthy or exotic dishes.

If the hot weather has you hungry for cool options, check out Coolgreens. The fast-casual restaurant chain offers a chef-inspired menu of signature salads, wraps, bowls, flatbreads and more. Southlake is currently the only location open in Texas. From California Cobb (romaine, egg, avocado, bacon, chicken, blue cheese, grape tomatoes and ranch dressing) and Caprese (spring mix, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette) to Asian Crisp (spring mix, Mandarin oranges, crunchy noodles, sliced almonds, edamame, shredded carrots and soy ginger vinaigrette) and more, each signature dish is available as a salad or wrap. With multiple sandwich varieties, quinoa bowls, flatbreads and options for kids, guests will find one element across the menu—healthy, natural and flavorful food that fuels your life. For added convenience, order online and pick up in store. Coolgreens is located at 2211 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 500.

Cool Greens Salmon Club

Craving exotic? Fusion Flavors brings a taste of India to Southlake with fresh ingredients, imported spices and an abundance of menu options, including an expansive offering of vegetarian appetizers and vegetarian main courses. Fusion Flavors serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers catering. Find traditional entrée favorites including Chicken Tikka Masala (grilled boneless chicken cooked in special herbs and spices), Palak Paneer (fresh spinach cooked with cheese cubes in special sauce) and Lamb Curry (lamb cooked in Indian special sauce), among others, as well as several biryani and rice dishes. Save room for Pineapple Pudding or a sweet drink like Mango Milkshake. Fushion Flavors is located at 2001 W. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 119.


F2 – Fusion Flavors Plate Samples

Satisfy your appetite for flavors from the far east at Dragon House. Specializing in Shanghai-style cuisine, Dragon House is open for lunch and dinner, and is available for private events and catering. The restaurant’s chef has 20 years of experience cooking in fine restaurants and has built a vast menu of appetizers, soups, various dim sum, hand-pulled noodle bowls, chef specials (Beijing Style Pork, Honey Walnut Beef, Shrimp and Chicken with Cashew Nuts and more), traditional Chinese dishes (Boiled Fish Fillet with Picked Cabbage, Braised Meat Balls with Boy Choy, Chicken Strips with Mango and more), and traditional Chinese desserts like Steamed Pumpkin with Red Bean Paste and Kung-fu Sesame Ball. A feast for the eyes first, each dish is beautifully presented and can be enjoyed with traditional hot teas, as well as imported beers and more from the bar. Dragon House is located at 2640 E. Southlake Boulevard.


Dragon House Plate Samples

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Break a Sweat in Southlake: NEW Fitness Studios Now Open

Already home to several boutique fitness studios, Southlake now has a few new reasons to break a sweat. Just in time for summer and in preparation for fall sports, head to Southlake to shape up, stretch out and gain some speed.

Tap into your healthier self at Tapout Fitness. Part of the Tapout brand partially owned by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and with 25+ locations and growing, Tapout Fitness combines the martial arts philosophy of discipline, determination and respect, with the energy of cardio, weight training and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Tapout takes a personalized approach to fitness through its branded class categories: Tapout Fit (progressive boxing combinations), Tapout Martial Arts (professional techniques made accessible for both adults and children) and Tapout Sweat (kettlebells, battle ropes and strength equipment). Within these signature classes, clients can choose from group classes, personal training, boot camps and more. Regardless of age or fitness level, Tapout makes martial arts-infused fitness fun and attainable for everyone and is located at 2717 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 180.

Looking for an athletic edge? From pee wee football players to high school athletes, recreational sports enthusiasts and professionals, think FASST Performance & Fitness to sharpen sport-specific capabilities. An acronym for footwork, agility, speed, strength and technique, FASST provides clients with the necessary instruction, knowledge and individualized programming to maximize their athletic potential and achieve performance goals. With training programs categorized by age (starting as young as three years old), FASST programs focus on functional strength training, sport-specific speed and agility development (for football, baseball and more), sport-specific conditioning and work capacity, flexibility and proper dietary practices. From individual sessions to team workouts, FASST offers training opportunities to meet the demands of athletes, and even epitomizes the expression work hard, play hard by offering a birthday party package (complete with dodgeball, touch football and tug-of-war). FASST is located at 1605 Hart Street, Suite 180.

Sore from sports or stiff from work or aging? Find relief and warm up for a more flexible life at Stretch Zone. Specially trained stretch practitioners use patented equipment to follow specific methods and protocols to properly position, stabilize, isolate and manipulate muscles in a scientific way. Why? Different from traditional stretching, this method works by increasing active range of motion and the quality of those movements, and relieves soreness and stiffness. Developed for the founder’s grandfather who suffered from decreased mobility due to diabetes, consistent stretching with this method allowed him to transition from a walker to the dance floor. Now a popular franchise with 70+ locations, Stretch Zone is used by professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB and ATP to enhances athletic performance by improving physical abilities, increases reaction time and boosts spatial awareness. Ideal for anyone in search of a more active lifestyle, Stretch Zone is located at 405 N. Carroll Avenue.



With something for all ages and all fitness levels, kick off the hottest season with a healthier you. Soaring temperatures and sizzling new studios offer a great reason to get and stay healthy in Southlake.


View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Southlake Public Art Collection Now Available Online

The City of Southlake’s Community Services Department discussed Southlake’s Public Art Program, online art gallery, funding sources and art partnerships at the June 4 City Council meeting.

Throughout the years, the City of Southlake has developed a remarkable collection of public art and has consistently invested in routine maintenance and conservation of those assets.

If you drive around Southlake, you will notice that the City often utilizes open spaces, intersections, key gateways, key destinations and roundabouts as opportunities to place public art.

The Southlake public art collection has always been a staple in the community. It tells a story about the City’s history, artistic style and residents.

With the expansion of the public art collection, the Southlake Arts Council is working diligently to implement the City’s public art initiatives through Southlake Public Arts Programs.

The purpose of the Southlake Public Arts Programs is to enhance the cultural life of the community through the arts.  To accomplish this, the Southlake Arts Council was appointed by City Council to advise on art-related matters and align all the public art initiatives.  Resources for programs are granted through the Public Art fund and partnerships with arts organizations and community groups that bring art-related programming to the community.

A new addition to the program is the online art gallery available through the use of a story map which can be found on the City’s website.  Now you have the option to view the Southlake public art collection in person or online anytime. As a bonus, a Southlake Public Art Coloring Book is also available.

Learn more about the Southlake Public Art Program here.

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

City of Southlake Ceases Operations of Red Light Cameras

Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law banning the use of red light cameras on June 1, 2019. While the ban does not officially take effect until September 1, 2019, the City of Southlake ceased the operations of its red light cameras immediately after the bill was signed.

The City has formally notified Redflex Traffic Systems, the company contracted by the City to operate the cameras, to cease operations and terminate the contract. The contract allows for the City to terminate immediately once the State ban occurred.

No further payments for violations will be processed.

Southlake has four cameras. In the coming weeks, the City will work with Redflex to have the cameras removed from the following locations:

Southlake Boulevard @ Pearson Lane
Southlake Boulevard @ Kimball Avenue
Southlake Boulevard @ Carroll Avenue
Southlake Boulevard @ Peytonville Avenue

Notifications for the minor traffic disruption, while the cameras are being removed, will be shared on social media once dates are selected.

While money from the red light cameras was included as part of the budget, the total dollars were split three ways. Redflex took 50 percent for processing, 25 percent went to the State of Texas and the remaining 25 percent went to Southlake where funds supported traffic safety initiatives such as school zone striping and maintenance.

“The removal of the red light cameras will not impact our efforts to protect Southlake,” notes Southlake Police Chief James Brandon. “We will continue with our work to keep our intersections as safe as possible. Our Traffic and Patrol Divisions work diligently every day to help ensure the traveling public in Southlake reaches their destinations safely.”

For questions about red light cameras visit the red light camera webpage on the City’s website.

View full post on MySouthlakeNews

Discover magical mysteries with Southlake Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

Explore the nooks and crannies of the Rookery Woods Bookery, the Southlake Public Library summer reading program. Discover all the magical mysteries through the enchanted forest, travel through the En-trees, tour the Circulation Mountains and challenge yourself to visit the Outlands.

If you are worried about getting lost, we’ve got you covered. The summer reading program includes a map to the woods which takes you through a series of exciting adventures and activities that can earn you prizes as you reach new levels of learning.

The program starts June 1 and runs through July 26.

The library will host their annual Southlake Summer kick-off celebration in Bicentennial Park on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. where kids can explore craft stations, participate in a scavenger hunt and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact the Southlake Public Library at 817-748-8243 or visit

View full post on MySouthlakeNews