Southlake Parks and Recreation Master Plan updates to include $27 million for sports complex upgrades

city sign
Southlake City Council will have its first reading on the proposed updated master plan. (Courtesy city of Southlake)

Southlake City Council will have its first reading on the proposed updated master plan. (Courtesy city of Southlake)

The city of Southlake has drafted an updated Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan to present to City Council for adoption in June to meet the needs of a significantly growing community.

The proposed updates to the master plan lay out suggested new amenities to be added to parks across the city based on community input gathered through committee meetings dating back to September 2019.

Each park and its proposed list of amenities were grouped and ranked based on the level of importance to the community. Upgrades to the Southlake Sports Complex ranked first, followed by Bob Jones Park, Liberty Park at Sheltonwood, North Park and Koalaty Park.

Most popular requested amenities included pickleball courts, dog parks, wheel-friendly parks for skating and rollerblading as well as sand volleyball courts.

“[City Council] is aware of the community’s desires,” said Frances Scharli, chair of the Parks and Recreation Board.


According to Chris Tribble, director of Parks and Recreation, these master plan projects, once adopted by the council, are funded through the Parks Development Corporation's half-cent sales tax. Every time someone spends money in Southlake, a portion of the sales tax goes toward the development of city parks.

The estimated costs for upgrades to the Southlake Sports Complex is close to $27 million, Tribble said.

“We typically pay cash for all of our capital projects,” he said. “We typically have about $4 million a year that we could put towards implementing this master plan. So, if you have $4 million, and it's a $27 million project, you just build it up.”

Tribble said there is no set timeline regarding the completion of each project, but that construction is not expected to begin before 2023.

“There's just too many things that are in the works that have to happen, starting with the City Council adopting the plan,” he said.

The last comprehensive update to the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan was in 2013. This is part of the city’s 2035 Comprehensive Master Plan.

Southlake currently has 1,139 acres of public parks.

Planning and Zoning recommended the plan for adoption during its May 10 meeting. City Council will discuss the first reading of the proposed master plan at its June 1 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


MOST RECENT

Postcards are being distributed within Tarrant County and Fort Worth asking voters to verify their May 1 vote. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tarrant County DA warns of false postcards, website asking voters to verify election votes

Postcards are being distributed within Tarrant County and Fort Worth asking voters to verify their May 1 vote. The county's district attorney's office is warning voters against sharing their personal information on the website.

aerial image of several plates with dishes offered by Howard Wang's China Grill
Howard Wang's China Grill to close Southlake location by end of June

Howard Wang's China Grill's last day in Southlake is June 25.

Dutch Bros Coffee expects to open later this year in Richardson. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee coming to Richardson; Plano parks earn high marks and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

a man hits a punching bag
New kickboxing gym Rockbox Fitness now open in Southlake, grand opening celebration upcoming

Rockbox Fitness in Southlake offers boxing and kickboxing classes in a community setting.

Southlake's sales tax revenue is showing signs of recovery. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Southlake's 2020 sales tax revenue surpasses 2019; upward trend continues into 2021

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Southlake's sales taxes for 2020 showed a 2% revenue increase compared to 2019.

Southlake Town Square is home to many local and name-brand retailers. (Courtesy RPAI)
Express Edit now open in Southlake Town Square

The first of its kind in Texas, the store offers a curated collection of styles handpicked by local influencers in its 2,000-plus-square-foot space.

Dutch Bros Coffee expects to open this summer in Plano. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee coming to Plano; The Pop Parlour opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Betsy Price was first elected as Fort Worth mayor in 2011 and has served five terms. (Courtesy City of Fort Worth)
Former Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announces candidacy for Tarrant County judge

Price is the second candidate to join the race for Tarrant County judge. Her announcement comes just days after current Judge Glen Whitley said he will not be seeking re-election in 2022.

two students and an instructor demonstrate nursing skills
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD expands health education options to meet growing need

The district’s new certified medical assistant pathway will provide training not covered in existing GCISD health science classes. It will also open up opportunities for additional students.

Gov. Greg Abbott, center signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law June 8 in response to the devastating winter storm last February. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott signs bills to reform ERCOT and weatherize Texas power grid

The bills will go into effect Sept. 1 and aim to reform ERCOT leadership and increase accountability and communication among power agencies.

Grocery store chain H-E-B announced June 8 the company's plans to open a store in McKinney. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B coming to McKinney; Fat Shack restaurant to open this week in Plano and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.