July is Park and Recreation Month, a national campaign sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The purpose of this campaign is to inspire everyone to visit their city parks, embrace active lifestyles and improve their overall health. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to create healthy habits for yourself and your children by getting out to a park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space. The City of Southlake offers numerous recreational opportunities to explore, including over 1,200 acres of parkland, the newly renovated Southlake Tennis Center and the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. These park and recreation opportunities enrich the lives of Southlake residents and provide natural spaces to play and exercise.
This year’s theme is “A Lifetime of Discovery,” encouraging everyone to get out and explore all of the wonderful opportunities their parks and community have to offer! To help celebrate Park and Recreation Month, Southlake Community Services has put together a special calendar of events that you can print or view online. Every day in July, there is a highlighted activity for Southlake residents and visitors to do with their friends and family. Some of these free events include:
Walk and Breakfast with Mayor HillSaturday, July 14North Park9 a.m.Kickstart your weekend with a walk around North Park with Mayor Hill followed by a light breakfast provided by the Bill Tait State Farm Agency. All participants will receive a complimentary Under Armour shirt, and the first 30 participants will receive a complimentary LiveFit water bottle!
National Ice Cream DaySunday, July 15Bicentennial Park Playground1 – 3 p.m.Stop by Bicentennial Park Playground and celebrate America’s favorite summer treat with free Italian ice from Rita’s!
Wheeling Through Summer SafelyMonday, July 16Bicentennial Park8:30 a.m.Enjoy a morning bike ride, helmet decorating, safety stations and water activities with Southlake officers and firefighters!
Parks Mini RodeoTuesday, July 17Bicentennial Park Playground10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Kids will have a blast playing interactive games, learning about plants and discovering all of the cool things our Parks team does every day.
National Hot Dog DayWednesday, July 18Bicentennial Park Playground5 – 7 p.m.We’ll be giving out free hot dogs, so swing by for a tasty snack while supplies last!
MasterWorks Presents: EscapeSaturday, July 21Aria Amphitheater7 – 8:30 p.m.Join the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast for a free outdoor concert by Escape, DFW’s favorite Journey cover band! Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome at all MasterWorks concerts; no tarps, tents, alcohol or glass, please.
Discover Champions ClubSaturday, July 28The Marq Southlake10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Join us at The Marq for a day of Discovering Champions Club. Meet the Champions Club team and get a glimpse of the facility’s world class services and amenities. We’ll also have giveaways, free sneak peek group fitness and so much more! Come see for yourself everything Champions Club has to offer.
Pups in the ParkTuesday, July 31Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog ParkBob Jones Park5 – 8 p.m.Bring your furry friend to Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park for all kinds of fun dog activities, including paw prints and a puppy photo booth. We’ll also be accepting donations of the following items to benefit the Keller Regional Adoption Center: Purina One Dog and Puppy Food (dry), Purina One Cat and Kitten Food (dry), cat litter, bleach, towels, Pine-Sol and fleece blankets. Bring a donation for the chance to win raffle prizes!
Check our calendar for more events and information, and celebrate this month of discovery by sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverJulySLK. However you decide to celebrate, Southlake Community Services encourages everyone to start talking about the positive impact parks and recreation has on their lives!
If you have any questions, please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit our website at ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/DiscoverJuly.