Southlake TX Area Guide
Southlake is a city located in the heart of the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex in Texas. As of 2000, Southlake's population was approximately 21,000. Southlake's prime location is ideal for a weekend retreat full of endless shopping, dining, entertainment and much more. In December 2008, Forbes.com named Southlake the most affluent neighborhood in the United States, based on average median household income estimates. Southlake is an outstanding community where residents and businesses work together to build a community with a strong economy and a great sense of pride.
Settlers first came to the Southlake area in the mid-1800s. Families traveled to the area in search of the resources that the land here had to offer. Many treaties were signed with the Native Americans in the area to create borders. By 1853, a small fort named Fort Worth protected the border to the west, but the U.S. Army was ordered to move farther west.
The Texas Legislature authorized the U.S. government to select land for Indian reservations inside Texas, and the last treaty made with the Comanche was signed in 1867. Settlers continued to move into Texas searching for a place to call home, and the boundary was pushed farther west.
Southlake HistoryIn 1965, Southlake upgraded to a city. A volunteer fire department was formed in 1966.
In 1968, city leaders adopted a comprehensive land-use plan, which cost $6,000 and was paid for by contributions from citizens and several utility companies.
In the 1970s, with the assistance of the county, streets and roads were improved greatly. A Home Rule charter passed in 1987 allowing Southlake to each year annex land equal to 10 percent of its size.
By the 1990s, many people were moving in and businesses were emerging along Southlake Boulevard. In 1996, the firm of Cooper and Stebbins approached the city with a bold shopping-center concept called Town Square, to make up for Southlake’s nonexistent downtown area. Its center, Town Hall, became home to many city offices.
Southlake Parks and Recreation
Southlake is home to more than 675 total park acres, 45 practice and game fields, 15 lighted tennis courts, lighted inline hockey facility, 6 miles of park trails, six concession and/or restroom facilities, five ponds with aeration features and 11 pavilions.
It is Southlake’s goal to provide a park system that exceeds the expectations of its patrons through manicured parks and preserved open spaces as well as educational and recreational opportunities that contribute to the growth of its patrons.
Bicentennial Park is the city's second largest park with 74 acres. Bicentennial Park has several baseball fields, basketball goals, an in-line hockey rink, a Tennis Center with pro shop, a large playground, two small community buildings, Liberty Gardens, and support facilities.
Bob Jones Park totals nearly 500 acres. The park hosts a 6 acre pond with a pavilion that offers a fishing area. On the far north drive entrance, an equestrian parking lot houses trailer parking, corral pens, hitching posts, a picnic area, and a ranch faucet.
Liberty Park at Sheltonwood is a relatively large undeveloped neighborhood park. The site is suited for a number of mid- to low-impact activities.
Plaza Park is located on Grand Avenue in the restaurant district. Plaza Park features a paved plaza with a trellis system, fountain, and beautiful landscaping. The park is a great place to rest while enjoying all that Southlake Town Square has to offer.
Southlake is home to many great events perfect for everyone in the family. Southlake features the popular Art in the Square, Independence Day celebration and Oktoberfest. Don't forget your camera because you won’t want to miss out on capturing all the great memories you'll be making here in Southlake!
The 10th annual Art in the Square will take place in Southlake Town Square, an upscale retail and business development with a beautiful park setting. This Fine Arts show has been described as outstanding by artists and art publications. Art in the Square also offers great food, a variety of quality music, children’s art activities and 3 student art programs.
Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, strolling entertainers, food and pavilion entertainment by local performers
Oktoberfest is a three-day festival featuring a wide variety of entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, German foods and drink, and activities for adults and kids.
Southlake is home to great attractions that will keep you occupied all year long. Come visit the Southlake Town Square and stroll through the shops or enjoy a meal. You won't want to miss visiting the Town Square on your visit to Southlake!
Enjoy shopping and dining in this all in one retail marvel. Southlake Town Square is home to a variety of annual events and entertainment activities in addition to its wide diversity and national and local tenants.
Southlake is home to many excellent schools. The area offers several superb public and private institutions. Parents and teachers work together on a daily basis to ensure that their students are being challenged and are meeting their goals. The Southlake community is dedicated to giving the students in the area a safe, clean and encouraging environment to learn and grow in.
Carroll Independent School District
Southlake, west Grapevine and the immediate surrounding areas make up Carroll Independent School District. Carroll ISD is a K-12 public school system located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The 21-square-mile district consists of 11 schools serving more than 7,900 students and 1,000 employees. The district is the largest in the state of Texas to earn the top rating of “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency.
Five of CISD's schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Eight of 11 campuses were named to the Texas Business Education Coalition's 2008 Honor Roll. Approximately 98% of Carroll’s seniors go on to attend a college or university after graduation. More than 90% of Carroll students take a college entrance exam, with composite scores on the SAT and ACT that exceed state and national averages.
Southlake Private Schools
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The Clariden School is one of very few schools in the United States which offers on one campus, a Montessori program in its lower school program (pre-kindergarten through grade 6) and an upper school program (grades 7-12) with a college preparatory environment oriented toward life long learning.
Southlake TX Relocation Guide
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Southlake Government and Public Safety Information