Bicentennial ParkCity of Southlake Southlake, TX
Southlake’s Bicentennial Park opened in the late 1970s, the first park to be dedicated in Southlake. In the years since, Bicentennial Park had not been upgraded or modified until the city approached Schrickel Rollins-PSC in the early 2000s, and from then, the firm partnered with the city to complete many projects to make the park a destination for Southlake.
One of the earliest projects included a master plan to bring Bicentennial Park back to life and modernize it. The 80-acre park now contains six new competition baseball fields, bringing the total number of baseball fields to 10 competition fields and one practice field. The fields vary in size and serve age groups from four to 18 years old. There is also a Miracle Baseball Field for community members with special mental and physical needs. It contains six new tennis courts added to the thirteen courts in the existing complex as well as a new tennis clubhouse to better serve the active tennis community.
Along with improved sports facilities, Bicentennial Park now includes an improved playground area. The 1.3-acre, enclosed, all-abilities playground features an open lawn, three rentable pavilions, and a splash pad spray park. The all-abilities playground has swings, a disc swing, musical instruments, caves, a climbing wall, hillside slides, an LSI play structure, a 25-foot net climber, zip lines, lookouts, natural shade, seating throughout of various types, drinking fountains, and trash receptacles. The Bicentennial Park Playground serves the community as a place where children and guardians of all abilities can come together and play.
SR-PSC also designed an extensive hike and bike trail system throughout the 80-acre park. This trail system is enhanced by the 35- to 40-foot grade change from one end of the park to the other. A series of retention and detention ponds create an attractive focal point at the entrance to the park. But, this is not only an attractive face for the Southlake community, these ponds provide detention that solved a downstream flooding issue and irrigate the athletic fields.
To complement these facilities SR-PSC added three new dual-purpose restroom and concession buildings, a park maintenance building with maintenance yard to service the park, extensive way-finding signage, a roadway system providing access to the three streets surrounding the park, and a significant amount of additional parking.