Northeast Tarrant

Southlake’s Bicentennial Park additions hit a home run

From left: Andi Stone, executive director of Miracle League Southlake helps her son Carson hit the ball.
From left: Andi Stone, executive director of Miracle League Southlake helps her son Carson hit the ball. Special to the Star-Telegram

Bicentennial Park’s Phase 2 improvements are still under construction, but Mayor John Terrell can already envision its completion including the new Miracle League baseball field and playground.

“Parks truly enhance our quality of life in so many ways,” Terrell said. “This is sure to become the background for many childhood memories.”

Southlake held a dedication for the Phase 2 work Saturday morning at Bicentennial Park. Some of the park’s features will include a new playground, the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field, a 60/90 baseball field, a new concession/restroom facility, improvements to the baseball 4-Plex, a connection to Park and White Chapel boulevards, parking, trails, enhanced landscape.

Some Miracle League Southlake athletes tested out the new baseball field, which features a synthetic material that allows children to run and slide the bases with ease safely.

Tyler Francis, 17 of Euless, will start with the league when the season begins in September, but happily hit balls and ran the bases Saturday morning. He even slid into home after hitting an infield home run from Terrell. Francis’s mother, Leona Francis, watched her son’s joy from behind home plate.

“It’s so amazing knowing how much he loves baseball and he’ll get to participate in an organization like this,” she said.

Also part of the improvements is a 1.3 acre playground that is three times larger than the original. The playground features a dragon motif and will include a zip-line feature and splash amenity.

Councilman Randy Williamson said he could imagine his children, and even grandchildren some day, enjoying the park.

“When I look at this facility all I can think is, ‘Wow,’ ” Williamson said.

City staff expects the work to be completed by September. This spring’s rain has delayed the project by about 50 days.

In one of his last officials actions as Mayor of Southlake, Terrell threw pitches to Miracle League players at the field on he has worked for years to make a reality.

“I couldn’t have thought and imagined of a better way I finish up my time as mayor,” Terrell said. “It’s truly exciting to see this happen.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

Twitter: @dustindangli