2017 Independence Day Celebration Fireworks

The 2017 Duncanville Independence Day Celebration will be packed with Food, Fun & Fireworks!

Armstrong Park will be portioned off providing exclusive access to enjoy great music, eat delicious food and have the perfect seat for fireworks!
Wristbands are FREE and will be available for pick up at the Duncanville Recreation Center – 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116 after JUNE 12th.

Event Details:

PARADE 9:00AM – 10:00AM (FREE)

Parade Route: Begin on Wheatland Rd. at Freeman St. heading West, turn North on Main St. ending at Freeman St.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES, CONCERT & FIREWORKS SHOW
6:00PM – 10:00PM…(FREE)

Wristbands will be required for entrance to evening festivities. Starting Monday, June 12th, 2017, wristbands will be available at the Duncanville Recreation Center—201 James Collins Blvd., while supplies last.

  • Limit 5 wristbands per person; must be 18 or older to pick up.
  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All bags and coolers will be subject to search upon entry.
  • The following items will not be permitted inside of the park: alcohol, glass containers, tents, canopies, umbrellas (other than hand held), all animals other than service animals, and fireworks.
  • ADA-accessible parking will be located in the parking lot West of City Hall—203 E Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX 75116.
  • Sponsors and vendors are invited to register with the Parks & Recreation Dept. at 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116 or by calling 972-780-5070.

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE 5:00PM – End of Event

Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville will offer a free shuttle service to and from designated remote parking locations before during and after the event festivities. Remote parking will be available at Costco and the Duncanville High School.

Request for Proposals – Defibrillators and Accessories, RFP #17-70

Sealed proposals addressed to the Purchasing Manager of the City of Duncanville, Texas, will be received through Public Purchase until 2:00 p.m., July 14, 2017 and then publicly opened and read aloud thereafter, for furnishing the above reference items.

The estimated value of the purchase is $140,000.00.

Proposals must be submitted on the prescribed forms furnished in the RFP package, and the bidder must supply all the information required by such forms. The City is not responsible for responses misdirected.

The RFP package is available only online at https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/duncanville,tx/buyer/public/home  and there is no fee for accessing or participating in the bidding process. Only those who are recorded as having downloaded the bid package from Public Purchase will be considered plan holders of record. Proposals must be submitted by uploading through Public Purchase.

City Council Budget Workshop – Postponed to Thursday, June 29 at 8:30 am

The Budget Workshop with City Council is an opportunity for staff and City Council to discuss the current City budget picture and end of year projections, as well as to discuss budget plans for the next fiscal year. Staff will brief City Council on work plan status, current fiscal year revenues and expenditures, and projections for where we expect to end the fiscal year.  We will also seek City Council input and direction on various issues that have major budget implications for the next fiscal year, including projects, personnel and capital improvement projects, as we continue to develop the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for submission later this summer. For more information, click here.

 

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration

Why is there a Juneteenth Celebration?

According to www.Wikipedia.com:

“Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the word is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”.[1][2] Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.[3]

The holiday is observed primarily in local celebrations given by our  Best Southwest Cities who each host the Juneteenth Celebration.

Please join the Best Southwest Cities of Lancaster (host), Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Desoto in celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lancaster Community Park located at 1700 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Lancaster, TX,  75134-3316.  For more information, please connect to the City of Lancaster website:  http://www.lancaster-tx.com/1214/Juneteenth-Celebration

 

 

Find Your Adventure — 2017 Summer Camp

Summer Camp is HERE!

Beginning Monday, June 5th, Find Your Adventure 2017 Summer Camp, opens with a treasure chest full of fun, crafts and field trips. Field trips include places like “Going Bonkers”, “Perot Museum”, and “LEGOLAND” to name a few. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation department in starting your summer off safe and fun.

Complete the registration packet and turn it in to the recreation front desk. Space is limited so get your registration in as soon as possible.  Call 972-780-5070 for more information or if you have any questions, please call the number in red.

Registration Packet

 

Bryant C.

He was four and his sister Glenna was two when his family moved to “the old Pickard place,” just south of Duncanville and outside the Duncanville city limits. It took a while for the adults to make the house livable.  The old farmhouse into which they moved was built in the late 1800s and had no water, electricity, or plumbing.  The wind blew so hard through the cracks in the wooden-plank walls that it blew the newly installed wallpaper off the walls before it could stick.  Bryant remembers sitting under a big pecan tree watching the well being dug and eating a boiled egg.  That big pecan tree and old well are still there, on Main Street across from the Fire Station.

There were fewer than 1000 people living in Duncanville in 1950, and farms were more common than not. Bryant would go with his father to the Duncanville Feed Store, where I.T. Cawthon would sit and talk with old man Will Daniels by the potbellied stove, drinking coffee, before conducting their business.   Although Duncanville had a post office in the middle of downtown, it did not deliver outside of the Duncanville city limits, so the Cawthons received their mail on a rural route out of the Cedar Hill Post Office.

They lived up on a hill overlooking South Main Street. Local boys would race between the two bridges on South Main Street at night, because the bridges were just about a quarter-mile apart. The Blue Hole was between the Cawthon land and the Giles land; part of Ten Mile Creek, it was shale and rock, with many ledges under which pyrite could be found. Boys would go there and skinny dip; when the Cawthon family went as a group, I.T. would go ahead of them and run the boys off.

I.T.’s “real job” was working for Western Electric, which handled phone equipment. In 1960, The Company (based in New York City) sent a writer and photographer from New York to the Cawthon Farm for a Company Magazine article on him entitled “The Smallest Ranch in Texas.”

Bryant started first grade in 1953 at Central Elementary, in one of the last years in which all 12 grades were housed there. The school playground backed up to the Duncanville Air Force Base, and sometimes a ball would get kicked over the fence; the boys then had to go all the way around the base to the entrance (on Main Street) and ask armed MP guards for permission to retrieve the ball. Bryant was part of the last class (1965) to graduate from the Old Duncanville High School (now Reed).

In 1962, the Cawthons sold the farm to a close friend and local developer, Larry Ground. He sold the Old Pickard House and it was relocated to another place in Duncanville, where it is still a residence today. The farm was developed  into Dannybrook Estates, named after Larry’s oldest son, Danny.  The streets were named for his other children:  Linda, Sharon, Larry and Timothy. I.T. Cawthon kept 3 acres at South Main and Danieldale, and built a house at 1443 South Main for his family. Several years later this house became Hanging Gardens, which was demolished (by court order) in January.

I.T. Cawthon served as the Duncanville Mayor from 1966 to 1969 and was a City Councilman from 1962 to 1965.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day recognized as Decoration Day after the Civil War became a federal holiday in 1971. It is celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May.  It’s dedicated to honor all Americans who died while in military service.

National Moment of Remembrance
“The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.” Information cited from http://www.military.com/memorial-day/.

**The City of Duncanville in partnership with American Legion Post 81 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7843 respectfully invites you to be a part of the Memorial Day Ceremony held Monday, May 29, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park.**

All guests are cordially invited for lunch and refreshments at:

American Legion Ronald L. McElroy Post 81
418 E. Red Bird Lane, Duncanville, TX 75116

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7843
702 E. Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX  75137

 

COUNCIL SEEKS CITIZENS TO SERVE ON CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

COUNCIL SEEKS CITIZENS TO SERVE

ON CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

The Duncanville City Council is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in volunteering their service on one of the City’s boards or commissions.  To be eligible to serve, one must be a resident of the City of Duncanville, and not be in arrears on City of Duncanville ad valorem taxes or fines or fees.

Applications are being accepted for the following Boards and Commissions:

  • City Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Sign Control Board
  • Duncanville Community & Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)
  • Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board
  • Duncanville Community Multicultural Commission
  • Senior Advocacy Commission
  • Civil Service (Term beginning October 1, 2017).

Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2017 thru July 14, 2017.  Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council.  Appointments to the Boards and Commissions will be made by City Council during their August 15, 2017 regular meeting with new appointments beginning on September 1, 2017, with the exception of Civil Service Commission which will begin on October 1, 2017.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 14, 2017 to Mary E. Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; to mjones@ci.duncanville.tx.us; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road. An application may be obtained at City Hall or by visiting the Boards and Commissions Application. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

People of Duncanville – Becky

Becky J.

remembers a town where everybody knew everyone, the skating rink her daddy owned was almost the only entertainment in town, and 69 of the 169 students in her graduating class had attended school together since first grade.

Though she lived outside of Duncanville city limits proper, Becky lived in Duncanville ISD and attended Duncanville schools, starting at Central Elementary and graduating from the first high school located on Camp Wisdom in 1969. While she attended schools, the population grew and the district expanded into multiple elementary schools and a larger high school. Becky remembers: “School memories — oh so many! When there was only one elementary school (later Central Elementary (grades 1 through 3 or 1957) in the building that had formally been the ENTIRE Duncanville ISD, half or so of the playground was a blacktopped area that was basically what was left after the original high school gymnasium burned.  Beyond that was a dirt area with swing sets, metal slides, monkey bars, and space to play tag, bordered by the fence for the army base.”

“Because the town and school district was growing (new housing booms) 5th graders were split, with 2 classes bused daily for the first half of the school year to First Baptist Church while construction on 2 new elementary schools, Fairmeadows and Merrifield, was completed. At mid-term, all the elementary school kids were split between Central and the new schools which housed grades 1-6.  Junior high (7-8 grades) went to what was several years later named for J. Herman Reed, but at the time it was just the Junior High.  9th through 12th grades were all in the High School.  The class of ’65 was the last to graduate there.  Schools were first integrated when the new high school on Camp Wisdom Road opened.  Although there were some black soldiers stationed on the base, none of those families lived in the few base houses along Main St.”

School standards were high, Becky remembers; students struggled to maintain a C average, and anyone with a B average and up would likely get scholarship offers from surrounding colleges. Two teachers especially stuck out in her memory: Jerre Simmons and Grace Brandenburg. Jerre Simmons was Becky’ freshman English teacher, and began her students’ high school careers with a dramatic reading of Jabberwocky. Grace Brandenburg, Becky’s senior English teacher, was “the epitome of her name.”  Under choir director Ron Bretz, musicals were performed at the high school, with sophomores through seniors allowed to participate. Becky remembers, “The first one I recall was “Oklahoma”, in 1963; my favorite (and first) was “Lil’ Abner” in 1967 (a rollicking production complete with the Sadie Hawkins Day race scene), ’68 was “South Pacific”, and ’69 “Music Man”.”

Little D Roller Rink on Wheatland Road near Cockrell Hill was virtually the only entertainment in town until the late 60s, when the bowling alley was built. Skaters of all ages attended, and many romances bloomed there; “only parents were allowed to sit and watch.” Admission was $.50 with an extra $.25 for skate rental, and the rink also hosted many church and birthday parties. Becky remembers: “The rink was a converted tin quonset hut, no air conditioning, just 2 big exhaust fans at the end opposite from the entrance. My folks owned it from spring ’58 through sprint ’66, “modernizing” it from clamp-on to shoe skates, adding overhead insulation, and changing from wooden half-walls around the floor to a single metal pipe about 4′ high.  Nothing fancy, just a safe place for some good clean fun. (Nobody used the word “exercise”, but a Weight Watchers group skated there for a few years during the daytime while their kids were in school).” Becky’s dad loved when boys who grew up at the rink would come back and see him while on leave from the armed forces.