Preserving Duncanville’s History

The Duncanville Public Library is looking for current and former Duncanville residents and City employees that would like to share their personal story with the community via a collection of mini-interviews to be published throughout the City’s communication channels. Inspired by Humans of New York, the Library hopes to capture and preserve the history, personality, and diversity of the community. Individuals from all religions, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to participate free of charge. Interested persons should contact the Library’s Technical Services Librarian at 972-780-5097 or by email at holsen@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

Read more about the history of Duncanville.

You can read the first interview here!

2017 Everything Teen Expo

You’re invited to participate in the 2nd Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo 2017.

This is a community event that will enrich the lives of teens by connecting them with community, resources, services, and support. Teens ages 13-18 will learn about valuable resources, services and programs especially designed for them. They will connect and build positive relationships with professionals in their community through fun and engaging interactions. This event is planned and organized largely by teens from the Cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, and Duncanville. This a one day event that will feature workshops, motivational speakers, entertainment, giveaways and more. Teens may register for this free event at www.desototexas.gov/everythingteenexpo . The Teen Expo will be held on Saturday, April 8th, from 10 am – 3 pm at the DeSoto Civic Center. For more information, contact Ms. Marq Runnels, DeSoto Public Library Teen Volunteer Coordinator, at 972.230.9663 or mrunnels@desototexas.gov. The DeSoto Civic Center is located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, in the DeSoto Town Center Complex. Free parking is available in the nearby parking garage

Seeking Public Input on Harrington Park Access

The Duncanville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will be seeking public input regarding the idea of gating Harrington Park at its entrances on Cockrell Hill Road and Highgate Drive to limit access to the park during after-hours. The discussion will held at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board regularly scheduled meeting on February 13, 2017 in the meeting rooms at the Duncanville Recreation Center, 201 James Collins Blvd., starting at 6:30 pm.

Persons interested in providing input but are unable to attend the meeting can email Bart Stevenson, Director of Parks and Recreation, at bstevenson@ ci.duncanville.tx.us, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 972- 780-4972. Input obtained via email will be shared with the Board, and the Board will make a recommendation to the City Council on this matter following public input and discussion.

Homebound Delivery Services Now Offered at the Duncanville Public Library

The Duncanville Public Library is now offering free home delivery service to eligible Duncanville residents. To qualify, residents must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Has difficulty leaving home without assistance
  • Should not leave home unaccompanied by a responsible adult
  • Only leaves the home for short, infrequent reasons (i.e. medical appointments or religious services)
  • Leaves the house once a week or less
  • Confined to the house for medical reasons
  • Cannot afford a vehicle and does not have access to mass transportation
  • Lives in a long or short-term health facility that primarily uses group transportation

Qualifying residents may submit an application online at www.duncanville.com/library, by mail to 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, Texas 75116 Attn: Homebound, or in person at the Duncanville Public Library.

Once the application is reviewed and approved, residents will be contacted by library staff to discuss delivery times and material preferences. For more information, contact Adult Services Librarian Stephanie Lott at 972-780-5052 or slott@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

 

Six Ways to Protect Pets in Winter

If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Remember to bring animals inside.  Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society:

  • Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.
  • Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Even during short walks, short-haired dogs can become cold quickly and may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.
  • Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet and may be toxic if ingested. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.  Use pet-safe products whenever possible.
  • If there are feral or stray cats in your area, they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. Learn more.
  • Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. Bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
  • If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you’re concerned. If someone you raise these concerns with continues to neglect their animals, follow these steps to report wintertime neglect.

For more information, visit the Humane Society or find Cold Weather Guidelines for Large Animals and Livestock on www.ready.gov.

Share Your Vision for the Future of Duncanville Parks

Thank you for attending the Park Master Plan community meetings offered. We are excited about the momentum and input received from the citizens. At this point in the process, the City continues collecting citizen input that will be taken into consideration for the development of the plan. Additional citizen input opportunities are planned including a citizen survey that will be available online and throughout City facilities in the next three weeks. A lime green postcard notice will be sent to every household in Duncanville when the survey is available. Citizens are encouraged to participate and let us know what features are of most interest, i.e. water splash pad, skateboard park, dog park. A community meeting will take place in early summer to present and review the draft of the master plan. The Park Master Plan, when completed in early fall, will include a variety of elements that will enhance the City’s parks, recreation, and bike and hike trails for the next 10 years. We will continue to update you via this medium. You are always welcome to contact the Parks and Recreation Director Bart Stevenson with your input at bstevenson@ci.duncanville.tx.us or by calling 972-780-4972.


The City of Duncanville has entered into a professional services agreement with Dunaway Associates, L.P., to prepare the City’s Park Master Plan. The process, guided by City Staff, the Parks and Board Steering Committee, and ultimately approved by the City Council, includes a public engagement element that will help build the future of parks and recreation for the Duncanville community. Two public meetings are scheduled:

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.

Location: D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd. in Duncanville

The City’s current Park Master Plan is ten years old. Park master plans should be updated at a minimum of every ten years, a timeframe required to apply for state grants through Texas Parks and Wildlife. The Duncanville City Council approved funding of $75,000 to update the City’s park master plan in FY16 through the innovation fund. A three-member Park Master Plan Steering Committee was then created by the Duncanville Park Board to oversee the firm selection process. The selected firm’s scope of services includes: an inventory and needs assessment, public input and online surveys, priority rankings, action plan, implementation plan with projected costs, and Master Plan deliverables. Updates to the plan will be published in future City publications.

 

Christmas Tree Drop Off & Recycling Program

The City of Duncanville will pro­vide Christmas tree recycling beginning January 2nd through January 31st at the Service Center located at 330 Shady Trail. Residents may drop off their trees in the grassy area by the existing mulch pile on Shady Trail near Main Street (there will be signage to direct you to the area). Christmas trees must be free of lights and decorations and cannot be in any type of wrap, especially plastic. The mulch is provided free to residents. For more informa­tion, contact the Service Center at 972-780-4900. christmas-tree-drop-off-recycling

Duncanville Public Library offering Bullet Journaling How-To Class

When: January 28, 2017

Come learn what bullet journaling is and how to incorporate it into your life. Anyone can benefit from this class, including those who are the organized type and those who are not! The class will be taught by the Technical Services Librarian, Hannah Olsen, who keeps the Library staff calendar and schedules on track. The class will be held in the Library Program Room at 3:30 p.m. on January 28th. The Library is located at 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville, TX 75116.

 

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony Postponed

Due to inclement weather conditions, the Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration scheduled for today has been postponed to next Friday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Event participants may contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070 for questions and concerns.

We thank you for your advanced understanding and cooperation as we aim to provide the citizens of Duncanville a safe holiday celebration.

 

City of Duncanville to host LEGO® themed Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

In celebration of the Christmas Holiday, the City of Duncanville is hosting the annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2nd, 2016. This year’s festivities will feature the annual parade down Main Street, pictures with Santa, the tree-lighting ceremony, and much more.

PARADE

Event Type: Parade

Price: Free to the Public

Description: The Christmas parade will be hosted by the Duncanville Parks & Recreation Department. This year’s Christmas Parade is themed all things LEGO®.

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Place: The parade route will extend from Freeman to Wheatland, Wheatland to Main and dis-embarking on Main at Carder.

Special Info:To participate in the parade, please register with Duncanville Parks & Recreation at the following location: Recreation Center – 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116

Various closures will affect the Wheatland & Main St area beginning at 6PM. Click here to register your Christmas Float. For any questions regarding the parade, call Recreation Superintendent – Veronica Williams at (972)780-5074

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & CONCERT

Event Type: Tree Lighting & Concert

Price: Free to the Public

Description: City of Duncanville’s Christmas in the Stars Tree Lighting & Concert will feature commentary by Mayor David Green and the music of Duncanville ISD’s Elementary Choirs.

Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Place: In front of Duncanville Feed Store – 219 N Main St., Duncanville, TX

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Event Type: Family Activities

Price: Free to the Public

Description: Enjoy the festivities hosted by the City of Duncanville’s Park & Recreation Department which includes pictures with Santa & More!

Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Place: Ben Franklin Apothecary – Pictures with Santa

Special Info:To become a vendor for this event, please register with the Duncanville Parks & Recreation Department at the Recreation Center Front Desk located at: 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Event Type: Shuttle Service

Price: Free to the Public

Description: Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville has partnered with Duncanville ISD to offer a free shuttle service before, during and after the event.

Time: 5:00PM – End of Event

Place: Costco – 250 E Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX 75137

Special Info: To catch the parade, park and ride from Costco to the Phase I stop located at the southeast corner of Main & Wheatland at the Dallas County Tax Office. After the parade, road closures will open allowing the stop to progress to Phase II, located adjacent to the Main St activities at W Freeman & Main St.

For any questions regarding the LEGO® Christmas Festivities please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at (972) 780-5070.