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.

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

 

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

 

FRONT PORCH SALE @ Hopkins Senior Center

The annual Front Porch Sale sponsored by the Share & Care Site Council takes place this  Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr., Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX  75116.  Be sure to support the seniors with your donations or purchases.

Donations of household goods are welcome beginning Monday, April 17th through Wednesday, April 19th.

For further information call 972-780-5073.

 

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Our Easter Egg Hunt begins very soon.
The little ones start hunting just before noon.

So grab your basket if you dare,
The items sought are not square.

A bunny DJ there will be,
Dancing to the Hip-Hop-Hippity.

Saturday, April 8th at Armstrong Park is the place to be.
It’s great fun for the whole family!

 

 

Last Chance – Park Master Plan Citizen Survey

Today is the last day to give your input for the Park Master Plan Survey.

The Parks and Recreation department wants to thank all of those who have given their input on the survey.  The City still invites you to take this anonymous needs assessment survey to assist with developing priorities for the Park Master Plan. The survey is available in English and Spanish on the City’s website at www.duncanville.com. If you would prefer to fill out a hard paper copy in English or Spanish, these surveys are located at the Recreation Center, City Hall, Library and the Duncanville Fieldhouse.   Please, only one survey per household. Should you have any questions about the survey or its results, feel free to contact the Director of Parks and Recreation Bart Stevenson at bstevenson@ci.duncanville.tx.us. Thank you for your support and participation in the future of Duncanville Parks and Recreation.

Click Here for Park Master Plan Survey

 

Little Free Library at Armstrong Park

Beginning this February, Duncanville residents will be able to “take a book, return a book” free of charge. The local Kappa Gamma Delta chapter will be offering a “little library” or book kiosk at Armstrong Park near City Hall as part of the Little Free Libraries project.

The Duncanville High School will be providing the design and production of the library kiosk and the local Kappa Gamma Delta chapter will be in charge of maintaining it. To donate books, simply put them in the Little Free Library kiosk. For more information about this project visit www.littlefreelibrary.org or contact the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-4972.

 

City Celebrates Arbor Day with Free Tree Giveaway

Arbor Day is celebrated in Texas on the first Friday in November. In celebration of 14 years as a Tree City USA community, the City will be giving away free yearling trees at the Recreation Center parking lot on November 4, 2016 on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 8am. Limit is 2 per person.

Fall and winter are ideal tree-planting times as it gives roots a chance to settle in during the cooler months. Trees get a jump on the next growing season and are better equipped for the summer’s heat. This involves smart planting, plant trees you know you can water and maintain. This is an opportunity to plant drought-tolerant natives in your lawn or garden. Just remember, these future water-savers need some moisture while they establish. It’s especially important to keep an eye on them the first two years.

But dare we grab the shovel, given our drought conditions? Yes, if you can water properly, experts say. This is not as daunting as it may sound. All agree that a few gallons a week will keep a newly planted tree’s root ball moist. Although Duncanville homeowners are not currently under any stage of the water restrictions other communities are facing, a homeowner would find that even Stage 1 or 2 restrictions are more than adequate to keep one or two newly planted trees healthy and vigorous when watered correctly. According to the Texas Forest Service, a newly planted tree should be watered three times a week, depending on rain and drainage. With each watering, apply 5 gallons per inch of trunk diameter. For example, a tree with a 1-inch diameter trunk would get 5 gallons three times a week or 15 gallons a week. Weather and seasonal conditions should be considered as well in this equation.

Select trees that will adapt to the sunlight and soil conditions around your home. Consider the tree’s mature height and width so you can plant a safe distance from your home and utility lines. A shade tree that matures to 25 or more feet should be planted at least 20 feet from your home and utility lines. A tree that matures to 20 or less feet should be spaced at least 10 feet from the house and at least 5 feet from lines.

Following are some helpful tips to properly plant your new tree.

TREE PLANTING TIPStree-planting

 

Dig a hole two to three times wider than the root ball and slightly shallower. The tree should be planted at or slightly above the original soil level. This is especially important in heavy clay soils to aid drainage.

Cut any circling roots along the outer edge of the root ball with pruning shears.

Pick the tree up from the bottom, not by the trunk, and place it in the hole. Hold while backfilling around the root ball with original soil from the hole. Tamp the soil lightly to eliminate air pockets. Break apart large clods before backfilling.

Remove any grass or weeds within a 3-foot-diameter circle around the tree and create a watering saucer.

Cover this bare area with 3 inches of mulch. Don’t pile mulch against the trunk.

Adequate water is essential at planting time. Place a hose at the base of the tree and allow water to slowly trickle until the soil is saturated.

 

 

 

Take Care of Duncanville by Managing Your Leaves this Fall

As autumn brings the start of the school year, football games, and cooler temperatures, it also signals the arrival falling leaves.
While Texans are encouraged to plant shade trees to help lower their utility bills in the summer, these deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall, in abundance. Instead of raking and bagging them, where they’ll head to a landfill, put them back into your lawns and gardens, as a valuable source of mulch and fertilizer, and an addition to your compost.

Leaves contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air during the season. Grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris make up 20 percent of the trash sent to landfills each year. It costs Texans over $250 million a year to collect and dispose of this waste.

There are four basic ways in which leaves can be managed and used in the landscape:
1. Mowing – a light covering of leaves can be mowed, simply leaving the shredded leaves in place on the lawn. This technique is most effective when a mulching mower is used.
2. Mulching –a lawn mower with a bagging attachment provides a fast and easy way to shred and collect the leaves. Apply a three to four inch layer of shredded leaves around the base of trees and shrubs. A two to three inch mulch of shredded leaves is ideal for flower beds. For vegetable gardens, a thick layer of leaves placed between the rows functions as a mulch and an all-weather walkway that will allow you to work in your garden during wet periods.
3. Composting – in addition to leaves, other yard wastes such as grass clippings, pine needles, weeds, and small prunings can be composted. Compost can serve as a soil conditioner that nourishes your yard and reduces the need for outdoor watering up to 60 percent.
4. Soil Improvement – leaves may be collected and worked directly into garden and flower bed soils. A six to eight inch layer of leaves tilled into a heavy, clay soil will improve aeration and drainage. The same amount tilled into a light, sandy soil, will improve water and nutrient holding capacity.

For more tips to keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste, visit TakeCareOfTexas.org. While you’re there, pledge to Take Care of Texas, and we’ll say thanks by mailing you a free Texas State Park Guide.