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.

USA National Floorball Championship comes to Duncanville

The Official 2016 USA National Floorball Championship takes place at the Duncanville Fieldhouse! Join adult and youth teams from across the nation beginning Saturday thru Monday, September 3-5th, as they compete in elite and recreational floorball games. Floorball is similar to ice hockey played with 5 players on each team and one goalie on the court at a time. Visit usafloorball.org for more information.

 

 

Back to School Bash

Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Staff for an afternoon of fun, on August 6th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s an end of summer party with bounce houses, games, prizes, and lots of fun! The event will take place at the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Center, located at 201 James Collins Blvd. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.

Bring Your 4-legged Friends to Armstrong this Week

The City of Duncanville is holding a temporary dog park at Armstrong Park from July 8-17th from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. This will serve as an opportunity for the City to collect feedback from the public on a possible permanent dog park in the future. Additional opportunities for public feedback will continue as the Parks Master Plan process begins in a couple of months. The idea of a temporary dog park was realized by Girl Scout Natalie Ortiz, with the support of the City Parks and Recreation Board and Staff. As a result, Natalie received the Girl Scout’s Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Bring your 4-legged friend to the park! Be sure to follow these temporary dog park rules and regulations:

1. Owners/handlers are legally responsible for their dog(s) and any injury or damage to facilities caused by them.
2. Dog owners/handlers must keep their dog(s) in view at all times.
3. All dogs must be under the owner’s/handler’s control.
4. Dog owners/handlers must immediately pick up and dispose of, in trash receptacles, all dog feces.
5. Dogs off their leash are limited to two dogs per owner/handler inside the park.
6. Dogs must be leashed before entering and leaving the park.
7. Dogs must be current on vaccinations, including rabies.
8. Dogs “in heat” will not be allowed inside the park.
9. Dogs using the park must be at least 4 months old.
10. Dogs are the only type animals permitted in dog parks.
11. Aggressive dogs, posing a threat to human beings or other dogs are not allowed at any time. Any bite of a person or other dog must be immediately reported to the City of Duncanville Animal Control and parties involved must wait for an officer to respond, except in the case where immediate medical care is needed.

Independence Day Celebration 2016

Duncanville’s

Independence Day Celebration

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The City of Duncanville invites you to bring your family and friends to its annual Independence Day Celebration!

TKasey 2015 4th July Paradehe day will begin with a parade sponsored by the Duncanville Lions Club, and will close with an evening of food, fun, and fireworks in Armstrong Park, where you’ll enjoy LIVE music, delicious food from local vendors, bounce houses for the kids, and the return of Duncanville’s traditional Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza!

Admission is FREE and open to the public, though wristbands will be required for entry into the evening activities.

PARADE
The theme of this year’s Lions Club parade is “Red, White, and We Serve.”
WHEN Monday, July 4th, 2016 (DELAYED 1 hour – was 9:00 am)
From 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
WHERE The parade route will begin on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heading west, turn north on Main St, and end on Main St at Freeman St.
ROAD CLOSURES Various closures will affect the Wheatland Rd & Main St area beginning at 7AM.
PARADE ENTRIES To participate in the parade, please register with Duncanville Lions Club at Duncanville Lions Club, Parade Entry, PO Box 381055, Duncanville, TX 75138, or in person at one of the following locations:

  • Chamber of Commerce, 300 E Wheatland
  • Red Bird Bowling Lanes, 1114 S Main
  • Ben Franklin Apothecary, 302 N Main
CONTACT For further information regarding the parade, call Lions Parade Chairpersons Don McBurnett (214-918-9981) or Kasey Cheshier (972-298-1147).

 

FOOD, FUN, & FIREWORKS
WHEN Monday, July 4th, 2016
Gates open @ 6:00 PM
Fireworks show @ approximately 9:30 PM
WHERE Armstrong Park (100 James Collins Blvd)
ADMISSION

Wristbands will be required for entrance to the evening festivities.

Starting June 15th, wristbands will be available upon request at:

The Duncanville Recreation Center (201 James Collins Blvd).

While supplies last. Limit 10 wristbands per person; must be 18 or older to pick up. If quantities remain, wristbands will also be available at the event.

SAFETY
  • 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 the park:
    • alcohol
    • glass containers
    • tents
    • canopies
    • umbrellas (other than handheld)
    • all animals other than service animals
    • fireworks
ACCESSIBILITY ADA-accessible parking will be located in the parking lot west of City Hall (203 E Wheatland Rd).
PARK CLOSURE Armstrong Park will be closed to the public in advance of the event, starting at 11:30 PM on July 3rd. Normal park hours will resume following the event.
SHUTTLE SERVICE 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 evening festivities. Two shuttle routes will be available:

  • A North route will pick up attendees from the Duncanville High School parking lot (900 W Camp Wisdom Rd) and drop them off at Efurd Properties (202 S Santa Fe Trail).
  • A South route will pick up attendees from the Costco parking lot (250 W Hwy 67) and will drop them off at the former Duncanville ISD Administration building (802 S Main St).
SPONSORS/ VENDORS Sponsors and vendors are invited to register with the Department of Parks & Recreation at 201 James Collins Blvd, or by calling 972-780-5070.
MEDIA All media welcome at the park entrance near City Hall (203 E Wheatland Rd). For further details regarding media coverage, please contact Dennis Quinn at 972-780-5053.
CONTACT For any questions regarding the Independence Day Celebration, please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at 972-780-5070.

Free Composting Seminar Offered

Free Composting Seminar Offered

A no-cost seminar for residents wishing to learn about the benefits and uses of compost and Vermicompost, proper soil treatment, the usage of organic material discarded from lawns, gardens and flower beds; plus, growing and caring for native and adapted plants for the North Texas area.

This seminar is being offered in Dallas. Attendance is limited to the first 100 persons. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75235

For more information on the seminar, e-mail dallasrecycles@dallascityhall.com or call 214-670-4475.Seminars sponsored by City of Dallas Zero Waste.

Register for the seminar.

Parks and Recreation Announces Spring Break Camp 2016

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Spring Break Camp 2016

March 14-18, 2016

Ages 5 – 14

Games, Arts & Crafts, Movies, Sports, Linch & Snacks provided.

  • $65 Resident
  • $75 Non-Resident
  • -$10 Employee and Sibling Discount

The City of Duncanville Parks & Recreation Center offers SPRING BREAK CAMP for children ages 5-14. This is a safe place for your children to be while you are at work. We are offering sports, arts & crafts, games and movies and lots of fun. Lunch and Snack are included.

Registration Form

**All Posted Dates and Times are subject to change.  Please check back regularly for any updates.**

For more information on any of our special events, please contact us at (972) 780-5070.