Easter Eggstravaganza: Saturday, April 4

The City of Duncanville Parks & Recreation Department has big plans for an Easter Eggstravaganza and everyone is welcome!

Easter Eggstravaganza features an egg hunt with hundreds of eggs filled with tasty treats and goodies, fun games for the kids to enjoy with cool prizes, bounce houses, music and of course the Easter Bunny! Be sure to bring the camera to capture special moments in one of our most beautiful parks!

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
Location: Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Blvd.
Cost: FREE

Princess Tea Party: Saturday, March 28

Duncanville’s first ever Princess Tea Party is an event the whole family will enjoy!

Escape to a magical world of fun, laughter, and amusement. Music and videos will grab the attention of attendees while Disney characters sing songs from your favorite movies. A light lunch will be served and guests will have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with various characters and, of course, take photos!

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Duncanville Recreation Center, 201 James Collins Blvd.
Cost: $30 for a family of five and $10 for each additional person

Tickets can be purchased at at the Duncanville Recreation Center front desk. For more information, please call 972-780-5070.

Event features:

  • 16 Disney Characters
  • 7 Fairies
  • An Enchanted Walkway
  • DJ spinning Disney Music
  • Previews of Movie Characters on large screen
  • Petits four squares, Brownies, Hot Dogs, Popcorn
  • Tea, punch & bottled water
  • Photographer

Duncanville Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow Caused by Heavy Rains

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation and disinfection of two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that occurred as a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall on February 11 & 12, 2020. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:

700 Block of Forest Circle
400 Block of Falling Leaves

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe. There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect and test samples in the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

Duncanville City Council Member Johnette Jameson Elected to Women In Municipal Government National Caucus

Duncanville District 5 City Council Member Johnette Jameson has been elected Board Member of the National League of Cities (NLC) Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). This group supports networking and learning among female municipal leaders. Jameson was elected during the 2019 City Summit conference in San Antonio, Texas.

WIMG aims to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities. Over the years, WIMG has worked to ensure that women hold leadership positions within NLC and serve on its board of directors and other special leadership groups.

“I am passionate about serving the community and believe that women in leadership positions play an important role in all levels of government,” said Council Member Johnette Jameson. “Organizations should have a healthy mix of male and female perspective in order to balance the dialogue, and I am proud to support the advancement of female elected officials in municipal government”.

As a leader in this constituency group, Jameson will play a key role in promoting a role for women in NLC policy discussions and development of its National Municipal Policy and its agenda for America’s cities, towns, and villages.

The leadership of this year’s committee also includes President Lindsey Horvath, mayor pro tempore, West Hollywood, California; 1st Vice President Wally Campbell, mayor, Goodyear, Arizona and 2nd Vice President Elizabeth Carr-Hurst, mayor, Fairburn, Georgia.

For more information on NLC’s constituency groups, visit: https://www.nlc.org/membership/groups-networks.

BNSF Railway Plans to Remove Vegetation at Main and Camp Wisdom Intersection

BNSF Railway has notified the city that due to safety concerns and federal regulations, they will begin a vegetation removal project at the railway crossing located at the Main Street and Camp Wisdom Road intersection. On February 11, crews plan to remove trees and shrubbery that exceed 36 inches in height within a quadrant that extends 50 feet from the outside track to 300 feet from the edge of the roadway. All landscaping scheduled for removal is located within the BNSF Railway right-of-way. Traffic control and irrigation boxes located in the area will not be affected.

BNSF recognizes that eliminating the landscaping will affect the beautification efforts the city has invested in over the years, and the railway has agreed to provide $5,000 to assist with the purchase of planting new vegetation that meets BNSF safety requirements. The new landscaping will be installed by the Parks & Recreation Department in spring 2020.

BNSF vegetation removal area highlighted in red.

Duncanville Celebrates African American History Month – February 2020

Article Submitted by Dr. Lavern J. HolyfieldMulticultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP) Commissioner

National African American History Month highlights the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and the impact of this culture on our Nation’s history.

Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian believed it important to raise awareness of the contributions of African American civilization.  Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (later renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History – ASALH).  Through this organization, in 1925, Woodson conceived and introduced Negro History Week. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the ASALH continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

Above:  Excerpts from https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about/

The City of Duncanville is a diverse community with a history of African American leadership over the years.  Today, we feature some of the current African American Leaders in Duncanville.

Mark Cooks , Duncanville City Council Member District 4

Text Box: (Photo submitted by Mr. Cooks)
Mark Cooks
  1. How long have you been a resident of Duncanville?  14 years.
  2. What attracted you to the city?  I moved to Duncanville because of a new housing community that was being built. I wanted my family to be a part of a growing community just like the one I grew up in.
  3. What does African American month mean to you? Black History month has many different connotations for different people, but its importance to me comes from a place where I want to be reminded of my heritage and the many sacrifices and accomplishments made by those who have journeyed before me and to whom I am forever grateful. Black History month is a time of reflection; whether good or bad, it reminds me to continue looking forward and celebrating as our country recognizes the many contributions and the sacrifices made to afford us the liberties and the rights we enjoy today.

Patrick Harvey, Duncanville City Council Member At-Large

Text Box: (Photo submitted by Mr. Harvey)
Patrick Harvey
  1. How long have you been a resident of Duncanville? My family has lived in Duncanville since 1989.
  2. What attracted you to the city? There are many fine, quiet neighborhoods and homes with character, centrally located in the DFW Metroplex.
  3. What does African American history month mean to you?  African American history is essentially the story of America told from the perspective of those who have contributed mightily while waiting to experience and enjoy the fullness of the American experiment.

Cassandra Phillips, Vice President, Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees

Text Box: Ms. Phillips (right) and Board President Carla Fahey organize coats for distribution to students.
Cassandra Phillips

1.      How long have you been a resident of Duncanville?  I have been a proud and active resident of the City of Champions for 21 years.  

2.      What attracted you to the city?  While searching for our first home, location and schools were a top priority.  We ended up winning on both with a great location and exceptional schools.  

3.      What does African American history month mean to you?  For me, African American history month means a time for us to celebrate our ancestors.  A time to reflect on the struggles, sacrifices, contributions, and accomplishments of those who paved the way for us. 

The Duncanville Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP) is a commission that serves under the City Council and is charged with:

  1. Establishing a partnership with the community to have the most engaged citizenry in America
  2. Develop an image as a family-oriented community locally and regionally
  3. Develop a brand for the community focusing on the goal of “Duncanville is the Basketball Capital of Texas” and leveraging this brand to enhance sports tourism
  4. Develop ways to engage citizens between 18-30 years of age to become more engaged in Duncanville
  5. Promote citizen participation and engagement in government; and to foster cooperative relationships among diverse citizens in order to fulfill the needs and desires and Duncanville’s diverse community