Duncanville Receives Prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award – Updated

Duncanville is One of Ten Winning Communities to Receive the State Environmental Award and a Share of $2 Million in Prize Money

Duncanville, Texas – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Duncanville as one of ten winners of the 2021 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. KTB, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the GCAA to Texas communities for more than 50 years. This year, the ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscape funding from TxDOT; Duncanville will receive $210,000 for a landscaping project.

The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. A community’s environmental program is judged by a group of diverse, multi-sector judges on achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: public awareness and outreach, environmental education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management, litter law, and illegal dumping enforcement.

Duncanville is proud to receive this award. The City of Duncanville and Keep Duncanville Beautiful, a Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful affiliate, have partnered on environmental and beautification programs which include, but are not limited to:

  • a Household Hazardous Waste event in the spring;
  • two city-wide Operation: Clean Duncanville events in the spring and fall;
  • a Property Improvement Program that assists property owners who are unable to make home repairs due to life circumstances;
  • an Annual Garden Workshop in the spring; and
  • proactive efforts to enforce codes and combat illegal dumping.

The City of Duncanville received 2nd place in 2019 and made a dedicated effort in 2020 to do more, be better, and get more individuals involved in keeping Duncanville beautiful.

“The Governor’s Community Achievement Award is a positive recognition of the Keep Duncanville Beautiful board’s hard work, commitment, and success in the beautification of our community,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon.

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. Duncanville will be honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which will take place virtually from June 29 through July 1. Other winning communities include Athens, Denton, Friendswood, Gatesville, Cuero, Mansfield, McKinney, Muenster, and San Saba.

To learn more about GCAA and this year’s winners, visit ktb.org/gcaa.

2021 Independence Day Parade & Celebration

The City of Duncanville hosts an incredible day of family-friendly fun to celebrate Independence Day! Guests can enjoy a parade in the morning, then come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food and fun for kids and adults of all ages.

Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 3, 2021
9:00 am

The Independence Day Parade is facilitated by the Duncanville Lion’s Club and begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The Parade route starts on Wheatland Road at Freeman Street, heads west and turns right on North Main Street then ends at North Main Street and Freeman Street.

Residents are welcome to set up blankets and chairs along the parade route to enjoy the fun and creative float entries.

Interested in being part of the Independence Day Parade? Fill out the parade application to participate!

Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 3, 2021
6:00 pm
Armstrong Park | 100 James Collins Blvd

Celebrate our country’s Independence at a family-friendly event featuring live music, delicious food, bounce houses, face painters & more! Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands are required for entry – pick up wristbands at the Recreation Center starting June 14; limit 5 per person and must be 18 years old or older. Bags and coolers subject to inspection. No alcohol, glass containers, tents, canopies, large umbrellas, non-service animals, personal drones or fireworks allowed.

The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 pm.

Vendors & Sponsors

Interested in being part of the Independence Day Celebration as a vendor or sponsor? Fill out the vendor application to participate!

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070. The City of Duncanville recommends social distancing and masks.

2021 Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May to honor all Americans who died while serving in military. This year, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 31, 2021.

“In Flanders Fields”

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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 31, 2021 beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park. Click here to download a copy of the program.

Date:     May 31, 2021

Time:    10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Venue: Memorial Park – 101 North Main Street

Road closures on Santa Fe/Main Street slip will begin at 8:00 a.m. and Main Street will be closed at 9:00 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, no reception will be held after the event. The City of Duncanville recommends social distancing and face masks.

Duncanville Receives Prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award

Duncanville is One of Ten Winning Communities to Receive the State Environmental Award and a Share of $2 Million in Prize Money

Duncanville, Texas – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Duncanville as one of ten winners of the 2021 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. KTB, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the GCAA to Texas communities for more than 50 years. This year, the ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscape funding from TxDOT; Duncanville will receive $210,000 for a landscaping project.

The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. A community’s environmental program is judged by a group of diverse, multi-sector judges on achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: public awareness and outreach, environmental education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management, litter law, and illegal dumping enforcement.

Duncanville is proud to receive this award. The City of Duncanville and Keep Duncanville Beautiful, a Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful affiliate, have partnered on environmental and beautification programs which include, but are not limited to:

  • a Household Hazardous Waste event in the spring;
  • two city-wide Operation: Clean Duncanville events in the spring and fall;
  • a Property Improvement Program that assists property owners who are unable to make home repairs due to life circumstances;
  • an Annual Garden Workshop in the spring; and
  • proactive efforts to enforce codes and combat illegal dumping.

The City of Duncanville received 2nd place in 2019 and made a dedicated effort in 2020 to do more, be better, and get more individuals involved in keeping Duncanville beautiful.

“The Governor’s Community Achievement Award is a positive recognition of the Keep Duncanville Beautiful board’s hard work, commitment, and success in the beautification of our community,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon.

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. Duncanville will be honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which will take place virtually from June 29 through July 1. Other winning communities include Athens, Denton, Friendswood, Gatesville, Cuero, Mansfield, McKinney, Muenster, and San Saba.

To learn more about GCAA and this year’s winners, visit ktb.org/gcaa.

Duncanville Fieldhouse Opens Shower and Water Facilities for Those Still Without Utilities for Second Day

Duncanville Parks and Recreation and Emergency Services will open the Duncanville Fieldhouse for a 2nd day Monday, February 22, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM for those impacted by the winter storm still without water utilities. People can visit the Duncanville Fieldhouse at 1700 S. Main St., Duncanville, Texas 75137 during these hours to use showers and collect water. Visitors are asked to please, bring their own water containers and toiletries.

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Duncanville Fieldhouse Opens Shower and Water Facilities for Those Still Without Utilities

Duncanville Parks and Recreation and Emergency Services will open the Duncanville Fieldhouse today from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM for those impacted by the winter storm still without water utilities. People can visit the Duncanville Fieldhouse at 1700 S. Main St., Duncanville, Texas 75137 during these hours to use showers and collect water. Visitors are asked to please, bring their own water containers and toiletries.

A plan is in place for use of the showers. Shower suites will be assigned after check-in to families and individuals. Reservations are available by calling 972-331-8868.

Three water bibs will be made available outside the Duncanville Fieldhouse for drive-up water fills. Those who choose to use this option are asked to provide their own water containers.

Visitors are asked to follow the CDC’s mask and social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Halloween Celebration – Spooky Chalk-Off Contest

The City of Duncanville will be hosting a Halloween Celebration event this year, however, it will not be our traditional Boo Bash event and it will be on a much smaller scale. The Duncanville Recreation Center will instead be hosting our very first Halloween Spooky Chalk-Off Contest!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Recreation Center – East parking lot. Each participant will be assigned an 8′ X 16′ parking space where they will create a Halloween-themed work of art … in chalk!

Space will be limited to the first 46 participants.

Registration is required for all participants.

Event Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Event Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event Location: Recreation Center – East Parking Lot

Safety measures: For the safety of our participants, this event will be COVID-19 compliant and will be held outdoors allowing for 6-foot social distancing. There will be one empty parking space between each art display, masks will be required, and participants, family, and friends will be asked to remain together in their area and not mingle with others outside their group.      

Event Categories:          

  • Family – 8′ X 16′ parking space; up to 4 people – to include children ages 2 to 7.
  • Youth – 8′ X 16′ parking space; up to 4 people – ages 8 to 17.

Material Restrictions: Only water-based chalk paints are permissible. The Recreation Center will provide a limited amount of chalk while supplies last. We encourage participants to bring their own chalk. 

Space Assignment: 46 spaces available. Each parking space is 8′ X 16′. The spots will be numbered and assigned to each participant by a Recreation Attendant. Participants will be spaced one parking space apart to adhere to social distancing.  Please note that some parking spaces may have cracks or texture variations.

Registration/Sign-up:  To register, download the fillable form and email it to fmendoza@duncanville.com or visit us at the Recreation Center – 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, Texas 75116.  Check-in will begin at 10:30 am at the pavilion in the Recreation Center parking lot.  Artists may prep their spaces as early as 7 am, but art creation cannot begin until 11 am.  Any artist failing to check-in by 10:30 am will forfeit their space. You must register to participate.

Halloween Chalk-Off Registration Form

Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Parking: All participants must park at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center – East parking lot.

Prizes: Award winners will be selected and announced on the same day. The winner must be present to claim his/her prize at 3 pm.

Rules: 

  • Drawings must remain within the designated square area.  Drawings on buildings, trees, or any other surface are strictly prohibited.
  • This is a family-friendly Halloween event.  Artwork containing nudity, profanity, political or content deemed inappropriate by the Halloween committee will be removed and the artist will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Only artist-made templates are permissible
  • The use of flammable or offensive odors may not be used.

Failure to comply by these rules or guidelines may be grounds for dismissal.

Tips:

  • Use chalk sparingly.  Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom.
  • Some artists prefer to lay all their undertones first.  Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all major elements first.
  • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color.  Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.
  • Using a paintbrush is also helpful when filling large areas.
  • If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc.  Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface – so think BIG & DRAMATIC.
  • The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become.  So, practice on the driveway at home.

Things you can bring: Blanket, chair, knee pads to stay comfy while you draw, sketches, or inspirations pieces to guide your chalk design and water and snacks to enjoy if you take a break.

Small bags of candy will be provided by the Recreation Center.

Cancellation:  In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled with no rescheduled date.

For more information please contact the Recreation Center Front Desk at 972-780-5070 or email us at fmendoza@duncanville.com.

Recreation Center Re-opening: June 1, 2020

The City of Duncanville’s Parks & Recreation Department is happy to announce the re-opening of the Recreation Center. The Recreation Center has been working hard to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The limit capacity is at 25%, members only, with no day passes.

The Recreation Center is scheduled to open Monday, June 1, 2020, at 7 am.
New limited hours of operations will be in effect:

Monday – Friday | 7 am – 7 pm

Saturday | 9 am – 5 pm

To give everyone a chance to get back to their workout routine, the fitness room will be limited to 1hr/day.

New health screening protocols have been established due to the public health emergency related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health Protocols for guests:

Self-screen before entering the facility, and do not enter with any of the symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

Wash or disinfect hands after any interaction with people or components of the facility.

Maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals not within the same household. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face-covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.

  • Wash or sanitize hands after any payment process.
  • All guests must wear gloves while inside the fitness room.
  • All guests must clean the equipment after every use
  • All guests are not required to but are encouraged to wear a non-medical grade face mask or cloth face covering when using the facility.

For the health and safety of all guests, new policies & guidelines will also go into effect beginning Monday, June 1st until further notice.

  • Bring your own equipment – basketball, water bottle, jump rope
  • Do not turn on powered-off equipment
  • No public restroom access
  • No public water fountain access
  • No daily pass is available for purchase
  • No rental reservations are being taken

For more information please contact the Duncanville Recreation Center at 972-780-5070 or at parksandrec@duncanville.com.