Duncanville Recreation Center: Membership Drive

The new year is a great time to commit to a healthier lifestyle, and an opportunity for a fresh start. If you join or renew in the month of January, you will get a 1-year membership for the price of 6 months! You will have access to the gym, the fitness/weight room, the indoor walking track, and receive a free gift!

For more information, please contact the Duncanville Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.

Recreation Center Hours:

Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 9 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Indoor Walking Track
Gym
Fitness/Weight Room
Game Room

2019 Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting: December 6

Street Closures

There will be street closures for the Duncanville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6 between the hours of 6:00 and 10:00 pm.

Expect street closures on Wheatland from Freeman to Main between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 pm AND on Main from Freeman to Davis between the hours of 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Please seek alternate routes Friday evening, if possible.


2019 City of Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

In celebration of the Christmas Holiday, the City of Duncanville is hosting the annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6, 2019.

This year’s festivities will feature the lighted Christmas Parade down Main Street, pictures with Santa, the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and much more!

Christmas Parade | 7:00 pm

The Parade route starts on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heads west and turns right on N Main St then ends in downtown Duncanville.

Residents are welcome to set up blankets and chairs along the parade route to enjoy the fun and creative floats. After the parade, head to downtown for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and festivities!

Various road closures will affect the Wheatland & Main St area beginning at 6:00 pm on December 6.

Enter a Parade Float!

Float entries welcome! There is a $25 float charge and applications are due by Friday, November 15.

View the Parade Float Registration form for additional details.

For any questions regarding the parade, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Tree Lighting, Concert & Festivities | 8:00 pm

Downtown Duncanville near Memorial Park– 101 N. Main St., Duncanville, TX

Join Mayor Gordon as he lights the downtown Christmas tree to kick off the holiday festivities, including live performances, singing Christmas carols, yummy food and drink options, bounce houses, games and other activities. Be sure to dress up for pictures with Santa!

Pictures with Santa are located at Ben Franklin Apothecary.

Vendor Opportunities

To inquire about being 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. For any questions regarding being a vendor, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Shuttle Service | 5:00 pm to End of Event | Costco

Shuttle service to and from the event is free to the Public. Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville will offer shuttle service before, during and after the event. Guests can park at Costco located at 250 E Hwy 67 in Duncanville to catch the shuttle.

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.

2019 Holiday Schedule for Trash, Recycling & City Facilities

​​Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Year’s 2020

Duncanville city facilities will be closed on:

  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the New Year’s holiday

Holiday hours (other closures and holiday hours):

  • Duncanville Public Library – Closed Saturday, November 30. Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27 and Tuesday, December 31.
  • Duncanville Recreation & Senior Centers – Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 31.

Trash, recycling and bulk collection service will not run on:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Refuse collection will resume on the following regularly scheduled pick up day.

Live Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Duncanville provides Christmas tree recycling through January 10 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.

Kidsville/Splashpad Community Input Meeting Recap

The City of Duncanville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board along with the Parks and Recreation Department wish to thank the approximately 35 residents that were present on October 17 for the Kidsville/Splashpad Community Input Meeting held at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center. The preliminary schematic design plan for Kidsville and Splashpad was presented by Dunaway Associates and Playgrounds by Leathers. Questions and concerns were addressed and will continue to be reviewed in the planning process. Examples include shade, restrooms, security, fencing, and amenities such as benches and picnic stations. If you were unable to attend or have any further questions or concerns, please email parksandrec@duncanville.com.

View Schematic Design Plan

Neighborhood Park Community Meetings

What’s in Your Neighborhood Park?

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board wants to hear from you! What do you like about our parks? What do you want to see improved in our parks? What amenities are you looking for? In September we will be gathering community input for the neighborhood park master plan. Please join us as we discuss the future of our parks!

Meeting Location, Date & Time

Pyburn Park
915 Astaire Avenue, 75137
Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm

Quail Run Park
325 N Greenstone Lane, 75116
Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm

Waterview Park
1700 Whitecliff Drive, 75137
Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm

Chris Paris Park
1300 Caravan Trail, 75116
Monday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm

Can’t make the meeting for your neighborhood park? Please contact our Parks and Recreation department at 972-780-5070 or  parksandrec@duncanville.com. More locations will be announced soon.

Duncanville 2019 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

July 4, 2019
9:00 am

The Independence Day Parade is facilitated by the Duncanville Lion’s Club and begins at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The Parade route starts on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heads west and turns right on N Main St then ends at N Main St and Freeman St.

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 enter your float!

Independence Day CELEBRATION

July 4, 2019
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 required for entry – pick up wristbands at the Recreation Center starting June 10; limit 5 per person and must be 18 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!

Parking/Shuttle Service

Parking near the event is limited, and residents are encouraged to walk if they live near Armstrong Park. Shuttle Service to and from the Celebration begins at 6:00 pm from the Costco parking lot and will run all evening until the event is over. ADA parking available at City Hall.

 

Duncanville Honors 50th Anniversary of War Memorial on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27

The City of Duncanville is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Memorial Park on Monday, May 27 at 10:00 am. Army Retired Colonel Ronald Munden is the honored guest speaker, who 50 years ago as an Army Cadet, participated in the ceremony and helped unveil the memorial. The first 300 guests will receive a commemorative War Memorial challenge coin marking the event. Memorial Park is located at 101 N. Main Street in Duncanville.

Memorial Day did not become a federal holiday until 1971. Before that it was traditionally recognized on May 30 regardless of the day of the week. Thus, 50 years ago Memorial Day in Duncanville was recognized on Friday, May 30, 1969 with the dedication of the War Memorial and Memorial Park.

Early in 1969, Ed Purcell from the American Legion Post 81, along with noted artist and architect William B. Lowder, developed plans for a memorial marker and eternal flame layout, as well as heading up the fundraising efforts. Starlight Park, which was redesigned, freshly landscaped, and renamed Memorial Park, was the focal point of the dedication ceremonies that morning. Families of the fallen soldiers engraved on the memorial were present and the memorial was unveiled by Midshipman Charles B. Young and Cadet Ronald Munden.

The Duncanville War Memorial is a polished granite monument approximately sixteen feet high featuring a brass bald eagle with a two-foot wing span atop. Twenty-two names were originally inscribed on the monument representing Duncanville’s fallen soldiers from four wars. The eternal flame was also lit on Memorial Day in 1969 and continues to burn bright today.

Please join us in remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Best of Southwest Juneteenth Celebration – June 15

The City of Duncanville and Best of Southwest cities join together for the Juneteenth Arts and Music Festival, honoring the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Activities include food vendors, a variety of art by local artist, crafts, musical performances and much more.  Admission is free!

Seeking Vendors

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Best Southwest Juneteenth Festival as a Small Business/Artist/Organizations.  Applications must be received by 12 pm, Monday, May 27th.

  • Booth with Electricity $100
  • Booth with No Electricity $75

Call 972-291-5130 or email cedarhillpard@cedarhilltx.com for more information.

Free Tulip Bulbs While Supplies Last, Available April 8

The week of March 25th has proven to be the best week for our tulips this year. Next week they will begin to decline and by week’s end all the white petals will likely be spent. So, get out and enjoy them while you can! Some citizens have expressed interest in obtaining the bulbs after the blooming season ends. Tulips are an annual flower in Texas as it does not stay cold enough for the bulbs to bloom again each year. However, the bulbs can be harvested and kept in a refrigerated climate until planting next winter. The city does not have the resources to refrigerate the bulbs but feels it is in the best interest of the city to allow individual citizens to do so if they desire as it only beautifies the entire city next season.

Free Tulip Bulbs

The Parks Department will be pulling the tulips and saving some of the bulbs for those citizens who want them the week of April 8 weather permitting. They can be picked up on a first come first serve basis at the Recreation Center Lobby starting the week of April 8 (weather permitting) during regular business hours while supplies last.

For convenience, residents can call ahead to make sure there are still tulip bulbs available: 972-780-5070

Tulip Bulb Care

Although tulips are bulbs, it is best to consider them as annuals here in Texas. Successive year’s blooms will be inferior, if present at all. Texas winters are too mild to give them the chilling they need to flower properly. To prevent drying out, store bulbs in dry peat moss, perlite, vermiculite or sand in a porous bag or shallow tray. Store them in a cool (35°-50°F), dry, well-ventilated area for replanting in the winter. Refrigerate the bulbs for at least six weeks prior to replanting.

Generally planted in Texas around Christmas or the first two weeks of January, tulips should be planted in sun or part shade six inches deep and four to six inches apart. Tulips look better when planted in clumps of three, five or seven. They require well-drained, fertilized soil. There are several “bulb boosters” or fertilizers available as well as the traditional bone meal. Mix any of these with soil in the bottom of the planting hole. For bigger, brighter blooms, use a liquid plant food in early spring.