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.

Free Lunch for Seniors 60+

This program is available during the COVID-19 health emergency declaration period while the Senior Center is closed.

Residents age 60+ can sign up for free hot lunches, Monday through Friday, by calling 972-707-3843. Meals are picked up at the Senior Center drive thru between 11:30 am and Noon (12:00 pm), but you must call two business days in advance to add your name to the list. Meal deliveries will be considered for special circumstances. Please help spread the word to seniors who might benefit from this service.

D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
206 James Collins Blvd.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
972-707-3843

For more information and updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.duncanville.com/covid-19.

2019 Novel Coronavirus: Duncanville Preparedness & Response

March 16, 2020

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation.  Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The five cases include:

  • One man in his 40’s, one man in his 50’s, one woman in her 50’s, one man in his 60’s, one man in his 70’s
  • All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized
  • Three cases are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a resident of the city of Farmers Branch, and one resides out-of-state
  • 4 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel
  • 1 case is likely from local community spread 

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Dallas County has now reported 19 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website.


March 14, 2020


March 13, 2020
Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported five (5) additional presumptive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in Dallas County to eight (8). Last night, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster for public health emergency and has issued a community gathering order effective today at 11 am. Judge Jenkins has requested that the mayors in Dallas County cities issue a local declaration in support of the county’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.  To that end, Mayor Gordon issued an order mirroring the Dallas County order this morning, as allowed by state law.

ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS (SUMMARY)
DATE ORDER ISSUED: March 12, 2020
The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, the Dallas County order prohibits community gatherings of 500 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 11 a.m. on March 13, 2020, and continuing seven days through 11:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020. For all other gatherings, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order, including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons. Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly urges high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to cancel, reschedule, or not attend events that will have or will likely have 10 or more people.

Duncanville Facilities and Community Events, Programs & Classes Impacted

In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees and residents, the City of Duncanville has made the following immediate modifications in order to address the growing health concerns:

  • The D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through the end of March, which is subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.
  • Recreation Center and Library operations will continue as usual, and classes and programs are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All senior activities are canceled until further notice.
  • The Recreation Center’s ‘Princess Tea Party’ event scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
  • The Library’s ‘Touch A Truck’ event on March 18 has been canceled.
  • Large events occurring in the near future at the Fieldhouse will be canceled based on the Dallas County declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency threshold for community gatherings.

The City’s Event Calendar will be updated appropriately, so please check the status of events, classes and programs to stay informed.

Duncanville ISD’s Spring Break is next week, and the school district has extended Spring Break by one week and canceled all extracurricular activities starting Friday, March 13.

The Duncanville Chamber of Commerce has postponed the ‘Flavor of Duncanville’ event that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and have not announced a new date at this time.


March 12, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of our community and employees is of paramount concern, and the city continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) activity and is prepared to respond appropriately if Duncanville is impacted.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency responsible for providing information and guidance regarding COVID-19 to the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are actively engaged with daily calls and communication with DCHHS and other partners to ensure Duncanville has the latest updates and information regarding the evolving public health threat.

The city is taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of germs at public facilities.

If possible, we encourage residents to use online tools and other resources for self-service needs. For example, residents can report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the homepage, and pay utility bills online at https://duncanville.dpnetbill.com or by phone: 844-608-6680. For general questions or concerns, please call City Hall at 972-780-5000 or peruse the city website. Follow the city on Facebook and Twitter for the latest new and information updates.

City facilities in Duncanville have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing efforts through the COVID-19 public threat period, including Duncanville City Hall, Duncanville Public Library, Duncanville Recreation Center, D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center, Duncanville Fieldhouse and public restrooms at City parks.

Disinfection activities at facilities includes:

  • Increasing the cleaning and disinfection efforts in all city facilities
  • Disinfecting communal equipment multiple times a day
  • Re-filling soap and antibacterial dispensers daily
  • Posting the DCHHS 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ document in English and Spanish at the entrance to all city buildings and in public restrooms
  • City employees have been asked to assist with regular disinfection of workstations and public areas
  • Public restrooms at parks are cleaned and sanitized appropriately

For more information regarding COVID-10, please visit DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php or CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CANCELED – Easter Eggstravaganza: Saturday, April 4

Update: The Easter Eggstravaganza event has been canceled due to the public health emergency related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The City of Duncanville will continue to monitor the situation. Please visit www.duncanville.com/covid-2019 for more information.

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

POSTPONED – Princess Tea Party: Saturday, March 28

Update: The Princess Tea Party has been postponed due to the public health emergency related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The City of Duncanville will continue to monitor the situation. Please visit www.duncanville.com/covid-2019 for more information.

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

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.

2019 Duncanville State of the City

On January 16, 2020, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Celebrate Duncanville: State of the City event at Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately 200 attendees from various businesses and community organizations came together to celebrate Duncanville’s progress over the past year, including awarding Duncanville’s Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the Mayor’s Choice Award for two local businesses.

The State of the City presented by Mayor Barry Gordon shares community highlights and city accomplishments for the year.

State of the City Video

The Mayor’s speech and PowerPoint presentation is also available in its entirety.

Mayor’s Speech & Presentation

2019 Duncanville Man and Woman of the Year

Man of the Year was awarded to Duncanville Police Officer Doug Sisk, pictured center with Mayor Gordon and wife Marlyse.
Woman of the Year was awarded to community visionary Betty Dunn, pictured with husband Weymond.

2019 Mayor’s Choice Award: Businesses

Redbird Skateland
Quality Aspirators