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

Bond Update: Lakeside Park Pavilion

The Lakeside Park Pavilion bond project has reached structural completion. Electrical, irrigation, and parking lot work remain. The estimated completion date for this bond project is January 2020, weather permitting. For more information about the Lakeside Park bond project please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070.

Lakeside Park Pavilion Timeline:

11/11/2019 – Construction started on the new Lakeside Park Pavilion bond project.

11/20/2019 – The foundation was poured this week.

12/05/2019 – The City logo and most of the pavilion support beams were installed

12/31/2019 – Concrete work was added to the support beams

12/07/2019 – The roof was installed this week.

2020 Daddy Daughter Dance: Beauty and the Beast

One of the most recognized events in Duncanville is steadily approaching.  Be our guest and join us for the Beauty and the Beast Daddy Daughter Dance in February.  The City of Duncanville’s Parks & Recreation Department is gearing up to provide an event that will create memories that last a lifetime for young girls, dads, or special guests. This event provides an opportunity for Dads to treat their daughters to a magical evening filled with dancing, fun, and prizes. Dinner, music, games, and photos will be taken so that dads and daughters have photos to take home.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is a fun event filled with entertainment and prizes. This special event provides the opportunity for guests to mingle and chat with other couples. A DJ will keep the music going and facilitate fun activities while a photographer will work with couples to take photos in our photo booth to take home.

There are a limited number of tickets available.  Please visit the recreation center to purchase your tickets in advance.  Daughters of all ages welcome. Formal dress is required.

Event Information

Event:     Daddy Daughter Dance – Beauty and the Beast

Price:               $50.00 per couple – $15.00 for additional tickets

Date:               Saturday, February 8, 2020

Time:               6 pm – 9 pm

Location:        Duncanville Recreation Center

201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116


Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in person at the Duncanville Recreation Center located at 201 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX 75116.

For more information regarding the Duncanville’s Daddy Daughter Dance event, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-780-5070 or visit www.duncanville.com.

Congratulations to the 2019 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy graduates! Fourteen Duncanville city employees from various departments graduated from the City’s annual Leadership Academy on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to recognize and develop upcoming leaders amongst the staff who exhibit qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence and positivity.

2019 Duncnaville Leadership Academy Graduates

Members of the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy

  • Esther Wright, Senior Code Enforcement Officer
  • Jose Torres, Crew Leader Streets
  • Stephanie Lott, Librarian
  • Duaine Mayo, Police Officer
  • Christopher McCaleb, Police Lieutenant
  • Ronald Wilcots, Police Lieutenant
  • Richard Jones, Fieldhouse Operations Supervisor
  • Derrick Downs, Crew Leader Utility Billing
  • Daisy Guillen, Court Clerk
  • Mike Forester, Crew Leader, Irrigation
  • David Dunn, Assistant Utilities Operations Manager
  • Angelica Garcia, Building Inspections Coordinator
  • Ervey Morales – Skilled Maintenance Worker Parks
  • Jimmy Shelley – Maintenance Worker Streets

The Leadership Academy is a one-year program that meets monthly for leadership training, which also includes city-related topics such as Introduction to City Values and Culture, Community Engagement, Council Relations, Strategic Planning, etc. Midway through the program, academy members divide into three groups and select a city-related project they are responsible for researching, developing, and implementing. The group projects for the 2019 academy program include:

  1. City University – Establish and implement a city-wide training and development program for employees
  2. Senior Center Expansion – Research and recommend expanded programs/services for the Duncanville D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
  3. Employee “Walk In Your Shoes” Day – Create a program where employees rotate through departments/divisions to learn/observe what each department does in the city