Aug. 22, 2021
This Week's News
Garland Purchases Land to Help Meet Community Parks Needs
The Garland Foundation for Development has approved the purchase of 2.18 acres of land south of Miller Road near Ridgecrest and Lakemere drives to create public park space to serve and connect the nearby neighborhoods.

The park will also include a portion of what had been the Williams family farm and was recently approved for 75 new single-family homes. As part of the development agreement, 3 acres have been given to the City to create a public park. The City’s purchase will add to the committed open space and eventually create a neighborhood park exceeding 5 acres.

When the City is ready to begin the design process for this new park, residents of the nearby neighborhoods will be invited to share their thoughts and insights. Learn more.
COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic and Garland ISD Back-to-School Rally
You can get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at our Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Garland Health Department is now providing boosters for the COVID-19 vaccine to those the declared eligible by the Centers for Disease Control. Those considered moderately to severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna. A third dose registration form and eligibility information are available at GarlandTX.gov.

Garland Public Health is partnering with Garland Independent School District and the NAACP to provide COVID-19 vaccines at their 2021 Health Fair and Back-to-School Rally from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Homer B. Johnson Stadium, 1209 E. Centerville Road. This drive-thru event is free and open to the public.

For more vaccine information, visit GarlandTX.gov.
Did you know? During the month of July, 92.4% of reported cases in Garland were unvaccinated and 96.4% of hospitalizations were unvaccinated.

Nationally, vaccinated people are eight times less likely to get COVID-19, and 25 times less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.
Join Team Downtown
As Downtown Garland prepares for construction to begin in late 2021, the Downtown Development Office is excited to unveil the Team Downtown volunteer program.

Team Downtown will engage with visitors, help them navigate around construction and promote local businesses to ultimately contribute to the Downtown Garland experience. Our volunteers will also enjoy perks like free Garland merchandise and gift cards to local businesses.

Interested in joining Team Downtown, helping local business, and serving the Garland community? Learn more and apply today.
75th Annual Labor Day Parade Monday, Sept. 6
The 75th annual Labor Day parade and festivities, presented by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland, will take place Monday, Sept. 6.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. at Glenbrook Drive at Avenue D. It will run north to Main Street, then east to Fifth Street and north on Fifth Street. It will end at Fifth and Austin streets. 

After the parade, enjoy the Rock & Roll Car Show with antique and custom cars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Downtown Square. All cars are welcome; register upon arrival.

There will also be a karaoke contest with cash prizes in the Plaza Theatre. In addition, there will be various booths for kids and adults, including face painting, balloons and food vendors.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meeting
Aug. 26
The Garland City Council Work Session will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. The proposed budget is available at GarlandTX.gov.

Boards & Commissions Meetings
All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at GarlandTX.gov.

Due to health considerations from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings held through the end of August will be virtual. You can watch the meetings online. The virtual meeting link will be included in the individual meeting agenda. You may participate by telephone. Dial-in numbers will be posted with the virtual meeting information.

View agendas at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

Cultural Arts Commission Grant Applications
Sept. 17
Applications for the Garland Cultural Arts Commission's 2021-22 Grant Program may be picked up at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, 300 N. Fifth St., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications are due to the Granville Arts Center Friday, Sept. 17. Follow-up interviews will take place Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Granville Arts Center. For more information, call 972-205-2780.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Thursday, Aug. 19, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,927 active cases out of 32,490 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 472 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday and Thursday.

The City of Garland and its community partners are facilitating access to recovery programs for Garland residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. Assistance is available for a variety of services, including financial assistance for housing, utilities, food and medical expenses, as well as workforce training and job placement services, and counseling and emergency shelter assistance.
Fight the Bite
The City of Garland reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus by limiting outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours and wearing light-colored, long-sleeve clothing while outdoors. Remember also to eliminate any standing water on your property as this is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.
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