May 2, 2021
This Week's News
Elections Results
The City of Garland held a General Election for two-year terms for Mayor and Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8 and a Special Election for the final year of an unfinished term in District 1 on May 1, 2021.

Unofficial results are as follows:

Mayor - Scott LeMay
District 1 - Jeff Bass
District 6 - Robert Vera
District 7 - Dylan Hedrick
District 8 - Robert John Smith

In District 3, no candidate received more than half of the votes cast. There will be a runoff between the two candidates receiving the largest number of votes: Ed Moore and PC Mathew.

The election results will be certified at a special meeting of the Garland City Council on Tuesday, May 11.

The runoff date is Saturday, June 5, with early voting from Monday, May 24, through Tuesday, June 1. More information.
Apply Now for Boards and Commissions
Do you want to make a difference in your City? The City will accept applications for its boards and commissions from Monday, May 31, through Thursday, July 1.

City Council is currently accepting applications for the North Texas Municipal Water District Board Appointment through Monday, May 3. The term starts June 1 and runs through May 31, 2023. To qualify for the position, an applicant must reside in Garland. Applications should include a letter of interest and a resume.

Application forms can be found on the City Secretary's page at They can be submitted to René Dowl, City Secretary, by email to or by mail to City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland 75040.
Wynne Pool Update

Due to the aging condition of Wynne Pool as well as the recent impact of this winter’s freeze, Wynne Pool will not be open to the public for summer 2021.

However, the City of Garland is currently working on new and exciting updates to Wynne Park, which include a new splash pad, playground and library kiosk!

Senior Centers Open!

The City of Garland will welcome back our seniors to both Carver Senior Center and Garland Senior Activity Center starting Monday, May 3. Hours of operations will change slightly, so check out the website for details. 

Meals will continue to be delivered, or people may still drive-thru to pick up their meal. Lunches will NOT be served on-site per guidelines from Dallas County. 
Fields Recreation Center Renovations Begin

Fields Recreation Center is closed for construction. This renovation will feature a facelift to the game room, multipurpose room, kitchen, gymnasium and front desk area, including new flooring and ceilings throughout the building. There will even be a new outdoor patio adjacent to the multipurpose room, overlooking Embree Park. 

"The Cactus Chronicles" Saturday, May 15
Friends of Garland's Historic Magic 11th Street present "The Cactus Chronicles" at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

"The Cactus Chronicles" tells the story of one family's profound and enduring mark on the Garland community and its culture. Follow Manuel and Maria Valle, who arrived in Garland almost a century ago as the town's first Latino dwellers.

In-person tickets are sold out, but livestream tickets are available for purchase. Get yours today!
Garland Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Daniela Liebman joins the Garland Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Granville Arts Center, 200 N. Fifth St.

Enjoy the concert from the comfort of your home with livestream tickets available for purchase online.

Or call 972-205-2790, visit or purchase your tickets in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”

Witness this irreverent, fast-paced romp through The Bard’s 37 plays, as designed by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield and performed by Garland Civic Theatre.

Performances will take place May 7-16, at the Granville Arts Center, 200 N. Fifth St.

Tickets available at 972-205-2790, or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office.
Free Classic Movie at the Plaza Theatre

View a screening of the 1948 classic "I Remember Mama" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

Follow the Hansens' small joys, sorrows and aspirations with the boisterous antics of Uncle Chris in this classic starring Irene Dunne.

Admission is first-come, first-served general admission. No tickets are required.

COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 297 active cases out of 27,856 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 431 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon.

Updated COVID-19 Recovery Resources
The City of Garland and other community partners are facilitating access to various recovery programs for residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.

FEMA is providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for death related to the coronavirus.

Rental assistance is available through Catholic Charities of Dallas. You can check your eligibility and apply for this assistance online or contact a case manager for assistance by calling 214-257-0674. One-on-one meetings can be scheduled, as needed, between noon and 4 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Garland's Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Assistance is available for a variety of additional services. Visit our Recovery Resources page at to find out more.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
May 3 and 4
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 3. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. 

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

Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the meetings 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 and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

TxDOT Virtual Public Meeting
May 13
The Texas Department of Transportation will host a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13, to discuss the operational improvements proposed to approximately 5.5 miles of I-30 from I-635 to Bass Pro Drive. The meeting is not a live event and can be viewed through 6 p.m. Friday, May 28. Learn more.

DARTzoom Meeting
May 24
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is redesigning its bus network. New routes, more hours of service and greater coverage are included in a five-year bus service plan to be implemented in January 2022. A series of 15 meetings, DARTzoom: A New Bus Network, is in motion to collect public input. Each meeting targets a specific coverage area. The Garland meeting will be at noon Monday, May 24. To hear the meeting, call 469-676-0717 and enter phone conference ID 995 449 184#. View the full list of meetings (PDF). Visit to read the draft bus network report, participate in a survey and find other information about the five-year bus service plan. You can also view a recorded Facebook live event addressing public questions.
Garland Youth Council Accepting Applications Through Friday, June 4
Interested Garland residents who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2021-22 school year are eligible to apply to serve on the Garland Youth Council. Learn more and download an application on the Garland Youth Council page at Email with any questions.
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