Nov. 17, 2019
This Week's News                                                        
2019 Garland Neighborhood Awards
The Garland Neighborhood Awards are the City's annual way to spotlight neighbors who make a difference as individuals and, when they combine their efforts, as neighborhoods.
The Oakridge Neighborhood Association, several dedicated volunteers and public servants, and various efforts to make Garland a more environmentally friendly place were recognized Nov. 8 at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center.

Learn more.
Garland Brings Home National and State Video Awards
The City of Garland has earned numerous video awards at both the national and state level this year.

Garland earned  six awards from the 34th Annual Government Programming Awards, hosted by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors in September.

The City also brought home eight trophies from the annual statewide Government Programming Awards, presented at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference in early November.

In addition, the City earned two TAMI Awards from the 2019 Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers Conference in early June. Visit to learn more and see the winning videos.
Garland Animal Services Recognized by Dallas County Health and Human Services
Garland Animal Services was recognized by Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Philip Huang and Manager of Environmental Health/Mosquito Control Scott Sawlis at the Garland City Council Nov. 5 Regular Meeting.
The animal shelter staff were recognized for the outstanding work done in partnership with the Dallas County Health Department, f rom answering questions related to state laws on pet ownership to assisting picking up stray animals.
We Need Your Input!
The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department needs your input on the future of several projects.  You are invited to share your thoughts through public input meetings and surveys about the future of Garland's aquatics, Rick Oden park and skatepark, and trails and bikeways. Learn more.
Aquatics Master Plan
The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department wants to hear from you! 

You are invited to share your thoughts on the future of Garland pools, Surf & Swim, and other amenities for the Aquatics Master Plan.

Complete the  online survey today!

Call 972-205-2757 or email for more information.
Rick Oden Park Master Plan and Skatepark Plan
Speak directly with your elected and appointed officials about the proposed plans for Rick Oden Park and the Skatepark at two upcoming City Council meetings
  • 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19
Both meetings will take place at  City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. 

You may also share your thoughts through the Skatepark Online Survey.
Trails and Bikeways Master Plan
The City needs you to take an online survey to help develop the plan for Garland's future trails and bikeways.
We want to know your priorities for cycling, walking and using trails in Garland to help us establish goals and objectives for the Trails and Bikeways Master Plan. 
Complete the online survey to share your opinions.
Call 972-205-2750 for more information.
Garland Celebrates Upgrades at Granger Recreation Center
A reinvestment into a core facility in Garland's Parks and Recreation system was celebrated Friday, Nov. 15, as officials and guests cut the ribbon on the refurbished Granger Recreation Center.

The gym's storefront glass, wood courts and scoreboards have been replaced; its bathrooms, air conditioning and internet connections upgraded. The center at 1310 W. Avenue F has reopened to residents after two years of construction.

Granger was Garland's first recreation center, built in 1961 as a cornerstone feature to Central Park.  Learn more .
Garland Police Vacation Watch
Need someone to check on your home while you're away for the holidays?

Garland Police's Vacation Watch program provides uniformed volunteers in marked police cars to check on homes while residents are away on vacation.
Add your home to the watch list by downloading a Vacation Watch Request Form

Learn more at

Discounted Rain Barrel Sale
For a limited time, the City of Garland Water Utilities Department is offering rain barrels at a discount.

A classic black 50-gallon Ivy Rain Barrel is just $69 (regular price is $129). Barrels must be ordered by 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, and must be picked up from Garland Water Operations, 2343 Forest Lane, between noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, or Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Events & Announcements
City Council Meetings
Nov. 18 and 19
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18; Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. View agendas at and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

Federal Disaster Loans for Storm-Affected Residents
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Texas businesses and residents affected by the storms that occurred Oct. 20-21. Beginning Monday, Nov. 18, SBA representatives will be available at the Dallas County Disaster Loan Outreach Center, located at the Bachman Lake Branch Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Road in Dallas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline to apply for property damage is Jan. 13, 2020. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Aug. 14, 2020. For more details, read the  full announcement from the SBA (PDF) .

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