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Posted on: February 9, 2024

City of Garland Closes on Purchase of Key Downtown Property

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The City of Garland has taken another step toward the redevelopment of 519 W. State St. – one of the earliest business properties on the Downtown Square. Last October, City Council approved a purchase contract, and on Thursday, Feb. 8, the City officially...

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Posted on: February 19, 2024

Garland A Longtime Home Like No Other in North Texas

A study released in February based on U.S. Census Bureau information lists Garland as the No. 4 city in the nation in “Cities Where Homeowners Stick." People come to Garland and make it their longtime home far more often than in any other city in Nor...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

2024 Elections: Garland Offers Four Early voting Sites for March 5 Primaries

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Four Garland sites are available as early voting starts Tuesday, Feb. 20, for the Tuesday, March 5, primary election.

Early voting can be done at the Dallas College-Garland Center, 675 W. Walnut St.; the North Garland Library, 3845 N. Garland Ave.; the Sou...

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Posted on: February 22, 2024

City of Garland Hosts Fire Chiefs Forum

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The City of Garland was recently chosen to host the Texas Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association.

Alumni from Bedford, Cedar Hill, Euless, Garland, Grapevine, Hurst, Irving, Mansfield, McKinney, North Richland Hills, Plano, Richardson, Roanoke and Trophy...

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Posted on: February 19, 2024

Free Gary P. Nunn Concert on the Square Friday, March 1

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Garland's Music Made Here Concert Series welcomes a true legend of Lone Star music at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1. This outdoor concert is FREE!

Nunn has been at the forefront of Texas country music since the 1970s. As a pioneer of the progressive country movem...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Heritage Crossing Manager Earns Distinguished Leader Award

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Kim Nurmi received the Garland Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Leader Award at the Chamber’s 92nd Annual Meeting in January.

Nurmi, the City’s Heritage Crossing manager, was recognized for creating engaging and interactive programs and activities that ...

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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Garland a Top City for Black Women to Flourish

Garland was rated the sixth-best among all major American cities in a list of The Best Cities for Black Women to Flourish Financially, published by personal finance technology company MoneyGeek.com.

Income, the cost of crime per capita, homeownership and p...

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Posted on: February 8, 2024

SKYWARN Severe Weather Education Class Saturday, Feb. 17

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The City of Garland will host the National Weather Service's free SKYWARN severe weather education class at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

This free class, part of a nationwide initiative, aims to prepare ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Downtown Garland Construction Updates

The intersection of Main and Seventh streets has reopened!

Check out our video for more information about construction in Downtown as well a parking options. You can also view a map of Downtown parking.

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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Interpretive Panels Showcase Black History in Garland

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This Black History Month, explore interpretive history panels recently installed on the Carver campus to share its rich history. The panels are available for viewing at 206-222 Carver St.

The three panels illustrate the community importance of George Washi...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Winter Preparedness

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Harsh winter weather conditions can pose significant challenges. Here are some essential tips to stay safe.

Build an emergency kit that includes nonperishable food, water, blankets, flashlights and a battery-powered radio — essential supplies to sustain yo...

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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Grammy Award Winners Coming to Garland Saturday, Feb. 10

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Celebrate Black History Month with living legends of gospel music the Blind Boys of Alabama and special guest Bobby Rush at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

Gospel Music Hall of Famers and winners of six Grammy Award...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

National Old-Growth Forest Network Adds Garland Treasure

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Garland’s Spring Creek Forest Preserve will be the site for a celebration of its induction into the national Old-Growth Forest Network on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The Preserve, 1770 Holford Road, is only the second Texas entry into the network that celebrates Am...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

City Breaks Ground on Bob Day Tennis Complex

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The City broke ground on the Bob Day Tennis Complex, 1801 State Highway 66, at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Watch the video!

The Bob Day Tennis Complex will be within 62.5-acre Tuckerville Park. The facility will include: 

  • A 3,700-square-foot pro shop&a...
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Posted on: August 23, 2023

Jan. 18 Meeting to Highlight Your Input for Wynn Joyce Park

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The City of Garland will host a public meeting to discuss ideas for improvements for Wynn Joyce Park, 2222 Oates Road. 

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at South Garland Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.

The Wynn Joyce Park improv...

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Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: September 10, 2019

Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

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The connection between Garland Mayor Scott LeMay and the Build Garland Bond Program couldn’t have been more evident than it was Tuesday, Feb. 13, when the Mayor delivered his State of the City Address at The Atrium.

LeMay referred to completed pr...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Bond Update

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Featured projects in the 2019 Build Garland bond program:

Central Library: The newly renovated Central Library, at 625 Austin St., will have an updated modern interior with a new layout that includes a completely renovated children’s area, a slid...

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Posted on: January 11, 2024

Winter Weather Resources Available

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Due to the extreme temperatures, warming centers have been opened in Garland. All currently available resources are listed below and will be updated as changes are reported.

Organization: GLOWSLocation: Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, 435 S. Fifth St....

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Ronald Jones Municipal Building Closed Wednesday, Jan. 17

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The Ronald Jones Municipal Building, 800 Main St., is closed to the public Wednesday, Jan. 17, as the City works to fix problems with the heating (HVAC) system.

The building is home to the City’s permitting processes, its planners, engineers, transportatio...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

2023 Neighborhood Award Winners

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The City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality recognizes those who make extraordinary efforts to enhance, revitalize or invest in their neighborhoods. 

This year's awards were presented at the Pre-Summit Mixer on Nov. 9. ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Garland Earns State Parks Society Awards

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Heritage Crossing and a Garland Parks & Recreation employee were honored at the North Region Conference of the Texas Recreation & Park Society in early December.

Heritage Crossing received the Arts and Humanities Programming Achievement Award for t...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Garland Fire Trains Swift Water Rescue Technicians

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Fire departments from around the state met in New Braunfels this fall to take Garland’s annual water rescue class, and more than 20 students were newly certified as Swift Water Rescue Technicians.

The Garland Fire Department began hosting these t...

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Posted on: December 22, 2023

Latest Issue of Garland City Press Now Available

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The January/February issue of the Garland City Press is on its way to your mailbox and available online.

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Festivities, City Holiday Hours and Services Set for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and March starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. The parade starts on Dairy Road and Garden Drive near Embree Park and finishes at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. At noon Saturday, Jan. 13, “Lift Eve...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

GP&L Electric Rate Adjustment

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Due to increased ERCOT costs, Garland Power & Light is adjusting the Recovery Adjustment Factor (RAF) component of its electric rate.

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Posted on: November 9, 2023

Garland Animal Shelter Takes Fast Track to Heartworm Treatment

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The Garland Animal Shelter & Adoption Center has paired with Friends of Rescue Animals in a groundbreaking heartworm treatment initiative program.

Shelter dogs who test positive for heartworms are given an injection of the FDA-approved medication Dirob...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Firefighters Attend Hazmat Training to Prevent Widespread Disasters

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Nine Garland firefighters recently completed a hazardous materials technician certification class to learn how to mitigate dynamic incidents that could involve dangerous chemicals.

A hazardous material is defined as one that may be extremely flammable, exp...

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Posted on: December 8, 2023

For Holiday Cheer, There's No Place Like Garland

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With the tree lit, the shops ready and the calendar full, Garland is a holiday destination.

Here are a few of the holiday happenings the City has to offer:

  • Night at the Museum, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 393 N. Sixth St.: The Landmark museum hosts free perform...
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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Magical Candlelight Christmas-town 2023

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Patrons attending Magical Candlelight Christmas-town 2023 in the Travis College Hill National Register Historic District may enjoy a free a horse-drawn classic carriage ride that will bring them to Downtown Garland for Christmas on the Square being held s...

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Posted on: November 10, 2023

Gift Cards Are Another Reason to Check Out our New Visitor Center

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Help us welcome Garland residents and area visitors to our reimagined Visitor Center on the Downtown Square at 501 W. State St. by purchasing a gift card! 

Share your love of Garland through giving Garland goodies! Come explore our assortment of s...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Garland Celebrates Texas Arbor Day

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The great partnership between Garland Parks & Recreation and Garland Power & Light was on display Saturday, Nov. 4. In conjunction with Texas Arbor Day, the City’s annual Tree Power Free Tree Giveaway distributed 400 trees to Garland residents.&am...

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Posted on: November 30, 2023

Update: Streetscapes Work Continues at Seventh and Main

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Please hang in there for our Downtown Garland businesses just a little bit longer!

As the intersection of Seventh and Main streets will continue to be closed for streetscapes work in the coming weeks, there are available parking options. First off, parking...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

Office of Neighborhood Vitality Earns Excalibur Award

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Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality recently received the Excalibur Award from the Camelot Neighborhood Association.

The Excalibur Award annually honors an individual or group for outstanding civic duty and community engagement in service to...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Seventh Annual Tri-City Cleanup Removes 167,380 Pounds of Trash

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The seventh annual Tri-City Cleanup in October was a big success because of 346 eager volunteers, including dedicated site captains, generous sponsors and proud homeowners. Thank you to all who participated! 

The numbers are in, and the impact was...

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Posted on: November 7, 2023

Garland Earns State Video Awards

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The City of Garland earned 14 awards during the annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference in early November in Dallas. 

Garland received awards in 12 categories, including first-place trophies for the followin...

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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Garland Welcomes Municipal Court Director

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Kimberly Jozwiak joined the City of Garland as the Municipal Court Director on Nov. 13.

Jozwiak brings more than 20 years of professional experience in both judicial and non-judicial leadership roles, including county and local municipalities. She most rec...

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

Band Together on the Square Wins Texas Downtown President’s Award

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Band Together on the Square earned Texas Downtown’s 2023 President’s Award for best promotion of an event for a population of more than 50,000.

Band Together on the Square focused on local bands and singer-songwriters, setting the stage...

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Posted on: October 30, 2023

Garland Neighborhood Transforms Dead Trees into Sculptures

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The City of Garland’s Where the Heart Is program partners with one neighborhood each year to initiate overall neighborhood reinvestment. Residents work together with City staff, nonprofits, businesses, religious groups and volunteers to stimulate...

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Posted on: October 19, 2023

Vaccines Available at Garland Public Health Clinic

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For the first time ever, immunizations are available to help protect against three major respiratory diseases common in fall and winter: COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Immunization against these viruses remains the best protection for...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

Garland Recognized by National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System

The City of Garland has been recognized as a Class 6 participant in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS).

The program is a voluntary incentive that recognizes and encourages cities for floodplain management activit...

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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

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Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Garland by shopping and dining locally during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25! 

Check in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Garland Visitor Center, 501 W. State St., for a complimentary cup of hot wassail...

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Posted on: October 16, 2023

Visit Garland Visitor Center Expansion

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We are thrilled to welcome Garland residents and area visitors to our reimagined Visitor Center in the heart of the Downtown Square at 501 W. State St.!

Our primary focus will remain as an information source of all things Garland:

  • Our local destinations, at...
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Posted on: October 19, 2023

Downtown Garland: Let’s Gather!

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The Downtown Garland Square is now open for business. The business of gathering.

We had the privilege and honor of unveiling the reimagined Downtown Garland Square on Saturday, Oct. 14, and the celebration was one for the books. Garland’s very ow...

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Posted on: November 7, 2023

Mistie Gardner Promoted to Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Mistie Gardner has recently been promoted to Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives. 

In this role she will continue to provide leadership to the Emergency Management, Public Health and Environmental Health departments, in addition to dedicati...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Garland Employee Earns Government Modernization Award

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Information Technology Business Relationship Manager Susan Fredriksen recently received the Government Modernization Award. The award, presented by DataBank, honors a government employee who has made contributions to enhance the resident experience throug...

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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Garland Earns National Awards for Excellence

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations team recently earned national recognition for excellence in video programming.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) announced the winners of its 2023 progr...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Connection Between Garland's People and Historic Buildings Inspires Mural Artist

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Austin-based artist Mila Sketch hopes her brightly colored mural at the corner of Sixth and State streets will aid what she described as the ongoing elevation of the city.

"I was inspired by the former times of Garland and the deep connection of peopl...

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Posted on: October 13, 2023

Live Music in Downtown Garland Oct. 20-21

Fall is in full swing, and so is live music in Downtown Garland! This weekend, check out music for all tastes and ages:

The Garland Symphony Orchestra’s 45th concert season opens with pianist Astrid Morales Torres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Granv...

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Posted on: October 3, 2023

It Came from Texas Film Festival Brings Academy Award Winner Back Home

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Debuting the weekend before Halloween, Garland’s inaugural It Came From Texas Film Festival will celebrate the 49th anniversary of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” with a Garlandite who helped make it happen!

Academy Award-winning film producer and 1965 Garla...

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Posted on: October 10, 2023

City of Garland to Redevelop Key Downtown Business

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A redevelopment dream for Downtown Garland will soon become a reality. The City of Garland has reached an agreement to purchase the Jones Hardware building at 519 W. State St. on the Downtown Square.

Over the past several months, the City has worked closel...

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

City Council Appoints Charter Review Commission

The Garland City Council appointed a Charter Review Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to identify provisions of the Garland City Charter that might require changes or updates to improve City operations or to comply with Texas law.

The Mayor and Council Memb...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Pullman Railcar Approved for State Historic Marker

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The City of Garland's application for a state historic marker for the Pullman Railcar was recently accepted by the Texas Historic Commission. 

Pullman Coach Car #582 is one of only three remaining cars in the U.S. built of a combination o...

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Posted on: September 6, 2023

City Council Approves Operating Budget for 2023-24

As the 13th-largest city in Texas, the City of Garland serves nearly 250,000 residents and employs more than 2,300 staff. Following months of development and review, the City’s operating budget for fiscal year 2023-24 was approved by City Counci...

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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Utility Billing Assistance for Garland Residents

If you are having difficulty paying your utility bill, the City of Garland has several options that may benefit you.

You may qualify for a payment arrangement that allows you to extend the due date of your current bill. Customer Service may also be able to...

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Posted on: July 31, 2023

Public Input: Shiloh Road Widening Project

The City of Garland is proposing improvements to Shiloh Road from Kingsley Road to Miller Road. 

As part of the 2019 Bond Program, voters approved improvements to several roadways within Garland to help alleviate traffic congestion and improve mob...

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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Texas Commission on the Arts Designates Garland’s Bankhead Cultural Arts District

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The City of Garland is proud to announce its new designation as an official cultural district. Garland is one of just two cities to receive this prestigious distinction from the Texas Commission on the Arts in 2023.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as an ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Live at the Plaza Featuring Joe Crookston Friday, Sept. 22

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Garland Cultural Arts and Jimmy Wallace Guitars present Live at the Plaza Featuring Joe Crookston at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member an...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

Goldie Locke Community Room Available for Public Use

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The Goldie Locke Community Room in the Charles E. Duckworth Utility Services Building, 217 N. Fifth St., is available for use by community groups, homeowners associations and governmental or school agencies for nonprofit purposes. 

The facility ma...

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Posted on: August 2, 2023

Garland Moves to Digital Public Information Requests

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The City of Garland has converted to a digital means of handling all public information requests. Requestors of public information can now submit Open Records Requests through an online portal located on both the City Secretary and Garland Police Departme...

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Posted on: August 9, 2023

Garland Welcomes Chief Communications Officer

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The City of Garland welcomed Tiffany Veno as its Chief Communications Officer in August.

Veno is a communications and marketing professional with 16 years of experience in both public and private organizations. She started her career in television news as ...

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Posted on: July 18, 2023

Summer Energy-Saving Tips from GP&L

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Follow these tips to save energy and money in the hot summer months:

  • Fans are an energy-efficient way to stay cool. Fans blowing directly on you can make temperatures around you feel up to 4 degrees cooler.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the...
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Posted on: July 24, 2023

Remember to Observe School Zones

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As Garland ISD students return to school Tuesday, Aug. 8, the City reminds all motorists to observe school zones and stay alert near schools, crosswalks and playgrounds.

Here are a few reminders to keep motorists and pedestrians safe this school year:

  • Speed...
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Posted on: July 13, 2023

Garland Opens First Splash Pad

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Garland's very first splash pad opened at noon Thursday, July 13, at Embree Park, 1515 Dairy Road. This splash pad is part of the voter-approved 2019 Bond Program. 

District 2 Council Member Deborah Morris was on site to officially open Garland’s ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2023

Build Garland Day 2023 is in the Books!

The Garland City Council stand atop the new slide at the Tinsley Park playground.

Saturday, July 22, we celebrated major milestones for multiple 2019 Bond projects at Build Garland Day 2023! 

We broke ground on the Holford Recreation & Neighborhood Aquatic Center and the West Garland Library. Then it was on to cut ribbons a...

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Posted on: June 8, 2023

Signage Unveiled at Ronald E. Jones Municipal Building

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The City of Garland celebrated a legend Friday, June 23, when signage at the Ronald E. Jones Municipal Building, 800 Main St., was unveiled. Our former Main Street Municipal Building has been renamed to honor Jones' lifetime of public service, including s...

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Posted on: June 9, 2023

Garland Welcomes New Street Director

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Tony Irvin joined the City of Garland as Street Director on June 5. Irvin brings more than 20 years of experience in public works and engineering, with most of this experience attained in the public sector. He has a broad range of experience incl...

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Posted on: April 22, 2023

Garland and Beyond Space Exhibit May 1 - Sept. 2

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Explore Garland in the space industry through exhibits and artifacts on loan from NASA’S Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Garland Partners with Trusted World

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The City of Garland and Trusted World Foundation have entered a partnership that will enable the growing resource provider to build a new headquarters and expand its operations in Garland.

Trusted World will lease City-owned land on the east side of Center...

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Posted on: April 5, 2023

Central Library Express Opens Doors

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The temporary Central Library Express, 713 Austin St., opened to the public on Monday, May 1. The former Garland Women’s Activities Building is hosting services while the neighboring Central Library building is undergoing renovation. &a...

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Posted on: May 17, 2023

Our Downtown Square Reopens Oct. 14 with Day of Festivities, LeAnn Rimes

Garland has announced Saturday, Oct. 14, as the date for its public celebration of the reimagined heart of the city. The reopening of the Downtown Square is a party nearly two years in the making and one worthy of bringing home LeAnn Rimes, one of Garland...

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

New Public Health Clinic Hours

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The Garland Public Health Clinic has new operating hours. Its doors are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (closed Wednesdays).

If you have questions or concerns, call 972-205-3370 or email PublicHealth@GarlandTX.gov.

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

New Council Members Take the Oath of Office

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Garland Mayor Scott LeMay started his third term in office and welcomed newcomers Carissa Dutton of District 6 and Chris Ott of District 8 to the City Council on Tuesday, May 16. 

Council Member Dutton was prominent in relief efforts after a torna...

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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Garland Police Detective Inducted into National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame

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Garland Police Detective Tony Godwin was inducted into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in Toledo, Ohio, on March 30.

Detective Godwin was presented with the Career Achievement Award. He is the first Garland Police Department officer to be...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

Garland to Host Regional Truck Driving Championship Saturday, April 29

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Garland will host the Dallas-Fort Worth Council of Safety Professionals Regional Truck Driving Championship at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Williams Stadium, 510 Stadium Drive.

At the event, the American Trucking Association will have its "Share the ...

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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Mayor Honors Garland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association

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The Garland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association was presented with a proclamation by Mayor Scott LeMay recognizing its 30 years of service at the Garland City Council’s March 7 meeting.

The Mayor’s proclamation highlighted the ass...

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Garland’s Band Together on the Square Program Earns Statewide Award

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Garland’s Band Together on the Square Concert Series earned the 2023 Arts & Humanities Programming Achievement Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). 

The Downtown Development Office, part of the Garland Parks, Recreation &a...

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Posted on: February 6, 2023

Garland Welcomes New Risk Management Director

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Julie Whiteman joined the City of Garland as Risk Management Director on Feb. 6. She brings more than 18 years of risk management experience within the private and public sectors. Most recently, since 2009 Whiteman served as Director of Risk Management fo...

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Posted on: March 1, 2023

City Celebrates Three-Story Mural at Valoris HealthPark

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With her finishing touches completed three stories above, artist Haylee Ryan recently joined dignitaries at street level to officially cut the ribbon on the Valoris HealthPark mural. Ryan describes the mural as one of meaningful symbolism and representati...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Flu Shots and Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters Available at Garland Public Health Clinic

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This year's flu vaccine and the bivalent COVID-19 booster are now available at the Garland Public Health Clinic.

Flu shots are available for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Low-cost flu vaccines for uninsured children and adults are ...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

Mandy Pippen Named Health Director

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Mandy Pippen will join the City of Garland as Health Director on Monday, Jan. 23.  

Pippen began her career with the City in 2004 as an Environmental Health Specialist in the Health Department. Over the following 18 years, she was promoted to Seni...

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Posted on: December 13, 2022

Christmas Tree Disposal for Garland Residents

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, North Americans purchase 33 million fresh-cut Christmas trees every year. Garland residents can help free up space in the landfill by dropping off trees at no cost at the Wood Recycling Facility during nor...

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Posted on: January 10, 2023

Winter Preparedness

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Being prepared for winter weather is essential. Loss of heat, power, telephone service and even a shortage of supplies in your household are just a few things you should stay prepared for.

Visit the links below to learn more:

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Holiday Preparedness Tips from the Office of Emergency Management

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The holiday season is filled with many fun and festive events, and staying prepared means that is one less thing to stress. Whether it is cooking, shopping or even just getting used to cooler temperatures, ensure you are prepared and using safe practices ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2022

Garland Welcomes Emergency Management Director

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Mariah Phipps-Jack joined the City on Dec. 5 as the Emergency Management Director. 

She brings more than 20 years of emergency management experience, which includes roles in the public sector, private sector and academia. 

Phipps-Jack most...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Garland Earns State Video and Parks Awards

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The City of Garland earned 15 awards during the annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors conference in early November in McAllen. Garland received awards in 12 categories, including four first-place trophies, four second-plac...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Surprising the Family with a Pet?

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Before you decide to surprise your family with a new pet for the holidays, consider the following: 

  • What are the ages of your children? Different pets are appropriate for different ages. 
  • Does your family really want a pet? Not all childre...
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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Garland Earns State Video Awards

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The City of Garland earned 15 awards during the annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors conference in early November in McAllen. 

Garland received awards in 12 categories, including four first-place trophies for the ...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Garland Earns State Parks Awards

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The Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department won three awards at the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) North Region Conference Nov. 3 in Irving. The department was honored for excellence in programming and recreation facility desig...

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Posted on: September 30, 2022

Fire Station No. 6, Hollabaugh Recreation Center Improvements Put in Motion

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The new site for Fire Station No. 6 and improvements to Hollabaugh Recreation Center were officially put in motion Thursday, Sept. 29, as Mayor Scott LeMay and the City Council led staff, project leaders and other guests at groundbreaking ceremonies. Watc...

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

Garland Achieves State and National Awards for Excellence

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations (PMR) team and the Garland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Garland, recently earned national and statewide recognition for excellence.

The National Association of Telecommunicatio...

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Posted on: October 26, 2022

Skate City! Garland Opens Texas’ Second-Largest Skatepark

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The Boneyard in Garland is open!

The skatepark at Rick Oden Park is the second largest in Texas, boasting 46,000 square feet of skating area. Designed to provide fun, excitement and challenge, The Boneyard welcomes beginner and experienced skaters alike.

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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Signage Unveiled at Brad Neighbor Municipal Court Building

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Former City Attorney Brad Neighbor was honored Monday, Oct. 10, as signage bearing his name was unveiled at the courts facility at 1791 W. Avenue B.

The Garland City Council passed an ordinance to rename the facility as the Brad Neighbor Municipal Court Bu...

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Posted on: September 23, 2022

Council Honors Former Mayor, Assistant City Manager by Renaming Building

The Garland City Council is renaming one of its major facilities to honor Ron Jones, a three-term Mayor and prior to that, a leader of City staff for nearly three decades.

The Ronald E. Jones Municipal Building at 800 Main St. is home to the City&rsquo...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Garland Welcomes New Assistant City Manager

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Phillip “Phil” Urrutia joined the City of Garland as an Assistant City Manager on Oct. 3. Phil has more than 14 years of experience in municipal government including leadership roles in Municipal Court, Purchasing and Fleet. 

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Posted on: August 5, 2022

Garland Celebrates Shiloh Road Improvements with Dallas County Partners

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City and Dallas County officials celebrated the completion of the Shiloh Road Improvement Project Friday, Aug. 5. But for many motorists and Garland residents, the celebration is daily.

The project went far beyond widening Shiloh Road from four to six lane...

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Posted on: July 15, 2022

Resources for Summer Heat-Related Needs

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For those struggling to cover utility bills, help is available through the City of Garland Customer Assistance Program, a partnership between the City and local service agencies. Funds are administered and distributed to qualified individuals exp...

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Kim Nurmi Graduates from Leadership Arts Institute

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City of Garland Heritage Crossing Coordinator Kim Nurmi recently graduated from the Leadership Arts Institute.

Through a nine-month course, graduates of Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) gain expertise in nonprofit board best practices, leadership skills and...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Garland Celebrates Juneteenth

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On June 19 at Audubon Park, Garland put its own stamp on the celebration of Juneteenth.

The Juneteenth Committee’s vision came to life as dancers, speakers and vendors assembled at the park. Many children played games; a select few were honored a...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

City Council District 5 Representative Sworn In

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District 5 residents were asked to do double duty at the polls this cycle and, as a result, Margaret Lucht was sworn in June 28 as the newest member of the Garland City Council.

Incumbents Jeff Bass, Deborah Morris and B.J. Williams were all reelected. Tog...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

GP&L Electric Rate Adjustment

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Due to rapidly increasing natural gas costs, Garland Power & Light is modifying the Recovery Adjustment Factor (RAF) component of its electric rate.

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Garland Earns Statewide Awards for Excellence in Communications

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The City of Garland’s award-winning Public & Media Relations Department has added more trophies to its display case. Garland earned the following awards from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO):

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Mistie Gardner Earns Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods Award

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Emergency Management Director Mistie Gardner was recently named Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods in the Governmental Category for her efforts and involvement during the COVID-19 crisis as well as during Winter Storm Uri.

The Who&r...

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Continues Award Winning Streak

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Garland’s Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant recently received the George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Safety Award at the 2022 Texas Water Awards Program ceremony in San Antonio. The award is presented by the Water Environment Federation and recog...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Garland Announces New Directors

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Laura Dunn was promoted to Capital Project Management Director on Feb. 21, 2022. Since 2005, Dunn has served in a number of roles for the City of Garland. In 2019, she joined the Project Management Office as the Strategic Projects and Capital Portfolio Ma...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Spotlight on Garland

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations Department was recently recognized by the City Council for the Lone Star Regional Emmy® earned by its video “A Look Back at The Wall That Heals.”

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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Garland Library Wins Achievement in Excellence Award

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For the 20th consecutive year, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System is a recipient of the Achievement of Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. Of the more than 500 public library systems in the state, on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Purchasing Team Earns Excellence Award

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The City of Garland Purchasing Department has been awarded the prestigious 26th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2021 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. Garland has received this recognition for 23 consecutive years.

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Garland Budget Department Recognized for Excellence

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The City of Garland Budget and Research Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2021-22 Annual Operating Budget document.

The award represents a significant achievement by the Ci...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

New Leadership in Office of the City Attorney

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Brian England was recently appointed to the position of City Attorney. He had served in the role on an interim basis following the retirement of former City Attorney Brad Neighbor. Prior, England was the First Assistant City Attorney for three years and D...

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Posted on: March 18, 2022

City to Celebrate, Redevelop Former Clinic, Residential Site

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Before the City of Garland redevelops the property at 1002 Marion Drive, we’re going to meet there at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, to celebrate its history. 

The site was developed in the mid-1950s as Garland Clinic & Hospital. It provided surge...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Garland Purchases Land to Help Meet Community Parks Needs

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The Garland Foundation for Development has approved the purchase of 2.18 acres of land 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 ...

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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Earns State's Highest Honor

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The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department received the 2022 Texas Gold Medal Award on Feb. 17. 

The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor given to a City’s park system by the Texas Recreation and Park Society. ...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

Animal Shelter Among Five Bond Projects Celebrated at Build Garland Day 2022

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Progress was unveiled in swift fashion on Build Garland Day, Friday, Feb. 11, capped by the opening of the Garland Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, the most anticipated project from the City’s record $423.7 million bond election. 

With the ne...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

City of Garland Earns Lone Star Regional Emmy® Award

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations Department was recognized by the City Council Tuesday, March 1, for the Lone Star Regional Emmy® earned by its video “A Look Back at The Wall That Heals.”

The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale repli...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Garland a Best American City for Dog Lovers

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A new study ranks Garland as 11th among "Best American Cities for Dog Lovers." With our new dog park and the grand opening of the animal shelter on the horizon, it's only going to get better.

The study of the 153 largest cities in the United Stat...

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Garland Breaks Ground on Downtown Redevelopment Project

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Downtown Garland welcomes the next wave of revitalization with one of the most highly anticipated projects from the 2019 bond program starting construction: the redevelopment of the Downtown Square.

Members of the Garland City Council, staff and Downtown b...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Garland Has What Draws People to Texas

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According to a New York Times opinion piece, “Everyone’s Moving to Texas. Here’s Why.” Garland has the best of the best of what is drawing people to Texas.

The piece connects to an interactive study of 16,847 American cities with a population of more than ...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

City Attorney Brad Neighbor Retires After 36 Years of Service

City Attorney Brad Neighbor was honored in a Nov. 9, 2021 retirement ceremony.

Before Brad Neighbor could leave the City where he built a career around municipal law, the Garland City Council made him even more of a fixture. On Nov. 9, Council renamed the courts facility at 1791 W. Avenue B as the Brad Neighbor Municipal Court Build...

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Posted on: November 12, 2021

Veteran Presented Keys to Refurbished Home on Veterans Day

Nicole Harris holds the ceremonial key to her Garland home.

Programs that help neighborhoods can also help people. And that made Veterans Day in Garland extra special.

Veteran Nicole Harris was handed the keys to a refurbished home on Creekridge Lane on Nov. 11, with help from Garland’s Community Development Depart...

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Posted on: October 29, 2021

Garland Selects New Managing Director

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Crystal Owens will join the City of Garland as Managing Director to oversee public works departments on Jan. 10, 2022.

“We are extremely pleased to bring someone of Crystal's experience, qualifications and character to our Garland team,” said City Manager ...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Audubon Recreation Center Reopening Features $6.1 Million Makeover

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The Garland City Council celebrated the completion of renovations at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road, reopening the facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Audubon is back. And it’s better than ever.

“This o...

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Posted on: September 22, 2021

Garland Library Goes Fine Free

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Garland library users have cause to celebrate this fall. The library is going fine free! This means beginning Friday, Oct. 1, the library will no longer charge late fees on materials returned after their due dates. 

“We want everyone to ...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

City Celebrates Partnership to Turn Methane Gas into Energy at Hinton Landfill

Officials with the City of Garland and Morrow Renewables cut the ribbon at Hinton Landfill.

The City of Garland and Morrow Renewables celebrated their partnership at Hinton Landfill with a ribbon-cutting and open house, marking the official debut of a 20-year deal that will be profitable both from a cash standpoint and for the North Texas enviro...

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Fire Department Earns American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award

For the eighth year in a row, the Garland Fire Department has received a Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award from the American Heart Association. This award is for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Patty Granville Named 2021 Obelisk Award Honoree

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Cultural Arts Director Patty Granville will be honored with the Juror’s Award at the 33rd annual Obelisk Awards presented by Business Council for the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Dallas.

The Obelisk Award honors businesses, nonprofits and individu...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Garland Earns Grant Funding to Support Park Improvements

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The City of Garland is awarded a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant to support significant improvements at Watson Park on Lawler Road. Proposed developments include a soccer field, futsal court, resurfaced basketball court, playground, splash pad, refurbish...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Garland Foodies Recognized with Make Your Mark Award

Garland Foodies co-founders Jason Collard and Julian Olalde receive their Make Your Mark Awards.

The Garland Foodies set out in late 2018 to offer a friendly conversation on where to eat. Instead, they found themselves serving up a vital link to help local businesses survive a pandemic.

The group uses social media to share members’ discoveri...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

GHFC Donates $50,000 for Winter Storm Relief

The Garland Housing Finance Corporation presented a $50,000 donation for winter storm relief.

The Garland Housing Finance Corporation donated $50,000 for City programs that are helping income-eligible homeowners in Garland recover from the recent winter storm.

The donation was made to the Emergency Home Repair program to assist with home fixes incl...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Earns Plant of the Year Award

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For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, the Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive a “Plant of the Year” award from the Water Environment Association of Texas.

The award will be presented virtually on ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

Garland to Provide One-Time “Drip Adjustment” to All Residential Customers

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The Garland City Council has proposed a one-time residential water bill adjustment to offset the costs related to dripping faucets during the cold weather event. The proposal is scheduled for formal approval during the City Council’s March 16 me...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Nicholson Memorial Library System Earns 2020 Texas Achievement of Library Excellence Award

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For the 19th consecutive year, the Nicholson Memorial Library System has been awarded the Texas Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. 

Of the 568 public library systems in Texas, only 56 re...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Garland Names New Assistant City Manager

Judson Rex, Assistant City Manager

The City of Garland has named Judson Rex as Assistant City Manager for Planning & Economic Development. He will oversee City departments that participate in planning, economic development and redevelopment activities.

For the past five years, Judson ha...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Ricky C. McNeal Appointed to Garland City Council

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The Garland City Council has appointed Ricky C. McNeal to fill the District 1 seat until the City’s next general election.

McNeal is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. He formerly served on the City’s bond study committee, chaired its East Garland Ar...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

New Agreement Launches Fresh Approach to North Texas Water Rates

Mayor LeMay signs new NTMWD agreement.

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and its 13 member cities, including the City of Garland, officially launched a fresh approach to how wholesale water costs will be structured going forward. This new method will encourage water conservation...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Garland Awarded 2020 Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards

The Texas Downtown Association (TDA) has named Garland’s Made Fresh & Local Concert Series the Best Promotional Digital Campaign of 2020.

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Garland Names New Assistant City Manager

Judson Rex, Assistant City Manager

The City of Garland has named Judson Rex as Assistant City Manager for Planning & Economic Development. He will oversee City departments that participate in planning, economic development and redevelopment activities.

For the past five years, Judson ha...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Garland Is Tops in Texas Among Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers

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Garland is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 8 in the country on a recently released 2020 list of Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers.

The study from personal finance website SmartAsset compared 185 cities using 12 metrics, including five-year home value app...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Garland Achieves National Awards for Excellence

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The City of Garland continues to earn national recognition for excellence in video production and programming. The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) announced the winners of its 2020 programming awards on Sept. 3.

Gar...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Garland's Animal Service and Police Departments Team Up to Save Abused Animals

Since January, Garland Animal Services and Garland Police Department have collaborated to ensure individuals are held accountable for cruel treatment of animals. Garland Animal Services has removed approximately 13 animals from cruelty cases, which have l...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

City Increases Exemptions for Property Taxes

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Certain homeowners in Garland will benefit from additional exemptions on their property taxes beginning in the 2020 tax year.

The Garland City Council approved two exemption increases during their June 16 Regular Meeting. Those who are able to claim a Home...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

VA North Texas Health Care System Acquires Garland Hospital Facility

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The VA North Texas Health Care System has officially taken possession of the former Garland-Baylor, Scott & White hospital located at 2300 Marie Curie Drive. The facility will now be known as Garland VA Medical Center.

In a news release issued April 6,...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center Named Winner in 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

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The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center is a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards. The accolade represents the top wedding professionals in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism, as reviewed by couples on WeddingW...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Garland Welcomes New Animal Services Director

Art Munoz, Garland Animal Services Director

Art Munoz officially joined the City as the Animal Services Director on Monday, Jan. 6. Art has spent the last 15 years with the SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Unit managing criminal investigations. As Chief Investigator, he acted as the advocate for abused...

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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Garland Water Utilities Earns Performance Awards

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Garland Water Utilities continues a winning streak by bringing home two national Environmental Achievement Awards from the winter conference of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The City received the NA...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Garland Renters Have One of America's Fastest Routes to Home Ownership

Garland is among the nation's best cities for renters to quickly convert to home ownership.

Garland is listed as the second-best city in Texas and ninth-best in the nation for the time it takes renters to save enough money to convert to home ownership.

In an October story, "The Process of Becoming a Homeowner," the Dallas Business Journ...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Garland Animal Services Recognized by Dallas County Health and Human Services

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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 r...

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