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Park and Recreation receives $1 million grant for Bachman Lake Park Trail renovations

Park and Recreation receives $1 million grant for Bachman Lake Park Trail renovations

Dallas Park and Recreation has received a $1 million Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Outdoor Grant to renovate the Bachman Lake Park Trail. The grant will be matched by 2012 bond funds for a total project cost of nearly $3 million. Planned renovations include removal of the deteriorating eight-foot asphalt trail on the south side of the lake and replacing …

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Dallas Housing Finance Corporation supports affordable and accessible housing options

Dallas Housing Finance Corporation supports affordable and accessible housing options

Since 1996, the City of Dallas Housing Finance Corporation (DHFC) has provided tax-exempt mortgage revenue bond financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing and new multifamily units. These financing and tax incentives provide affordable housing for working families that are 60 percent and below the area median family income level. DHFC has financed 15 multifamily projects and the Texas …

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Vicki Meek talks about “Jazz at Fair Park” and her jazz roots on KERA’s Art & Seek program

Vicki Meek talks about “Jazz at Fair Park” and her jazz roots on KERA’s Art & Seek program

South Dallas Cultural Center Director Vicki Meek hosts and produces one of the few full-length jazz radio programs heard in the country. The program, “Jazz at Fair Park” has been airing since June on WRR Radio, 101.1 FM and worldwide at wrr101.com. Meek was recently interviewed on KERA Radio’s Art & Seek program, in which she talked about the show …

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Dallas Fire-Rescue stories of bravery and sacrifice: Captain Albert Eugene (Gene) Russell

Dallas Fire-Rescue stories of bravery and sacrifice: Captain Albert Eugene (Gene) Russell

The eight word headline from the evening Dallas Morning News on January 24, 1952 was succinct, powerful and dreadful. Rarely does a news headline paint such a clear picture of service and sacrifice: Fireman dies speeding to aid family of twelve. Gene Russell was known as a diligent fireman whose hard work made him a captain after only ten years …

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Innovators

The “SWAT Kit” That’s Saving Lives in Dallas

The “SWAT Kit” That’s Saving Lives in Dallas

The difference between life and death often relies on split-second decisions. Officers C. Maddox and J. Tovar of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) know this all too well after their recent, life-saving response to a wounded 4-year-old girl. In this situation, the ability to access their hemorrhage control kit within seconds helped prevent the child from bleeding to death before Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) …

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Dallas at a Glance: Public Information Office

Dallas at a Glance: Public Information Office

The Public Information Office (PIO) acts as the centralized communications center for the City of Dallas. From open records, social media, broadcast to public relations, a lot goes on within the department. The PIO is broken up into three teams: Open Records, Public Information Officers, and Broadcast. The goal of the office is proactively grow as a resource to the …

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City information systems enable key messaging during crises

City information systems enable key messaging during crises

When disasters strike, the City of Dallas must be prepared to assemble and provide the support needed to keep its citizens safe. Seemingly every citizen owns a mobile phone and can be reached 24/7. This accessibility has given cities, municipalities and other public and private-sector organizations expanded options for notifying its citizens and employees of critical real-time information during floods, …

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City converts grease to energy

City converts grease to energy

A Dallas Water Utilities program is creating energy from used grease and cooking oils through a citywide recycling effort. Cease the Grease started as part of Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) initiative agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to reduce grease related sanitary sewer overflows. The program began in April 2005 on a limited basis and expanded in …

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Givers

Local residents mark Katrina anniversary with contemporary opera

Local residents mark Katrina anniversary with contemporary opera

Dallas author Rosalyn Story and composer Mary Alice Rich have combined their talents to create a contemporary opera about the struggles of Hurricane Katrina survivors. The opera, Wading Homes will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 15 at Dallas City Performance Hall and will feature Grammy Award-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert in a leading role. Admission is free and …

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City of Dallas employees help thwart robbery in progress

City of Dallas employees help thwart robbery in progress

A typical work day for most Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) employees on the streets includes answering service calls and inspecting pipes for leaks. But for two DWU employees a typical work day took on an extra duty: intervening and stopping an ATM robbery in progress. Employees Anthony Mendoza and Douglas Carter were working near 2833 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. …

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Dallas Fire-Rescue stories of bravery and sacrifice: Captain Albert Eugene (Gene) Russell

Dallas Fire-Rescue stories of bravery and sacrifice: Captain Albert Eugene (Gene) Russell

The eight word headline from the evening Dallas Morning News on January 24, 1952 was succinct, powerful and dreadful. Rarely does a news headline paint such a clear picture of service and sacrifice: Fireman dies speeding to aid family of twelve. Gene Russell was known as a diligent fireman whose hard work made him a captain after only ten years …

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Dallas Police Department iWatch program fosters community partnerships

Dallas Police Department iWatch program fosters community partnerships

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is leveraging technology to enhance information sharing and partnerships between community members and its officers. The iWatch Dallas program is an interactive crime watch web application that encourages action through community engagement and a “see something, say something” resident methodology, with the goal of making Dallas one of the safest large cities in America. The …

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Inside City Hall

Infographic: FY 15-16 Budget Overview

Infographic: FY 15-16 Budget Overview

The City of Dallas has proposed the FY 15-16 City Budget. This proposal coincides with 40 public meetings which provides …

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Street Services hosts wellness expo

Street Services hosts wellness expo

The Department of Street Services (STS) recently hosted the Southeast Service Center Health & Wellness Expo for City of Dallas …

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City releases audit of Streets paving, maintenance and Capital Program

City releases audit of Streets paving, maintenance and Capital Program

The Department of Street Services (STS) recently participated in an audit conducted under the authority of the City Charter and …

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City of Dallas files lawsuit seeking guidance regarding Love Field gates

City of Dallas files lawsuit seeking guidance regarding Love Field gates

Today the City of Dallas filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a declaratory judgment to determine which gate slots …

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City Park and Recreation Board approves recommendations for Fair Park

City Park and Recreation Board approves recommendations for Fair Park

The City of Dallas’ Park and Recreation Board passed and approved four key modifications to the Mayor’s Fair Park Task …

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City Council votes to repeal single-use bag ordinance

City Council votes to repeal single-use bag ordinance

June 3, 2015: The Dallas City Council today voted to repeal Chapter 9C of the Dallas City Code (commonly known …

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