Northeast Division Senior Wellness & Safety Event:
The Northeast Division will be hosting its Senior Wellness & Safety Event on Thursday, June 17 2021. The drive-thru event will be held at Lake Pointe Church (9150 Garland Road) from 9am-11am. There will be various give aways and all participants must wear PPE. More details are in the attached flyer. For more information please call Officer Bervin Smith at 214-202-6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Mayor and City Council Inauguration:
The virtual 2021 Dallas City Council Inauguration will take place on Monday, June 14. Join the event online: youtube.com/cityofdallascityhall
Update on The Trailhead Project:
On Wednesday, June 9 the Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a zoning change in District 2 at the 3G intersection also known as The Trailhead. On June 23, the ordinance that verifies the proposed zoning change will be considered by the full City Council, however, the public hearing has been closed and this housekeeping item will provide the developers with the needed paperwork to begin the permitting process. The ordinance will include the staff recommendations which take into account the sites proximity to the Santa Fe Trail and pedestrian enhancements such as requiring bike racks, sidewalks, and a DART bus shelter. The ordinance will also reflect the changes made at the June 9 meeting which comprise of a decrease in the height limitations of the structure (now 6 stories or 75 feet) and an increase in the affordable unit component (now 9%).
On Thursday, June 10, the Dallas Animal Services hosted a meeting with community members regarding coyote sightings near the Ridgewood Recreation area. A flyer that was handed out at the meeting regarding coyote safety is attached.
Community Disaster Preparedness Training from Dallas CERT:
*** All 2021 CERT Basic Training classes are full. Now taking applications for March 2022 ***
Dallas Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is free and emphasizes accountability for yourself, your family, and your community by stressing the importance of personal preparedness and accountability.The CERT program teaches our volunteer members about disaster preparedness for hazards that affect our area and conducts training in basic disaster response skills (fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations).
Our next CERT Basic Training class is scheduled for March 2022, and consists of Friday evening/Saturday morning sessions for two weeks in a row:
Fri, March 04 -- 6pm - 9pm
Sat, March 05 -- 9am - 12pm
Fri, March 11 -- 6pm - 9pm
Sat, March 12 -- 9am - 12pm
Applicants may sign up here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1645667112
Dallas CERT training schedule and info: https://dallascityhall.com/departments/officeemergencymanagement/Pages/CERT-Training.aspx
The Park and Recreation's TOPS Program (Teens Organized and Prepared for Success) is excited to rollout the Teen Late Night Recreation program starting June 25th. The program will be held at 14 recreation centers across Dallas for teens ages 13-17 on Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Youth will have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities such as, sports, games, performing and fine arts, technology, fitness, and more.
SoPac Trail Respite and Pollinator Garden:
The Friends of the SoPac Trail are making great progress on the installation of a respite area and pollinator garden. Randy Elia and Felix Saucedo are pictured at the location of the new garden. The new drinking fountain has been installed and rock benches will be placed as soon as the rain stops. Thank you to all of our wonderful community volunteers!
White Rock Lake Dog Park Water Launch Clean Up:
It takes a village.... and some kayaks! Thanks to our friends at the White Rock Lake Paddle Company for letting Park & Rec use their safety boat to assess the situation and also sending their staff in kayaks to clean up in the popular water launch area. The floating "boom" that helps to keep trash out of this area was broken during the recent rains which allowed all kinds of trash, debris and trees onto the shoreline. Park maintenance staff will be removing the larger trees as soon as it dries up enough to get their equipment into the park. Until then, the launch will remain closed. Thanks to ALL of the volunteers that have been helping with the extraordinary amount of trash that has been washed into the lake these last few weeks.
White Rock Paddle Company Purchases New Floating Dock at White Rock Lake:
The White Rock Paddle Company recently installed a new floating dock for all of our White Rock Lake visitors to use at the north end of the lake. This dock will be available year-round to make entering the water in a canoe or kayak much easier. Thank you WR Paddle for this wonderful new amenity!
Arts in the Park features African Music and Dance:
Experience African drumming and traditional dances at Arts in the Park. This family-friendly cultural fest is Saturday, June 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. Arts in the Park will be held at the intersection of Northaven Trail and Edgemere. Event sponsors are the Office of Arts and Culture, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, SHOP, Smoothie King and Friends of Northaven Trail. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact John Jenkins, Director for Parks and Recreation.
Encampment Outreach Partnership & Resolution Schedule June 3rd, 2021:
OHS Street Outreach team continues to engage with the unsheltered residents at designated encampment sites as part of an ongoing outreach effort in partnership with area providers. This partnership addresses a range of issues including; securing IDs, placement on the Housing Priority List (HPL) if they qualify, working with Community Courts on expunging eligible tickets and offenses from their records, identifying medical needs, and breaking down the stigma around shelter through open conversations. This week, the following sites in District 7 will be addressed through this collaboration:
- 2600 Hickory street
- 2600 Louise avenue
- 2600 Dawson avenue
Monday, an encampment in the Ferguson/Woodmeadow area was removed in partnership with the Dallas Police Department, following safety concerns. Due to the amount of rain, OHS was not able to have the site fenced or roadblocks established to curtail the flow of traffic into the site today. This will be done early next week once the ground has dried out. DPD will assist OHS in daily site checks to ensure no returning unsheltered residents. Once the site has been hardened, the site checks will continue on a weekly basis, slowly scaling back to OHS-only site checks with DPD flagged as needed.
Please see the attached schedule for homeless encampment cleaning the weeks of June 7th – June 11th and June 14th – June 18th (weather permitting). Please note that these will be for debris removal and outreach only with the exception of one site on Parks Department land, which is grounds for removal as a health and safety hazard. The OHS Service Request dashboard can be utilized to track the progress of encampment resolution efforts. Please visit the dashboard using the link below and feel free sharing this tool with residents:
Library Staff Defines Teamwork:
25 Library Staff members processed 1,300 laptops in just 4 days! It takes a village to process 1,300 new laptops for circulation and thanks to CARES Act funding the Dallas Public Library will begin circulating laptop bundles on June 15. As of June 8, 2021, Library card holders have been able to place requests for a laptop bundle. It took the combined efforts of 25 staff pulled from their regular positions in the Central Library to create a powerful team to unpack the laptops, process them and repack them in their new travel bags, complete with a mouse and a hotspot! These laptops have the Microsoft Office applications to help fully connect library customers to the digital world and they check out for 30 days. The mountain of empty boxes for recycling filled multiple dumpsters and the staff worked up a sweat getting it all done in just 4 days. A few of our staff members are in the attached pictures, but a huge thanks goes out to all 25 for their dedication to this project to bridge part of the digital divide in Dallas.
DAL Pop Up Vaccination Site:
City employees, friends and family are invited to Love Field's Pop-Up Vaccination Site. All three vaccines are available, and registration is not required. Offered for a limited time for 7 days a week between the hours of 5:00am – 1:00pm and 1:00pm – 11:00pm at Dallas Lovefield Airport 8008 Herb Kelleher Way, Dallas, TX 75235. Two locations: One by TSA check point and the second on the second floor outside of arrivals. All three types of vaccine will be available (1st shot, 2nd shot, or 1 and done). Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Mark Duebner, Director for Aviation. Additional information can be found on the Dallas Love Field website.
Survey for Local Solid Waste Management Plan Update:
The City needs your input on Dallas' solid waste and recycling programs to inform decisions about future opportunities to reduce waste destined for the landfill. Learn more and take the survey at https://DallasZeroWaste.com
FY 2021-22 Budget Priorities Survey:
In addition to last week's three Tele-Town Hall Meetings, Budget & Management Services has launched its annual Budget Priorities Survey. This informal, voluntary survey asks residents about the programs and services they value most. This year, it also includes questions about residents' financial situation and needs considering the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will run online from June 2 to June 23 at bit.ly/2SQWnkW.
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