Strategic Goal No. 2: Nurture and Promote Vital, Vibrant Neighborhoods
Fritz Park Project – Keep Irving Beautiful, the Parks and Recreation Department, Canon USA employee volunteers and family members, along with four North Lake College Service-Learning students, worked together painting at the Fritz Park Petting Farm on March 29. A total of 65 volunteers donated 260 hours of service in preparation for the petting farm’s opening in June.
Great American Cleanup – More than 225 volunteers completed 720 hours of service participating in Keep Irving Beautiful’s annual Great American Cleanup on April 5. Volunteers removed more than 4,500 pounds of litter and 420 pounds of recyclables at Irving’s Trinity View Park.
Strategic Goal No. 3: Economic Development
Groups in Irving – The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed the following groups and organizations to Irving: Webber LLC (March 14); REVEAL Productions (March 16); American Quarter Horse Association (March 16-20); American Recovery Association (March 16-22); Prime Source (March 17-21); Dell Inc. (March 17-18); Dallas Building Owners and Managers Association (March 18); Camden (March 19); CVS Caremark – Irving TIER Meeting (March 19-20); 2014 USA Judo Scholastic Championships (March 19-23); Pathways Core Training Inc. (March 19-23); Discover Freedom Here (March 19-23); Bluebonnet Brew-Off (March 20-23); Diamond Tours (March 20-24 and 27-31); Assemblies of God Marriage Retreat (March 21-23); Natural Products Association – Healthfest 2014 (March 21-23); Dallas Critical Incident Response Team (March 24); ClimateCraft (March 25-27); Kimberly-Clark Corporation (March 25-28 and April 6-13); American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas (March 26-29); North Central Texas Council of Governments Alternative Fuel Summit – AltCar Expo (March 27-29); DFW Fiber Fest (March 27-30); Planet Wisdom Student Conference (March 27-30); The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa (March 27-31); Roll2Play (March 28-30); Tour-Rific of Texas (March 28-30 and April 4-6); North Texas Oklahoma Christian University Alumni Association (March 29); Eli Lilly (March 30-April 3); FAA-Asphalt Institute (March 31-April 3); K12 Management Inc. (March 31-April 4); FOX Sports (April 1-22); DFW Case Management Society of America (April 2-4); Pregnancy Help 4 U (April 3); Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (April 4-5); Great American Sports (April 4-6); GE Irving Marathon (April 5); DFW Church (April 6); State Farm Insurance (April 6-10); Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. (April 7-8); Health Care Service Corporation (April 7-9); Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (April 8); VHA Inc. (April 8-9); Women’s Business Council Southwest (April 9-10); DeafNation (April 9-12); Fresh Aroma International Ministries (April 10-13); Church of God International Office (April 10-14); SAMPE DFW: 2014 Technical Symposium and Materials Expo (April 10); Apostolic Assembly – Texas Region (April 11); LOV Ministries (April 11-12); Pathways Core Training, Inc. (April 11-12); Gameday Connexion (April 11-13); and Signature Management Team LLC (April 12).
Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments
Homeschool Dodgeball Tournament – Lee Park Recreation Center hosted a Homeschool Dodgeball Tournament on March 20. A total of 45 participants and 20 spectators attended from Irving and surrounding communities including Dallas, Euless, Frisco, Grand Prairie and Little Elm. Participants on the first-, second- and third-place teams were each awarded medals during a lunchtime ceremony. Staff received positive feedback verbally and on surveys completed by each parent. Through the success of this tournament, Lee Park has seen an increase in participation for its dodgeball class and hopes to continue this positive trend by offering additional homeschool events in the future.
Health Fair – Cimarron Park partnered with the Telugu Association of North Texas (TANTEX) to host a community health fair March 29. More than 550 guests were in attendance at this event which provided vendor exhibits, on-site medical consultations, and free vision and blood screenings. At the conclusion of the health fair, families participated in a kite festival held later that afternoon.
Fancy Nancy Tea Party – Approximately 200 people attended a Fancy Nancy themed family tea party at the East Branch Library during Spring Break Week. Participants enjoyed refreshments, craft activities and watched ballet performances choreographed by the Momentum Dance Company.
“Side Effects May Vary” Launch Party – More than 140 people attended Central Library’s pre-release party for Young Adult author Julie Murphy’s debut novel “Side Effects May Vary.” The Central Library was the only venue nationwide authorized to sell copies of the highly praised work prior to the release date. The entire stock sold out in less than 30 minutes. Half Price Books and the Friends of the Irving Public Library co-sponsored the event.
Conversations @ Your Library Expansion – Irving Public Library expanded its Conversations @ Your Library program to include a group that focuses on the needs of Hindi speakers in north Irving. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Conversations, now in its fourth year, helps participants improve conversational language skills though activities led by student volunteers. For more information, call (972) 721-4669.
Strategic Goal No. 9: Infrastructure
Special Events – On April 5, water conservation staff representing the City of Irving Water Utilities Department attended the Hackberry Creek Vendor Fair. Information provided by the city ranged from:
how to use the cycle-soak method of irrigating
once-per-week watering restrictions
possible residential water leaks
Attendees were encouraged to sign up for the city’s new service for regular information on how much to irrigate – watermyyard.org. Approximately 100 residents of Hackberry Creek attended the event.
Special Events – In cooperation with Home Depot, several other city departments and local agencies, City of Irving Water Utilities Department water conservation staff worked a booth designed to address a variety of issues related to protecting Irving water. Staff visited with approximately 700 attendees about water related topics. Residents also were made aware of the opportunity to request a residential water audit to get one-on-one instruction and assistance in understanding water conservation around the home and saving money by reducing water use.
Strategic Goal No. 10: Set the Standard for Environmental Stewardship
Community Fest – Solid Waste Services participated in the 2014 City of Irving Community Fest held March 22 at Senter Park. A new refuse collection truck was on display to promote the city’s green fleet initiatives. Participants were provided information on the various services provided by Solid Waste Services team members and were given information to promote curbside recycling and environmental stewardship.
Pet Pawlooza – Solid Waste Services participated in the 2014 Irving Animal Services Pet Pawlooza held March 29 at the Irving Animal Care Campus. Attendees received information on the various services provided by Solid Waste Services, and they were given information to promote curbside recycling and environmental stewardship.