Strategic Goal No. 2: Vibrant Neighborhoods
Trinity View Park Project – Keep Irving Beautiful along with the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the Irving-based Celebration of Life Center as well as affiliated congregations in Dallas for a cleanup of Trinity View Park on Sept. 13. Volunteers picked up trash and recyclables from around the park, including areas along the tree lines and the small creeks that run through the park. The 39 volunteers combined for a total of 118 hours of service, and collected 165 pounds of trash and 113 pounds of recyclable materials.
Trash Bash – Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) hosted the 23rd Annual Trash Bash at T.W. Richardson Grove Park on Sept. 27. The event attracted 333 adult volunteers and 286 youth who donated 1,857 hours of service helping to make Irving a cleaner and safer place to live work and play. A special thank you goes out to KIB partners in the Code Enforcement, Solid Waste Services, Housing and Human Services, Human Resources, and Parks and Recreation departments.
Strategic Goal No. 3: Economic Development
New Parking Spaces Downtown – With all the new business activity downtown, the city wants to ensure patrons have plenty of parking options. There are now four hard surfaced, striped and signage identified off-street parking lots near Big State Fountain Grill, 100 S. Main St.; the community building, 135 S. Jefferson St.; lot across from the community building, northeast corner of Jefferson and Second streets; and across the street from the proposed Texas Musicians Museum, north corner of Delaware St. and Irving Blvd. The new spaces offer more than 180 parking spaces.
Strategic Goal No. 4: Public Safety
Public Safety Exercise – On Sept. 8, the City of Irving Police Department along with DFW Airport and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) staff, participated in a safety exercise addressing a bomb threat and suspicious package impacting the train system. The scenario included actions to evaluate the adequacy of response, communications, and operational coordination during emergency events on DART’s Orange Line between Belt Line and DFW Airport stations. The exercise highlighted existing plans, policies, mutual aid agreements, and procedures to familiarize agencies and personnel with expected actions to these types of events.
Strategic Goal No. 6: Effective Communications
NATOA Awards – The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) awarded Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) multiple honors in its annual awards competition that recognizes excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. “Irving: Game of the Week” received first place in the Live Sports Events category. In the Community Event Coverage category, “City Source” received first place for “Flugtag Preview,” and second place for “FIRST Robotics Competition.” A third video, “Ruth Paine House Museum Opens,” received Honorable Mention. The ICTN website, ictn.tv, received Honorable Mention in the Government Access Station Website category, and ICTN also earned Honorable Mention in the Programming Excellence category. The awards were announced on Oct. 2 during the NATOA annual conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. NATOA, a national trade association based in Alexandria, Va., represents local government jurisdictions and consortiums that oversee communications and cable television franchising.
Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments
Irving Main Street Event – There was something for everyone at this year’s Irving Main Street Event held in the Irving Heritage District on Sept. 19 and 20. More than 5,000 people from various parts of the DFW Metroplex attended this community event. The annual Manifolds on Main Street Car Show featured an exhibit of 80 vintage cars, convertibles, hot rods and trucks. In addition, more than 40 vendors made up the Main Street Marketplace and more than 100 works of art by area students were on display through the Attitude of Gratitude Youth Art Exhibit.
Special Olympics Softball Tournament – Irving Special Olympics competed in the 2014 Region 10 Softball Tournament and Skill Competition on Sept. 20 at Oran Good Park in Farmers Branch. The Unified Irving Mavericks softball team, which includes 10 Special Olympics athletes, 10 partners and two coaches, received the bronze medal at this year’s competition. Earlier in the month, the Mavericks won a silver medal at a tournament held in Hurst. Special Olympics Unified Sports brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together to compete on the same team.
VIP Wrestling – Senter Park Recreation Center hosted “Setting the Bar,” a professional wrestling tournament, on Sept. 14. New Japan Professional Wrestling star Lance Hoyt, along with Ring of Honor star ACH, were on-site as eight professional wrestlers competed in three rounds for the championship title. More than 110 spectators were in attendance, and attendees were treated to a meet and greet with wrestlers prior to the show.
Table Tennis Tournament – Cimarron Recreation Center partnered with its Table Tennis Club to host a tournament on Sept. 13. There were approximately 200 spectators watching nearly 70 participants compete throughout the day.
Big Read Update – The Big Read Harper’s Bazaar Kick-Off event, held in partnership with the Friends of the Irving Public Library at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center Museum was a success. An estimated 450 residents enjoyed face-painting, crafts, bounce houses, musical performances, stories and a puppet show. In addition, free copies of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963” were distributed to the public.
Hispanic Heritage Events – Irving Public Library entertained approximately 340 residents during three events hosted in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Programs included crafts, children’s stories highlighting Hispanic culture, a live performance by the Mariachis Espuelas de Plata, and a special visit from Texas author and storyteller, Consuelo Samarripa. Events were sponsored by the Friends of the Irving Public Library and Texas Commission on the Arts.
Strategic Goal No. 8: Sound Governance
On-the-Spot Awards – City of Irving employees continue to provide excellent customer service and perform above and beyond their normal job responsibilities. The following employees have recently received On-the-Spot Awards for their performance: Shareen Altum – Human Resources, Cynthia Castro – Economic Development, Maria Guzman – City Manager’s Office, James Hawthorne and Robert Chatham – Inspections, Shaun Mullin – Parks and Recreation, Shantelle Oliver – Police, Charles Omlor – Water Utilities, Durenda Pena – Capital Improvement Program, Heather Taylor – Communications, Kristin Trevino – Library, Linda Velazquez – Planning, and Belinda Younger-Gurley – Traffic and Transportation.
Strategic Goal No. 10: Set the Standard for Environmental Stewardship
Community Outreach – Water Utilities staff participated in the annual Main Street Event on Sept. 20. Information was provided on preventing stormwater pollution, proper disposal of oil and grease, leak detection and water conservation. Attendees also learned about the specifics of the newly revised Water Management Plan and irrigation restrictions in Irving. With the holidays approaching, staff also emphasized the importance of disposing of grease and oils in the garbage inside of containers. In addition, a display was available to demonstrate the negative impacts of grease products in the city’s sanitary sewer system.