Strategic Goal No. 2: Vibrant Neighborhoods
National Affiliate Award – Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB), along with its community partner Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, were honored at the 2015 Keep America Beautiful National Conference. KIB received a Second Place National Affiliate Award in the largest population category of 200,001 and above. KIB also received the President’s Circle designation, which is the highest level an affiliate can achieve.
Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments
Minute-To-Win-It – Based on the popular television show, Northwest Park Recreation Center hosted a Minute-To-Win-It challenge for its afterschool program Jan. 16. More than 35 elementary school students participated in this new event. Participants were challenged to complete eight, one-minute tasks using common, household items. Participants received free goody bags.
Partnership Programs – Heritage Senior Center will continue partnering with the Visiting Nursing Association’s (VNA) Meals on Wheels program, as well as the North Texas Food Bank’s People and Nutrition (PAN) program. Through these programs, the Heritage Senior Center distributes meals and supplemental food items throughout the Irving community. Each month, approximately 3,960 meals are delivered by VNA volunteers through Meals on Wheels, and more than 50 boxes of food items are distributed through the PAN program.
Valentine’s Day Events – On Feb. 3, the Heritage Senior Center (HSC) hosted its annual Valentine’s dinner and dance featuring entertainment by Doc Gibbs. More than 100 patrons enjoyed dancing, fellowship and a meal served by HSC staff. On Feb. 6, Lee Park hosted a preschool party, featuring arts and crafts, face painting, a Valentine’s exchange as well as refreshments for 24 children and parents. On that same evening, Mustang Park hosted its annual Father-Daughter Dance, with more than 150 girls and their fathers/father figures.
Strategic Goal No. 9: Enhance and Sustain Infrastructure
Fiber Network Communications – As of Feb. 4, Water Utilities has established fiber network communications with the MacArthur Pump Station. This will provide a faster form of communication to a major Water Utilities facility via the SCADA monitoring and control system. In addition, it also provides a secondary form of communication to the pump station in addition to the legacy radio system in the event there is a communications failure.
Strategic Goal No. 10: Environmental Stewardship
Christmas Tree Round-up Recap – On Jan. 9, Solid Waste Services completed the annual Christmas Tree Round-up. More than 1,200 trees were collected for a total weight of 40,905 pounds. The trees were taken to the Hunter Ferrell Landfill for recycling where they will be chipped into mulch and bagged. The mulch will be made available to the public for a nominal fee.