March 10, 2017
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.
Construction Begins on Fox Creek Park
|Rendering of the pavilion at Fox Creek Park
Construction has begun on phase one of Fox Creek Park, the 39th park in the City of Richardson’s park system, to be located along the east side of the CityLine development at Renner Road and Foxboro Drive.
Designed by Texas-based TBG Partners, Fox Creek Park will include a covered pavilion, playgrounds for children of various ages, limestone benches underneath canopy trees, ornamental planting beds, a 75-foot-long bridge to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, and trails with connectivity to citywide hike and bike trail systems. There will also be formalized lawns utilizing native plants to help reduce water usage, provide wildlife habitat and accommodate public programming. Phase one is slated for completion by the end of 2017 and will include 11 of the 17 acres planned.
Fox Creek Park is made possible through a partnership between the City and CityLine developer KDC, with funding supplied by TIF revenues. It joins the current 3.5-acre CityLine Park, which opened last fall on Routh Creek Parkway, as part of Richardson’s initiative to have a park located within walking distance of every neighborhood in the city.
Chlorine Maintenance Begins March 13
The North Texas Municipal Water District will conduct chlorine maintenance on Richardson’s water supply March 13-April 10. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) allows water suppliers to perform chlorine maintenance annually in the spring to maintain chloramine residuals and help reduce the need to flush systems in summer, thus conserving water.
Chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, provide the disinfectant residual that is required by the TCEQ to maintain water quality that is safe for human consumption and use. During the chlorine maintenance period, the residual consists of chlorine alone without the ammonia.
The chlorine maintenance does not have a negative effect on water quality; the water remains safe for use and consumption. During the chlorine maintenance period, consumers who are sensitive to odor or taste changes in water might notice a stronger smell or taste of chlorine. This odor and palatability change does not alter the quality of the drinking water provided to consumers.
For additional information, visit www.ntmwd.com/fact-sheets/.
Summer Job Fair March 14
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department will hold a summer job fair from 4-7 p.m. March 14 at Huffhines Recreation Center.
Open positions include:
Experience required varies by position; applicants must be a minimum age of 16. Hourly pay rates are highly competitive. For more information and online applications, visit www.cor.net/jobs.
- Pool Managers and Assistant Managers
- Swim Instructors
- Swim Team Coaches
- Day Camp Directors and Counselors
- Gymnastics Instructors
- Recreation Support Technicians
No City Council Meeting March 13
Due to the RISD spring break, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, March 13. The City Council will next meet Monday, March 20 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday
Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour.
Breckinridge Park Closes “Entrance A” Tuesday Nights
For safety purposes, Entrance A at Breckinridge Park will be closed Tuesday nights March 14-Sept. 5 from 5-8:30 p.m. for bike races on the ring road.
Please note that only Entrance A will be closed. The rest of the park will be open.
Orchid Show at Civic Center March 10-11
The Richardson Civic Center’s Richardson Room is filled with hundreds of orchids of all sizes, shapes and colors as the Greater North Texas Orchid Society hosts its Orchid Show and Sale, which began today. Come buy an orchid for yourself or a friend and learn which orchids can be grown at home.
Hours are noon-5 p.m. March 10 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.gntos.org.
Richardson Wireless Klub Hosts Open Meeting March 13
The Richardson Wireless Klub (RWK) will feature a presentation about Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) operations at its next monthly meeting, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. Bill Werner will be joined by a few of his RWK friends as they explain AREDN and the new aspects of amateur radio communications.
Attendees will learn how off-the-shelf Wi-Fi equipment can be easily modified for use on amateur radio bands to form a wireless peer-to-peer mesh network. Members of the North Texas AREDN SIG will demonstrate setting up and operating the nodes, and show how AREDN networks are used during critical emergency situations when other means of communications, like phones, cell phones and the internet are inoperative. RWK has had an AREDN node in operation since September 2016.
The Klub, a nonprofit organization serving the Richardson area for more than 50 years, is one of hundreds of special service amateur radio clubs across America that provide community communications services. Volunteers coordinate monthly emergency siren tests with the City of Richardson and provide free communications support for the Richardson Christmas Parade, bike rallies, marathon races and other events sponsored by North Texas charitable organizations. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month and are free and open to all ages. For more information, click here.
Spring Break Golf and Tennis Camps March 13-17
Looking for fun kids activities during Spring Break? The City is offering a junior golf camp and tennis camp Monday-Friday March 13-17 for a wide range of ages.
A tennis camp for ages 5-16, beginner to advanced, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day at Huffhines Tennis Center. Instruction will emphasize basic tennis fundamentals, scoring and match play. Kids will have fun playing tennis and meeting new friends, with a mini tournament and pizza party on Friday. Cost is $150/week or $40/day; for more information and to sign up, visit www.cor.net/parksonline.
The Performance Golf Academy at Sherrill Park Golf Course will host a golf camp for ages 6-13 from 8 a.m.-noon each day, focusing on putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, rules/etiquette and on-course play. Cost for the golf camp is $250. For more information, call 817-846-7157 or visit www.myperformancegolf.com.
Free AARP Tax Assistance Continues at Senior Center and Library
IRS-trained volunteers are providing weekly help with basic tax returns Mondays through April 17 at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, and Fridays through April 14 at the Senior Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The assistance, presented in conjunction with the AARP Foundation, is free and designed particularly for elderly, handicapped and non-English-speaking taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis. For a detailed list of records to bring, click here.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Islamic Art Revival Series: Women’s Invitational Exhibition in the Green Gallery
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events. Admission is free.
Presented by the Islamic Art Revival Series, the Women’s Invitational Exhibition 2017 features the work of 10 minority women practicing in the United States as first-generation artists. Artists originally from Japan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were invited to take part.
AIR Time March 15: Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Arts Incubator of Richardson’s free film series, “AIR Time,” will feature the 2013 movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis” and talent development expert Cristal Givens March 15 at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson. The popular series pairs a movie with a preshow interview and discussion. Givens will be interviewed by David Fisher, assistant director for the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The preshow event begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. (Note: this is a change from AIR’s original lineup for this date.)
The critically acclaimed, offbeat “Inside Llewyn Davis” was written, directed and edited by Ethan and Joel Coen and stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Oscar Isaac. It follows a week in the life of a fictional young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Givens is the owner and manager of Alchemy Music Academy, a music school and talent development program and is also director of the Dallas office of PCG Universal, an artist development company for recording artists.
Admission to AIR Time is free for general seating. Reserved seats are available for $5 at www.drafthouse.com/dfw/richardson and include a $5 food and beverage voucher. Arts Incubator of Richardson and AIR Time are sponsored in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. Alamo Drafthouse Richardson is located at 100 S. Central Expressway.
Registration for Six-Week Storytime Sessions Begin Monday
Six-week storytime sessions for Richardson residents ages 6 weeks to 2 years begin registration Monday, March 13, with storytimes beginning March 20. (In addition, a Growing Baby Readers program will be held each Wednesday beginning March 22 for both residents and non-residents, ages 12-24 months accompanied by one parent, from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. No registration required.)
For a list of storytimes and descriptions of each, click here . To register and for more information, call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk at the Library.
Spring Make-Cation! March 13-17
The Library is the place to be during spring break, with free events daily in the Basement Program Room:
- Meet the Author March 13
2-3 p.m. All ages welcome.
Meet Nancy Churnin, author of “The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Player Changed the Game” and learn how the “strike,” “ball” and “out” hand signals became a permanent part of professional baseball.
- Pi Day March 14
2-4 p.m. For ages 5 and up.
What does number 3.14159265359 have in common with Albert Einstein? Enjoy a circularly cool afternoon of crafts, games, Pi puzzles and playing with patterns and things that go round and round.
- Upcycled Toys March 15
2-4 p.m. For ages 5 and up.
Create your own toys from materials found around the house.
- Tech Toys March 16
2-4 p.m. For ages 5 and up.
Imagination meets technology with Scratch, LEGOs, littleBits, MaKey Makey, Ozobots and SnapCircuits.
- Interactive Movie: “The Wizard of Oz” March 17
2-4 p.m. For all ages—bring the whole family!
Enjoy an interactive afternoon with Dorothy and her friends on their trek to Emerald City and beyond. Goodie bags will be provided for your magical journey down the yellow brick road (quantities are limited).
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This handsome guy is Colt! He was brought to us from the Royce City Animal Shelter as a transfer; they needed some space and we took him in. Colt is a 2-year-old lab/chow chow mix. He has been neutered and fully vaccinated. Colt is a little shy at first but friendly and ready for a forever home. Come and visit him and see if he will work with your family!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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Mayor Pro Tem
Marta Gómez Frey