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Week In Review, Dec. 22, 2017

Post Date:12/22/2017 5:00 PM
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Dec. 22, 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.

City Public Facility Holiday Schedule
For Christmas and New Year’s, City facilities will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Public Facility Schedule for Christmas and New Year's holidays


Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson's Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.)
Closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Eisemann Center Closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1
Recreation Centers Closed Dec. 24-25
5 p.m. Dec. 31, Closed Jan. 1
Tennis Center Closed Dec. 24-25
5 p.m. Dec. 31, Closed Jan. 1
Senior Center Closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1
Gymnastics Center Closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 27-29
Library Closed Dec. 24-26
5 p.m. Dec. 31, Closed Jan. 1
Sherrill Park golf Course Closed Dec. 25

Solid Waste and Recycling Schedule
There will be NO recycling pick up Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.  There will be NO solid waste pick up or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26 or Monday, Jan. 1. There will be NO makeup days for solid waste collection. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Days

 Recycle collection days affected by holiday Makeup day
Monday, Dec. 25 Tuesday, Dec. 26
Tuesday, Dec. 26 Wednesday, Dec. 27
Monday, Jan. 1 Tuesday, Jan. 2
Tuesday, Jan. 2 Wednesday, Jan. 3

"Tree Cycling" Begins Tuesday
Tree Cycling

“Tree cycling” in Richardson begins Dec. 26 and continues through Feb. 2. Many Christmas trees are thrown away every holiday season, which uses up vital landfill space and wastes potential uses for the trees (such as being shredded for mulch), so the City provides ways each year to make it easy for residents to recycle unflocked, natural trees:

  • Drop trees off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

  • Call 972-744-4111 or go online to and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) before your designated recycling day, then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.

Trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc. For more information, click here.

Holiday Box Recycling Starts Tomorrow
Cardboard Boy Recycling

Instead of putting your new computer or flat screen TV box out for trash pick-up, recycle and help prevent crime. The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department have teamed up to offer temporary recycling locations for large boxes Dec. 23-Jan. 5.

The locations are as follows (for flattened cardboard items ONLY):

  • Custer Park (near the tennis courts)
    700 W. Renner Rd.

  • Recycle Center
    102 Cottonwood Dr.

  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)

  • Breckinridge Park (near the baseball complex)
    5200 Park Vista Rd.

If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black bag so you do not advertise that you have a new computer, TV or other high dollar item in your home. For more information about preventing crime or to make your home and neighborhood safer, contact the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4955.

City Parks Bathrooms are Closed for the Winter
Parks and Recreation staff completed the closing of restrooms throughout the park system this week in advance of the cold temperatures forecast for this weekend. They are expected to remain closed through the date of the average last freeze in early March. Note: the closure includes the restroom at Bush Central Barkway.

RISD Elementary Students Support Inclusive Playground
The Student Council of Terrace Elementary has announced it has designated the City’s future inclusive playground at Cottonwood Park as its philanthropy project for 2018. The students in grades 5-6 got excited about the playground after learning about it from a school parent and watching a video about the project (click here to view).

A playground replacement for Cottonwood Park is part of the 2015 Bond Program passed by Richardson voters. An additional $250,000 is being raised in partnership with the Richardson East Rotary Club to make the playground inclusive for children and caregivers who have diverse physical abilities.

Visit for more information about the playground and its associated fundraising opportunities.

Eisemann Center Gift Certificates Available for Last-Minute Gifts
The Eisemann Center has last-minute gift certificates available that can be used toward any show sold through the Eisemann Center ticket office. Upcoming shows include Mandy Harvey and “Seeger: A Multimedia Show;” the MainStage Shows series including “A Night with Janis Joplin” and “Mummenschanz: you & me;” and special attraction “Mutts Gone Nuts,” as well as the Eisemann Center Presents Theatre Series’ “Driving Miss Daisy.” Upcoming children’s shows include “Pete the Cat,” “BAM Percussion” and “Go, Dog. Go!” sponsored by the Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

To have the certificate in hand before Christmas, visit the Eisemann Center ticket office in person today through 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. They may also be purchased by phone or online for mail delivery, at 972-744-4650 and

DART Announces Holiday Schedule

DART announced changes this week for its Dec. 24-26 schedule. Highlights include:

Sunday, Dec. 24

  • No service for TRE

Monday, Dec. 25

  • DART will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • No service for TRE
  • Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule. The DART Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed, and regular subscription trips are canceled.
  • DART On-Call will not operate.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

  • TRE will follow a Saturday schedule

For more details, visit or call 214-979-1111.



Santa’s Village Lit for Walking, Photo Opportunities
Santas Village Photo Opp

Though Santa’s Village is closed for the season, the buildings remain in place and the lights will continue to be lit through Jan. 1. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and take photographs daily from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

For more upcoming shows and events, visit

Eisemann Center Logo
At the Eisemann Center:

  • The Vocal Majority Through Dec. 24
    8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday and a noon performance Christmas Eve, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $16-$54.
    The renowned Dallas-based men’s chorus presents “North Side Story” in Act 1, a hilarious, updated version of the Sharks vs. the Jets. As is the tradition for the Vocal Majority’s holiday show, Act 2 honors beloved and sacred Christmas songs. 

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre

Richardson Theatre Centre is bringing to life the wild adventures of “the mouse that stirred” along with an elf and a little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, in this joyful tribute to the holiday season.

Performances are Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 31, with Thursday shows at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22. (No performance Dec. 24.) For tickets, call 972-699-1130. Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd.

Animal Services
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Lynn Pet of the Week
Meet Lynn! This happy-go-lucky girl is still smiling even after five months of waiting for a forever home. Lynn is a spayed female, all-American mutt mix, about 5 years old and up to date on all her vaccinations. She loves to play, go for walks and is good with older kids. Please help this beautiful brown-eyed girl find a forever home for the holidays!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.



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