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Week In Review, June 28, 2019

Post Date:06/28/2019
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June 28, 2019 

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.

Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here:
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Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration
Family Fourth
The City of Richardson’s annual Family 4th Celebration takes place Thursday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Breckinridge Park. Admission is free, with free onsite parking as well as free shuttle service from two free offsite parking lots.

The event includes children’s activities, concessions and a sunset concert by the Richardson Community Band.
Since parking at the park is limited, free round-trip shuttle service will be offered from two different offsite parking locations this year beginning at 6 p.m., with the last shuttle departing at 9 p.m. Shuttles will make return trips at the end of the fireworks show.

  • Lot A - 3300 Renner Rd. (Collins Aerospace)
  • Lot B - 2791 Telecom Pkwy. (Fujitsu Network) and 3521 Breckinridge Blvd.

Due to limited space, please bring only items that you can carry and place on your lap while riding the shuttle. Pets are not allowed on the shuttles, only service dogs.

If thunderstorms develop prior to the event, call the event hotline at 972-744-4581 for the status of the fireworks display. For more information, visit


City of Richardson July 4th Holiday Schedule
For the July 4th holiday, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Public Facility Schedule for the July 4th Holiday

 Facility  Open/Closed Status
 Animal Shelter, City Hall/Civic Center, Senior Center,
Recreation Centers, Library and Municipal Court
 Closed July 4
 Eisemann Center Administration Offices  Closed July 4
 Gymnastics Center  Closed July 4
 Tennis Center  8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4
Sherrill Park Golf Course  Open July 4 
City Pools  Close at 5 p.m. July 4 


There will be NO solid waste, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday, July 4. There will be NO make-up days for BABIC or trash collection. The table below shows the make-up days for recycling service. 

Recycle Make-Up Day

 Recycle collection day affected by holiday  Make-up day
Thursday, July 4  Wednesday, July 3


DART July 4 Schedule Changes
North Texans planning to use public transit Thursday, July 4 should be aware that Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus, light rail and streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule that day, and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trains will not operate. Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule, and Customer Service will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Route and schedule information is available at and

DART Renames Cotton Belt Rail Line
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors approved a resolution last week to name the future service running on the Cotton Belt Commuter Rail as the Silver Line. The 26-mile Silver Line project is scheduled for completion in 2022 and will extend east-west between Shiloh Road in Plano and DFW Airport, traversing seven cities including Richardson. At DFW Airport, the project will connect to the TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink.

When completed, the Silver Line will interface with three DART light rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport.

For more information, visit

Collins/Arapaho Survey Available Online
If you missed the block parties held June 13-14 at the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District, you may still give feedback on how you’d like to see the District develop, via an online survey available July 2-14. Anyone may fill out the brief survey, which asks for opinions about many aspects of the 1,200-acre development including architectural styles for buildings, new uses for underused parking lots, building use options such as entertainment, residential and retail and what to develop along the soon-to-be expanded Duck Creek hike and bike trail. A dog park, outdoor dining areas and park space with public art are just a few of the trailside options shown via color photos.

For more information about the Collins/Arapaho TOD project and to access the survey beginning July 2, visit

“Eisemann Center Presents” Tickets on Sale July 8
Eisemann Center Presents Lobo
Single tickets for shows in the Eisemann Center’s 2019-20 “Eisemann Center Presents” season go on sale to the general public Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The upcoming season includes:

  • Renée Elise Goldsberry (of “Hamilton” fame)
  • Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats
  • “Cocktail Hour the Show” by Ballets with a Twist
  • Mandy Patinkin in Concert: “Diaries”
  • Comedian Tom Cotter
  • Mandy Harvey and Band

For the complete list/schedule of “Eisemann Center Presents” shows and to purchase tickets online, go to

No City Council Meeting July 1
Due to the July 4 holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, July 1. The Council will next meet Monday, July 8 for a work session at 6 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to

Richardson Today in Mailboxes this Weekend
The July 2019 issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has a special focus on neighborhoods, including information on the Home Improvement Incentive Program and neighborhood Sign Topper Program. In addition, the issue features information about the City’s response in the aftermath of the June 9 storm.

Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at

Richardson Projects

Westbound Spring Valley Road Closure Possible

Westbound Spring Valley between Bowser Road and College Park Boulevard could be closed at all times through late July for pavement repairs. The project is part of the City’s 2019 annual street repair program.



Free Outdoor Movie at Richardson Restaurant Park Tonight and Tomorrow Night
Enjoy outdoor movies this summer on Friday and Saturday nights at Richardson Restaurant Park, 744 S. Central Expwy., part of an ongoing “Sunset Cinema” series. The 2007 PG-13 movie, “Live Free or Die Hard,” will be shown tonight and tomorrow night, June 28-29, beginning at 9:30 p.m. each night.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, cushions and/or pillows, though low chairs with low backs are allowed and some table seating is provided. For more information, visit the Richardson Restaurant Park on Facebook.

Schedule of Events for Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration
Richardson’s free, annual Family 4th event will be held Thursday, July 4 at Breckinridge Park, beginning at 6 p.m. The complete schedule is as follows (for more information, see story above):

  • 6 p.m.— Concessions (additional cost), strolling entertainment and kids’ activities begin
  • 8:15 p.m.—The Richardson Community Band Patriotic Salute Concert
  • 9:30 p.m.—Fireworks

Breckinridge Park is located at 3555 Brand Rd. The main stage and additional activities are located at Breckinridge Park Entrance B.



Wi-Fi Hotspots Available
Library staff would like to remind the community that, among the many resources available for free to Library cardholders, portable Wi-Fi hotspots can be checked out for up to seven days. The hotspots can come in handy on a summer vacation or if your Internet service is down, such as after recent summer storms, and may be renewed depending on reservations by other users.

To check out a hotspot, head to the Information Desk along with a valid Richardson Library card (in good standing), where you’ll fill out a quick form. For more information, call 972-744-4350.



Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center

  • Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Final June 28
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $70-$90.
  • Miss Texas Final June 29
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $80-$100.
    Miss Texas Madison Fuller crowns her successor.
  • “Harari Day” Cultural Celebration July 3
    2 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $67 (includes general admission seating, lunch and parking); free for children ages 4-6.
    The Harari Community Development Center of Dallas presents an afternoon of Islamic culture, music and celebration. To learn more about the festival, visit

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

“A Reason to Believe” Continues at the Core Theatre
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The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, is presenting an original production entitled, “A Reason to Believe,” through July 14. The play is a riveting drama interlaced with humor about a man whose life changes after “having it all.”

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees June 30, July 7 and July 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth, $15 for seniors and $25 for adults.

For more information, visit

Last Weekend for “Mamma Mia!” at RCT
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Repertory Company Theatre (RCT) is presenting “Mamma Mia!,” the hit Broadway musical featuring the music of ABBA, through Sunday, June 30.

Remaining show days and times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $17 for youth. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 972-690-5029 or visit RCT is located at 770 N. Coit Rd. 




BABIC Experiences Record-Breaking Amount of Debris
Public Services reports that in the 13 days after the June 9 storm (June 10-22), Brush and Bulky Item (BABIC) crews collected 1,337 tons of tree limbs, brush and other debris, almost double the average amount that’s usually picked up in the entire month of June. Average monthly BABIC tonnage for June is 744 tons; the largest monthly tonnage picked up during June in the last 10 years is 1,097 tons (June 2015).

Natural debris such as tree limbs and brush are taken to a facility to be recycled into mulch and compost. Richardson is one of five area cities that participates in a partnership with Texas Pure, which generates mulch and compost for the cities’ parks and landscaping and offers it to the public for purchase.

For more information, go to



Public Safety Telecommunicator-911 Dispatcher ($3,134-$5,137 monthly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in receiving requests for police, fire and emergency medical services.

Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals interested in inspecting buildings, construction sites and construction components for compliance with Building, Plumbing and Mechanical codes and laws.

Part-Time School Crossing Guard ($9.74-$15.46 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Turtle Pet of the Week

Meet Turtle! This sweet boy came to us as a stray back in February. He has been neutered, vaccinated and ready for a new home. Turtle loves to lay on his back and show his tummy for belly rubs and scratches. He loves giving attention as much as receiving it and would be the perfect big lap dog! He is heartworm positive, but thanks to generous donations his treatment and adoption fees has been paid for! Please help this lovable doggo find his dream home!

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






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