May 17, 2013
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.
Wildflower! Starts Today
Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. at Galatyn Park Urban Center. Tonight’s headliners include Gretchen Wilson, Spin Doctors, The Charlie Daniels Band and Uncle Kracker. Saturday will feature Toadies, 38 Special, Reverend Horton Heat and Grand Funk Railroad. Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard will be among the headliners on Sunday. Dozens of other national and local bands will perform on the six stages throughout the weekend.
Festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 12:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
To learn more about the festival, visit www.wildflowerfestival.com, call 972-744-4580 or follow Wildflower! on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildflowerfestival and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WildflowerFest.
Wildflower! Festival Releases New Mobile App
You can now find information about the Wildflower! Festival including performance schedules, previews of bands playing, directions and food vendors using an app released this week for Android and Apple mobile devices.
The Wildflower! Festival app was developed pro bono by four students from The University of Texas at Dallas. Read more about the new app and the students involved in the project at http://bit.ly/13yZKdi.
Download the Android app from Google Play at http://bit.ly/12AU9kt or the Apple iOS version at http://bit.ly/12puwUI, or scan the QR code for your device’s operating system.
Wildflower! Tickets Available at the Gate, Online
Single-day adult tickets for the Wildflower! Festival are available at the gate for $20 as well as through the festival's website. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free. Through today, Richardson residents can purchase up to six individual adult tickets per each day of the festival per household for only $10 each. Kids 12 and under get in free on Sunday with a paid adult courtesy of Bank of America, and adult tickets are $10 on Sunday courtesy of Cisco.
Wildflower! Festival Includes Entertainment, Market Place and Kidz Korner
Families and kids of all ages will find great entertainment during each day of the Wildflower! Festival.
Children 4 and under get in free each day, and thanks to Bank of America, on Sunday all children 12 and under receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.
There are also children’s games and activities at the Kidz Korner, arts and crafts at the Market Place, interactive games at the Game Zone and a full lineup of entertainment on Performance Row in front of the Eisemann Center.
Galatyn Park Area Includes Ample Parking, DART Access
Richardson residents have an inside track on getting to the Wildflower! Festival, with easy access to parking many people in the Metroplex don’t know about. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas opens its parking garages to the public for the festival, providing thousands of spaces at Galatyn Park.
Including the BCBS garage, more than 8,000 parking spaces are available in the immediate area surrounding Galatyn Park. All festival parking is $5.
In addition, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Gateway is adjacent to the Galatyn Park Station on the DART Red Line.
Drivers should be aware that various roads or directions of travel surrounding the festival may be blocked at certain times as festival traffic is directed into and out of the parking areas. Construction on the Galatyn Parkway extension project is expected to affect festival traffic. Drivers heading south on US-75 are encouraged to take the Renner Road exit and head east to Routh Creek Parkway. A right turn on Routh Creek Parkway will lead directly to festival parking in the Blue Cross Blue Shield parking garage.
Click the link below for Wildflower! information and directions:
Follow Wildflower! Festival on Facebook, Twitter This Weekend
Whether you’re still at home or at the Wildflower! Festival, you can keep track of live updates from the festival grounds on Facebook and Twitter. Richardson will have a social media reporter walking the festival grounds, posting about music, festival entertainment, food and much more throughout the weekend.
Click the link below to visit the Wildflower! Festival Facebook or Twitter page:
WildRide! and WildRun! on Saturday
The 2013 WildRide! Against Cancer Bicycle Rally and the WildRun! Against Cancer 5K Timed Run & Fun Run/Walk will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Galatyn Park, 2400 N. Glenville Dr. Both events benefit Methodist Richardson Cancer Center and are scheduled to coincide with Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival.
Cyclists have the option of completing a 16-, 40- or 65-mile course. The 5K course will be along the Spring Creek Trail. Live music and free refreshments will be available at the finish line.
Bike rally registration costs $40 for adults and $20 for youth. The 5K run/walk registration fee is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Registration is available at www.wildridebikerally.com or www.active.com or beginning at 6 a.m. on location the morning of the event.
Portions of Greenville Avenue, Glenville Drive, Plano Road, Lookout Drive, Renner Road and Galatyn Parkway may be fully or partially closed from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday for the bike rally and 5K.
Richardson voters on Saturday elected Laura Maczka as the City’s next mayor. Maczka received 10,167 votes, and Amir Omar received 4,172. This election marked the first time the voters directly elected the City’s mayor.
Candidates for the other City Council seats ran unopposed. The next City Council will be comprised of Bob Townsend, Place 1; Mark Solomon, Place 2; Scott Dunn, Place 3; Kendal Hartley, Place 4; Paul Voelker, Place 5; and Steve Mitchell, Place 6.
The Richardson City Council must canvass the returns before the results are official. This will happen at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 20. For more information, contact the City Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-744-4290.
City Wins International Communications Award
The City of Richardson has been named a recipient of the Gold Hermes Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) in the Television Placement category for its featured appearance in a story on the Feb. 1, 2012, episode of the Anderson Cooper Show.
The segment showcased a story of survival and rescue involving two Richardson residents, the cooperation of heroes who made it possible, and the coordination between the City and Richardson-based Samsung Telecommunications America, to present, as a token of appreciation, Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tablets for all involved.
The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. There were more than 5,500 entries for the 2013 competition, of which only 19 percent received the Gold Award, which is presented to entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm.
Watch the Anderson Cooper Show segment at http://bit.ly/YGV8QD.
Council Awards Bid for Street Improvements
The City Council on Monday awarded a $2 million contract to RKM Utility Services, Inc. for improvements to Pittman Street from Abrams Road to Grove Road, Grace Drive from Abrams Road to Highland Boulevard, and Lois Lane from Polk Street to Highland Boulevard. The project includes paving, water main and sanitary sewer replacement. It also includes a new sidewalk along Pittman Street and Grace Drive and the replacement of failed sidewalk along Lois Lane.
The project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program and through 2013 Water and Sewer certificates of obligation. Construction is expected to begin in June and be complete by March 2014.
Council Hears Update on MRMC Expansion
The City Council heard an update Monday on Methodist Health System’s $120 million hospital expansion at its Methodist Richardson Medical Center – Bush/Renner campus. Construction is on schedule for the 125-bed, four-story acute care hospital, which will create 100 new jobs and employ 900 professionals.
The final beam of the new hospital is expected to be put in place on May 30, and the grand opening celebration is expected to take place in May 2014.
The new 266,250-square-foot hospital will be at the southeast corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike. The expansion extends Methodist’s existing service area and will offer enhanced health care services to residents in Richardson, Garland, Murphy, Plano, Sachse, Wylie and surrounding areas.
Among the center’s features are a women’s pavilion; level III neonatal intensive care unit and labor, delivery and recovery services; an advanced neurosciences program; outpatient surgical services; advanced cardiac care; and comprehensive imaging technologies for enhanced diagnostics and treatment.
Watch the work session presentation at http://bit.ly/10M9D80.
Council Discusses Opening of Heights Rec Center
Construction is nearly complete on the new Heights Recreation Center, which is scheduled to open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The City Council heard an update on the project and saw photos of the nearly-finished building at a Monday work session.
Heights Recreation Center staff members have moved into the 25,000-square-foot building, which includes a full-sized gymnasium, dedicated game room, classrooms, multipurpose rooms and an adult cardio workout room.
The grand opening celebration is open to the public. It will include a dedication of the “Rocket” art piece, a ribbon cutting on the front steps of the new building, special guests and self-guided tours of the recreation center. Docents will be available in each room to answer questions and explain the features of the new building.
Construction on the neighboring Family Aquatic Center is ongoing. The project fell slightly behind schedule because of utility issues and weather delays. It is expected to celebrate its grand opening at the end of June or early July. The center will have 8,000 square feet of surface water and will feature a zero-depth entry pool with splash playground, current channel, vortex pool, instructional water area, lap swim, double flume slide and more.
Watch the City Council work session presentation at http://bit.ly/15Kdl5f.
Taipei Folk Dance Theatre Performs at City Hall
The Taipei Folk Dance Theatre performed “Dances Over Taiwan” on Wednesday at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center to celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week. More than 100 people attended the event, which included lunch before the performance.
Twilight Cabaret on Saturday
Repertory Company Theatre will present Twilight Cabaret at 8 p.m. Saturday at 650 N. Coit Rd. The show will be hosted by Chad Bozarth and feature seven performers singing Broadway hits. Tickets cost $10 and include a dessert bar. Purchase tickets by calling 972-690-5029.
Twilight Cabaret is sponsored by the Richardson Arts Commission and Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit www.rcttheatre.com.
RISD Tour for Senior Citizens on Wednesday
Richardson ISD is hosting the inaugural “See What’s New in Richardson ISD” breakfast and tour from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22. The tour is for RISD residents 55 years and older and will include a walking tour of Brentfield Elementary School and Richardson High School, entertainment by students and information on the district.
The tour will begin with a continental breakfast and introduction from Superintendent Kay Waggoner at 8:30 a.m. at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave. A school bus will take attendees to the different stops on the tour.
RSVP to Elaine Simmons at 469-593-0301. Space is limited.
RCAS Meeting, Demonstration Next Week
Andrew Wages will be the featured artist at the next meeting of the Richardson Civic Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Richardson Public Library. Wages has worked as an illustrator and enjoys painting landscapes, portraits and figurative works.
RCAS meets in the Richardson Public Library basement on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.richardson-arts.org.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Hans is a happy, playful, young male brown tabby with a uniquely crooked tail. He is litter box trained, up to date on his basic vaccinations, but will still need to be neutered and vaccinated for rabies.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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