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Week In Review, May 24, 2013
Posted Date: 5/24/2013

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May 24, 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.

News Briefs

New Mayor, Council Take Office
Richardson’s new Mayor and City Council officially took office Monday night after the City Council approved a resolution to canvass the results of the May 11 election. Voters elected Laura Maczka as mayor in the first election for Richardson voters to directly elect that office.

Other City Council members sworn in on Monday are Bob Townsend in Place 1, Mark Solomon in Place 2, Scott Dunn in Place 3, Kendal Hartley in Place 4, Paul Voelker in Place 5 and Steve Mitchell in Place 6. The City Council selected former Mayor Bob Townsend to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem for the next two years.

Watch the swearing in ceremony at


Heights Recreation Center to Open on Tuesday
Heights Recreation Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new building at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The event is open to the public and will include a ribbon cutting, dedication of the “Rocket” sculpture and self-guided tours of the new facility.

The 25,000-square-foot building provides more space for the classes and programs offered in old location and features a regulation-sized basketball court, dedicated game room, updated locker rooms and much more.

The new Family Aquatic Center, which is set to open this summer and located next door to the recreation center, will include modern aquatics amenities such as a zero-entry pool with splash playground, current channel, vortex pool, instructional water, lap swim, play features for a variety of ages, a double flume slide and shade structures.

Both facilities are funded through the 2010 Bond Program and are designed to fit with the surrounding neighborhoods’ midcentury modern architecture. The new rec center is designed to be certified as LEED silver.


Memorial Day Closings
On Monday, City facilities and services will operate according to the following Memorial Day Schedule: 

Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.)
City Hall
Civic Center
Gymnastics Center
Huffhines Recreation Center
Library Closed
Municipal Court
Sherrill Park Golf Course
Senior Center
Tennis Center

City services will resume normal operations on Tuesday.


Memorial Day Trash and Recycling Schedule
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no solid waste pick up or special pick up Monday, May 27. There will be make-up days for recycling pick up. If your normal recycle day is Monday, items will be picked up Tuesday, May 28. If your normal recycle day is Tuesday, items will be picked up Wednesday, May 29.


Canyon Creek and Glenville pools open Memorial Day Weekend
The Glenville and Canyon Creek Pools will be open to the public 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Canyon Creek Pool is at 600 Aspenwood Dr., and the Glenville Pool is at 500 S. Glenville Dr. Admission is $2 for residents and $4 for non-residents. Season passes may be purchased for $30* for residents and $40* for non-residents. Richardson residents may purchase a family pass for up to four people for $100* that is valid at all five Richardson pools. Children three and younger are admitted free.
*Due to construction, 2013 Heights Family Aquatic Center season passes are discounted, and all 2013 season passes may be used at any City of Richardson aquatics facility. In future years, regular fees as set by City Council resolution will apply. 

Canyon Creek Pool, Glenville Pool, Terrace Pool and Cottonwood Pool will open to the public for daily use on Saturday, June 1. Upon completion of construction, Heights Family Aquatic Center will be open for daily use through Aug. 18, open the weekends of Aug. 24 and 25 and Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Fees to use the Family Aquatic Center are $4 for residents and $8 for non-residents.
Swim Lesson
Splash Day Set for June 1
The Glenville, Canyon Creek, Terrace and Cottonwood pools will open for the summer season on Splash Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 1. That day, admission will be free from 1 to 8 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free swim lessons from 9 a.m. to noon at Glenville Pool, 500 S. Glenville Dr., on Splash Day. Register for a free lesson by calling 972-744-7881.


Wildflower! wrap up
Wildflower Crowd
More than 77,000 people from around the Metroplex and beyond flocked to Richardson last weekend for Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts and Music Festival, one of the most popular community events in North Texas.

With headliners that included the Charlie Daniels Band, Toadies, 38 Special and Uncle Kracker, the 21st Wildflower! Festival provided a variety of music and entertainment.

In addition, about 2,000 bicyclists and 500 runners participated in the WildRide! WildRun! Against Cancer on Saturday. The event raised about $170,000 to benefit the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center.


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions to Host Town Hall Meeting
U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions will provide an update on his efforts in Congress at a Town Hall Meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eisemann Center. Topics will include federal government spending, the IRS and the second amendment. Sessions will also answer questions from constituents during the meeting. Click here to register.


Richardson Community Band Opens Summer Concert Series Sunday
The Richardson Community Band will open its series of free summer concerts this Sunday with a Memorial Day Tribute concert. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of music, which will take place at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.


Library Summer Storytime Registration Begins Tuesday
Registration begins Tuesday for the Richardson Public Library Summer Storytime. The program includes BabySteps for children age six weeks to 12 months, Wiggle Worms for children age 12 to 36 months old, Storytime for children age 3 to 6 and a First and Second Grade Storytime for children entering first and second grades.

Learn more about each program and view schedules at


Dance Schools to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Eisemann Center will host performances from three dance schools this weekend. Toby’s School of Dance will present You Should Be Dancing at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets cost $12 to $20. Learn more at  

Amotion Dance Studio will perform its 2013 Year End Recital at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $5 to $7. For more information, visit  

Hathaway Academy of Ballet will present its 2013 Academy Performance at 5 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets cost $10. Learn more at  

Purchase tickets for all shows at or by calling 972-744-4650.


DART Holiday Schedule
DART light rail and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The reversible HOV ramp between US-75 and the I-635 HOV lanes will be closed Monday, but the HOV lanes on US-75 and LBJ Freeway will be open.

DART Paratransit services will operate on a Saturday schedule on Memorial Day and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. The Customer Care Center and DART’s administrative offices will also be closed Monday. The Information Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached at 214-979-1111.

For more information or to view DART schedules, visit


NTTA Launches Mobile App
NTTA has launched the Tollmate mobile application for smartphones that allows users to view account balances, make payments, edit account information, add vehicles, calculate the cost of tolls on a trip, view real-time traffic updates and more. Drivers with a TollTag may use the username and password they set up for their TollTag account to access the app. Drivers without a TollTag may still download the app and use many of its features.

Download the app by visiting the Google Play or iTunes App Store. For more information, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Nala Pet of the Week
This sweet girl is Nala! She was brought to the Shelter May 10th. She is only five months old and has lots of energy! She is a Mastiff mix and should get pretty big! She has full vaccinations and rabies shots.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at 


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Laura Maczka
Laura Maczka


Bob Townsend
Mayor Pro Tem
Bob Townsend
Place 1


Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
Place 2


Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3


Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
Place 4


Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
Place 5


Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
Place 6