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2019 Pool Season!

April 1, 2019 

Garland 2019 Summer Pool Season

Hours & Season Schedule

Summer is here! Time for the pool season. Check out the hours and season schedule inside!


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City Network Issues

March 11, 2019 

The City of Garland is experiencing problems with our network equipment, causing delays in responses to emails and other web-based interactions. We are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.

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Spring Break Camps

February 4, 2019 

Do you like volleyball, fun activities, or STEM learning? Click here for more details on spring break camps for your children.

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District 4 Town Hall Meeting - Feb. 12

January 24, 2019 

City Council Member Jim Bookhout will host a District 4 Town Hall Meeting in conjunction with the La Prada 8 Crime Watch group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road.

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New Year's Resolutions

January 2, 2019 

Are you creating your New Year's resolutions? Check out our top 5 suggestions to help kick off your 2019 right here in Garland!

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PLAY GARLAND!

December 18, 2018 

The New Year is here, start making plans today! Keep those resolutions by joining in with our programs and events located in the Spring Play Guide.

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GP&L Receives National Communications Award

November 14, 2018 

Garland Power & Light's communications team was recently recognized with a national award presented by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The GP&L 2017 Annual Report received an Award of Merit in the Print/Digital Category of the 2018 Excellence in Public Power Communications awards.

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Garland Brings Home State Video Awards

November 13, 2018 

The City of Garland brought home 10 trophies from the annual statewide Government Programming Awards. The awards were presented at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) conference in early November.

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Chief of Police Search

November 13, 2018 

The City of Garland invites residents to provide input regarding the search for the City’s next Chief of Police. Our current Police Chief Mitch Bates has accepted a new position as Garland’s Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer.

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City of Garland Seeks New Chief of Police

October 30, 2018 

The City of Garland has launched a national search to select a new Chief of Police. In October, Garland City Manager Bryan Bradford announced the promotion of current Chief Mitch Bates to Deputy City Manager.

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Garland Earns National Video Awards

September 7, 2018 

The City of Garland brought home three first-place trophies from the 33rd Annual Government Programming Awards, hosted by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), along with five additional awards.

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Garland Approves Expansion of Billion-Dollar Digital Realty Data Center

August 10, 2018 

Late last summer, Garland approved a deal with Digital Realty to develop a $1 billion data center campus on a 47.5-acre site located northeast of the intersection of Campbell Road and the President George Bush Turnpike. This week, Garland approved an expansion of the project that will increase Digital Realty’s financial investment by almost $400 million and add 16 acres to the original site.

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Annual Water Quality Report

June 27, 2018 

The results are in and once again Garland's drinking water is rated superior by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Click "more" to see the report.

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Memorial Day Schedule

May 23, 2018 

All City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, libraries, recreation centers and senior centers will be closed Monday, May 28. City pools will be open.

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Fight the Bite!

May 23, 2018 

The Garland Health Department reminds residents to protect themselves as a first step to the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Water Quality

April 3, 2018 

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has concluded its annual chlorine maintenance process on our water system as of March 26.

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May 5 General Election Results

April 2, 2018 

Listed are the unofficial vote totals for the May 5 General Election. Lori Dodson was elected Mayor with 3,173 votes. Deborah S. Morris was elected with 412 votes. All City Charter amendments passed.

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Your Feedback is Needed!

March 27, 2018 

The City of Garland strives to communicate effectively with those who work, invest and play here. Take our survey and help us serve you better!

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Marking the Way

February 15, 2018 

The City of Garland placed a new entryway sign on Northwest Highway at LaPrada Drive as part of a street reconstruction project.

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Election Filing Deadline: Feb. 16

February 2, 2018 

Time is running out for any Garland resident interested in running for a seat on the Garland City Council. The deadline to file for a place on the May 5, 2018, ballot is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

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Welcome to Garland!

February 2, 2018 

Join us Saturday, Feb. 17, to learn about different City services, how your tax dollars are used and how you can get involved.

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Holiday Hours: Monday, Jan. 15

January 4, 2018 

City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, libraries, recreation centers and senior centers will be closed for the New Year holiday on Monday, Jan. 15.

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Holiday Events in Garland

November 17, 2017 

Whether you’re into breaking bread or breaking a sweat, making gingerbread houses or making memories, there’s a holiday event for you!

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Good Neighbors Made Here

November 1, 2017 

This season, be on the lookout for ways to help other neighbors. An extra set of hands is always welcomed when raking leaves, painting a house or straightening a fence.

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Water Utilities Scam Alert

May 3, 2017 

The City of Garland has received resident complaints about a man who claims to be a City employee and asks to enter their homes to collect water samples.

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DART Helps Garland Discover More

January 11, 2017 

Trains and buses make it possible for you to get to the places that matter most to you – like work, college, the airports, entertainment, medical appointments and more.

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Thanksgiving Safety

November 15, 2016 

Thanksgiving Day is a time to gather together and give thanks, but it’s also the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Keep your home, family and friends safe and prevent cooking equipment-related fires by following these tips:

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Good Neighbors Made Here

November 10, 2016 

Great neighbors make great neighborhoods! As we approach the holidays, follow these tips to make your neighborhood the best it can be.

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City Hall Is Almost Ready!

October 28, 2016 

The announcement City Council has awaited is finally here! While a few finishing touches remain outstanding, Council will resume meetings at City Hall on Nov. 14.

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Halloween Safety Tips

October 26, 2016 

The spookiest time of the year is upon us, and Garland’s Fire and Police departments want ghouls and goblins of all ages to celebrate safely.

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Garland Rolls Out Recycling Carts

August 19, 2016 

Environmental Waste Services is in the process of initiating phase five of single-stream recycling in Garland. During phase five, 10,500 residents will receive new recycling receptacles.

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Don't Rush to Flush!

August 5, 2016 

Before flushing that cotton ball down the toilet, stop to learn how everyday hygeine items can affect the city's sewer line system.

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Utility Scam Alert

July 28, 2016 

The City of Garland has received several reports of utility scam calls. Know the signs of a scam and how to avoid being a victim.

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Support #GarlandStrong

May 6, 2016 

The City of Garland is selling #GARLANDSTRONG wristbands, T-shirts, and yard signs to support the #GarlandStrong campaign for tornado recovery.

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Special Recognition for City Employee

April 17, 2016 

The City of Garland offers training for its employees in a variety of areas, which can lead to professional development, promotions, pay raises, and sometimes an opportunity to save a life.

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Happy Birthday, Garland!

April 15, 2016 

The City of Garland will celebrate its 125th birthday during the third annual Garland Heritage Celebration, Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23.

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Animal Services Hosts a Unique Visitor

April 1, 2016 

Garland Animal Services Lead Officer Jose Martinez recently commended Animal Services Offers Trent Miller and Brandon Williams for their response to a stray "pony" seen running at large in Garland.

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Irrigation System Reminder

January 26, 2016 

Residents are reminded to check the settings on irrigation (sprinkler) systems at their home and place of business. You may want to turn off your system if it is not necessary to water during the winter.

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Storm Debris Removal, Trash Pickup Update

January 9, 2016 

Debris removal from the right-of-way in affected areas is underway. To give removal crews better access to the area, we ask that you keep streets clear of vehicles. If you need assistance in having a vehicle cleared from the right of way, contact City of Garland Code Compliance at 972-485-6400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles are ONLY being towed from right of way at the owners request. There are no “enforcement tows” taking place at this time.

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Tornado Fatalities

December 29, 2015 

Garland Police have identified the eight people who were killed in the Tornado that occurred on Saturday night.

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Avoiding Contractor Scams

December 29, 2015 

Every year, many homes and commercial buildings are damaged by severe storms. Property owners become the victims of unlicensed, uninsured, inexperienced contractors and outright scammers who come to prey on uninformed people. Click here for ways to protect yourself...before you agree in an inspection.

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Tornado Relief FAQ

December 28, 2015 

Those affected by the tornado on Saturday and those looking to assist may find information in the following FAQ list.

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Homemade Holiday Pet Treats

November 25, 2015 

When preparing your family’s holiday menu this year, don’t forget your furry friend! Garland Animal Services recommends two homemade recipes that are sure to pass your pet’s taste test.

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Thanksgiving Safety

November 19, 2015 

The kitchen is the heart of the home during Thanksgiving. This year, consider a few simple safety tips to ensure a safe, injury-free holiday.

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GP&L Receives National Communications Award

October 29, 2015 

Garland Power & Light’s communications team was recently honored with a national award presented by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The GP&L 2014 Annual Report received an Award of Merit in the Print Category of the 2015 Excellence in Public Power Communications awards, presented at the APPA Customer Connections Conference in October.

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Halloween Safety Tips

October 16, 2015 

Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids, and the Garland Fire Department reminds parents to keep the holiday safe for their little monsters.

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Lower Power Cost for GP&L Customers

September 16, 2015 

Garland Power & Light customers will pay less for electricity starting Oct. 1, 2015. With residential customers using an annual average of 1300 kWh per month, consumers will see monthly bills decrease on average from $140.04 to $130.29, for a savings of $9.75 per month or $117 per year.

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Provide Your Street Critique Sept. 1-30

September 1, 2015 

During September, the City of Garland is inviting residents and visitors to report streets that might require major repair or complete replacements via Garland eAssist, the City’s online service request system.

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Microwave Oven Safety

July 24, 2015 

With busy lives, families rely on the microwave oven as a quick way to heat up dinner or warm up a drink. While microwave ovens are convenient, it is important not to ignore the necessary safety precautions.

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The Column Commends "Crazy for You"

July 22, 2015 

DFW Theater News and Reviews source, John Garcia's The Column, reports that Garland Summer Musicals' "Crazy for You" features performances that "rival any national touring company."

Tickets: GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com or 972-205-2790. "Crazy for You" closes Sunday, July26. This is the final week of performances!

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Beware of Utility Scams

July 17, 2015 

Utility customers nationwide continue to report bill payment scams, especially those that target the elderly, non-English speakers and businesses. Know the signs of a scam and how to avoid being a victim.

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Eastern Hills Redevelopment Update

July 9, 2015 

Interested community members are invited to participate in a Community Open House discussion of the latest ideas for the redevelopment of the former Eastern Hills Country Club site.

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Fireworks Safety and City Ordinance

June 25, 2015 

Fireworks are often used to commemorate special events and holidays, however, fireworks are not always safe in the hands of consumers. If you plan to enjoy fireworks this summer, Garland Fire Department reminds you to stay safe by using caution at all times.

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Tips for Safe Cooking

June 19, 2015 

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safe cooking tips, you can prevent these fires in your own home.

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Garland Health Department - Public Health Notice

June 12, 2015 

On June 11, 2015, the Garland Health Department (GHD) received a report of laboratory confirmed presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitos collected in the 5700 block of Indian Hills Drive. This is the first confirmed presence of WNV in mosquitos in Garland in 2015.

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NUSA Recognizes Garland Neigborhoods

June 12, 2015 

Representatives from the City of Garland Planning & Community Development Department attended the annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Houston, where two Garland neighborhoods were recognized.

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Safe Summer Grilling Tips

June 5, 2015 

Outdoor grilling is popular throughout the year, but especially during the summer. The Garland Fire Department reminds everyone to be careful around the grill to prevent fires, burns, and property damage.

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Avoid Flood Recovery Scams

June 5, 2015 

With communities across Texas impacted by disastrous storms, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging residents to be weary of scams and fraud.

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Garland Fire Captain Earns Esteemed Certification

May 29, 2015 

Congratulations to Garland Fire Captain David Gott for earning his Structural Collapse Level V certification as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Specialist from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M University System.

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Garland Fire Department Celebrates Class 47 Graduates

May 15, 2015 

The Garland Fire Department would like to congratulate Recruit Class 47 on their graduation from the fire academy. A ceremony was held May 6, and graduates will be attending EMT school or head to the stations to begin their careers. Best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Fire Hydrant Testing

May 1, 2015 

The Garland Fire Department and Water Department are working together on hydrant testing. Firefighters and their equipment will be seen throughout the city on any given day, at various times, opening hydrants and flushing water.

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Summer Fun at Firewheel Golf Park

May 1, 2015 

Firewheel Golf Park is kicking off the summer season with special offers for golfers of all ages. The public is encouraged to come test their skills, learn new techniques or enjoy a meal at Firewheel!

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City Employee Recognized for Excellence in Neighborhood Service

April 24, 2015 

<p>On April 21,&nbsp;Mayor Douglas Athas awarded Reinaldo Zavala with the Excellence in Neighborhood Service Award as an excellent representative of the City of Garland. Zavala's friendly customer service and volunteerism have enhanced the Animal Services Department's ability to engage Garland residents.</p>

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City Wellness Program Picks Up Prestigious Awards

April 3, 2015 

The City of Garland’s Wellness Program was recently recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite for the sixth year in a row. The program also received the Dallas Business Journal's Healthiest Employer award.

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Council Member B.J. Williams Earns NLC Certificate

March 20, 2015 

The Mayor and several members of the Garland City Council recently attended the National League of Cities (NLC) conference in Washington, D.C. District 4 Council Member B.J. Williams brought home a special honor from the trip—He earned his Bronze Certificate from the NLC University program.

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Library Receives 2014 Achievement of Excellence Award

March 20, 2015 

For the tenth consecutive year, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System is a recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. The Texas Municipal Library Directors Association presents the award to libraries that have demonstrated service excellence through the attainment of specific service criteria

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Winter Weather Information

February 23, 2015 

Although City of Garland government offices are open, winter weather conditions may impact some services. Click "MORE" for closures and cancellations.

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Garland Firefighters Receive Valor Award

February 20, 2015 

Two Garland firefighters will receive the Texas Fire Chiefs Association’s Valor Award on Feb. 24. Capt. Sid Bolt and Firefighter Shane Walker are being honored following a Nov. 19, 2014 incident during which they rescued a child from a burning home.

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World Travel Information at Garland Libraries

February 20, 2015 

Planning a business trip or vacation to a major world city? Find out everything you need to know about your destination with A to Z World Travel, a free online resource available to Nicholson Memorial Library System cardholders.

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Garland Housing Finance Corporation Board

February 19, 2015 

The City of Garland is accepting applications for an individual to represent the City on the Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) Board of Directors for a six-year term ending August 31, 2020. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to the City Manager’s Office at 200 N. Fifth Street, 4th Floor, Garland, TX 75040 or by email at admin@garlandtx.gov no later than Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.

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State of the City Address

February 11, 2015 

Garland Mayor Douglas Athas will present his second State of the City Address at the Garland Chamber of Commerce's February Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 23.

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How We Grow Garland: Office of Emergency Management

February 6, 2015 

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staffers are sometimes called “professional paranoids,” but their job is to identify, prepare for, respond to and manage recovery from the emergency situations that impact our community. Such preparation is critical for any efforts to Grow Garland so that the City will be ready to conduct business and support the community in response to any crisis.

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City Manager Announces Retirement

January 22, 2015 

Garland City Manager William E. Dollar will retire June 1, 2015, after serving the City for almost 44 years. Mr. Dollar announced his retirement to the Mayor and City Council during the Jan. 20 City Council meeting.

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JobNow Online Preparation Service

January 21, 2015 

Searching for a new job or career? Need help creating a resume or preparing for an interview? Find assistance with each of these needs through JobNow, an online resource available to Nicholson Memorial Library cardholders

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Pet Adoption Center Offers Extended Hours

January 21, 2015 

The Pet Adoption Center located at 813 Main St. is now open Saturdays! In an effort to find homes for as many animals as possible, the Pet Adoption Center has extended its work hours to include Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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Garland Recognized for Financial Transparency

January 21, 2015 

The State Comptroller has granted the Platinum Leadership Circle Award to the City of Garland. The designation is awarded to local governments that implement financial transparency reporting in an accessible format that adheres to specific reporting standards.

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Garland's GREAT Homes Project Earns National Award

January 21, 2015 

The partnership between the City of Garland’s GREAT Homes Program and Green Extreme Homes has earned the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award from the National Community Development Association. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23, 2015.

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Parks Department Earns LERN Award

December 11, 2014 

Learning Resources Network (LERN) selected the City of Garland’s Parks and Recreation Department as the top winner for management practices among lifelong learning and continuing education providers.

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City of Garland Earns Video Awards

December 11, 2014 

The City of Garland is adding four new trophies to its collection from the annual statewide Government Programming Awards. The awards were presented at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (TATOA) conference in early November.

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Garland Home Recevies Housing Innovation Award

October 23, 2014 
Garland is home to a national role model for energy efficiency. A 1953 home in Garland’s English Estates neighborhood is the first to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home program as a high performance certified retrofit.
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2014 Garland Neighborhood Summit

October 20, 2014 
The City of Garland is excited to host the 12th Annual Neighborhood Summit from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. This engaging and interactive event will provide the opportunity for attendees to explore trends that will help everyone to fully own and participate in the reality of a better, more sustainable and more beautiful Garland.
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Public Health Update - Ebola Information

October 17, 2014 
At least five contacts in Garland are being monitored by Dallas County Health and Human Services. These contacts were on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with the second nurse that tested positive for the virus. One of the contacts in Garland is not under an official quarantine, but has been asked by Dallas County Health to stay home for 21 days and is being monitored twice a day by phone and being told not to travel. The four additional Garland contacts are considered extremely low risk. They are self-monitoring twice a day by phone and have no other restrictions.
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Audubon Park Closed

October 15, 2014 
Audubon Park will be closed starting at noon, Saturday, October 18 and remain closed through Sunday, October 19 at 10 a.m.
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Garland Launches Feral Cat Program

October 10, 2014 
The City of Garland Animal Services Department, in partnership with Garland Pawsibilities, is launching a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program designed to humanely reduce the feral cat population in Garland.
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Historic Pace House to be Relocated Oct. 15

October 3, 2014 
Garland’s historic Pace House will move Oct. 15 to its new, permanent location at 317 South 11th Street in Garland’s Travis College Hill Historic District. The Oct. 15 move will cause some temporary road closures.
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Public Health Notice: Rabies Notification

September 23, 2014 
On Sept. 23, 2014, the Garland Animal Services division received notification of a laboratory confirmed case of rabies in a skunk captured in Garland near Fountain Hills Drive, on Sept. 21, 2014. One dog was known to have been exposed to the rabid skunk and is currently under quarantine.
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Efficiency Idea Book - Another Winner!

September 18, 2014 
Garland’s Idea Book series has produced another winner, this time on the international stage. The Efficiency Idea Book, the latest in the series, has been awarded Silver for the Best Government Publication, Print or Digital in the Content Marketing Awards.
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Public Hearings Scheduled for GDC

September 3, 2014 
The City Council has scheduled public hearings to review the current draft of the Garland Development Code (GDC) and the proposed Zoning Map. The first public hearing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11. Additional hearings, if needed, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 25.
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Garland's Gone Camping

August 26, 2014 
Grab your tent and sleeping bags for a night under the stars with family and friends, Saturday, October 18 through Sunday, October 19 in Audubon Park.
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Public Education Efforts Win National Award

August 22, 2014 
The National Environmental Health Association recognized the City of Garland with its Educational Contribution Award for its efforts to inform and educate the public about mosquito control and prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses.
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Great Ideas Made Here!

August 18, 2014 
Garland’s award-winning Residential Idea Book has spun off a sequel. The Efficiency Idea Book helps Garland residents improve water and energy efficiency within their homes. The book includes do-it-yourself projects, family activities and much more.
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Find Your Perfect Book with NoveList

August 14, 2014 
Are you a fan of fairy tales? You can browse fairy tales and other types of novels written for adults in NoveList, a free online resource available to Nicholson Memorial Library System cardholders.
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Downtown Project Taking Shape

August 14, 2014 
Progress on the City Center Project in Downtown Garland is quickly becoming more visibly evident. The existing façade on the north side of City Hall has been removed and crews will soon begin installing the new skin, as well as foundation work for the new CGTV sounds studio on the south side of the building.
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It's Mosquito Season!

August 4, 2014 
Mosquito season is upon us! Find out how to protect your family and get the latest information on mosquito activity in Garland.
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Garland Fire Department Presents Scholarship Awards

July 10, 2014 
In 2013, the Garland Fire Department began a program that awards scholarships to deserving GISD high school seniors. The scholarship allows the high school graduates to attend Garland’s fire academy and receive their state firefighter certification.
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Using Tax Dollars Efficiently

July 3, 2014 
The City of Garland organization provides a wide range of services ranging from Animal Services to Water Utilities, employing 2,000 people. The City’s Purchasing and Warehouse Departments make sure all of these departments are able to affordably and legally procure the materials and services they need to operate.
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City Wins State Awards for Publications and Website

June 25, 2014 
The Public & Media Relations Department won the first-place TAMI Award for Internal Communications for its employee newsletter and weekly employee email at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference in Richardson.
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City Council Recognizes Neighborhood Service

June 12, 2014 
Garland City Council awarded Donna Fields the 2013 Excellence in Neighborhood Service Award. Mayor Douglas Athas, on behalf of the City Council, recognized Fields for going “above and beyond” the expectations and duties of her position as plans examiner in the Building Inspections Department.
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Juneteenth Celebration

May 30, 2014 
Enjoy live music, games, and food while you celebrate with friends and family at Fields Recreation Center on Saturday, June 14 from 5 - 9 p.m.
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Heritage Celebration

May 21, 2014 
Be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Heritage Crossing pedestrian corridor that runs along the DGNO rail line, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10 a.m.
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Garland Heritage Celebration Features Historical Tours

May 16, 2014 
The City of Garland and the Garland Landmark Society will celebrate the city’s history on Saturday, May 31 with a full day of events, entertainment and family fun. The day will begin with the re-dedication of the Landmark Museum and the dedication of Heritage Crossing, at Sixth and Walnut Streets.
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Accepting Board Applications

May 12, 2014 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for two individuals to represent the City on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors. Each representative will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.
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Garland Celebrates Heritage on May 31

April 18, 2014 
The City of Garland and the Landmark Society will host a Heritage Celebration and ribbon cutting of the new Heritage Crossing pedestrian corridor that runs along the DGNO rail line, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
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Garland Library Wins TLA Branding Iron Award

April 11, 2014 
In addition to honoring its eightieth anniversary, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System has another reason to celebrate. The Library recently accepted a Texas Library Association PR Branding Iron Award for Print Media Advertising.
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Downtown Construction Update

April 4, 2014 
Downtown visitors will see more development activity in the coming weeks. Preparations will begin in April for the demolition of the municipal annex building at 203 N. Fifth St. and the City-owned building at 504 W. State Street.
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Egg Hunt

April 4, 2014 
Hop into spring EGG-citement at Central Park on Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
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NTMWD Board Vacancy

March 28, 2014 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for an individual to represent the City on the North Texas Municipal Water District Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2016.
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Garland Youth Council Hosts "Teen Talk" March 29

March 4, 2014 
The City of Garland wants to hear from Garland teens about growing a better community now and for the future. The Garland Youth Council will host Garland Teen Talk on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garland City Hall.
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Garland Arts Website Earns Award

February 27, 2014 
The Granville Arts Center is adding another award to its trophy case. The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) presented Arts Center representatives with the Best Web Site Award on Feb. 21 in Corpus Christi.
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The Atrium Earns Choice Awards Honor

February 20, 2014 
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace named The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2014 for wedding venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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2014 Capital Improvement Program Approved

February 7, 2014 
On Feb. 4 the Garland City Council approved the 2014 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which outlines the planned investments in the City’s infrastructure, municipal facilities, specialized equipment, and economic development initiatives over the next five years.
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Trout Lily Tour

February 3, 2014 
The Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest will host the Annual Trout Lily Tour on Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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Flu Season Update

January 6, 2014 
Two flu-related deaths have been reported in Garland. Flu vaccines are still available at Garland's Public Health Clinic.
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Get Outside and PLAY Garland

December 16, 2013 
Get Outside and PLAY Garland! Garland Parks and Recreation is challenging you to try a new outdoor activity each month in 2013. Outdoor adventures challenge issued! Are you going to take it?
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Beware of Utility Scams

November 22, 2013 
Garland residents have made the City aware of numerous utility bill payment scams in our community. These scams are similar to many being reported nationwide.
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Garland Public Health Clinic Offers Flu Shots

October 15, 2013 
The City of Garland Public Health Clinic has scheduled a series of flu shot clinics throughout the city during October and November. Flu shots and other services also are available at the Public Health Clinic located at 206 Carver Drive.
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Garland Outdoor Festival

September 11, 2013 
Join Garland Parks and Recreation and Bass Pro Shops for the Garland Outdoor Festival, Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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City Hall Electric Service Upgrades

August 27, 2013 
During Labor Day weekend, temporary service disruptions will take place as a result of an electric service upgrade at City Hall. The installation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 through 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.
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Historic Railcar Makes a Successful Journey

August 22, 2013 
The City of Garland relocated its historic Santa Fe railcar Thursday morning from a lot behind City Hall to its new home in the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor directly behind the Central Library on the south side of Walnut St. at Sixth St.
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Update on Status of Pace and Lyles/Tinsley House

August 12, 2013 
The City of Garland is not accepting any offers related to the Pace and Lyles/Tinsley houses at this time. The City Council has directed staff to explore the costs and feasibility of moving the houses to a city-owned location for public use.
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Cinco de Mayo

April 11, 2013 
Join us at Hollabaugh Recreation Center on Friday, April 26 from 5 - 8 p.m. for a celebration of freedom and liberty and fun for the whole family.
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Garland Power & Light Recognized for Reliability

March 29, 2013 
Garland Power & Light is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)1 recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
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Egg Hunt

March 18, 2013 
Hop into spring EGG-citment! Hunt for colorful candy and toy filled eggs, Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in Central Park.
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Are you Registered for CodeRED

March 6, 2013 
Will you receive the latest emergency alerts from the City of Garland? You can subscribe to have them sent to your home phone, cell phone and business phone through the CodeRED emergency communication system. Be SURE to opt in for automated weather alerts, too!
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20th Annual Trout Lily Tour

February 1, 2013 
The Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest will host the 20th Annual Trout Lily Tour on Feb. 23. Free tours will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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No Cell Phones in School Zones

February 1, 2013 
If you drive in a Garland school zone while talking on your hand-held phone, you could get a ticket. Garland Police will soon be enforcing state law in the city's 106 school zones.
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Animal Shelter - January Special

January 4, 2013 
Donate old blankets or towels and adopt a cat or kitten for 50% off. The warmth of a blanket can warm a sheltered pet's cold nose. All adoptions include spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations and city registration.
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Garland Names New Transportation Director

December 13, 2012 
The City of Garland welcomes a familiar face to take the helm of its Transportation Department. Paul Luedtke has been named Director of Transportation. His span of responsibilities will include establishing and recommending traffic control regulations and devices, maintaining and operating the City’s traffic signal system, traffic control signs and pavement markings. The Transportation Department also oversees the School Crossing Guard program, the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, development reviews and coordination with other transportation agencies.
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Firewheel Golf Park Moves Up in 2012 DFW Public Golf Rankings List

November 8, 2012 
The Firewheel Golf Park Bridges Course ranked first for Most Improved golf course in Avid Golfer magazine’s public golf rankings list. The Bridges Course also ranked fourth among the Top 5 Mid-Priced courses, fourth for Best Renovations, and 22nd out of 65 in the 2012 DFW Public Golf Rankings list—up ten spots from the previous year.

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Veterans Tribute

October 29, 2012 
Enjoy an olde tyme, small town celebration of veterans in Downtown Garland on Friday, November 9 from 12:30 - 7 p.m.
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Pets, Pledges, Pink Firetrucks & More!

September 19, 2012 
Pets, pledges and pink firetrucks are among the many features that will take center stage this Saturday at Garland's Healthy Living Expo. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
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Un-Clutter Your World

September 14, 2012 
Be sure to check your closets, medicine cabinets and garage before visiting this year's Healthy Living Expo. You'll have a chance to un-clutter your world!
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Garland's Gone Camping

September 10, 2012 
Grab your tent and sleeping bags and head to Audubon Park, October 20 and 21. Enjoy a night hike, games, s'mores, a camp fire, and an outdoor movie.
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Garland Outdoor Festival

August 30, 2012 
Head out to the Bass Pro Shops (5001 Bass Pro Drive) in Garland, Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. for free outdoor adventure activities.
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Dog-A-Palooza

July 30, 2012 
Dip your paws in the water with your faithful canine companion, August 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holford Pool.
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Water Taste and Odor

July 20, 2012 
Have you noticed an odor and change in the way your water tastes? Don't let this change alarm you because it is a natural occurrence called algal bloom.
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Department Win Awards

December 8, 2011 
Garland Parks and Recreation stood out at the awards ceremony at the Texas Recreation and Parks Society Regions 2 & 3 Conference held in Rockwall on November 18. Garland recieved 5 awards including Best New Professional, Travis Cunniff; Recreation Professional of the Year, George Deines; Part time Employee of the Year, Joyce Kendall; Advocate of the Year, Jack Sparkes; and Recreation Facility Design, Hollabaugh Recreation Center. Congratulations to everyone honored.
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YouTube

November 23, 2011 
Take a peek at our Get Out and PLAY Garland and Surf and Swim commercials.
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Instructors Wanted

November 23, 2011 
Do you have a skill or talent you want to share? Garland Parks and Recreation is always looking for instructors.
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Yeatts Appointed to Texas Public Health Funding & Policy Committee

October 17, 2011 
Garland, Texas - October 17, 2011 - Vikki Yeatts, MSN, RN, Public Health Administrator for the City of Garland, was selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services to serve as a member of the Public Health Funding and Policy Committee established by Senate Bill 969 in the 82nd Legislative Session.
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Garland Public Health Nurse Receives National Award

September 29, 2011 
Garland, Texas - September 29, 2011 - During her 15 years as public health administrator at the Garland Health Department, Victoria Yeatts, MSN, RN, has forged a partnership with the Garland Independent School District (GISD) resulting in a student immunization coverage level of 92 percent. For her leadership in ensuring the immunization of students and other efforts to promote vaccination, Yeatts has earned the American Nurses Association’s Immunity Award for September 2011.
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Garland CMC Presents the Mosaic Festival

September 27, 2011 
Garland, Texas – September 27, 2011 – The City of Garland welcomes the return of the Mosaic Multicultural Festival of Art, Dance and Music. The City of Garland’s Community Multicultural Commission will stage this event on Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Hollabaugh Recreation Center and Pavilion, located at 3925 West Walnut Street between Jupiter and Plano Road in Garland.
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Debbie Reynolds to Perform in Garland

September 16, 2011 
Garland, Texas – August 16, 2011 - The Garland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will celebrate their 11th Annual Veterans Day Tribute by hosting the legendary film and performing star Debbie Reynolds. Ms. Reynolds will perform Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center, 300 North Fifth Street, in Garland, bringing Garland a delightful evening of music and comedy.
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City of Garland Department Receives Award for“Excellence In Code Enforcement”

September 8, 2011 
Garland, Texas - September 8, 2011 - The Building Official’s Association of Texas recently named the City of Garland Code Compliance Department as the recipient of its first annual “Excellence in Code Enforcement” awards program. The goal of the award is to recognize organizations which provide top quality certification, education and inspection programs. Garland Code Compliance was selected based on its Single Family Rental program.
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Bring Your Business to Garland

September 2, 2011 
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Quiet Zone Established at Certain Garland Railroad Crossings

July 12, 2011 
Beginning July 12, 2011, a railroad quiet zone will be established by the City of Garland along the Kansas City Southern Railroad mainline, in order to improve safety and minimize the impacts of train horn noise. The KCS mainline runs from south to north Garland along side South Garland Avenue and Lavon Drive as well as throught downtown Garland. Railroad quiet zones are federally approved groups of railroad crossings at which train horns are NOT routinely sounded.

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City Code Inspector Wins State Award

April 19, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- April 19, 2011 -- Oswaldo Rodriguez, field supervisor in the City of Garland Code Compliance Department, is being recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful as the winner of the 2011 Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award. This award recognizes an individual law enforcement professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their approach to the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. The first place winner also receives a $500 cash award.
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City of Garland Wins State Recognition

April 18, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- April 18, 2011 -- The City of Garland is the third place winner in the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award, an annual award that recognizes communities across the state with the best grassroots environmental programs.
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Video Wins State Recognition

April 15, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- April 15, 2011 -- The “Race to Save Space” video created by the City of Garland Public and Media Affairs and Environmental Waste Services Departments is being honored with a first place Keep Texas Beautiful Award in the Electronic Media category. Awards will be presented on June 23 in Austin at the 44th Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference.
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GPD Announces Promotions and Assignment Changes

February 25, 2011 
New promotions within the Garland Police Department will become effective next week and will lead to changes within the leadership of the department. Five officers are promoting to the rank of Lieutenant and two Lieutenants will promote to the rank of Captain.
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Athas Re-appointed to National League of Cities’ First Tier Suburbs Council

January 27, 2011 
Garland, Texas – January 27, 2011 – Douglas Athas, Garland City Council District 1, was re-appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2011 First Tier Suburbs Council. The First Tier Suburbs Council works to address the unique set of challenges faced by municipalities located outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas.
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Garland Announces Enhancements to Animal Services Department

December 10, 2010 
GARLAND, Texas – December 10, 2010 – The City of Garland is implementing an expansion and improvement of its humane animal services policies. Garland Animal Services has created a new partnership with Garland Pawsibilities, a local nonprofit group dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable animals, to open a new Pet Adoption Center. The center will be located at Shiloh Road and Kingsley at a former fire station.
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