March 5, 2023

This Week's News

City Celebrates Three-Story Mural at Valoris HealthPark

With her finishing touches completed three stories above, artist Haylee Ryan recently joined dignitaries at street level to officially cut the ribbon on the Valoris HealthPark mural. Ryan describes the mural as one of meaningful symbolism and representative of Garland’s native landscape and rich health care community. 

With great help from the City's partners, Garland VA Medical Center and Prevarian Companies, the story continues to develop at Shiloh Road and Walnut Street. The City Council has approved an urban design plan contract with Studio Outside for the Valoris HealthPark Garland Medical District. The urban design plan includes improvements funded by the 2019 bond program. The master plan will soon wrap up and includes improvements such as streetscapes, trails and a VA wellness park. Learn more.

Garland’s Band Together on the Square Program Earns Statewide Award

Garland’s Band Together on the Square Concert Series earned the 2023 Arts & Humanities Programming Achievement Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society.

The award is given to a program that exemplifies commitment and dedication in the field of recreation. Band Together on the Square was selected for the prestigious award out of more than 140 entries. Learn more.

Save the date for the 2023 season, kicking off Friday, April 14!

City Seeks Artists for Dumpster Beautification: Applications Due Thursday, March 9

The City of Garland is seeking applications from local artists to paint a dumpster in Downtown Garland.

Seven unique artists will be chosen to paint dumpsters on Saturday, April 1, as part of the Big Art Day festivities at the Granville Arts Center.


Selected artists will receive a $1,000 payment. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9!

Learn more at and apply today!

Bee Happy: Pollinator Gardening Saturday, March 11

Learn from a master gardener how and what to plant to create a pollinator garden at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.

Pollinator gardens attract hummingbirds, bees and other beneficial pollinators. Staff from Garland Code Compliance will be available to answer questions regarding what's allowed in residential gardens.

This event is free, but registration is required and limited to 50 individuals. Call 972-205-3931 to register.

Garland Rec Centers Offer Kids' Spring Break Camps March 13-17

Audubon and Bradfield recreation centers will offer spring break camps for kids from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 13 to 17.

At Duck Creek Spring Break Camp at Audubon, kids ages 8 to 12 can discover and participate in local group adventures. Activities will include rappelling, archery, rock climbing and disc golf. Call 972-205-3991 or email for more information.

At Bradfield Spring Break Camp, kids ages 7 to 12 can beat springtime boredom with days packed with exciting group games, sports, arts and crafts projects, and a field trip. Call 972-205-2770 or email for more information.

Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant Applications Due Thursday, March 23


The Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant program enables registered neighborhood groups, both voluntary and mandatory, to apply for matching funds for physical enhancement projects in publicly accessible spaces. These projects encourage neighbors to work together to create projects unique to their neighborhood while boosting a sense of pride and ownership.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Vitality by Thursday, March 23.


Download program guidelines, forms and more at

Welcome to Garland Class Saturday, March 25

Whether you are new to Garland, or were born and raised here, this is the class to get better acquainted with what makes Garland a great place to live!

Join us from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., and learn about the different services of City departments, how your taxpayer dollars are being used and how you can get involved.

The free class kicks off with coffee with Garland Mayor Scott LeMay and ends with a Downtown walking tour. Register now to secure your spot! 

Events and Announcements

City Council Meetings

March 6 and 7

The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Boards & Commissions Meetings

All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at

In-person meetings have resumed, but you can continue to watch the meetings online.

View agendas at and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

District 8 Town Hall

March 8

Join District 8 Council Member Robert John Smith for a District Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St. For more information, call 469-223-4723 or email

Districts 3, 4 and 5 Joint Town Hall

March 9

Join District 3 Council Member Ed Moore, District 4 Council Member B.J. Williams and District 5 Council Member Margaret Lucht for a joint Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.

Spring Forward!

March 12

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. Set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed!

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board Appointment

March 31

The City is accepting applications for a place on the Board of Directors for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) through Friday, March 31. The responsibility for the operation and control of DART properties is vested in the Board of Directors. The unexpired term runs through June 30, 2024. Learn more.

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