Mayor Ron Jensen will present the city's 2014-2015 State of the City report at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce State of the City event Thursday, March 5, 2015.
Top 10 Accomplishments of 2013
- Opened all SH 161 access and frontage roads from I-30 to I-20
- Opened new Dallas County Sub-Courthouse
- Voters approved the ¼ cent sales tax for street improvements
- Voters approved the ¼ cent sales tax for crime control
- Broke ground on a new Fire Station #1
- Launched the Waggin’ Wagon mobile pet adoption trailer
- Began driving on the wider, straighter Hunter Ferrell Road
- Connected Sara Jane Parkway to Forum Drive, creating a shortcut to the Grand Prairie Premium Outlet Mall
- Opened new Air Traffic Control Tower
- Passed a “no text and drive” ordinance.
Top 10 Goals for 2014
- Open renovated Dalworth Recreation Center
- Begin construction of The Lodge and Camp Store at Loyd Park
- Ask voters to consider a ¼ cent sales tax for a mega recreation center, library and water park
- Start building the gas-to-energy station at the Landfill
- Open the new Fire Station #1 downtown
- Break ground on a clinic at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
- Open Lake Ridge Parkway fully from I-20 to Great Southwest Parkway
- Market the original historic Fire Station #1 as a restaurant or other great use downtown
- Re-imagine, re-energize our Library System
- Actively market new development opportunities along SH 161, I-30 and I-20
Mayor's Top Goals for 2014
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. BRIGHT FUTURE.
With the completion of Lake Ridge Parkway from I-20 to Great Southwest Parkway in 2014, the major new corridor along SH 161 from the north end of town to the south becomes a complete and extremely valuable commodity.
Simultaneously, the frontage roads on I-30 and I-20 are being designed, constructed or breaking ground in 2014. This gives us a huge opportunity to market the available and soon-to-be-available frontage road property on SH 161, I-30 and I-20.
Working with developers and property owners, the city will take an organized, comprehensive approach to letting the right investors know about these development opportunities.
DOWNTOWN. STRONG HEART.
Citizens, property owners and developers have been enthusiastically supportive of the positive changes to Main Street in the past few years. With façade renovations and sidewalk improvements, property values are increasing, new merchants are in, and foot traffic is up in downtown.
- Continuing to strengthen the heart of Grand Prairie in 2014, the city will:
- Open the new Fire Station #1
- Market the original historic Fire Station #1 for restaurant or other attractive use
- Continue creating events at the Uptown and Farmers Market to draw crowds to Main Street
- Continue Main Street façade and sidewalk improvements
LIBRARY SYSTEM. CUTTING EDGE.
Re-imagine, re-engineer, re-energize the library system.
Like parks, libraries are an integral part of the fabric of a world-class community, a vital provider of access to information, and play a huge role in promoting the foundation of reading.
Beginning in 2014, plans include:
- Establish new bilingual collections for children, teens and adults
- Expand e-book inventory
- Introduce new technologies, including self check-out, express computers, an inventory management system, roaming reference
- Add more computers and children’s learning stations
- Pursue recovering $400,000 owed in fines and fees
- Remodel the north side of the Main Library
- Purchase new furniture and stacks at the Main Library
- Fund the purchase of a library book hold station for the lake parks area
MEGA RECREATION CENTER. WHAT’S NEXT.
In 2015, the city will pay off QuikTrip Park and The Summit debt. The city will ask voters on May 10 to consider combining the two 1/8 cent sales taxes used to build The Summit and QuikTrip Park into a ¼ cent sales tax to build a mega recreation center, library, water park, amphitheater, trails and huge playground. The center would be located in Central Park near SH 161 and Arkansas Lane, across the lake from The Summit.
If voters approve it, the ¼ cent sales tax would continue until Jan. 1, 2040, unless the city ends it earlier. If the sales tax referendum passes, the sales tax will remain the same. If it fails, the sales tax will be reduced by ¼ cent. The new recreation center would be open to all ages and could include courts for racquetball, basketball, volleyball and pickle ball, classrooms, library, computer lab, exercise rooms, workout equipment, climbing wall, zip line, spa, stage with flexible seating, and restaurant.
The water park could include slides, chutes, lazy river, surf rider, hot jets, swim lanes, zero edge entry, spray fountains and kids’ play pool. The water park would be designed as an entertainment attraction to pull guests from out of town.
- Mayor Ron Jensen