Annual City Report

2021 in Review

Top Accomplishments

  • Decreased property tax rate by ½ cent in 2022 budget
  • Celebrated City Manager Tom Hart's 23 years of service as he retire, and welcomed Steve Dye into the City Manager position.
  • Partnered with the City of Irving to open our own drive-through COVID-19 vaccination station
  • Began construction on two hotels with a connecting convention center and restaurant shells in EpicCentral, funded by voter approved $75M bonds
  • Renamed NW 19th Street as ML King Jr. Boulevard, honoring unity and civil rights
  • Celebrated grand opening of Chicken N Pickle indoor/outdoor pickleball courts and farm fresh dining experience in EpicCentral
  • Started the heART Project, with first installations at Farmers Market and Waggoner Park
  • Relocated and opened new Fire Station #3
  • Added blockade apparatus to fire trucks
  • Launched COPE to assist police working with residents who suffer from a form of mental illness

Economic Development

  • Approved Sprouts Farmers Market opening at Pioneer and Carrier Parkways
  • Celebrated Bolder Adventure Park ground-breaking
  • Approved a long-term lease agreement with Major League Cricket and American Cricket Enterprises to redevelop AirHogs Stadium as a cricket field
  • Approved a contract with Outside the Lines to create a destination water, sound and light show in the EpicCentral lakes
  • Facilitated additional square footage lease and expansion by CarParts.com
  • Helped get CardinalHealth and CarParts.com designated as placed of business under the State Comptroller's new sales tax guidelines

Parks, Arts & Recreation

  • Opened two luxury yurts in Loyd Park
  • Reopened the newly renovated Splash Factory
  • Designated a Texas Music Friendly Community
  • Extended the Lone Star Trail from Belt Line Road to Wildlife Parkway
  • Built the Great Southwest Nature Park using land that was formerly the Great Southwest Golf Club

Technology

  • Launched a new online water bill payment system with more features and payment options
  • Implemented a new online permitting system for Planning, Zoning, Building Inspections and Code

Transportation

  • Extended Airport's Taxiway Alpha to the end of Runway 36, thus alleviating aircraft congestion
  • Finished all repairs from the 2019 storm damage to the aircraft hangars
  • Began Flashing Yellow Arrow program
  • Realigned alley at Country Club and SE 8th Street
  • Completed intersection improvements: Great Southwest Parkway at Lake Ridge; Carrier at Jefferson; Belt Line at Lone Star Park
  • Continued partnering with TxDOT on: I-20 and I-30 frontage roads, SH 360 widening (completed 2021), Camp Wisdom, SH 360/I-30 interchange
  • Installed internally Lit Street Name (ILSN) signs in Oak Hollow/Sheffield Village PID
  • Realigned Belt Line bridge from Grand Prairie Road to Small Hill Street in order to provide left turn lanes

Public Safety

  • Survived the February 2021 Snowpocalypse, providing essential services 24/7, including rapid updates via social media and a warming station at the Ruthe Jackson Center
  • Enhanced firefighter health to implement advanced medical and cancer screenings
  • Began advanced fire prevention inspection program for all Fire Officers
  • Moved Animal Services under Police and extended field hours
  • Added the ability to text to 911
  • Crafted the "Christine Blubaugh" Act, now state law, providing dating violence and child abuse training
  • Created GPPD's first FREE Summer Sports Camp for Grand Prairie youth
  • Created the GPPD Blue Shoes Program providing new shoes to underprivileged children
  • Achieved a 7% crime reduction in 2020 and 2021, more than a 50% crime reduction since 2010
  • Ranked #5 in nation for 100,000-300,000 population for our 2021 National Night Out program
  • Received national recognition for Police Officer Field Training program
  • Achieved traffic collision reductions in all major categories (DWI, speed, intersections, and safety belts), only city in Dallas region to do so
  • Plan for a Fire Station 11
  • Plan for a new Emergency Operations Center
  • Begin Police on-call rotation for Crisis Support Unit to provide 24/7 response to those experiencing a mental crisis
  • Implement an evening shift for Animal Services
  • Designed and ordered new Hazardous Material/Heavy Rescue fire truck
  • Registered 1,000 Grand Prairie residents at 11 COVID-19 vaccination registration events
  • Collected 66,000 tons of household hazardous waste from more than 1,000 Grand Prairie homes

2022 Top Goals

  • Complete City Hall Central parking lot
  • Fund 10 full time positions frozen during pandemic
  • Open six restaurants and water show in EpicCentral
  • Launch a newly re-designed city website
  • Begin widening Wildlife Parkway from Belt Line to SH 161, complete in 2024
  • Celebrate Sprouts opening at Pioneer and Carrier
  • Work with the cities of Mansfield and Midlothian to ensure consistent upscale development in Southgate, our southern-most point near SH 360 and SH 287
  • Welcome Hobby Lobby to our SH 161 business family
  • Launch Via Grand Prairie on-demand rideshare public transit
  • Complete widening of Camp Wisdom
  • Seek and increase in homestead exemption
  • Update the lobby of the Ruthe Jackson Center
  • Add a program room at the Main Library
  • Wrap 10 traffic signal boxes in curated art
  • Re-stripe Airport taxiways
  • Replace aging HVAC units on Airport Terminal
  • Implement Fire Department target hazard/business inspection program
  • Successfully produce the new and improved MainStreet Fest after being dark for two years
  • Incentivize construction of the first new Class A office building in 35 years
  • Redevelop the city's former Finance and City Hall Annex buildings
  • Complete a City Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory
  • Complete Water/Wastewater Master Plan Updates
  • Complete Robinson Road and South Sector pump station projects
  • Implement Public Works construction project tracking system
  • Complete connection of Seeton Road from Mira Flores to Day Miar Roads
  • Start construction of Stadium Drive from Tarrant Road to the I-30 frontage road
  • Begin construction of Dechman Drive from Westchester Parkway to Edgeview Drive
  • Add a new pod, Tranquil Adventures, to PlayGrand Adventures
  • Begin redevelopment plans for Turner, Tyre and Mi Familia parks

2021-2022 Annual Report

Cover of the 2021-2022 Annual Report(PDF, 8MB)   

2022 State of the City

 

Value for your Tax Dollar