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The Friday Staff Report to City Council is a weekly communication between staff and Council. Parks and Rec host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration Progam. Our community is overflowing with exciting opportunities for all ages! Check out Kids Rock, My Little Valentines Dance, and get ready to participate in Sustainable Saturday. Some road closures may be around the corner so stay informed and plan ahead.
The Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration Program on Monday, Jan. 16th. The Pastor Reginald Logan will be the keynote speaker for a program that includes presentations from the DAVID Ministerial Alliance and the Catherine C. Bell Award, entertainment, and more. The program at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center begins at 3:30 p.m., following marches from UNT and TWU that begin at 2 p.m.
Denton Enterprise Airport had a record-breaking year in 2022 for the number of takeoffs and landings.
The Winter Reading Resolution program helps participants start the year off with a commitment to reading by encouraging people of all ages to make reading a habit and rewarding them for the effort. The library’s winter reading program is open to all ages and encourages people to read books between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 for a chance to win prizes. Learn more and register online at denton.readsquared.com.
KDB will conduct an annual Community Appearance Index to assess litter rates on roadways throughout Denton.
The City of Denton Streets Department will pave the primary entry road to the IOOF Cemetery beginning the week of Jan. 16.
Valentine Yard Cards is a program that delivers Valentine’s themed yard signs, balloon bouquets, and Nothing Bundt Cakes to Denton residents. Denton residents can order delivery of yard cards between Feb. 6 and Feb. 14 for prices between $15 and $30.
Parks and Recreation Staff have planned a commemorative calendar of events to honor the Quakertown community and recognize the centennial of its displacement.
Parks and Recreation are putting up temporary signs for the Quakertown Centennial Memorial Project.
Council Member Requests
A resident contacted a council member about brush and overgrowth at the end of Meadow Ridge Drive. Parks and Recreation staff are removing privet from Bowling Green Park. The forested area north of Meadow Ridge Drive is privately owned and Parks and Recreation communicated this to the resident.
A council member inquired about the feasibility of bringing a seasonal ice-skating rink to Denton.
Upcoming Community Events and Meetings
Kids Rock: The Return – Kids Rock is a program that allows kids to have fun while parents get the night off. The program runs 7 – 11 p.m. and includes games, activities, mini-sports tournaments, inflatable fun, ping-pong, and video games on a large screen. The cost is $25 per child, with a $5 late fee if registering the day of after 5 p.m., with upcoming program dates of Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 2, and Apr. 21.
January Adapted Rec Dance – On Friday, Jan. 20, there will be a Monthly Adapted Rec Dance with the theme of New Year, New Groove. The dance is at North Lakes Recreation Center from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5, or free with a rec pass. For registration and event information, visit the Parks and Recreation Catalog and select “adapted rec dances”.
Sustainable Saturday – Clear Creek Nature Heritage Center offers monthly activities that focus on nature, conservation, and the local environment. There is an event on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon that focuses on incorporating conservation and sustainable practices into daily life. On Saturday, Feb. 11, Sustainability and Parks and Recreation staff will discuss strategies for container gardening and vermicomposting. Sustainable Saturday events are free, but do require registration through Civic Rec.
My Little Valentine Family Dance – The My Little Valentine Family Dance will be on Feb. 10 from 6-8 PM at the Denton Civic Center. The dance will include a live DJ, a photo op station, light refreshments, themed crafts, and a complimentary candy bar.
Adapted Rec Sweetheart Ball – The Sweetheart Ball is a dance event for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. This year, the Sweetheart Ball Dance will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center. An optional catered dinner will begin before the dance at 5 p.m. at the same location. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $25, and tickets for the dance only are $15. Advanced ticket purchase is required. For more information and a link to register, visit the Parks & Recreation Catalog and keyword search “sweetheart ball”.
Upcoming Street Closures
|Street/ Intersection||From||To||Closure Start||Closure End||Description|
|Bailey St||Willson St||Dead End South||01/30/23||06/02/23||Utility installations and pavement replacement.|
|Bradshaw St||Wilson St||Prairie St East||01/30/23||06/02/23||Utility installations and pavement replacement.|
|Castle Pines||Burr Oak||Intersection||02/06/23||02/24/23||Concrete Street Panel repair|
|Crescent St||Fulton St||Cordell St||01/16/23||02/10/23||installing new storm line along crescent|
|Dixon Ln||Comer St||Cope St||01/23/23||02/10/23||Sidewalk Repair|
|East Highland St||Locust St||Wainwright St||01/30/23||06/02/23||Utility installations and pavement replacement.|
|Gardenview St||Brooke St||Evers Pkwy||01/16/23||01/27/23||Mill & Overlay|
|Hickory St W (221)||Piner St||Ceder St||01/16/23||02/16/23||Sidewalk Repair|
|Industrial St||Dead End||Wye St||01/17/23||03/31/23||Utility replacement|
|Johnson St||Dallas Dr||Wye St||01/17/23||03/31/23||Utility replacement|
|Johnson St||Dallas Dr||Daughtry St||01/19/23||02/17/23||Atmos working on gas main on Collins and Johnson|
|Kingfisher Ln (325)||Meadowlark Ln||Oriole Ln||01/30/23||02/17/23||Valley Gutter Repair|
|Mill St||Allen St||Johnson St||01/17/23||03/31/23||Utility Replacement|
|Peach St||Locust St||Bell Ave||02/14/23||03/01/23||Mill & Overlay|
|Smith St||Johnson St||Bell Ave||01/30/23||06/02/23||Utility installations and pavement replacement.|