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State of the City Annual Report

City of Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen presented his 2015 State of the City address on March 5, 2015, at the Ruthe Jackson Center.

2014 in Review

  • Opened the new Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street.
  • Re-opened the newly remodeled and expanded Dalworth Recreation Center.
  • Opened Lake Ridge Parkway fully from I-20 to Great Southwest Parkway.
  • Opened the Camp Store at Loyd Park.
  • Opened a spay and neuter clinic for animal guests at Prairie Paws Animal Adoption Center.
  • Voters approved a ¼ cent sales tax to build The EPIC recreation center, library and indoor/outdoor water park.
  • Completed construction of the gas-to-energy station at landfill.
  • Completed SH 161 traffic signals at multiple locations.
  • Completed the Park and Ride on I-30, just east of Belt Line Road.
  • Amped up city’s online E-book library.
  • Expanded hours at the libraries.
  • Refreshed Main Library with new carpeting, lighting and staff areas.
  • Introduced all new children’s books and DVDs before Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Installed traffic signals along SH 161 frontage roads.
  • Offered residents “vacation watch” police patrols.
  • Published A History of Grand Prairie book.
  • Completed the Garden of Reflection at Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens, which includes a cremation garden and columbarium.
  • Continued crime decrease – approximately 40% in last four years.
  • Implemented new computer aided police dispatch and records management system
  • Offered self-defense training to female GP residents.
  • Obtained real-time access to GPISD video for emergency public safety calls at schools.
  • Created summer police intern program for college students interested in law enforcement.
  • Opened the new air traffic control tower at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport.
  • Implemented Coffee With A Cop program.
  • Launched a successful first year of Get Fit Grand Prairie.
  • Moved up to 11th safest city in Texas (cities over 100,000 population).
  • Named Air North Texas Partner of the Year by NTCOG.
  • Won six state awards for outstanding park programs and events.
  • Ruthe Jackson Center named “Best Wedding” venue by The Knot magazine.
  • Won Citizens on Patrol Award for Best Large Agency Program in the State.

2015 Top Goals

  • Design and construct a new Fire Station No. 10 at South Grand Peninsula and Balboa.
  • Open the Lodge and Loyd Cabin at Loyd Park.
  • Continue façade improvements and redevelopment of Main Street.
  • Plan and design The EPIC recreation center, library and indoor/outdoor water park.
  • Begin widening MacArthur Boulevard from two to four lanes from I-30 north to Hunter-Ferrell Road.
  • Begin construction of I-30 frontage roads from NW 7th Street to Belt Line Road.
  • Complete the Lone Star/Campion Trail.
  • Complete digital signs at Carrier Parkway and I-20; Lynn Creek and Lake Ridge Parkway; Carrier Parkway and Roy Orr Boulevard.
  • Increase kennel capacity at Prairie Paws Animal Adoption Center.
  • Achieve highest water/waste-water bond rating, AAA, with both Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.
  • Offer self-checkout to library customers.
  • Begin a remodel of the Main Library.
  • Install a library-books-on-hold pickup locker at Lake Parks administrative offices.
  • Offer live online homework help, BrainFuse, through Library System.
  • Open a Parent Resource Center at Warmack Library in partnership with GPISD.
  • Advance early literacy through new programming in the libraries.
  • Conduct a Live Life Grand advertising campaign to raise awareness of GP in DFW area and boost pride in town.
  • Test body cameras for police officers.
  • Increase number of police patrol beats to decrease response time and increase police coverage.
  • Launch My GPTX mobile app free to download for Apple and Android devices. 
  • Design I-20 frontage roads between Carrier Parkway and Belt Line Road; start construction late 2016.
  • Design Wildlife Parkway from Belt Line Road to Lower Tarrant Road; start construction in 2018.
  • Design Camp Wisdom widening to four lanes between Carrier Parkway and FM 1382; construct in 2016.
  • Complete Freetown Road reconstruction from SW 3rd Street to Carrier Parkway.
  • Design Oakdale Road to widen from Roy Orr Boulevard to SH 161 and remove 90-degree curve.
  • Start "Cyclin' with the Mayor" April – November to advance residents' wellness.
  • Create Inclusive PlayGrand Adventures Committee to raise funds and awareness for Texas’ largest inclusive playground.
  • Offer new rentals, to include golf carts and bikes, at Lake Parks.
Last updated: 3/30/2015 12:39:54 PM