Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fair Park Sparks! brings fireworks and music to Fair Park June 13

The public is invited to attend Fair Park Sparks!, a fun-filled event for the entire family from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. The free outdoor festival celebrates the addition of thousands of new decorative enhancement lights that will illuminate Fair Park’s historical buildings, grounds and the ever-popular Esplanade Fountain.

“Turning on the lights and fountains reflects the city’s commitment to improving Fair Park and its surrounding neighborhoods as we continue to grow south,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “I encourage all citizens to drop by Fair Park Sparks! to enjoy the live music, food, fireworks and family activities and experience one of our city’s greatest assets in a whole new way.”

Musical entertainment will include nationally recognized bands Sugar Ray with guest Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Synchronized fountain shows will take place at the Esplanade, along with an artist gallery, wine bar, concessions, food trucks, event booths and museums. Children’s activities will include face painting and roving entertainers. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

“Fair Park is the premiere year-round destination for visitors and offers many events and entertainment opportunities for the entire family,” said Fair Park General Manager Daniel Huerta. “Everyone is invited to join us for Fair Park Sparks! and experience live entertainment under one million lights.”

Admission to Fair Park Sparks! is free. Parking will be available at gates 5 and 6 for $5. Visitors can also take the DART Green Line to Fair Park.  

Fair Park is host to eleven of the top 29 festivals in the DFW metroplex. Annually, more than 5.3 million visitors enjoy 1,200 festivals, shows, concerts, performances, including the North Texas Irish Fest, Kwanzaa, Taste of Dallas, Festival de Mayo, Earth Day, 5k and 10k and half marathon runs and other special events.

Dallas City Notice Regarding Zebra Mussels and Texas Lakes

This Memorial Day weekend, City of Dallas Water Utilities reminds you to Clean, Drain and Dry your boat! Our lakes and rivers are under attack by zebra mussels. This destructive invasive species harms aquatic life, damages boats and even affects your water supply. Lake Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport, Belton and Lavon are already infested, and without your help, zebra mussels could spread throughout the state.

It’s illegal to transport Zebra Mussels
If you’ve boated recently, adult zebra mussels or their microscopic larvae could be hiding in your boat and trailer. By hitching a ride on your boat, zebra mussels can spread and infest new lakes across Texas.

It is illegal to possess or transport zebra mussels knowingly or unknowingly in the state of Texas. In 47 North and Central Texas counties boaters are also required by law to drain all water from their boats when approaching or leaving public waters.

Don’t be a carrier: Clean, Drain, Dry
Prevent the spread of zebra mussels by always following these steps:

CLEAN off any vegetation, mud or foreign objects on the boat, trailer and gear before you leave the lake. Adult zebra mussels attach to hard surfaces such as boat hulls, motors and pipes.

DRAIN all water from the boat. Zebra mussel larvae are invisible to the naked eye and can hide in the water in your motor, bilge, live wells and bait buckets.

DRY the boat and trailer for a week or more before entering another water body. It’s a surefire way to kill any remaining zebra mussels.

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Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of these destructive invaders in Texas lakes and rivers.

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Dallas Announces Ground Spraying Protocol for West Nile Virus

In the City of Dallas ground spraying activities for mosquitos control will be based on a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito trap result from a public health laboratory or a consistently high mosquito trap count as outlined under the City of Dallas 2014 Mosquito Control Plan.
– Only EPA approved products for ground spraying will be used.
– Products will only be dispensed from an ultra-low volume (ULV) truck mounted sprayer or a back pack sprayer (if conducting localized spraying).
– Spray activities will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
– Spray activities will begin within 5 to 7 hours after the City is notified by the lab of a positive mosquito trap. All locations will be double sprayed on consecutive days.
The location(s) of all ground spraying actives and a map will be posted on the City’s web site. Citizens may contact 311 to report standing water or 214-670-1733 to get additional information on the City’s ground spraying activities.
People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions
Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when you go outside
Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
Drain standing water and install or repair window screens

Protection against mosquito bites
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.

Prevent mosquito breeding
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.
To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control visit