Learn About Southeast Rec Center, New Alexa Skills, Free Gardening Classes & More

In this Neighborhood Network News edition, you can read more about a recreation center set to open in southeast Arlington next year, the types of helpful City of Arlington information you can learn with your Amazon Alexa virtual assistant, new technology offered to patrons at the Arlington Public Library and much more!

Aging Well Expo: Interested in trying new exercises, exploring new hobbies and volunteer opportunities or receiving free medical screenings and information? Join us at the Aging Well Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center (formerly the Arlington Convention Center), 1200 Ballpark Way. This free event, a coordinated effort of the City of Arlington, Tarrant County, and many community sponsors, is expected to feature more than 100 vendors, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, housing resources, information on volunteering in the community, educational presentations and more.

New Southeast Recreation Center: Here’s some exciting news for southeast Arlington residents – the City recently broke ground on a 36,000-square-foot recreation center set to open in Webb Community Park in 2020. The 2014 bond-funded facility will feature dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces including a gymnasium, fitness and weights area, aerobics and dance studio, classrooms, childcare, skatepark, adventure playground, outdoor aquatics feature and walking trail on the 12-acre site.

Eden Road/New York Realignment: Speaking of southeast Arlington improvements, our latest Bond Tracker segment features the completion of the $5.7 million bond project to realign New York Avenue and Eden Road to better connect drivers with TxDOT’s new SH 360 Tollway. The realignment project, approved by voters in 2014, is also a necessary step in City’s long-range thoroughfare development plans to extend Eden Road so that it one day stretches from US 287 in southwest Arlington to SH 360 on the southeastern side of town.

New Copy, Scan and Fax Services: Arlington Public Library patrons can now make copies in color and in black and white, scan documents and send domestic faxes. Each library location now features an all-in-one machine, while the Downtown Library offers three. Other services include mobile printing, free Wi-Fi, publicly available computers, more than 100 professional-level databases and more.

Library Reopens: The Woodland West Branch reopened to the community earlier this month. The popular branch, located at 2837 W. Park Row Dr., closed last year for renovations, which included improvements to the front entryway and storefront, replacing rooftop HVAC units and remodeling the restrooms to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other updates included new carpet, shelving, countertops and water fountains. The project was funded as part of the $236 million bond package approved by Arlington voters in 2014.

Know Your H2O: Arlington Water Utilities customers can now compare water and sewer bills, track service requests, or monitor daily readings from their remote read meter by visiting www.arlingtontx.gov/wateronline.

Ask Alexa: The “Ask City of Arlington” skill for Amazon Alexa devices recently added information to help Arlington Water Utilities customers, whether they’re wondering when to turn on their sprinklers or want to find a payment location. Since last fall, Arlington residents could ask basic questions about polling and voting locations, garbage and recycling pickup days. All you have to do is enable the “City of Arlington, Texas” skill on your Amazon Alexa mobile app.

Get Ready for Spring with Free Classes: Arlington Water Utilities and the Tarrant Regional Water District have teamed up with the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Center and the Arlington Public Library to provide classes that will help residents save water and money by managing their landscapes and sprinkler systems. Free classes are set Feb. 28, March 6, March 18 and March 28. Click here for times and locations.

As always, we would appreciate you sharing this information with your neighbors and your neighborhood association. Together we can spread the word about the good things happening in Arlington to foster community pride and engagement.


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