An Award Winning City


In recent years, the City of Mesquite has assumed a new community vision, setting standards of excellence in areas of vital importance to American cities today - public safety, parks and recreation, public works and overall quality of life. Mesquite's innovative programs and their documented success have led to state, national and international recognition.

 REGIONAL AWARDS 

Best Renovation Award, for renovations made to the Mesquite Golf Club, presented by AVIDGolfer magazine – 2011
Number 48, Top 50 Public Golf Courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, for the Mesquite Golf Club, presented by AVIDGolfer magazine – 2011
Number 50, Top 50 Public Golf Courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, for the Mesquite Golf Club, presented by AVIDGolfer magazine – 2010
Innovation in Programming Award, for the Camp Rorie Galloway Community Work Day, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department by the DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors – 2010
Second Largest General Aviation Airport in North Texas, for the Mesquite Metro Airport, by the Dallas Business Journal – 2010
Travel Demand Management (Air Quality) Award, presented by the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition among non-transit member cities – 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999
Preservation Achievement Award – Restoration, for the Lawrence house and barn, presented by Preservation Dallas – 2008
Innovative Maintenance Award, for Tailgate Lift Assistant, presented by DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors Association – 2006
Innovation in Programming Award, for the Father-Son Basketball Tournament, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department by the DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors – 2006
Innovation in Programming Award, for Doggie Splash Day, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department by the DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors – 2004
Best New Industrial Project, for the Skyline Business Park project, presented by the Dallas Business Journal – 2000
Environmental Visions Award, presented by the Dallas County Corporate Recycling Council:
    o First Place, Recycling and Waste Minimization – 2000
    o First Place, Landscaping and Composting – 1996
    o First Place, Recycling and Waste Minimization – 1996
Facility Design/Construction Award, for the In-line Hockey Rink, presented by DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors Association – 2000


 STATE AWARDS 

• Local Cultural Grants Program Grant Recipient, awarded to the Mesquite Arts Council by the Texas Commission on the Arts – 1992 - 2012
Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence, presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association – 2011
Excellence in Programming Award, presented by the Texas Recreation and Park Society for the Christmas in the Park event – 2011
Golf Course Renovation Project of the Year, for the Mesquite Golf Club, presented by the Texas Turfgrass Association – 2010
Narcotic Unit of the Year – North Region, presented by the Texas Narcotic Officers Association – 2009-2010
Project of the Year – $10 - $100 million transportation category, for massive improvements to the Interstate Highway 635 interchange at Town East Boulevard and surrounding areas, presented by the Texas Public Works Association – 2010
Scenic City Silver Level Certification, presented by the Scenic City Certification Program – 2010
Gold Star Affiliate, presented by Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. – 2009, 2008, 2006
Governor's Community Achievement Award, presented by Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. and the Texas Department of Transportation:
    o First Place – 2004, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1990
    o Second Place – 2000, 1993, 1989
    o Sustained Excellence Award – 2006
    o Award of Excellence – 2008
    o Citation of Merit – 2009, 2008
Project of the Year, for the Tripp Road project, presented by the Texas Public Works Association – 2009
Alumni Association of the Year, for the Mesquite Citizen Police Academy, presented by the Texas Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association – 2008
Community of the Year (Honorable Mention), in recognition of the year’s total body of planning work including neighborhood plans, form-based codes and the Community Appearance Manual, presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association – 2008
Comprehensive Planning Award, for Comprehensive Plan Element for the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, presented by Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association – 2008
Historic Restoration Award, for the restoration of the Lawrence Park House and Barn, presented by Preservation Texas – 2008
Soccer Field of the Year, presented by the Texas Turfgrass Association
    o Bruton Soccer Complex – 2008
    o Eastfield Soccer Complex – 2005
    o Bruton Soccer Complex – 2001
Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency, presented by the Texas Crime Prevention Association – 2007
Outstanding Crime Prevention Media, for the youth intervention program, “What If?”, presented by the Texas Crime Prevention Association – 2007
Total Coliform Rule Program Award, presented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – 2005, 1997-2001, 1992-1996
Softball Field of the Year, for Girls Softball Complex, presented by the Texas Turfgrass Association – 2004, 2002
Innovative Maintenance Award, for Girls Softball Complex, presented by Texas Recreation and Parks Society – 2003
Regional Maintenance Award, for Girls Softball Complex, presented by the Texas Recreation and Parks Association – 2002
Community Economic Development Award of Excellence, presented by the Texas Economic Development Council – 2001
Award of Merit, for outstanding service and worthy accomplishments in accident prevention contributing to a safer Texas, presented by the Texas Safety Association – 1997 - 2000
Certificate of Recognition – Outstanding Municipal Utility Award, presented by Texas Municipal Utilities Association – 1999
Clean Cities Designee, given by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission – 1998
Crime Prevention Agency of the Year, presented by the Texas Crime Prevention Association – 1998
Texas Urban Forestry Award – First Place, presented by the Texas Forest Service – 1990 - 1997
Criminal Justice Award, presented by the Attorney General of Texas – 1996
Environmental Visions Award – First Place, Landscaping and Composting, presented by the Texas Corporate Recycling Council – 1996
Texas Community Forestry Award – First Place for Partnership Projects, presented by the Texas Urban Forestry Council and the Texas Forest Service – 1996
Propane Superstar Award, presented by the Texas Railroad Commission’s Local Government/Cities Division – 1993


 NATIONAL AWARDS 

• Tree City U.S.A. Designee, presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation – 1990 - 2012
Award of Excellence – Digital Interactive/Issue Specific Website Third Place, presented by the City-Council Communications and Marketing Association – 2011
Nature Explore Classroom Certification presented to Keep Mesquite Beautiful for the Lawrence Homestead Outdoor Classroom by the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation – 2011
Savvy Award – Printed Publications/Advertising First Place, presented by the City-Council Communications and Marketing Association – 2011
National Endowment for the Arts Award, awarded to the Mesquite Arts Council in support of arts programming by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2005 - 2011
President’s Circle Award, presented by Keep America Beautiful – 2009, 2008, 2006
Exemplary Code Award, for the Truman Heights Revitalization Code, presented by the Form-Based Code Institute – 2008
Pedestrian Safety Initiative Award, for “The Other Side” educational video, presented by The Police Chief magazine – 2007
• Regional Exceptional Service Award, for contributions to the School Resource Program, presented by the National Association of School Resource Officers – 2007
Recognized for the Christy Lynn Meeks Murder Case by the National Center for the Missing and Exploited Children – 2006
“Preserve America” Community, presented by the White House, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation – 2004
National Award, 17th Annual National Night Out program, presented by the National Association of Town Watch – 2000
“Best City for Women in Texas,” presented by Ladies Home Journal – 1998
Growth Award, presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation – 1998
Top 10 Safest Cities in the United States, compiled by Money magazine
    o Designated ninth safest city – 1997
    o Designated tenth safest city – 1996
Excellence in Community Policing – Honorable Mention, presented by the National League of Cities – 1996
All-America City Finalist, presented by the National Civic League and the Allstate Foundation – 1995
Award of Excellence, Innovation Awards Competition, "Improving Service Delivery Through Community Collaboration”, presented by the National League of Cities – 1992
National Award, 15th Annual Mayors' Award Program, "Partnerships for Vulnerable Youth”, presented by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, one of seven national award winners – 1992
Bird Sanctuary Designation, presented by the National Audubon Society – 1991
City Livability Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management of North America, Inc. – 1991


 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 

Community Partnership Program Excellence Award, presented by the International City/County Management Association – 2011
Webber Seavey Award Semi-Finalist, presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police – 1996
Public Safety Program Excellence Award, presented by the International City/County Management Association – 1994


 INDIVIDUAL/GROUP AWARDS 

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, presented to the Purchasing Division by the National Purchasing Institute, Inc. – 2003 - 2011
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, presented to the Finance Department for 32 consecutive years by the Government Finance Officers Association, 1980 – 2011
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association – 1986 - 2011
Honorary Life Membership, presented to the Police Department by the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers Association – 2005
Member City Award, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) – 2005
Reliever Airport of the Year, presented to the Mesquite Metro Airport by the Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division – 2005
Vehicle Theft Award of Merit, presented to the Police Department by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, LoJack Corporation and IACP Vehicle Theft Committee – 2005
Best Parks Award, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department for the KidsQuest playground, presented by D magazine – 2004
Outstanding New Recreation Program Award, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department for Doggie Splash Day from the National Recreation and Park Association, Southwest Region – 2004
Outstanding Partnership Award, presented to the Parks and Recreation Department for collaboration with the Mesquite Quilting Association by the National Recreation and Park Association Southwest Region – 2004
“100 Heroes of the Mesquite Independent School District” Recognition for the Police Department and Mesquite Youth Services, presented by the MISD Board of Trustees – 2001
Golden Web Award, presented to the MIS Department for website design by the International Association of Web Masters & Designers – 2001
Silver Circle Award, presented to the Police Department by the City-County Communications Marketing Association
    o For the periodical “The Police Bulletin” – 2001, 1998
    o For “KKID Live: Stranger Danger” – 1998
Texas Safety Award of Honor, presented to the following divisions: Airport, Animal Control, Building Inspections, Warehouse, Planning, Engineering, Environmental Code, MTED, Meter Shop, Solid Waste, Tax Assessment/Collection, Traffic Maintenance and Utilities by the Texas Safety Association – 2000
Award of Merit, presented to the Police Department for the periodical “The Police Bulletin”, presented by City Hall Communications – 1998
First Place Program Award for Illegal Dumping and Enforcement, presented to the Code Compliance Department by Keep Texas Beautiful – 1998
Environmental Vision Award, presented to the Public Works Department by the Texas Corporate Recycling Council for excellence in environmental programs – 1997
Jimmy Huff Lone Star Safety Award, presented to the Public Works Department by the Texas Division of the Solid Waste Association of North America, in recognition of distinguished service in the solid waste industry – 1997
American Concrete Pavement Award, presented to the Mesquite Metro Airport for First Place for design and construction excellence by the American Concrete Pavement Association – 1992, 1993