Awards

AwardAn 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:
    • First Place, Recycling and Waste Minimization – 2000
    • First Place, Landscaping and Composting – 1996
    • 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:
    • First Place – 2004, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1990 
    • Second Place – 2000, 1993, 1989
    • Sustained Excellence Award – 2006 
    • Award of Excellence – 2008
    • 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 
    • Bruton Soccer Complex – 2008
    • Eastfield Soccer Complex – 2005
    • 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 
    • Designated ninth safest city – 1997 
    • 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
    • For the periodical “The Police Bulletin” – 2001, 1998
    • 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