News Releases


February 28, 2013


Rose Park receives Lone Star Legacy Park designation


ABILENE, Texas – Oscar Rose Park will be honored with designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) in a ceremony at the association’s annual institute in Lubbock on March 6, 2013. 


A Lone Star Legacy Park is classified as a park that holds special prominence in the local community and the state of Texas.  To qualify for consideration, the park must have endured the test of time, be a minimum of 50 years old and become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on its grounds. A designation as a Lone Star Legacy is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a park.


“Rose Park has played an important role in the development of our community,” said James Childers, Director of Community Services. “The park is a special place for many citizens in Abilene, place where memories are made and shared. We are proud of this distinction and look forward to future generations enjoying Rose Park in the years to come.”


Five parks in Texas also received the honor including Artesian Park, Corpus Christi; Central Park, Garland; Sam Houston Park, Houston; and Spring Lake Park, Texarakana.


TRAPS is a non-profit, professional and educational organization founded 70 years ago with a membership of over 2,000 professionals. TRAPS is committed to advancing the field of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas, while advocating for enhanced recreation opportunities and the increase of public green space for Texans.


February 27, 2013


Health District receives Five Star Service Award


ABILENE, Texas – The Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit has awarded the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District with the Exemplary Five Star Service Award. The award is given to local registrars that exemplify excellence in vital registration such as birth and death certificates.  Local registrars must meet qualifications for timeliness, registration management, improvements, training and birth registration.


“The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District is proud to serve the citizens of Abilene and Taylor County,” said Larry Johnson, Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District Health Administrator. “Our dedicated registrar staff serve the community in an exemplary fashion.”   


February 25, 2013


South Branch of Public Library temporarily closed


ABILENE, Texas – The South Branch of the Abilene Public Library, located at 1401 S. Danville, is currently without power after a delivery truck damaged power poles directly behind the branch earlier today.  The South Branch is expected to reopen tomorrow morning and resume normal business hours at 9 a.m.


Citizens wishing to visit another branch of the Abilene Public Library can visit the library’s other branches. The Main Branch is located at 202 Cedar St. and the Mockingbird Branch is located at 1214 N. Mockingbird. For more information about the Abilene Public Library, visit


February 25, 2013


Abilene participates in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup


ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene is joining law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 265 jurisdictions across the state in the sixth annual Great Texas Warrant Roundup. The multi-jurisdictional warrant roundup launches Saturday, March 2 and runs through Sunday, March 10. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions.


“Before the Great Texas Warrant Roundup begins, those with outstanding warrants should contact Municipal Court as soon as possible,” said Chief Marshal Monty Huddleston. “We want to encourage those with warrants to voluntarily comply and come in to Municipal Court.”


Notices have been mailed over the past few days to individuals with active warrants. Affected persons are urged to contact Municipal Court in the coming weeks to dispose of their cases voluntarily to avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of arrest at home or at work in front of family, friends or co-workers.


Municipal Court is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is located on the east side of City Hall at 555 Walnut Street. Contact the court office by calling 325-676-6333. Court officials point out that a telephone call does not constitute an appearance and continuances are not granted over the phone.


Those with outstanding warrants can choose to pay their citations online and not physically appear in Municipal Court by visiting Warrants paid online must be paid in full.  


A list of outstanding warrants is available on the City of Abilene website, under the City Spotlight heading.



February 22, 2013


City Hall parking lot renovations begin Monday


ABILENE, Texas – Beginning Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, the east parking lot of City Hall located at 555 Walnut St., will undergo a complete renovation. The project is expected to last three months. Visitor parking may be intermittently available in the east parking lot but when unavailable, guests of City Hall may park in spaces provided on the streets surrounding City Hall on Walnut Street, North 5th Street and North 6th Street.


For more information and assistance, call the City Hall Customer Relations Center at 325-676-6200.


February 20, 2013


Register now for Men’s Basketball League


ABILENE, Texas – Registration is now open for the City of Abilene Recreation Division Men’s Basketball League. The season, which begins in April, offers both a Fast Break and Slow Break League. Games will be held at G.V. Daniels Recreation Center located at 541 N. 8th St. The cost is $225 per team. Each team can be made up of up to ten players.  $100 is due at the time of registration and the balance is due by the first game of the season. 


Register by Thursday, March 28 at 5 p.m. at the Community Services Office located at 633 Walnut St.  For more information, call the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center at 325-676-6443 or the Community Services Office at 325-676-6217.  


February 20, 2013


City Rec offers Spring Break Camp to students


ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Recreation Division will host Spring Break Camp to students 6 to 13 years of age during the Spring Break holiday Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp will offer themed activity days that include arts and crafts, gym games, field trips and more. Spring Break Camp is an opportunity for children to stay active over the school holiday.


Spring Break Camp will be held at Rose Park Recreation Center located 2605 South 7th St. The cost is $50 per child. Lunch is included each day but field trip fees are not included in the cost. Registration is now open at the Community Services Office located at 633 Walnut St. Space is limited. For more information, call the Rose Park Recreation Center at 325-676-6445 or the Community Services Office at 325-676-6217. 


February 14, 2013


Animal Services warn of increased skunk numbers, introduce new Trapping Program


ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Animal Services Division reports an increase in the number of skunks seen within the Abilene city limits. This is mating season for skunks and they are more active in neighborhoods, searching for a new mate. Below are tips to protect property and pets from skunk damage:


1. Do not feed the skunks. They can easily become dependent on human food sources.

2.  Never leave pet food outside, particularly at night.

3.  Never discard edible garbage where skunks can find access to it.

4. Secure garbage bags to eliminate odors to discourage scavenging.


Skunks are the primary source for rabies in Texas and human and domestic pet contact with skunks should be avoided. For more information about skunks and skunk prevention tips, visit


Beginning March 1, 2013, the City’s Trapping Program will be modified to allow Animal Services field officers to concentrate on high-risk animals that have a greater potential for carrying rabies. These animals include foxes, raccoons, coyotes and skunks.  Animal Services field officers will pick up trapped high-risk animals while citizens continue to trap and bring nuisance animals to the Abilene Animal Shelter. Nuisance animals include feral cats, squirrels, opossums or other small rodents.  


Citizens can pick up traps from the Abilene Animal Shelter, located at 925 S. 25th St.  Citizens may drop off any trapped nuisance animals at the shelter for impound between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to the high demand for traps, citizens may call the Abilene Animal Shelter at 325-698-0085 and select option “7” to be placed on the trap waiting list. The Trap Program is free of charge to citizens.


February 6, 2013


Carver Youth Council hosts annual Black History Talent Show


ABILENE, Texas – The Carver Youth Council will host their annual Black History Talent Show Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. This year’s show, “A Night at the Apollo”, will take place in the Red Carpet Lobby at the Abilene Civic Center located at 1100 N. 6th St.  The annual talent show, featuring youth and adults of all ages, is a fundraiser benefitting the Carver Youth Council.


Tickets are now available at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center located at 541 N. 8th Street. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of the show.  Adult admission is $5 per person and student admission is $3 per person.


For more information about the Black History Talent Show “A Night at the Apollo” or the Carver Youth Council, contact G.V. Daniels Recreation Coordinator Terrence Crisp at 325-676-6443.


February 5, 2013


Local distemper cases on the rise, City’s Animal Services stress vaccinations


ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Animal Services Division has seen a drastic increase in the number of canine distemper cases in recent months and encourages dog owners to have their pets properly vaccinated. Canine distemper is a highly contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and, often, the nervous system of puppies and dogs as well as wildlife populations such as raccoons, skunks and foxes.  Puppies and dogs usually become infected though airborne exposure to the virus and contact with wildlife infected with the disease.


“Having your puppy or dog properly vaccinated and avoiding contact with infected animals is essential to preventing the spread of canine distemper,” said Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy. “There are no drugs available to kill the canine distemper virus so vaccinating your pet against the disease is crucial.”


The first signs of canine distemper may appear as eye discharge and later fever, coughing, lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting or diarrhea. In later stages, the virus may attack the nervous system including seizures, twitching or partial or complete paralysis. Distemper results in permanent damage to a dog’s nervous system and is often fatal. Dogs and puppies showing any sign of canine distemper should be taken to a veterinarian for an examination and diagnosis.


For more information about canine distemper, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website:


February 4, 2013


Mayor Archibald invited to testify to Natural Resources Committees


ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald has been invited to testify at a joint hearing of the Texas House and Senate Natural Resources Committees tomorrow, Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Austin, TX. The meeting will address the ongoing statewide drought and the performance of state, regional and local entities as well as the status of the state water plan.  Mayor Archibald will speak to the unique challenges Abilene faces developing future water supplies and ensuring the viability of West Texas.


February 1, 2013


City’s Recreation Division to host Mardi Gras dog parade


ABILENE, Texas –   The City of Abilene Recreation Division will host a Mardi Gras inspired Krewe of Barkus dog parade on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m.  The dog parade will be held at Camp Barkeley Dog Park located near the entrance of the Abilene Zoo at Nelson Park.  Dogs and their owners are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras attire. The event includes a Pet and Owner Look-A-Like contest, Most Creative Costume contest, Best Float contest (must be wagon size or smaller) and the selection of a King and Queen of the parade.


This is a free event and no pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 325-734-5301 or 325-676-6217.