In almost every corner of North Texas, the City of Celina is seen as the next place where significant leaps in growth and development will occur. And rightly so. Builders, planners, and developers cite Celina as a true ‘hot spot.’ And, while that is certainly exciting, I also want to be absolutely certain that our residents see us as a City that genuinely listens to them.
We’ve just launched the 2020 Community Survey, asking residents to give us their impressions of Celina. After all, there is no one in a better position to tell us what we’re doing well, and where we might have room to improve. More than that, though, the responses to the survey give us the guidance we need to steer the City in the right direction.
In 2018, we started a biannual process, on even numbered years, to ask for your opinions. These surveys help with the development of our City’s various plans like the Downtown Master Plan, the Strategic Plan, the Trails Master Plan, and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. We can only be confident that these plans reflect your preferences if you participate in the surveys. Good, solid plans are only as good as the effectiveness of the Community Survey. I encourage you to visit www.Celina-TX.gov between now and June 25 and take the survey. Your participation will ensure that our plans will include your thoughtful input. We sincerely thank you for your participation.
What’s wet, lots of fun, and ends with a bang? The City’s annual Splash and Blast. The free event is set for Old Celina Park on Saturday, June 27 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Water slides, children’s activities, the Gator Country show, live music with Dr. Bob and the Fortunate Sons, food booths, and games all set the mood for the spectacular fireworks display that evening. Check the City’s Facebook page for updates on this event. Contact Megan McGraw at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship or vendor opportunities. Social distancing, hand-sanitizing stations, cleaning of equipment will be meticulously observed. Please feel free to bring your own face coverings. I hope you’re planning to help us celebrate an early Independence Day.
The Celina Main Street Program has planned a few opportunities to head downtown and support local businesses. On June 13 at 8:30pm there will be a free showing of the movie Miracle (PG) on the lawn. Grab some dinner at a downtown restaurant and bring your lawn chair for dinner and a movie! Also, enjoy live music throughout downtown at various businesses on June 20 for Make Music Day. Line-up coming soon!
The City has established a Small Business Assistance (SBA) program to complement the Collin County CARES Act, which can provide some financial assistance to affected businesses. The City’s SBA program can provide up to $25,000 to affected businesses that qualify. There are specific eligibility criteria that must be met by applying businesses. Visit www.Celina-TX.gov/SBA for more information. The program’s application deadline is June 14. To review the Collin County CARES Act program, visit https://www.collincountytx.gov/cares/Pages/default.aspx.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Celina Public Library Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting on June 5. The excitement surrounding the remodeling’s unveiling was evident in the faces of the attendees, especially the children. New shelving, a flying books display, expanded seating, new furniture, and an additional 1,000 books were all highly anticipated, and they did not disappoint. Crafts for kids, a balloon artist, tours and demonstrations were all part of the evening. We are all very proud of our library and the services it provides. If you don’t have a library card, visit with the library staff and get one.
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