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Posted on: March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency & Canceled/Postponed Events

HP COVID 19 PHE

In support of Dallas County’s Public Health Emergency declaration and other municipalities that are doing the same, Mayor Margo Goodwin signed an emergency declaration for the Town of Highland Park on March 13, 2020.

The Town Council extended the Public Health Emergency declaration on March 19, 2020


Town of Highland Park Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency Declaration - Approved on March 19, 2020 

As we work together to meet the Stay Home Stay Safe Order issued by Dallas County to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the playgrounds and playground equipment located in the Town’s parks have been temporarily closed. These playgrounds are located in Abbott Park, Davis Park, and Fairfax Park. As an additional precaution, all outdoor drinking fountains town-wide are temporarily unavailable. In assessing recommendations from the Dallas County Judge, the decision has been made to close all tennis courts, Exall Lake bridge, Teddy Bear park, basketball court, Gazebo in Flippin Park, and the start of the pool season has been postponed. In addition to the changes mentioned above, the previously notified suspensions, postponements, cancellations of upcoming seasonal events, ongoing weekly events, and other public functions remain in place.

Events and public functions that will be impacted:

Municipal Court - Postponed. Visit this webpage for additional information. 

April 25 Park Cities Recycling Event - Postponed

May 9 Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event - Postponed

All Town of Highland Park Library Events and Programming – Postponed

All Town of Highland Park Parks and Recreation Events and Programming – Postponed

Response to COVID-19 remains a fluid situation and is subject to changing health advisories and County, State and Federal directives. For that reason, resumption and rescheduling of suspended or postponed events, activities and services will be determined with full consideration to public health and safety.  The Town is not canceling or suspending Town Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Board of Adjustment meetings.

More COVID-19 Information

Dallas County Public Health Information


Dallas County Public Health Emergency Declaration 

An Amended Order was issued on March 22, 2020, and the summary may be viewed here: The complete Amended Order is available online. Dallas County release a FAQ secondary to this Amended Order, which you may view on the County’s website. 

An Amended Order was issued on March 21, 2020, and the summary may be viewed here: The complete Amended Order is available online

An Amended Order was issued on March 16, 2020, and may be viewed here: A summary of the Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins may be viewed on this webpage

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