Quality of Life
Garland is part of the 4th largest region in the nation, the DFW Metroplex, which continues to attract new business and corporate expansions despite challenges in the world economy. Garland has taken steps to provide excellent opportunities for its citizens who enjoy living and working here. The city offers a diverse and stable economy for businesses and residents to locate and succeed.
Public safety is a key ingredient to Garland’s vitality. Garland has been listed as one of the "Top 10 Safest Cities in America" by the Cities Journal, Law Street and Forbes. The Neighborhood Police Officer program is a resource to Garland neighbors providing information on a variety of community programs, including neighborhood Crime Watch and Crimestoppers. In addition, Garland Police and Fire provide Citizen Academies promoting neighborhood leadership in safe living.
Garland prides itself on the strength of its diverse neighborhoods. Although the type of neighborhood may vary, all residents want a livable, vital neighborhood. The City of Garland offers meaningful programs and services that help organize, strengthen and rejuvenate these unique communities where people work, live and recreate. Learn more of the City’s initiatives for Vital Neighborhoods.
Arts & Culture
The Arts have played a vital role in the enhancement of the quality of life in Garland. With the completion of the Garland Center for the Performing Arts in June of 1982, the City of Garland began a trend among Texas suburbs to build local facilities where the arts would flourish. The Center houses two elegant proscenium theatres with seating for 720 and 200. These theatres can accommodate everything from Broadway touring shows to symphony concerts. The Granville Arts Complex attracts over 170,000 patrons per year with two-thirds of the patrons coming from outside the Garland area.
In 2003, the Garland City Council named the Arts Center for Patty Granville, who has managed the facility since its opening and has been a driving force in the growth and expansion of the Center. In the same year, The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center was dedicated. The Atrium provides a magnificent setting for special events such as wedding receptions, fundraisers and conventions. The Atrium’s luxurious glass-lined lobby covers over 3100 sq. ft. The 6500 sq. ft banquet hall is encased in glass on two sides and opens onto a spacious courtyard.
The Plaza Theatre, located on the square in downtown Garland, was donated to the City of Garland in 1991 by Sherri and John Skelton. It was elegantly renovated in 2001 by the City of Garland. The spacious domed lobby of the Plaza Theatre features a spectacular chandelier and a 350 seat auditorium.
The Garland Cultural Arts Commission was established in 1986 and has played an active role in the development of the arts community. The GCAC has also developed a grant program whereby meritorious cultural groups may apply for funding on an annual basis.
The major affiliate cultural groups include:
- Garland Civic Theatre founded in 1968
(972-485-8884) | www.garlandcivic.org
- The Garland Symphony Orchestra founded in 1978
(972-926-0611) | www.garlandsymphony.org
- Garland Summer Musicals created in 1983
(972-205-2790) | www.garlandsummermusicals.org
The Garland Landmark Museum
The Garland Landmark Museum is housed in the former Santa Fe Railroad. It was preserved by the Society and currently houses the Museum, which holds artifacts from 1850 to the present. (972-205-2790) | www.garlandhistorical.org
For more information on the Arts in Garland visit the website at www.GarlandArts.com.
The Granville Arts Center and Plaza Theatre
The Granville Arts Center complex, located at 300 N. Fifth St., includes two elegant proscenium theatres that can accommodate everything from Broadway touring shows to symphony concerts. The Arts Center also features the luxurious Atrium banquet hall with seating up to 500, and the exquisite Art Deco Plaza Theatre on the Downtown Square at 521 W. State St. The Garland Arts Facilities feature year-round performances by Affiliate arts groups and many other organizations throughout the Southwest. All facilities are available for rental. The Granville Arts Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during all performances.
Granville Arts Center/Plaza Theatre Rental: (972) 205-2780 | Atrium Rental: (972) 205-3981
The Nicholson Memorial Library System
The Nicholson Memorial Library System allows citizens access to more than 430,000 books, as well as popular magazines, newspapers, videotapes and audio recordings. Each library provides public access computers, software and Internet access. Visit the Library System Portal
The Central Library Hours:
Sunday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Wed., Fri., & Sat. from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and closed Sunday & Monday
625 Austin Street (downtown Garland)
Garland, TX 75040
Information: (972) 205-2500 | Circulation: (972) 205-2524
North Garland Branch
3845 N. Garland Ave. (at Apollo Rd.)
Garland, TX 75040
Circulation Desk: (972) 205-2802
South Garland Branch
4845 Broadway Blvd. (at Oates Rd.)
Garland, TX 75043
Circulation Desk: (972) 205-3920
Walnut Creek Branch
3319 Edgewood Drive (off Jupiter Rd.)
Garland, TX 75042
Circulation Desk: (972) 205-2586
Recreation & Natural Resources
Garland residents currently enjoy five recreation facilities, four swimming pools, a 13-court tennis center, 40 playgrounds, two senior centers, over 2880 acres of parks, a preserve, 73 athletic fields, three greenbelts, 20 miles of trails and beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. The city also owns the Firewheel Golf Park, a state-of-the-art, 63-hole golf facility consistently ranked as one of the top golf venues in the state. Find out more about recreation in Garland.
Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Ray Hubbard provides exceptional regional water recreation year round, particularly boating, skiing and fishing. Boating enthusiast can access Lake Ray Hubbard year round from Garland’s Windsurf Park and Marina Del Ray. Enjoy dining and watching the sun set at lakeside restaurants at Harbor Point.
Firewheel Golf Park
Firewheel Golf Park has been a PGA Tour qualifier course and is home to the Nitro Texas State Open. The Dallas Morning News ranked the course the second best in the state of Texas. The site also includes the famous Bridges at Firewheel, an executive style 27-hole golf facility.
600 West Campbell Road, Garland, TX 75044
(972) 205-2795 | www.golffirewheel.com
Surf and Swim (S. Garland)
Opens daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
440 Oates Road, Garland, TX 75043
(972) 205-3993 | www.surfandswim.org
Hawaiian Falls (N. Garland)
Opens Monday – Friday from 10:30am - 7:00pm,
Saturday from 10:30am - 6:00pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 7:00pm
4550 N. Garland Ave., Garland, TX 75040
(972) 675-8888 | www.hfalls.com
Garland Soccer Association
(972) 530-2636 | www.garlandsoccer.com
Pee Wee Football
(972) 864-5523 | www.leaguelineup.com/gpwf
Garland Youth Little League Baseball
Girls’ Softball Association:
(972) 276-5483 | www.southgll.org
Garland Cheer & Drill Association
(972) 240-1969 | www.leaguelineup.com/gpwcheer
Shopping & Entertainment
Firewheel Town Center
Garland’s Firewheel Town Center is an open-air, mixed-use development with apartments, department stores, a children’s playground, a koi fish fountain, a pond, specialty retail, office space, unique restaurants and an 18-screen AMC theater.
245 Cedar Sage, Suite 220, Garland, TX 75040,
Hours: Mon to Sat: 10:00am - 9:00pm & Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm.
Store hours may differ from Mall Hours.
(972) 495-8085 | www.simon.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro anchors the 28-acre Harbor Point retail development on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard.
5001 Bass Pro Drive, Garland, TX 75043
(469) 221-2600 | www.basspro.com
The Curtis Culwell Center
The Center hosts graduations, sporting events, theatrical productions, conventions, concerts and more.
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland, TX 75040 (972) 487-4700 | www.curtisculwellcenter.com
Dining out is also a favorite activity of Garland residents and they have a myriad of options, from fast casual to fine dining and everything in-between. Click on Visit Garland for dining options.