Letter from the Mayor ENNIS
As the Mayor of the city of Ennis, a proud Texas Main Street City, I am overjoyed to share with you all of the amazing revitalization projects that are on the horizon for our beloved city. The approved Downtown Master Plan includes numerous projects that are all part of an intricate puzzle designed to convert our downtown into an experiential destination where locals and guests will shop, dine and be entertained. The first completed project is Minnie McDowal Park located at 119 N. Dallas St in the heart of downtown. The park is truly a gift to our city. It is a unique, beautiful gathering place featuring a handcrafted “art wall sculpture” and “performance gazebo.” The impressive art wall sculpture will attract people from all over the region to experience downtown, Ennis. The park also has a water feature, climbing rocks for kids and plenty of seating to relax and take in the moment. Upcoming projects include an impressive new Welcome Center, conversion of Dallas St. to a scenic tree-lined, level grade boulevard, North and South Plazas and the downtown underpass which is an aesthetically-pleasing trestle bridge on Ennis Ave that will allow the train to pass overhead. These projects are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more that have been approved by the City Commission and are slated to be completed in the next five years. These changes will truly turn our city into a “destination.”
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What Ennis is currently known for are its people and its festivals, and boy do we know how to do festivals! Thousands of people flock from all over the world in April to see our 40 miles of rural bluebonnet trails, the “Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas,” and enjoy shopping, entertainment, and family-friendly fun at our annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival. Our Czech heritage comes alive every Memorial Day weekend during the National Polka Festival, and we host many other charming hometown events like Ennis Autumn Daze, Parade of Lights, Blues on Main and Ennis Freedom Fest, which includes the Red White and Bike Parade and a spectacular fireworks show. For a rush of adrenaline make plans to attend the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex to witness Nitro-burning cars go 330 MPH! Between the exciting events and the Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday from April to October, there is always something to do in Ennis that is family friendly and provides the perfect environment to meet new people and experience new things. Now is the time to mark your calendars and plan a trip to the great city of Ennis. Stop by the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau upon arrival for a welcoming smile and more information on all that we have to offer. For more information, download the free Ennis Y’all Mobile app for a complete list of shopping, dining, lodging, attractions, and events. You can also visit www.visitennis.org or call 972-878-4748.
Mayor Angeline Juenemann