Lancaster is a city in the southwest portion of Dallas County, Texas, about 15 minutes south of Dallas. It was first settled in 1844, plotted and planned in 1852 after a Kentucky city of the same name, and finally incorporated the following year. The city is one of four that make up the original Best Southwest area, a partnership that formed in the late 1980s. Since its conception, the four cities of Lancaster, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville have cooperated on economic development, legislative issues, joint purchasing, public safety, and several other community focuses. Because of its success, several other cities have joined the partnership since 2010. At the 2013 U.S. Census, the city’s population was at 37,893. Today, it is estimated that the city houses more 38,100 residents in a little more than 33 square miles.
New houses in the city can cost anywhere from $120,000 to $150,000 and up. Within the last decade, the city has been named twice as a finalist for the All-American City Award by the National Civic League. This award is given to ten U.S. communities each year whose citizens are known to work together to identify and overcome community-wide challenges.
Lancaster has more than 600 acres of parkland, 170 of which encompasses the popular Community Park. On site, Community Park houses the Lancaster Recreation Center, featuring an indoor water park with a double loop slide, lazy river, vortex, and 4-lane lap pool. In addition, the Rec. Center offers a fitness club, gymnasium with elevated jogging track, and an aerobics dance room. Outside, Community Park features a 6-acre pond (known as Contemplation Lake) with a fishing pier, walking trails, and an amphitheater with a stage by the water. The park is also home to the Royce Clayton/Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark, a lighted baseball diamond with a covered grandstand designed by the same man that created the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington. Located throughout the city are several other parks, complete with playground equipment, sports fields, an off-leash dog area and other amenities. In 2010, the city opened the 2.5 mile Pleasant Run Hike and Bike Trail which winds through several of its neighborhoods.
There are two nature preserves within the city, Bear Creek Nature Park and Ten Mile Creek Preserve. Bear Creek features nearly 190 acres of equestrian and walking trails, two fishing ponds, a large picnic pavilion, and a butterfly garden. Ten Mile Creek remains undeveloped (aside from a two-mile trail that runs through the preserve) in order to protect the natural meadows and wooded areas within.
The city holds several annual events throughout the year, some of which include: the Lancaster Country (bike) Ride in April, a July 4th celebration in Community Park, Warbirds on Parade at Lancaster Regional Airport, Oktoberfest, and the Christmas tree lighting festival. Every 2nd Saturday of each month, Lancaster continues its long-time tradition of “2nd Saturday on the Square”, featuring food, music, entertainment, and vendors.
The majority of the city is served by Lancaster Independent School District, a district of about 7,000 students and eleven campuses. A small portion of the city attends Dallas Independent School District, the 2nd largest public district in the state. There are also two charter schools in the city (Life School and the Accelerated Intermediate Academy), as well as Berne Academy, the city’s only private school.
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