According to city officials, Richardson was officially chartered as a city on June 26, 1873. Richardson previously celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1998.
Parks and Recreation Director Lori Smelby said the celebration could be similar to the city's 125th anniversary. She said a committee of city staff is being formed to begin the planning process. Smelby said staff researched previous Richardson anniversary celebrations and those of other cities to prepare for the event.
Richardson is discussing several activities to do leading up to and on the anniversary date. City officials said they are hoping to work with several community partners for these events.
Other preparations discussed for the anniversary include developing a theme for the event, encouraging community volunteer efforts, holding a citywide scavenger hunt and hosting activities during the Wildflower and Cottonwood festivals.
According to Smelby, activities are estimated to begin in January 2023. A proposed celebration could be held June 24, 2023, in the city’s Core district with entertainment performances, dignitary comments and a ceremonial birthday cake, the presentation stated.
Funding for the anniversary event is proposed in the fiscal year 2022-23 budget. Smelby said the city is looking to receive feedback from residents on the best way to hold the celebratory event. The entire Aug. 1 presentation can be seen here.