Lewisville is a city in Denon County. It is considered to be a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The 2000 census placed the city’s population at 77,737 and the 2010 census placed it at 95,290, making it one of the fastest-growing city populations in the United States and the 33rd most populous in Texas.
Lewisville dates back to the early 1840s. The arrival of the town’s first railroad in 1881 engendered its initial growth, and the expansion of the area’s transportation infrastructure spurred further development in the early part of the 20th century. Lewisville incorporated in 1925. Since 1963, the City of Lewisville has operated as a home rule city with a council-manager style of municipal government.
Lewisville’s proximity to Lewisville Lake have made it a recreational hub of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The city’s municipal government focuses its recreational and cultural investments on facilities such as Toyota of Lewisville Park and the MCL Grand Theater. The area’s transportation infrastructure has evolved around the I-35 corridor along Interstate 35E. The diversity of its population and industry has created a stable economic climate.
Lewisville’s rapid growth began when construction of the Garza–Little Elm Dam finished in 1954, expanding the Garza–Little Elm Reservoir into what is now Lewisville Lake. When Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened to the south of the city in 1974 and Vista Ridge Mall opened in 1989, Lewisville began to undergo rapid suburban growth. The 2010 population was made up of 37,496 households and 23,417 families. Between 2007 and 2011, the median income for a Lewisville household was $56,811, and per capita income was $28,144. About 9.6% of the population was below the poverty line, as compared to 17% for Texas as a whole.
The City of Lewisville operates public recreation facilities, including parks, two recreation centers, and approximately 14 miles of trails. Lewisville Lake Park comprises 662 acres. The park incudes various amenities, including athletic fields and designated campgrounds. The Lewisville Fishing Barge, an indoor–outdoor fishing facility that opened in 1958, is on the lake. The park also hosts the Rick Neill Memorial, a cross-country running meet that the Lewisville High School track and field team organizes.
The $20 million Railroad Park was built in 2009. It was renamed Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park in 2010 in a deal worth $1.5 million. The park has a baseball/softball complex, a football complex, eight lighted soccer fields, two concession buildings, a perimeter walking/jogging trail, three man-made lakes, a dog park and the Scion Skate Park. Since 2010, the skate park has hosted the Scion Regional Amateur Tour, part of an annual series of six skateboarding competitions held across the country.
The Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, known informally as the MCL Grand, opened in 2001. It is located on the east side of Interstate 35E in Lewisville’s Old Town. It is a hub for the arts in Lewisville, able to show films, host meetings, and provide a venue for various kinds of artistic performance. The project began in 2004 and aimed to fulfill a long-term goal of building an arts center to coincide with the January 2011 opening of the Old Town Station. The facility opened with a series of performances, children’s shows, concerts, and exhibits. In 2011 and 2012, The Flower Mound Connection newspaper named the MCL Grand the best events venue in Denton County.
Lewisville residents voted in September 13, 2003, to become a full member of the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). The authority began running a regional bus service in November 2006. In 2011, the Old Town, Hebron, and Highland Village/Lewisville Lake stations opened as commuter stops along the route of the DCTA’s A-Train. The route continues north to Denton and south to Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton, where it connects with the Dallas Area.
Lewisville Independent School District operates the area’s public school system. The district also operates the Dale Jackson Career Center along with conducting a night high school in Lewisville. In addition, there are two private schools located in Lewisville, both located in the central portion of the city. Founders Classical Academy, a charter school is also located in Lewisville.
Additional Helpful Links:
City of Lewisville – https://www.cityoflewisville.com/
Lewisville ISD – https://www.lisd.net/
Demographics – http://www.city-data.com/city/Lewisville-Texas.html