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Mesquite, TX – September 21, 2021 – On Sept. 20, the Mesquite City Council passed a resolution naming the future park on Emporium Square in honor of Mike Anderson who served as Mayor from 1997 to 2007. Mike Anderson Park will include a soccer field, cricket field, and volleyball fields.
Mayor Bruce Archer said during the presentation, “During Mike Anderson’s tenure as Mayor, the City experienced significant economic growth. His leadership brought initiatives that impacted the community for many years including the reconstruction of LBJ which provided better access to the Town East area and expanded retail development to the Marketplace at Towne Centre. He was also instrumental in the passage of the Mesquite Quality of Life (4B) Sales Tax which has led to increased public safety funding, better parks, and better roadways throughout the community.”
His commitment to growing the City’s tax base led to the development of the Skyline Industrial area and the Falcon’s Lair residential area. He also initiated the effort to create the Towne Centre Tax Increment Finance Reinvestment Zone No. Two that captured millions of dollars in funds that have been used to expand roadways and infrastructure projects that benefited the Town East and Towne Centre retail areas.
Anderson was first elected to the City Council in 1986. Prior to and during his service on the City Council, Mr. Anderson served the community in a number of leadership roles including the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Mesquite Youth Services Board of Directors, Main Street Mesquite, and the North Texas Regional Mobility Coalition Executive Board. He led the effort to establish the Mesquite Citizens Police Academy.
Anderson is a life-long resident of the City of Mesquite and proud Mesquite High School graduate who has dedicated a lifetime of commitment and leadership to the Mesquite community and its citizens. He said during the presentation, “I am truly humbled and honored for having this park named after me. I want to thank all the councilmembers and mayors that I ever served with over that 18-year period. Each and everyone of them made me a better public servant. This is the most humbling experience I have ever had.”