wall. Because of its man-made appearance,
it’s still a mystery how the wall came to
exist. Settlers believed it was a man-made
barrier to help define territory. Geologists
believe it’s the result of weather sand dikes
formed along the Balcones Fault line. Whatever the case, it’s how the city got its name.
In 1980, the population of Rockwall was
5,939. Today, the population has reached
over 39,000. The once rural community is
attracting families from Dallas and beyond
to this scenic, lakeside town. During the
November 1995 election, the Rockwall voters
approved the adoption of a half-cent sales tax
for the promotion and development of new
and expanding businesses in Rockwall and
as a result, the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation was founded on July
25, 1996. Since its beginnings, the Rockwall
Economic Development Corporation has
provided new businesses as well as existing
Rockwall businesses with site locations,
incentives, and other economic assistance.
In 1998, to stimulate high technology
business development in Rockwall, the
Rockwall Economic Development Corpo-
ration purchased 147 acres for development
of Rockwall’s premiere business address,
the Rockwall Technology Park. This Tech-
nology Park was expanded by 76 acres in
2001. There are currently five major industrial clients in the Park.
An upgraded Standard & Poor bond rating
reflects the city’s solid financial position –
and strong growth in sales and property tax
revenues has enabled the City to experience
several years of operating surpluses. And, at
a time when many cities were experiencing
significant declines in sales tax revenues,
Rockwall showed gains because of new
retail development and residential growth.
The City of Rockwall has undergone
improvements, too. Recent construction projects in the last few years include a new City
Hall, Senior Citizen/Community Center,
Police Department and Municipal Court,
which added an additional 46,000 square feet
of office space, as well as a new fire station.
The new fire station offers additional fire
and rescue services to the southern portion
of the city and is home to an 85-foot Quint
ladder truck, a 1250 gallon-per-minute
pumper truck, and a 750 gallon-per-minute
pumper truck. The city is also planning to
build a third fire station in the north part of
With its location on the east shore of Lake
Ray Hubbard, there’s no question that
water is a big recreational focus. Residents
enjoy fishing, boating, and sailing from four
marinas and three public boat ramps. There
are also several yacht clubs, including Rush
Creek – known for its sailing regattas and
races – and Chandler’s Landing, which is
part of the Chandler’s Landing residential
community. The city also offers multiple
neighborhood parks, community pools, golf
courses, and an award-winning Parks and
Cultural amenities include the Hubbard
Chamber Music Series, the Concert by the
Lake Series, and the Rockwall Community
Playhouse also performs regularly. Churches
of various denominations, service clubs, and
charitable organizations are also an intricate
part of the community. Rockwall is also
home to one of the highest-ranking school
systems, and one of the lowest tax rates in
the state of Texas.
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