When John Balch settled here with his family in the 1850s near the springs that never ran dry, there’s no way he could have foreseen this bucolic paradise would grow to become an urban oasis, with large oak trees, cottage homes, and ranch-sized lots. The area still has close ties to its rural roots, and is full of small town pride.

Balch Springs is located in southeast Dallas County, and is considered a major gateway to the Metroplex area. Interstate 635 runs north to south through Balch Springs, bisecting the city neatly into two nearly equal halves. Inter- state 20 runs along the city’s southern border on its east side, and US 175 extends along the south border on the west side of the city.

Located approximately 16 miles southeast of downtown Dallas and approximately 34 miles southeast of DFW Airport, the city shares its northeast border with Mesquite and its south and west border with Dallas. As such, children in Balch Springs attend schools in either the Dallas Independent School District or the Mesquite Independent School District. The southwest portion of Balch Springs is served by Dallas Independent School District, while the northeast portion is served by Mesquite Independent School District.

Community involvement is key here, with the recent completion of a police and fire station, as well as the development of new parks and recreation center complex. Although the city has eight parks and a swimming pool, youth recreation was viewed as a vital component in improving the quality of life. Through dona- tions, a citizens committee, in cooperation with the city, raised funds to build KidsTown, a community park and playground. Balch Springs is also a 15-minute drive from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the home of the annual world championship Mesquite Rodeo.