Spring 2016 Announcements

HPNA HAS THREE NEW EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
COMING YOUR WAY IN 2016!
Read below to see what’s coming!

SPRING FLING…COMING TO HEIGHTS PARK

Come enjoy ice cream, root beer, games at Heights Park!

Exact date being finalized now, but will likely be early June.

Watch for more details over the next few months. We’ll post information on our HPNA Website, NextDoor.com, Facebook page, and in these monthly email updates.

HEIGHTS WINTER WONDERLAND!

We’re turning our neighborhood into a Winter Wonderland this year!

We’re asking residents to put out at least one spiral tree in their yard — more if you can — so every street in our neighborhood glows with Holiday Spirit!

Date: December 3rd.

We’ll provide you with links and places to purchase spiral trees over the next few months. But put it on your calendar!

HOLIDAY EVENT AT HEIGHTS PARK

To culminate our neighborhood decorating activity, we’ll gather a group of holiday music lovers and carol through the streets, then meet at Heights Park for hot chocolate and snacks!
Date: December 4th.
More information coming on this event in the coming months, too!
 

…OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS COMING UP…

CITY SPONSORED WORKSHOP TO GET PUBLIC INPUT ON THE
MAIN STREET/US 75 REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

A community workshop to discuss the next phase for implementing the Main Street/Central Expressway Redevelopment Strategy will be held Tuesday, March 29th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Grand Hall at the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall.

This workshop focuses on Phase 3 of the project that consists of rezoning four sub-districts located in the southern portion of the Corridor. (along the east and west sides of US 75 from Phillips Street to south of Spring Valley Road).

In addition, the City will be making refinements to the existing codes that apply to the central portion of the Corridor — Interurban, Main Street, Central Place (Heights Shopping Center area), and Chinatown.

You can get additional information by emailing tina.firgens@cor.gov or mainstreetcentral@cor.gov. You can also find information at www.cor.net/msc.

Please try to attend the workshop on March 29th.

TRASH BASH

Saturday, April 16th
9:00 – 1:00
Cleanup Event starts at 9:00
After Party starts at 11:00
City Hall/Civic Center

If you want to participate, register your location via the City’s website. www.cor.gov

Also available in conjunction with Trash Bash
Electronics Drop-off and Document Shredding
First United Methodist Church Richardson
HPNA 2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(mark your calendars)  

THREE NEW EVENTS PLANNED THIS YEAR! 
  • February 11 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Election, Program
  • Spring Event (NEW); Ice Cream and Games at Heights Park (early June; date TBD)
  • Late June: Newsletter Delivered
  • July 21 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Program
  • Early October: Newsletter Delivered
  • October 22 (Saturday, 11:30 – 1:30): OctoberFest in Heights Park
  • December 3: Heights Winter Wonderland (NEW); Set Out Your Spiral Trees!
  • December Holiday Event (NEW); Neighborhood Caroling and Holiday Festivities in the Park (possibly Dec 4)

HPNA Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m., usually at First United Methodist Church. Anyone is welcome to attend. Send an email to contact@heightspark.com to get specific location info.

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Loving Our Pets and Our Neighbors

One of Heights Park's Most Polite Canines (Oktoberfest, 2013)

One of Heights Park’s Most Polite Canines (Oktoberfest, 2013)

Spring is just around the corner and with the warmer days most of us will be out in our yards, walking, biking and enjoying our park. Since we have decided to live in this neighborhood and be part of this great community, let’s remember to be good neighbors.

Richardson has a leash law for our streets and parks. To keep our pets and people safe, keep your dogs on their leash when walking or visiting the park. I’ve had my dog off leash at the park at times when no one is around so I’m not judging.

It’s important to consider that a dog off leash could get excited and run in front of a car and be injured or killed. Dogs off leash can also frighten or impede walkers, jogger, bikers and children. Even the best socialized dog can get ruffled by another not socialized dog and the results can be costly. Neighbors have voiced concerns with this issue so this is a public service request.

Richardson has a dog park. This is a great place so our furry kids can run and play with other furry kids in a safe and friendly environment. This was a long time coming so let’s support this hard fought project. The park is located west of Hwy 75 under the George Bush Freeway. It is open daily 6:30AM – 10:30 PM. Check out the city website for directions, details and updates.

Lastly, please remember to pick up after your pets. Our puppies love their walks and love to do their business on these walks. It’s natural and it’s normal. Since we live in community with our neighbors, don’t leave an unwanted present for your neighbor to step in. Carry at least two poop bags on your walks, one is never enough. Trust me.

Let’s all be good neighbors and keep our neighborhood strong and safe. We must live together (both our four legged and two legged residents) we might as well live happy. Thank you.

Marsha Mayo, Crime Watch Patrol Coordinator

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January 2016 Announcements!

Even If It's Cold, You Can Still Have Fun at Heights Park

Even If It’s Cold, You Can Still Have Fun at Heights Park

HPNA General Meeting This Week

The next HPNA General Meeting is this Thursday, FEB. 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ogden Fellowship Hall up at First United Methodist Church… and it’s an Emergency Preparedness Program featuring:

Alisha Gimbel, CEM, ABCP
Preparedness and Mitigation Coordinator
City of Richardson
Office Of Emergency Management

When disaster strikes, city services may be cut off and local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you as quickly as usual. You need to have plans and supplies in place to make it on your own, at least for a limited time, no matter where you are.

Learn how to create an Emergency Supply Kit for your home and your vehicle. You’ll find ways to create Family Emergency Plans and tips on establishing a Communication Plan. We’ll discuss helpful tips for preparing for your loved ones with functional needs as well as your family pets.

From teaching small children their full name, address, and phone number to creating a Family Emergency Plan and building an Emergency Supply Kit, no act of preparedness is too small to make a difference.

January Digital Newsletter Available

View the most recent January 2016 neighborhood newsletter and all the archives over on the Newsletters page.

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December 2015 Yard of the Month!

616 Greenleaf Drive

616 Greenleaf Drive

December: Caroline & Ashlee House, 616 Greenleaf Drive

Comments from the homeowners:

Wow! When we heard that we had been voted as the December Decorated Yard of the Month, we were ecstatic! My sister, Ashlee and I grew up in Richardson and love it here. When it came time to start looking at buying a house, there was no question that we needed to be in Heights Park! We love this neighborhood and all that it has to offer… and we often refer to it as “the bubble”. Ashlee and I love Christmas and we count down the days to Thanksgiving… not for the turkey, dressing & cranberry sauce….but that it means continuous Christmas music plays on our favorite radio stations, Christmas trees (yes we have two of them in our tiny 1,500 square foot house) and outdoor lights go up! We always go with the traditional white lights and love them! We’ve added bits and pieces each year including candy canes and perfect ornaments to go on the two juniper trees. We love our décor and the only thing that could make it better would be… getting rid of all those dang leaves! Thank you again for this honor and thank you to the Heights Park Neighborhood Association for your support of “the bubble”. Each year we see more and more houses that decorate and love walking around our little neighborhood to see the lights. We truly have the greatest neighborhood and we wish all of you a very Happy Holidays!

Caroline & Ashlee House

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November 2015 Yard of the Month!

525 Westwood Drive

525 Westwood Drive

November: Chris and Rani McElrath, 525 Westwood Drive

Comments from the homeowners:

Thank you very much for the honor of being chosen as Yard of the Month!
One of the great things about the Heights Neighborhood is the genuine pride of ownership for the vast majority of homeowners around us, so this award is really special to us to (and yes my wife is still jumping up and down for joy).

We started this process six years ago and I call it a process because my wife, Rani, has yet to meet a garden center, arborist, or big box home improvement store that she is not willing to spend money in to improve our cottage. Most of the time I am trying to reign her in, especially after she drives around and sees all the neighbors recent and continued improvements, so thank you all for that!

We decided (ok, I decided) this past year to try and keep our landscaping as easy to maintain as possible, so we centered our lawn on mostly native perennials with splashes of seasonal color. We have based our landscaping on a three tiered philosophy; it needs to be attractive, functional, and easy. So my weekends are often spent running off to the garden store to buy some seasonal color, a couple of vegetable plants, and or a new perennial. I just asked my wife if we were going to go through all of this trouble couldn’t we at least get a fresh pepper or tomato out of the process (and of course grubs killed that dream for me this year). So this award was so much more rewarding with all the issues we had this year with pests.

My wife still has much bigger plans for our landscape in our future I am just hoping I don’t have to dip into our 401K to fund it. Thanks again for this honor!

Chris and Rani McElrath

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October 2015 Yard of the Month!

619 Greenleaf

619 Greenleaf

October: Chris Michero and Steven DePuy, 619 Greenleaf

Comments from the homeowners:

We are thrilled to be awarded this awesome month’s YOM. We look forward to this time of year and seem to consistently be one of the earliest at Calloway’s to get their first batch of the best pumpkin and gourde varieties! The best part for us is seeing the neighbors come out in excitement when the first assortment is being unloaded from the car or seeing families stop by to take photos of their little ones perched on a pumpkin. We like to ‘keep it classy’ with more of a harvest pumpkin patch look leading up to the big night when we bring out more of the spook factor. On Halloween night we have a little graveyard, awesome lighting and fog, ghosts and ghouls putting on a show in one of the big front windows and jacks flickering around the yard. A question we always get is how to keep squirrels from eating up our pumpkins. Here’s what we have tried with some success: Use any cheap aerosol hairspray from the Dollar Store and give a nice even coat to each. This makes the initial taste bad at first bite and they usually move on. This will give the pumpkin a nice sheen too. Be warned though, as I put way too much hair spray on this year and after a round of the sprinkler system white marks and spots covered these pumpkins and we had to scrub with soap and warm water many times and even use a little turpentine to remove most of the white build up. We have noticed over the years that they tend to mainly go for the jack o lantern pumpkins since they have the softest skin which is good because the ornamentals are the most expensive. Here’s the All Time Best Way to keep them off your prize winners: a small offering. This year we decided to buy the cheap pie pumpkins and put one or two at the base of our trees towards the back so they’re not visible from the street. They go for these immediately because they’re very soft skinned and if frightened they can just race back up the tree. One will last about 3 days until it’s so devoured or rotten they move on. It really works! Happy Halloween everyone from 619 Greenleaf!

Chris Michero and Steven DePuy

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September 2015 Announcements!

Heights Park at Dusk

Heights Park at Dusk


2015 COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION AWARDS

The Community Revitalization Awards recognize property owners who have enhanced our community by making significant exterior improvements to their individual properties that have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area. Since its inception in 1994, 184 properties have been recognized — and several of them from our own Heights Park neighborhood.

Eligibility

Both residential and non-residential projects are eligible for consideration. In addition to infill and complete redevelopment projects, eligible improvements to existing properties include the enhancement, upgrading, reconstruction, or replacement of any or all of the following elements:

  • Buildings and facades
  • Landscaping
  • Exterior lighting
  • Vehicular circulation
  • Exterior signage

Criteria for Evaluation

Community Revitalization Award nominations are evaluated primarily by assessing their impact on the surrounding area, or on the City as a whole if appropriate. Has the effort improved the environment? Has the effort contributed to the stability or enhancement of an existing neighborhood? Does the effort set a desirable precedent for surrounding property owners?

We’ve had a lot of renovation taking place in our neighborhood and in the surrounding areas. If you feel that a property qualifies based on the above criteria, please submit a nomination prior to September 18, 2015 to:

Chris Shacklett, Senior Planner

Development Services Dept

P.O. Box 830309, Richardson 75080

chris.shacklett@cor.gov

You must provide the Property Address, Property Owner’s name, phone number, email, if available. You may nominate your own property.

If you want more information, here’s a link to the City of Richardson Community Revitalization Awards site:
(Development Services) http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1829

 

HEIGHTS PARK LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Recently there was an article in Richardson Today about the Little Free Libraries (LFL) Program. More than a dozen LFL boxes have been installed throughout Richardson. The boxes are placed by volunteers who initially stock the box with books. From then on, readers who take a book from a box are expected to leave a book in its place, increasing the variety and diversity of books in each box.

So just in case you don’t know…Heights Park N.A. participates in the Little Free Library Program. We have a LFL located at the west end of Opal Lane, near Kirby.

And for all of our Community Gardeners who participate in the Church of the Epiphany/Heights Park Community Garden, there’s a LFL located in the garden area stocked with gardening books.

Stop by, take a book, and leave a book!

 

URBAN TREE CARE AND COMPOST EVENTS

Below is important information especially for our heavily-treed neighborhood…

An urban tree care workshop will be held Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Drive.

Fall is the ideal time to plant new trees and to perform tree maintenance. Tyler Wright, an urban and community forester with the Texas Trees Foundation, will cover the following topics:

  1. Proper site selection
  2. Proper tree selection
  3. Proper planting procedures
  4. Proper pruning practices
  5. Ice/wind damage of trees

This event is free, but please register with Michelle Mann at michelle.mann@cor.gov or call 972.744.4228.

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A compost seminar will be held immediately after the tree care workshop. The compost seminar will be Saturday, September 19th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Drive.

Backyard composting helps save landfill space by keeping grass clippings and leaves out of the solid waste stream. Instead, these materials are transformed into valuable nutrients for the yard and flowerbeds. Participants will learn the basics of backyard composting, as well as advanced tips and techniques.

The seminar is taught by Mary Tynes, a nationally known expert on backyard composting and is the site editor of www.mastercomposter.com. Space is limited for this event so please contact Victoria Sum at victoria.sum@cor.gov to make a reservation.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL HEIGHTS PARK OCTOBERFEST!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th

HEIGHTS PARK
11:30 – 1:30

Near the bridge at Heights Park
Food, fun, bounce house, face painter, balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, bobbing for apples, etc. A great way to have a free lunch, see your neighbors, and let the kids play! But if you don’t have kids in tow, you can still come!

 

SIGN UP HERE…

You can learn about all kinds of neighborhood activity on Next Door Heights Park https://heightspark.nextdoor.com as well as our Facebook page. Stay informed about what’s going on around us! There’s a lot happening!

And if you know of someone who isn’t on our email list (receiving these periodic updates), or isn’t an HPNA member.

 

HPNA 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(mark your calendars) 

  • February 5 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Election, Program
  • Late June: Newsletter Delivered
  • July 23 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Program
  • September 20: HPNA Volunteer Party
  • Early October: Newsletter Delivered
  • October 24 (Saturday, 11:30 – 1:30): OctoberFest in Heights Park

 

HPNA MEMBERSHIP

Why should you care?

  • An informative HPNA website
  • Email updates of important events/newsworthy items affecting our neighborhood
  • Active Volunteer Citizen Patrollers to keep our crime down!
  • Assist with the Crimewatch Program through the Police Department
  • Newsletters distributed to all residences
  • Active Block Representative network
  • Flag lease program for members
  • Monthly Yard of the Month Program
  • Participation in City of Richardson Neighborhood Vitality Program and other neighborhood enhancement programs (sign toppers, bridge enhancements, entry features)
  • Maintain partnerships with other Neighborhood Associations and HOAs throughout the city
  • Annual neighborhood events: OctoberFest, 2 General meetings with programs, Volunteer party, etc.
  • Representation at monthly meetings with the City Manager’s office, City Council, and other HOA Presidents.

And probably the most important reason…

  • HPNA serves as a conduit to City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce on issues affecting our neighborhood. We have a strong voice at City Hall.

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  • Membership in our neighborhood association is a bargain at only $20/year.
  • Participation in the Flag Program is $40/year (but you must be an HPNA Member)
  • Total for both = $60
  • Payments via PayPal or check (see below for website info)

We accept checks or payment via PayPal. Cash is accepted at the General Meetings. (see info below regarding website and mailing address)

So please become a member of our association and be a part of the solution. If you know your neighbor isn’t a member, ask them why. Thank you.

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September 2015 Yard of the Month!

813 Westwood Drive

813 Westwood Drive

September: Rosie and Bobby Donohue, 813 Westwood Drive

Comments from the homeowners:

Thank you so much for the September Yard of the Month honor!!!!!

My husband Bobby and I have wanted to find a home in this neighborhood for about 3 years when we found our wonderful home on Westwood! (Thank you Mary Lou for giving us the person to contact to make this dream come true!)

After all of the interior work was done to our home we lovingly refer to as “The Cottage”, I couldn’t wait to get the yard looking like it was worthy of being in “the Heights”. I don’t know how many remember the way the yard looked before we started working on it but it was very sad looking! I have planted and replanted and added to the landscaping over the last year.

My vision for the landscaping is far from being over (my husband just cringed!). I have big plans but my husband likes this silly thing called a “yearly budget”, yeah J
Stayed tuned for next year…I plan on improving even more. I truly love this neighborhood and feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community!

Rosie and Bobby Donohue

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