Light Up and Sing Out

Heights Park Neighborhood Association now has two winter traditions, which are greeted with a ho, ho, holiday spirit by many. When the leaves have fallen and revealed the beauty of bare branches, we will once again put a twist in those limbs and ask residents to light up their streets with white spiral trees. Last year’s plantings were plentiful but we want to see more! If you don’t yet have yours, seek out a spiral, secure a socket and sprout your snaked spruce on Dec. 7.  Your trees will be lit just in time to provide the perfect setting for our fifth winter activity, our holiday Stroll and Sing. 

On Sunday eve., Dec. 8, we will once again gather to serenade our friends and families by caroling while strolling through the neighborhood. Just picture yourself strolling and singing among the spirals. Last year the jolly group that gathered had more fun than a barrel of snowballs. And those that hit a sour note were hit with a few too! Oh yeah, and the serenaded enjoyed it as well. So polish up those vocal cords. We’re comin’ callin’ … or should we say carolin’. We will gather together at 616 Greenleaf Drive at 5:45 pm, before breaking up into groups and heading out. Bring your trusty travel mug and we will supply the yummy hot cocoa! 

Caroling Timeline

5:45 pm – Gather at 616 Greenleaf Drive
6:00 pm – Break up into groups and depart 
6:00-7:30 pm – Sing and spread holiday cheer!

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2019 Christmas Parade

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Mark your calendars for the 47th annual Richardson Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Lone Star Christmas” and will be held on the east side of Richardson. Bob Macy, long time resident and 2018 Citizen of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshall of the Parade. This is a wonderful Christmas tradition of our city and you will not want to miss the fun and excitement!

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October 2019 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 536 Newberry Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

Thanks so much for giving us October yard of the month. We have lived here since 1988 and truly love Heights Park. We both enjoy gardening and making our yard look good. It is constantly evolving as we continue to add and change plants. It has been a hot dry couple of months but we are trying to keep things looking good.

Thanks again.

Jack and Brenda Washington

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September 2019 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 524 Parkview Lane! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We sincerely appreciate being named September’s Yard of the Month! We moved to Heights Park in April of 2016. While the interior had been completely remodeled prior to the purchase, the front yard had little to no attention prior. The landscaping overhaul began in the heat of Summer 2016, starting with removing all existing shrubbery, installing new edging, and planting all new bushes and drought-tolerant plants closest to the house. Over the past few years, these flowerbeds all became established and healthy; however, the grass in the front was still unhealthy due to an extended period of having a large dumpster on the yard during the remodel. After much deliberation on what to do with the space – installing sod, planting trees, or making a flower bed – we decided to add creativity and Zen to the space by installing a four-room flower bed with pathways. Due to the bed being such a large space, it took some time and labor to edge it and get it plant-ready. We installed an assortment of colors and sizes, with everything from crepe myrtles to transplanted plants from my parent’s ranch to seeds. Although a large number of the plants are perennials, we also chose several annuals so we can change them out with season and preference. Monthly trips to Canton’s first Monday trade days supplied the majority of plant life in the yard. Other than hiring out the labor for the initial bush removal, everything in the front yard has been the product of us two. I inherited my mother’s love of nature, finding much peace and solace in manual labor and dirty hands. Thanks again for the award! We are genuinely grateful others enjoy it as much as we do!

Malarie Kennedy & Nate Sickler   

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August 2019 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 712 Newberry Lane! Here is what they had to say about their yard.

Thanks for honoring us with YOM! We moved here in 1991 and the landscape has evolved as trees grew and shade progressed. I took out plants that were fine at 1st, but no longer made the grade in our ever increasing shade. We put in a swimming pool and then took out a swimming pool, tore down a garage, rebuilt a bigger garage, so things were forever changing. I put in more and more shade loving plants on a trial basis until I finally found the shade tolerant shrubs and perennials I liked and that did well. For years I never used any chemicals at all. Just all organic stuff. As I’ve gotten a bit older and a bit slower, I’ve started using just a few chemicals every now and then.  I don’t bend and stoop so well anymore, but I still enjoy the mowing and edging. This spring, I gave away almost all my garden tools except for 1 shovel and some pruners. Anything that requires more than that, I’ll hire it out. I’m retired now so I have more time to take care of everything at a little more leisurely pace. I try to do at least a little bit in the yard everyday. Ive always enjoyed taking care of my yard with the same pride my dad always did. Growing up, we always had the best yard on the block. I guess now, I can say that too…for at least a month. 

Thanks for the Honor!

Brent and Lyn Hendrex

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Celebrate Neighbors, Summer and Fun at Block Party

Neighbors playing corn hole at the heights of summer

Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, the Heights Park Neighborhood Association is excited to present The Heights of Summer Block Party from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, June 1, on the 500 block of Parkview Lane! It’s truly a wonderful time to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

This year’s big draw: FREE hot dog meals for the first 70 HPNA members (limit two meals per family). Additional meals will be $5 each (hot dog, chips and drink). You can become a member now or at the event.

The list of fun summer activities includes:

  • Bounce house
  • Water race
  • Flickin’ Chicken
  • Corn hole
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Story time
  • Live DJ
  • And much more!

Also a benefit to HPNA members: there will be prize drawings for some cool local gifts.

Note: this is a BYOB(everage) and BYOC(hair) event!

Wanna get fired up for it? Check out a video of last year’s bash.

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City Council Election Information

Richardson residents will elect City Council Members this spring. Richardson residents are able to cast votes for each of the seven places. Heights Park residents are represented by the Place 3 City Council member. See all candidates below.

The deadline to register to vote is Thursday, April 4. Early voting will be held April 22-30. Election Day is Saturday, May 4. There are many locations for early voting, including the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall. Election Day voting will be held at City Hall. For more information, visit the City of Richardson elections site.

City of Richardson General Election
Candidates listed as they will appear on the ballot

Mayor, City Council Place 7
Paul Voelker

City Council Place 1
Bob Dubey
Jason Clarke

City Council Place 2
Mark Solomon

City Council Place 3 (Includes Heights Park)
Franklin Byrd
Dan Barrios
Janet DePuy

City Council Place 4
Raymond DeGuzman Sr.
Johnny Lanzillo
Kyle Kepner

City Council Place 5
Mauri Long
Ken Hutchenrider

City Council Place 6
Steve Mitchell

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