Neighbors Clean Up Heights Park During Trash Bash

Warm clothes and rain boots were invaluable at the cold, wet Trash Bash on April 7 at Heights Park

Warm clothes and boots were invaluable at the cold, wet Trash Bash on April 7 at Heights Park.

An empty bottle in the grass. A sandwich wrapper near — but not inside — a trashcan. We’ve all seen these “Don’t Mess With Texas” fails. Last weekend, Huibrie Pretorius led a group of hardy Heights Park residents in cleaning up garbage at our neighborhood park.

Huibrie, a native South African who moved to Richardson with her husband and two sons about two and a half years ago, teaches Tinkergarten, a learning-through-play class for young children at Heights Park. Cleaning up is part of her routine.

“I have classes once or twice a week in the park. I do my best to clean up trash from the areas we’ll play in that day,” she said.

Huibrie sought to make a bigger impact on the park’s appearance during Richardson’s annual Trash Bash. She created an event on the Heights Park Neighborhood Facebook group, and residents quickly responded that they’d attend.

On the morning of the cleanup, temperatures dipped into the 30s, and lingering rain made for less-than-ideal conditions. However, five families including children ages 2 to 7 braved the weather to fill six bags with trash. Volunteers picked up many remnants from the previous weekend’s Easter celebrations — egg shells, confetti and even some treasure.

“My 4-year-old son picked up a plastic Easter egg with some coins still inside,” Huibrie said. “It certainly helped him feel a bit better about being out in the cold!”

Huibrie said she would consider organizing another cleanup event, perhaps another Saturday in the fall. She said she is pleased with neighbors’ enthusiasm and participation.

“Thanks everyone who came and persisted in the cold and also all of you who even considered it!” Huibrie said. “I know the sudden cold weather might have deterred some willing volunteers and that is totally understandable. I hope to see you all again soon!”



Find Deals, Sell Stuff at Junk in the Trunk on April 21

Heights Park Neighborhood Association is steering a fun spring sale — Junk in the Trunk. The first-time event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21, in the Heights Elementary parking lot.

Neighbors who reserve a spot will be selling an assortment of items — from the trunks of their cars and alongside them — in assigned parking spaces at the elementary school.

The cost to sell items is $10 per car. Proceeds will benefit the Heights Elementary PTA. Email to reserve your spot today. Only 20 spots are available, so spin your wheels fast.



Community Revitalization Award Winners Include Four in Heights Park

825 LockwoodFrom the City of Richardson (original post):

The Richardson City Council recently recognized 14 projects throughout the city with annual Community Revitalization Awards. Of those, four are in Heights Park.

The City Council created the awards to recognize property owners who have enhanced the community by making significant exterior improvements to their properties, which have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area.

Both residential and non-residential projects are eligible. Nearly 250 properties have been recognized since 1994.

Judging Committee

  • Mark Solomon, mayor pro-tem
  • Bob Dubey, city council member
  • Tom Maxwell Jr., city plan commissioner
  • Stephen Springs, city plan commissioner (and civics chair for Heights Park Neighborhood Association)
  • Beth Kolman, Chamber of Commerce

Gallagher Residence: 825 Lockwood Drive (top of page)

This Heights Park ranch home built in the late 1950s was remodeled by the Gallagher family. The Gallaghers, who previously lived in Cottonwood Heights, moved to this property for the beauty of the lot and countless stories from friends and neighbors about the greatness of the neighborhood.

This unique project retained the original foundation and exterior walls while also expanding the footprint of the home and adding a detailed second story addition. The brick home was painted and a large covered front porch was constructed. A large, decorative gable with Tudor style windows covers the porch framed by decorative cedar columns atop brick bases and ornamental brick knee walls. Second story dormers, accented with cedar shingles add interest to the roof line. A new, attached side entry garage provides design aspects consistent with the detail of the home itself.

The decorative walkway leads to the front porch, and mature trees were maintained and supplemented with landscaping, including pallets of sod and several tons of rock that were installed by the homeowners. This sweat equity has provided an attractive entrance to this uniquely designed home.

400 Rustic Circle

Cantwell Residence: 400 Rustic Circle

In 2016, the homeowner purchased this 1950s home located on Rustic Circle. The interior of the home was gutted while the exterior also received a makeover. Improvements included the painting of the brick home and the addition of cedar shutters to highlight the windows on the front of the home. A meandering lead walk, steps, and a new front door offers an inviting arrival to visitors. Landscape enhancements include the trimming of the existing, mature trees, the addition of new sod, and the planting of evergreen shrubs along the front of the home to soften the appearance of the foundation. This home is an example of what a little tender loving care can accomplish.

Communion Coffee and Coworking

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative: 514 Lockwood Drive

This early 1960s commercial property had certainly seen better days. Last year, the property was purchased and repurposed as a co-working office featuring indoor and outdoor dedicated workspace, room for events, and a neighborhood café. Site improvements include a new asphalt overlay on the parking lot along with the addition of an outdoor seating area along the front of the building. The building improvements include the replacement of overhead garage doors, the addition of decorative front doors, a repainted façade, and the addition of planters with Italian Cypress trees along the front of the patio.

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: 421 Custer Road

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: 421 Custer Road

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany has been at this location since the early 1960s. After years of research and open forums, the congregation decided that the campus needed to expand for much needed space, as well as undergo a major facelift to create a more welcoming identity to the surrounding neighborhood. The expansion included the construction of a two-story, 13,000-square foot Servants Hall that houses the chapel, music suite, nursery, offices and meeting rooms. A new drive and covered porte-cochere define and enhance the main entrance along Custer Road. Additionally the existing landscape has been supplemented with plant material consistent with City policies throughout the campus.

The Community Revitalization Awards recognize owners’ efforts to enhance the community by making significant investments and exterior enhancements to their properties. The council created the awards in 1994 to encourage people to help make a positive impact on their own properties as well as those in the surrounding area.

For more information about the program, visit More information on each property that received an award will be included in the March issue of Richardson Today.



Attend Heights Park Neighborhood Meeting on Feb. 3


The City of Richardson is implementing a strategy for redevelopment and revitalization of Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor — Richardson’s original downtown and the major access route to the community, its business areas and neighborhoods. Hear the latest updates at the Heights Park Neighborhood Association meeting on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Join your neighbors at the first Heights Park Neighborhood Association meeting of the year from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Heights Recreation Center.

The guest speaker will be a representative from the City of Richardson city manager’s office. Learn about the exciting changes in the city, such as downtown development (see rendering above) that includes multifamily residences, retail, the new facility for the police and fire departments, and other juicy details. Hear it straight from the city’s mouth and have the chance to ask questions.

Also, HPNA members will elect new board members at the meeting.



It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

Your annual membership dues make events like Oktoberfest possible. Thank you for your contribution!

Your annual membership dues make events like Oktoberfest possible. Thank you for your contribution!

Flag Program

Members who choose to pay an additional $40 for the flag program when they renew their membership will have flags placed in front of their homes on five major holidays — Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Sept. 11, and Veterans Day.

The program is operated by Richardson Rotary with the support of local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who share in the revenue. Proceeds benefit a scholarship program for RISD high school students.

Being a member of the Heights Park Neighborhood Association has its benefits. Your annual contribution of $20 (or $60 to participate in the optional flag program) makes your neighborhood a better place to live.

If you want flag service, definitely submit your payment by Friday, Feb. 9, so that your house will have a flag on Presidents Day, Feb. 19.

Benefits of Membership

  • Informative, up-to-date professionally designed website.
  • Professionally designed newsletter distributed to all residents twice a year.
  • Email updates of important events/newsworthy items affecting our neighborhood.
  • Fun annual events: Oktoberfest, Holiday Sing and Stroll and The Heights of Summer.
  • Active Block Representation Network
  • Volunteer Citizen Patrollers to keep our crime stats down.
  • Crime Watch Program through Richardson Police Department.
  • Yard of the Month program.
  • Flag Lease Program for members.
  • Participation in City of Richardson Neighborhood Vitality Program and other neighborhood enhancement programs.
  • Conduit to City Hall and Chamber of Commerce on issues directly effecting our neighborhood.
  • Partnerships with other neighborhood associations.
  • Hard-working, all-volunteer association board.

How to Join

HPNA Membership is $20. The the optional flag program is $40, so $60 for both. There are two payment options:

  1. Print out a Membership Form and mail it with your check payable to:

Heights Park Neighborhood Assoc.
P.O. Box 833537
Richardson, TX 75080.

2. Or you can pay with Paypal.

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City of Richardson Alerts Residents About Water Insurance Fraud

Editor’s Note: The following message from the City of Richardson is about a mass mailing that you may receive about water/sewer insurance.

We were notified last month that a company called American Water Resources of Texas planned to do a mass mailing in Richardson to sell insurance for residential water and sewer lines. This company is known for “partnering” with other cities to sell its services and provide revenue back to those cities; however, we wanted to pass the word along that the City of Richardson is NOT associated with this, or any other related, service provider.

While Richardson residents are responsible for the portion of the water/sewer lines that run from the City’s meter to your home, the City of Richardson does not sponsor or endorse any third-party program to obtain a warranty plan or other form of coverage for the service lines. Consideration of such coverage should include:

  1. Determining the probable risk of needing such repairs;
  2. The cost of coverage and whether or not it requires automated payment deductions against your bank account, with an automatic yearly renewal;
  3. The actual terms of the coverage to ensure it does not contain substantial exemptions or limitations; and
  4. The company’s financial viability and longevity to ensure it is able to disburse payments for claims.

Please know the City of Richardson does not solicit services provided by third parties, and no City employee would ever go to your door to ask for in-person payments or personal financial information.

Don Magner,
First Assistant City Manager



December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month: 609 Newberry Drive

December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month: 609 Newberry Drive

December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month: 609 Newberry Drive

About Yard of the Month

Is your yard a source a pride? A work of art? A labor of love? It’s time to receive some formal recognition for all those hours of hard work.
The HPNA Yard of the Month contest is for all residents of Heights Park neighborhood. View the Contest Rules.

Nominate a Yard

Fill out the form on the Yard of the Month page.

The December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month belongs to Jan Kassen at 609 Newberry Drive. Here is what she had to say about her yard:

How exciting to learn that I won yard of the month for December! Christmas has always been a favorite holiday for me, and this year my yard has special meaning. The Nativity was handmade and painted by my mother over 40 years ago. Last year they decided it was too much for them to continue to put up each year and I knew it could not leave our family. As a kid, I remember neighbors driving by our house just to see the Nativity. This year, it has been truly heartwarming to see the same happen here along with families stopping by with their little ones while on walks to take a closer look.

I have called Richardson home for over 12 years and could not think of living anywhere else. I live here with my sweet Goldendoodle, Boomer. You can often spot him looking out my front window. When I moved here, it was really about location and charm of the homes. Little did I know that I would fall in love with this community. I am blessed with amazing neighbors that have become lifelong friends.

I hope this little gem brings some holiday spirit to anyone who passes by and puts a smile on your face.

Happy Holidays!
Jan Kassen and Boomer
609 Newberry Drive



Carolers Spread Cheer at Annual Holiday Sing and Stroll


Team Two members posed for a picture before performing for neighbors during Holiday Sing and Stroll.

Dozens of Heights Park neighbors spent Sunday, Dec. 3 caroling door to door during Holiday Sing and Stroll. Young and old, these cheerful chorales made their rounds for over an hour before attending a party at the home of Janet DePuy, Heights Park Neighborhood Association president.

It was a sight to be seen and heard as these merrymakers knocked on doors and performed for friends and families. The most heartwarming moments happened when the “carolees” opened their doors to join the carolers in singing timeless tunes.

The event was a success because of the excellent turnout. Your annual membership dues and the hard work and coordination of the Heights Park Neighborhood Association board members make events like this possible.