September 2014 Announcements

September Yard of the Month: Jeanie and Sid Erwin, 503 RidgedaleSeptember Yard of the Month: Jeanie and Sid Erwin, 503 Ridgedale

Comments from the homeowners:

Thanks so much to the Heights Park Neighborhood Association!! While I previously read about the yard of the month and was going to make a go for the honor, it was completely unexpected!

We lived in Richardson previously for 12 years when my boys were in school, great schools by the way! We bought this house two years ago so that my husband Sid would be close to his barber shop in Richardson Heights shopping center, he’d been driving 70 miles per day.

The previous homeowner did quite a bit in the way of landscaping, but the grass was dead when we moved in. We added a sprinkler system, all drip in the beds to conserve water and we planted zoysia grass which grows best in the shade and takes less water. We’re in the process of adding five rain barrels to conserve water further. I’ve never had so much shade, so it’s been a challenge finding plants that will thrive in it, it’s a work in progress. I love working in the yard and get a lot of satisfaction in the results.

Thanks again, we so appreciation the recognition.

Jeanie and Sid Erwin

Neighborhood Crime Watch

The Richardson Police Department is hosting a public safety expo on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10am – 2pm at the Richardson Civic Center (411 W. Arapaho Rd.).

We will have several vehicle displays that include police, fire, military and a CareFlight helicopter. ADT, Lowes and Home Depot will also be providing home safety information along with the RPD Crime Prevention Unit.

Food trucks will be onsite so you can purchase food and refreshments. Make sure to bring the family, we will have a bounce house and face painting for kids. K-9 and SWAT demos. Meet “Nat” the National Night Out Knight mascot, who will be there to promote the City of Richardson’s NNO block party celebrations coming on October 7th.

Officer Tommy Davis ID #647
Crime Prevention Unit
Richardson Police Department
140 N. Greenville Avenue
Richardson, Texas 75081

nominations due September 19th

Because no one knows a neighborhood better than its residents, the City asks for assistance in identifying properties that may be Community Revitalization Award candidates. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner, at any time throughout the year. The nomination deadline for the 2014 Awards is September 19, 2014. Nominations received after that date will be held for future consideration.

The award was created 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.

Residential and non-residential recipients are recognized by the City Council with a reception and award presentation ceremony held in January of each year.

When submitting a nomination, the following information should be provided:
The property address;
A brief description of the exterior improvements that have been made;
Any additional information you can provide, such as the property owner’s name and contact information;
Contact information for the person making the nomination (not mandatory);
Before and after photos (digital or prints), if available. While extremely helpful, photos are not required.
A nomination may be submitted by visiting the City of Richardson website:, submitting by phone, fax, e-mail, regular mail, or in person. To request additional information or to submit nominations personally, contact:

Israel Roberts
Development Review Manager
972-744-4256 (phone)
972-744-5804 (fax) (e-mail)

Mailing Address:
PO Box 830309
Richardson, TX 75083-0309
Physical Address:
411 W Arapaho Road, Room 204
Richardson, TX 75080


If you are hosting a National Night Out block party, be sure to register. The online form is now available. If you have questions about hosting a party on your street or in your neighborhood, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.

Link to online registration:

Officer Tommy Davis ID #647
Crime Prevention Unit
Richardson Police Department
140 N. Greenville Avenue
Richardson, Texas 75081


Taco Joint is now open in the Heights Shopping Center! The taqueria mini-chain was created in 2008, pre-dating the ensuing onslaught of Fuzzy’s, Torchy’s, and Rusty Taco.

Taco Joint is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a full bar with 14 taps and offers a banquet room for catering.

Ten50 BBQ at 1050 N. Central Expressway opened on Monday, August 18th for lunch only (for the initial few weeks.).



HPNA Newsletters will be coming to your porch at the beginning of October. We’ll have lots of area news for you. If you have an article suggestion or a question, please send your request to

You can also learn about all kinds of neighborhood activity on Next Door Heights Park as well as our Facebook page and HPNA website. Stay informed about what’s going on around us! There’s a lot happening!

Our next HPNA event is OctoberFest at Heights Park; Saturday, October 25th; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This is our biggest HPNA event and is growing each and every year! Mark your calendars for this fun for the family event — bounce house, face painter, balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, food, and more!

August 2014 Yard of the Month!

August: 808 Ridgedale

August: Cindy and Tommy Dodson, 808 Ridgedale

Comments from the homeowners:

OMG how exciting to win Yard of the Month!!!! We returned home from vacation and my husband says what is that sign in our yard??? I screamed OMG we won Yard of the MONTH !!!! We have now lived on Ridgedale for a year and a half and we absolutely love the old Richardson Heights neighborhood. This neighborhood is like Mayberry, everyone is sooo friendly. We feel very blessed to live in such a great neighborhood, thank you for selecting our yard!!!!! We had a landscape architect, Don McKinney from Plano, design our front and backyard. He did a great job with selecting annuals that are drought resistant. During the spring he plants tulips, which is my favorite flower, in the front yard and it so pretty!!! In the summer, he plants caladiums and pentas. In the fall he plants pansies and cabbage. We really do love our yard and hope it continues to mature. Thank you for the honor!!!!

Cindy and Tommy Dodson

See the archive of past winners right here!

July 2014 Yard of the Month!

July: 635 Parkview

July: 635 Parkview

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, and nominations are due by the 15th of each month. Nominations received by the 15th will be considered for the next month’s YOM. Nominations received after that will be considered in the next cycle.

Visit this site each month to see photos of the best yards in our neighborhood. View the Contest Rules here.

See the archive of past winners right here!

Neighborhood Meeting Tonight!


Thursday, July 17th; 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall.

We have a landscape expert coming to talk to us about creating a lush, waterwise landscape.

Chrissy Cortez-Mathis of Texas Blackland Gardening will teach you to create an oasis in our city. You will leave inspired, and with ideas for a lush, waterwise landscape. With our drought conditions and Stage 3 water restrictions, it’s more important than ever to learn new ways of caring for our landscapes.

Join us on Thursday, July 17 in Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Chrissy will have handouts and examples of landscaping that can work in our neighborhood now. Refreshments served, and prizes awarded!

Get Wise
Learn waterwise landscaping tricks from a local expert at our next meeting on July 17.


The City of Richardson is altering its irrigation schedule effective July 19th. The change allows for an every other week watering schedule instead of two times per month and allows an extra weekend of outdoor irrigation.(July 26 & 27)

The City had allowed both odd and even addresses to water on the first and third weekend of the month. Even addresses were allowed to water every first and third Saturday while odd addresses were assigned every first and third Sunday.

To alleviate possible strains on its water distribution system, the City is changing its outdoor irrigation schedule to every other week until further notice beginning July 19th. To allow for the transition, July 26 and 27 are also being added to the schedule for even and odd addresses respectively. The City is moving to alternating weekends for even and odd addresses to help the water distribution system meet peek demands.

The altered schedule meets guidelines set by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) that allows every other week watering.

Water Days for even numbered addresses (ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0):
July 19, July 26, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27, Oct 11, Oct 25.

Water Days for odd numbered addresses (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9):
July 20, July 27, Aug Aug 10, Aug 24, Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19

Coffee With Cops!

120 S. Central Expwy
Friday, June 27
7:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m.

Our next “Coffee with Cops” event will be held in Southwest Richardson at the McDonald’s restaurant at 120 S. Central Expressway on Friday, June 27th from 7am to 9am.

This is a new program for the Richardson Police Department with this upcoming event being our second such event.

The goal of these events is to enhance the relationship between the police department and the citizens they serve.

We do intend on holding these events on a monthly basis and will rotate the locations to various businesses (restaurants, coffee shops, donut shops etc…) throughout the city.

Citizens will have a chance to meet the Crime Prevention Officer that works in that area of the city and to answer questions or discuss any concerns they may have.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Officer Tommy Davis ID #647
Crime Prevention Unit
Richardson Police Department
140 N. Greenville Avenue
Richardson, Texas 75081


June 2014 Yard of the Month!

June: Becky Roberts, 620 Kirby

From the owners:

I’m thrilled to be chosen yard of the month. Shortly after I moved back to Richardson 4 years ago to my home on Kirby, my next door neighbor was chosen for yard of the month. I decided then I wanted to be yard of the month, too, one day. That day is here and I couldn’t be happier. My yard has been a process the last 4 years. Shortly after moving in, I did meet with a landscape architect to have plans drawn up for the yard. I am a 6th generation Texan so I wanted to incorporate lots of native plants like Lantana, Salvia, Mexican Feather Grass, Red Yuccas and a Magnolia Tree. The first year I also planted lots of annuals that needed a lot of water. After the water shortage, I’ve tried to stick to plants that don’t require constant water. I did plant a black berry bush/tree last year and thankfully, it now has berries. I put in stone borders with accents of boulders to help complete the natural look. I raised my family in Richardson and am so happy to be back here especially in this friendly neighborhood. I have really enjoyed my yard with my dogs and grand children, and it makes it even sweeter to receive the honor of yard of month! Yeehaw!

Spring 2014 Newsletter Online

Spring 2014 NewsletterIf you didn’t catch the Spring 2014 Newsletter on your door step, it is also available on our website here. You can view all the past issues here.

Also, take note of our upcoming general meeting on July 17th:

“Chrissy Cortez-Mathis of Texas Blackland Gardening will teach you to create an oasis in our city. You will leave inspired, and with ideas for a lush, waterwise landscape. With our drought conditions and Stage 3 water restrictions, it’s more important than ever to learn new ways of caring for our landscapes.

Join us on Thursday, July 17 in Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church from 7:00–8:30 p.m. Chrissy will have handouts and examples of landscaping that can work in our neighborhood now. Refreshments served, and prizes awarded!”

Community Workshop to Discuss Main Street / Central Corridor

Main Street / Central CorridorFrom the City of Richardson:

Wednesday, May 14; 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Richardson City Hall

The Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor Study directly affects our Heights Park neighborhood! Attend this Workshop to continue the open dialog about zoning along this corridor.

You may recall, in 2012 the City of Richardson and the Richardson community created a vision 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. This vision was received by City Council in January 2013 and additional research has been underway since then. You are now being invited to participate in a rezoning initiative that will help carry out the community’s vision for this area.

The City will host an initial Community Workshop on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall to begin the public discussion of rezoning the Corridor. Initial rezoning efforts will focus on four sub-districts within the larger Corridor area – Main Street, Central Place, Chinatown, and Interurban. The larger Corridor area is approximately 415 acres in size and extends generally from the southern city limit to Arapaho Road. The four sub-districts represent approximately 162 acres.

So that there are enough seats and materials for everyone, please confirm your attendance at the Community Workshop by email at or by contacting Tina Firgens, Planning Projects Manager, City of Richardson, at 972-744-4248. Persons in need of translation assistance may request this service up to five days in advance of the Community Workshop by specifying the language for translation when confirming their attendance. Additional details on the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor – Rezoning Initiative will be available on the City’s website at

Thank you for your continued interest in the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/ Redevelopment efforts. We look forward to having you join us as we work on the next phase of this project.


Tina Firgens, AICP
Planning Projects Manager
City of Richardson