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Posted on August 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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!



Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

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!



Posted on July 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

heights parkHPNA GENERAL MEETING
THURSDAY, JULY 17TH

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.

=== IMPORTANT ===
CITY ALTERS IRRIGATION SCHEDULE!
EFFECTIVE JULY 19th

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.

FOR EXAMPLE…
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



Posted on June 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

“COFFEE WITH COPS”
McDonald’s
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
972-744-4773

HOPE OUR HEIGHTS PARK NEIGHBORHOOD IS WELL REPRESENTED!
OFFICER DAVIS IS OUR CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER.



Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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!



Posted on May 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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!”



Posted on May 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Main Street / Central CorridorFrom the City of Richardson:

PLEASE ATTEND THE
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS MAIN STREET/CENTRAL CORRIDOR
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 mainstreetcentral@cor.gov 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 www.cor.net/mainstreetcentral.

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.

Sincerely,

Tina Firgens, AICP
Planning Projects Manager
City of Richardson
mainstreetcentral@cor.gov



Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:44 am

May: Brandon, Laney, and Bryce Booher, 109 Weatherred

From the owners:

We are so excited to win Yard of the Month for May! I screamed when my husband walked in and read the letter to me. We’ve lived in our house for 7.5 years and every month I tell him I WANT that sign in my yard!! My whole life my mom and grandmother had a statue of St. Francis of Asisi in their yards. When we bought our house I just knew I needed one for our yard too and came across the perfect one at McKinney Trade Days. That statue is my contribution to the yard! My husband is a Landscape Architect so he likes to take control of the yard and plant things that are practical and will work for the space. Problem is, I always want to plant things that “won’t work” so he ends up sneaking to nursery by himself to pick everything out. This last round of planting was no different, except that our 4 year old daughter placed and planted everything instead of me. I think it’s a sign I need to take a back seat.

When we moved into our house in 2006 the front flowerbed was nothing but Asian Jasmine. It was painstaking but we managed to rip it all out and as soon as we did all of the bushes that were being strangled by its roots began to flourish. Every Fall we plant pansies and coleus and every Spring we plant impatiens with a few miscellaneous items tossed about, sometimes caladiums, sometimes lantana, sometimes marigolds or gardenias. Last year our very loved Japanese Maple died on us and we were left with a patch in our flower bed that gets scalded by the sun. After trying a couple different things, we decided pintas were the way to go for that spot. We absolutely love our yard and everything about it! We can’t tell you how excited we are that we won this and thank you so much for the honor!