Top 10 Reasons for Living in Heights Park

Sign in front of Heights ParkHear what your neighbors had to say about the favorable community and home we know as Heights Park! We’ve compiled a top 10 list of Heights Park’s best attributes, as told by our appreciative residents.

10 — An active crime patrol for a safer living environment.

9 — Riding bikes to eat breakfast at Communion, Parks Donuts, Cinnaholic, etc.

8 — Richardson High School Homecoming Parade – Go Eagles!

7 — Our local YMCA, Youthfully Mobilizing Community Activities.

6 — Heights Park Neighborhood Association’s (HPNA) neighborhood-wide illuminated spiral trees in winter.

5 — Heights Aquatic Center is liquid heaven for summers that are hotter than &#$*!

4 — HPNA’s annual The Heights of Summer traveling block party is sizzlin’ fun!

3 — Our namesake neighborhood park, where you can play sports, relax and run, and explore its pretty shale-lined creek.

2 — Hanging out in a front yard with neighbors of all ages.

1 — Unique, vintage homes from the ’50s and ’60s and the majestic, mature trees.

As indicated by these results, we have an exceptional neighborhood just waiting to be explored. How about using the shade of our most popular answer to enjoy our very own Heights Park neighborhood.

If you would like more information on any of the HPNA activities, please email us at contact@heightspark.com.

October 2018 Yard of the Month: 622 Lockwood Drive

Photo of 622 Lockwood Drive

October 2018 Yard of the Month: 622 Lockwood Drive

The October 2018 Yard of the Month belongs to Susan Hurst at 622 Lockwood Drive. Here is what she had to say about her yard:

What an honor and surprise to be selected by the Heights Park Neighborhood Association as Yard of the Month.

I purchased this home in the 1990s and it has always held a special place in my heart. We have been through several remodels and yard renovations during that time. Life changes, but the charm of these homes, captivating landscapes, and of course the love of our neighbors, are everlasting.

We are fortunate to still have four of the original trees, two of which are native pecan. The shade from these wonderful trees is really a blessing during those hot summers. I am very passionate about flowers or bushes with color. Red Texas sage, lantana, cone flowers, purple shamrocks and spider lilies are just a few of my favorite perennials. I love walking the neighborhood and seeing everyone’s take on their favorite decorative and inspirational touches.

We have been blessed throughout our time here and look forward to seeing what the future brings. Thanks again for the wonderful recognition. I appreciate not only my Heights Park neighbors, but also the great neighbors throughout our city.

Susan Hurst
622 Lockwood Drive

Join Us and Join In: Benefits of HPNA Membership

Greenleaf Gang at summer block partyNew to the neighborhood? Want to volunteer for neighborhood events? Need service hours? Come check out what your Heights Park Neighborhood Association has to offer!

There are no stiff meetings to attend. Just neighbors being neighbors, making our community strong and fruitful.

Did you know that our association is now up to 308 members? That’s the most the association has ever had! In one year, our HPNA gained approximately 100 new households! This could not be possible without amazing volunteers and creative ways to reach the community.

Have you attended or taken part in any of the following?

  • The Heights of Summer Traveling Street Party.
  • Oktoberfest Chili Cookoff.
  • Winter General Meeting.
  • Summer General Meeting.
  • Holiday Caroling.
  • Spiral Tree Yard Light Decorating.
  • New Neighbor Welcome Baskets.
  • Yard of the Month.

If you have … THANK YOU!! You have witnessed the work and dollars of your HPNA dues and wonderful volunteers who put these on. More importantly, that means you are enjoying these HPNA events.

If you haven’t or would like to help out with any of these, or would like to see other kinds of events implemented, contact us at contact@heightspark.com and see what HPNA is all about! And if you’re not a member, please consider the nominal fee of just $20 a year to bump up that 308 and ensure all this activity can continue. Join us and join in!

 

What’s Going On at Arapaho and Lindale?

Aerial of Floyd Terrace addition

According to Chris Shacklett, City of Richardson senior planner, the four homes that will be built in the Floyd Terrace Addition will come under the same design regulations as the other homes on Lindale Lane from Arapaho Road to Twilight Trail.

The headline above is inspired by a recent conversation on our Heights Park Neighborhood Facebook Group. The answer to “what is going on at Arapaho and Lindale”: the City Plan Commission approved 7-0 a request to replat the Floyd Terrace Addition from two single family lots into four single family lots.

For more information on the development, see Item Three from the minutes of the City Plan Commission Meeting on Dec. 20, 2016.

Learn About Native Plants at Neighborhood Meeting on July 15

Native plants

Our guest speaker will be Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Janet D. Smith. She will inspire you to fill your garden with native plants

Our next Heights Park Neighborhood Association meeting is going to be 3D. Different location, different day, delightful speaker. Join your neighbors at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Road (map). Child care will be provided (details below).

Our guest speaker will be Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Janet D. Smith. She will inspire you to fill your garden with native plants. She specializes in growing drought-tolerant plants that attract bees, butterflies and birds. She loves helping others discover the thrill of having their own nature channel out their windows.

In addition to the guest speaker, HPNA board members will give updates on the neighborhood, sign topper installation and more.

Have children? Bring them to the meeting, where they can enjoy the playground at the church, which volunteers will monitor. And before the meeting wraps, they will get to plant a seed to care for at home.

Win Prizes!
Our neighborhood school, Heights Elementary, needs donations of large hand sanitizer (pumps) and cleaning wipes (Clorox or similar). Those who bring either donation will be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for Communion Neighborhood Cooperative Coworking, Coffee and Eats. And all meeting attendees will be entered in our drawing for our door prize — a free annual enrollment for flag service.

Local Business Spotlight: Communion Neighborhood Cooperative

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative is located at 514 Lockwood Dr #5609 (behind QuikTrip).

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative is located at 514 Lockwood Dr #5609 (behind QuikTrip).

Editor’s note: The following is part of our series featuring local businesses. We believe everyone has a story to tell. If you know a business or neighbor who should be featured, email contact@heightspark.com.

The Heights Park Neighborhood Association is excited to introduce you to our new neighbor Tim Kahle. Tim is the owner and founder of Communion Neighborhood Cooperative.

Tim, tell us about you and your family.

I’ve been married to my wife, Amy, for 10 years this year. Our kids are Samuel (5 1/2), Ruthie (4), and twins Judah & Abby (2 1/2) and a dog. We live here in Richardson and have loved being part of this community.

When did Communion open?

We soft launched in November of 2017, but we had our Grand Opening in January 2018.

What is a highlight about Communion that makes it different from other venues?

The first, and sometimes confusing, thing about Communion is that we are three different venues under one brand.

Our cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a delicious three roaster coffee rotation program and one of the most robust whiskey selections in the area.

Our co-working space allows for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses to grow & connect with people they would’ve never otherwise connected with.

Our space also operates as an event venue on Thursday and Friday nights and on the weekends. So if you need a space for a birthday or graduation party or if you want to host an opera or wedding rehearsal, we’ve got you covered.

We’re really becoming something of Richardson’s living room. Much like the old sitcom “Cheers,” we hope that when you come here, you’ll never feel alone, never feel lost, but will always feel at home.

Why did you choose this location? Why did you open this type of business? What are your hopes for the neighborhood and surrounding area?

It’s a fantastic location right off of 75 and Belt Line. And the old car shop that we took over was a prime spot to develop the industrial modern feel that we wanted. But it all started by trying to figure out, “What is that community watering hole for Richardson?” Richardson didn’t really have one, so we started dreaming about a bar/cafe/restaurant as the gathering spot. But we couldn’t stop there. What if the community gathering spot was also the spot that help business thrive? That was when the co-working and event sides started.

As far as our hopes go … we want to be a force for good for Richardson. As we said before, we hope for deep meaningful connection. Hopefully those connections will help businesses grow and help us impact our individual neighborhoods.

We also hope to help Richardson not just be a map point between Downtown Dallas and McKinney. Rather, we strive to see Richardson’s robust, multi-cultural, artistic, entrepreneurial, and community-oriented ethos shine in the metroplex.

Explain the difference between Communion Restaurant and Communion working co op.

Many people we have run into believe they have to pay to be a member to even eat at the restaurant. I agree, that’s a common misconception. The cafe and the front patio are open to the public just like any other restaurant. You’re welcome to grab a bite, sit anywhere you’d like and use our free wifi. We’d love for everyone to have our homemade biscuit sandwich in the morning, the new short rib sandwich for lunch, my favorite Old Fashioned for happy hour. Everyone should share our family-style dinners with good friends (the steak & frites is a crowd favorite!)

But if you’re a business that needs access to meeting rooms, free coffee, mail services, and opportunities to network, learn and grow in a beautifully crafted space, then you’ll want to join our monthly membership. Did we mention a private back patio with a putting green, ping pong, and a fire pit?

Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason it exists?

We do! Our mission is to grow a community of creative entrepreneurs within Richardson centered on cultured co-working and craft coffee and eats.

Former HPNA President Janet DePuy Celebrated as ‘Real Hero’ at Ceremony

Family surrounds Janet DePuy (in black), former HPNA president, at a ceremony recognizing the contributions of the newest Richardson Real Heroes honorees. 

The Richardson Real Heroes program seeks to recognize the silent generosity of people who give of themselves to benefit Richardson.

On April 4, in a beautiful ceremony at Richardson City Hall, with family and friends and community present, Richardson recognized a real hero, Janet DePuy. She was chosen from many nominations for her decades of service as a founding member of the Heights Park Neighborhood Association and president for the last 10 years.

Through Janet’s dedication and leadership, Heights Park has become one of the most active and productive neighborhood associations in Richardson, making significant contributions to the City of Richardson’s economic growth and development. A few of the many accomplishments include the revitalized Heights Shopping Center, the addition of QuikTrip, two creek bridge enhancements, an active Crime Watch program, a Yard of the Month program, street parties, and street sign toppers. Janet also serves on the City of Richardson Plan Commission, is on the board of Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR), and is in Leadership Richardson Class XXXIII.

If you aren’t familiar with all that Janet accomplished during her tenure with the neighborhood association and all that she will no doubt contiue to contribute to our neighborhood and city through her active volunteer efforts, just walk through the neighborhood. Much of what you see has been touched or influenced by her passion for the people and the community in which she lives. And if you haven’t thanked her for her silent efforts over many, many years and for the positive impact she has directly had on where you live and play every day, when you take that walk, stop by on Parkview and shake her hand, or drop her a note, or send her a text.

Want to hear directly from Janet about what volunteering means to her? Visit: http://www.richardsonrealheroes.com/hall-of-honor/2018-richardson-real-heroes/

Thanks to Our Members, New Sign Toppers Are on Their Way

Sign toppers will be added to 12 intersections in Heights Park this spring.

Be on the lookout for more pride toppers shining through-out the neighborhood. Did you know Heights Park was the first to install sign toppers identifying the boundaries of our neighborhood? (Another initiative credited to Janet DePuy!)

Okay, time to play who’s getting them next. Cover up the below and see if you can guess before revealing the list.

  • Ridgedale & Custer
  • Ridgedale & Inglewood
  • Lindale & Newberry
  • Lindale & Stardust
  • Twilight & Floyd
  • Parkview & Thompson
  • Greenleaf & Thompson
  • Ridgedale & Thompson
  • Westwood & Thompson
  • Lockwood & Thompson
  • Lockwood & Gentle
  • Weatherred & Westwood

The city should have them installed by the end of May and may we say Thank You to all the Heights Park Neighborhood Association members. This is made possible by your membership dollars.