November 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 713 Greenleaf Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard.

We are excited about being selected November Yard of the Month. Carol and I have lived in the Richardson Heights area since 1978. We moved from the 600 block of Lockwood to our current address on Greenleaf in 1994. When we moved in there were no trees and no landscaping. The large Live Oak was planted a few years after we moved in. The trunk was about 4” in diameter. The Live Oak on the right was planted around 2000. We had full sun and planted accordingly. Bob Vinson, owner of Nativ Landscape, helped us with the design of the beds. The white picket fence, Carol’s idea, was added about ten years ago, and we think that is what makes the yard different from almost all the other yards. As the trees got larger, we had to rethink everything because we had much more shade during the day. Now, the white fence area is the only part of the front yard that gets afternoon sun. Over the years we’ve had to change plants, and that was certainly true with the February deep freeze. Neil Sperry says, you have to keep trying to find the right plant for the right location. It’s always a work in progress. Challenging and fun to see what works. Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for us. We absolutely love the Richardson Heights area. If you see us working in the front please stop and say hi.

We like meeting our neighbors…Carol and George Coelen

DO YOU SMELL CHILI? IT’S OKTOBERFEST, SILLY!

And that means one of your Saturday night’s dinner and entertainment is solved. You’re welcome!

The year’s festival will take place on Saturday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m., on Thompson Drive between Newberry and Greenleaf. Our hot competition Chili Cookoff will fire things up first. How many chances do you get to show your big pot off to your neighbors? Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three recipes complete with a medal to wear with pride. 1st place can continue to show off with a winner sign posted in their yard following the event. You must enter by Oct. 20. Email contact@heightspark.com to enter. Six quarts is the minimum quantity required for entry.

If you don’t cook, come eat and bring beer – after all, it is Oktoberfest! H.P. N. A. will provide all the fixin’s, hot dogs, chips. A s’mores station will sweeten the fire and satisfy the kid in all of us. See you and your pot there.

September 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 610 Opal Lane! Please read what they had to say about their yard.

Thank you for choosing our home for yard of the month, it’s was a pleasant and nice surprise! We have only lived in our home now for about a year and 1/2 as we bought it and then took a few months to do a complete renovation. The yard has been a work in progress and this year we spent a little more time on the exterior so that it would match the interior.

Thank you again for selecting our home as we greatly appreciate it.

Jazmin & Brian Vanetti

August 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 814 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard.

We are so honored and humbled to be selected as yard of the month. We have lived here for about 19 years and have loved our time in Heights Park. As I am sure the neighborhood has seen, our yard has very much been a work in progress the last couple of years. When the tornado hit in October of 2019, we like many of our neighbors, lost a couple of trees. One was a beautiful and large lovers red oak that covered half of our front yard. When this happened, it completely changed our yard and the slope of the yard which affected water run-off. So, in April of 2020, we had the ultimate COVID project and decided to completely start over. We tilled up our entire front yard. We seeded a special drought tolerant bermuda grass and crossed our fingers that it would grow. We also redid the retaining wall at the front of the yard and slowly have added more flowers over the last year.

One of the things we are most proud of is we did all this as a family. Our boys, now 13 and 14 worked hard along with us and we are excited they get to see the recognition of their hard work and of what we have accomplished. We still feel our yard is a work in progress and we hope the neighborhood will continue to appreciate it as it continues to grow.


Kip, Terri, Collin and Cooper Kendrick

July 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 714 Westwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We are very excited and honored for our yard to be selected as the Yard of the Month for July 2021.  As you can see from the picture our caladiums are in full bloom in our flower beds.  We enjoy the landscaping in our yard and look forward to planting blooming flowers and plants that go with each seasonal change through the year.  We would like to thank George Opavsky our yardman and landscaper and his assistant Fidel for all the hard work they do each week maintaining our yard.  George owns Rain Forest Landscape.

We have lived in our house for over 40 years and our yard and landscape design has changed and evolved over the years.  Our newest addition to the yard is the swing we bought.  We hung the swing in our Live Oak tree near the front sidewalk.  The great thing about the swing is that when the young families are out walking with their children, it’s amazing how kids love to stop and get in the swing.  That is always fun to see and also helps us get to know the neighbors.  

Heights Park is a great neighborhood to live in and we would like to “thank” our Heights Park Neighborhood Association for sponsoring this award and what HPNA does to make Heights Park a great place for all of us to live in and enjoy.  If you are interested in starting to work on your yard’s landscape plan or continue to improve and add to your yard, there are many resources available close by for you to use.  If you do nothing else, drive around our neighborhood and get ideas from what others have done with their yards and start and continue improving the landscape in your yard.  If you do, you will have fun and enjoy the project and you will also increase the value of your home.  Thanks again for the recognition and for receiving this month’s Yard of the Month Award.

Frank and Margaret Schooler

June 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 722 Greenleaf Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

I am very honored that the Richardson Heights Park Neighborhood Association chose my yard for the Yard of the Month. My parents bought our home in 1957 when I was 2 1/2 years old. I grew up in the neighborhood mowing yards. I graduated from JJPHS in 1972 and all my children graduated from RHS. I was a teacher and coach at RNJHS. We started our family business in Richardson. I’m very proud of our city, our neighborhood, and my home. Thank you. God Bless….MJW 

Mark James Williamson

May 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 818 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

My Husband and I are so honored to win yard of the month.

We purchased this home from my Mother 4 ½ years ago, and she had lived here for 41 years.

This is such a special block where we all thru the years have looked out for one another.

My Husband and I wanted our front yard to reflect the look of the Ranch style homes of the fifties since our home was built in 1956.  We wanted it to look inviting, welcoming and peaceful.

We love our home, our neighborhood and our City.  We thank you for this recognition. 

Stephanie and Todd