September 2015 Announcements!

Heights Park at Dusk

Heights Park at Dusk


The Community Revitalization Awards recognize property owners who have enhanced our community by making significant exterior improvements to their individual properties that have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area. Since its inception in 1994, 184 properties have been recognized — and several of them from our own Heights Park neighborhood.


Both residential and non-residential projects are eligible for consideration. In addition to infill and complete redevelopment projects, eligible improvements to existing properties include the enhancement, upgrading, reconstruction, or replacement of any or all of the following elements:

  • Buildings and facades
  • Landscaping
  • Exterior lighting
  • Vehicular circulation
  • Exterior signage

Criteria for Evaluation

Community Revitalization Award nominations are evaluated primarily by assessing their impact on the surrounding area, or on the City as a whole if appropriate. Has the effort improved the environment? Has the effort contributed to the stability or enhancement of an existing neighborhood? Does the effort set a desirable precedent for surrounding property owners?

We’ve had a lot of renovation taking place in our neighborhood and in the surrounding areas. If you feel that a property qualifies based on the above criteria, please submit a nomination prior to September 18, 2015 to:

Chris Shacklett, Senior Planner

Development Services Dept

P.O. Box 830309, Richardson 75080

You must provide the Property Address, Property Owner’s name, phone number, email, if available. You may nominate your own property.

If you want more information, here’s a link to the City of Richardson Community Revitalization Awards site:
(Development Services)



Recently there was an article in Richardson Today about the Little Free Libraries (LFL) Program. More than a dozen LFL boxes have been installed throughout Richardson. The boxes are placed by volunteers who initially stock the box with books. From then on, readers who take a book from a box are expected to leave a book in its place, increasing the variety and diversity of books in each box.

So just in case you don’t know…Heights Park N.A. participates in the Little Free Library Program. We have a LFL located at the west end of Opal Lane, near Kirby.

And for all of our Community Gardeners who participate in the Church of the Epiphany/Heights Park Community Garden, there’s a LFL located in the garden area stocked with gardening books.

Stop by, take a book, and leave a book!



Below is important information especially for our heavily-treed neighborhood…

An urban tree care workshop will be held Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Drive.

Fall is the ideal time to plant new trees and to perform tree maintenance. Tyler Wright, an urban and community forester with the Texas Trees Foundation, will cover the following topics:

  1. Proper site selection
  2. Proper tree selection
  3. Proper planting procedures
  4. Proper pruning practices
  5. Ice/wind damage of trees

This event is free, but please register with Michelle Mann at or call 972.744.4228.


A compost seminar will be held immediately after the tree care workshop. The compost seminar will be Saturday, September 19th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Drive.

Backyard composting helps save landfill space by keeping grass clippings and leaves out of the solid waste stream. Instead, these materials are transformed into valuable nutrients for the yard and flowerbeds. Participants will learn the basics of backyard composting, as well as advanced tips and techniques.

The seminar is taught by Mary Tynes, a nationally known expert on backyard composting and is the site editor of Space is limited for this event so please contact Victoria Sum at to make a reservation.




11:30 – 1:30

Near the bridge at Heights Park
Food, fun, bounce house, face painter, balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, bobbing for apples, etc. A great way to have a free lunch, see your neighbors, and let the kids play! But if you don’t have kids in tow, you can still come!



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

And if you know of someone who isn’t on our email list (receiving these periodic updates), or isn’t an HPNA member.


(mark your calendars) 

  • February 5 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Election, Program
  • Late June: Newsletter Delivered
  • July 23 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Program
  • September 20: HPNA Volunteer Party
  • Early October: Newsletter Delivered
  • October 24 (Saturday, 11:30 – 1:30): OctoberFest in Heights Park



Why should you care?

  • An informative HPNA website
  • Email updates of important events/newsworthy items affecting our neighborhood
  • Active Volunteer Citizen Patrollers to keep our crime down!
  • Assist with the Crimewatch Program through the Police Department
  • Newsletters distributed to all residences
  • Active Block Representative network
  • Flag lease program for members
  • Monthly Yard of the Month Program
  • Participation in City of Richardson Neighborhood Vitality Program and other neighborhood enhancement programs (sign toppers, bridge enhancements, entry features)
  • Maintain partnerships with other Neighborhood Associations and HOAs throughout the city
  • Annual neighborhood events: OctoberFest, 2 General meetings with programs, Volunteer party, etc.
  • Representation at monthly meetings with the City Manager’s office, City Council, and other HOA Presidents.

And probably the most important reason…

  • HPNA serves as a conduit to City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce on issues affecting our neighborhood. We have a strong voice at City Hall.


  • Membership in our neighborhood association is a bargain at only $20/year.
  • Participation in the Flag Program is $40/year (but you must be an HPNA Member)
  • Total for both = $60
  • Payments via PayPal or check (see below for website info)

We accept checks or payment via PayPal. Cash is accepted at the General Meetings. (see info below regarding website and mailing address)

So please become a member of our association and be a part of the solution. If you know your neighbor isn’t a member, ask them why. Thank you.

September 2015 Yard of the Month!

813 Westwood Drive

813 Westwood Drive

September: Rosie and Bobby Donohue, 813 Westwood Drive

Comments from the homeowners:

Thank you so much for the September Yard of the Month honor!!!!!

My husband Bobby and I have wanted to find a home in this neighborhood for about 3 years when we found our wonderful home on Westwood! (Thank you Mary Lou for giving us the person to contact to make this dream come true!)

After all of the interior work was done to our home we lovingly refer to as “The Cottage”, I couldn’t wait to get the yard looking like it was worthy of being in “the Heights”. I don’t know how many remember the way the yard looked before we started working on it but it was very sad looking! I have planted and replanted and added to the landscaping over the last year.

My vision for the landscaping is far from being over (my husband just cringed!). I have big plans but my husband likes this silly thing called a “yearly budget”, yeah J
Stayed tuned for next year…I plan on improving even more. I truly love this neighborhood and feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community!

Rosie and Bobby Donohue