December 2019 Decorated Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 442 Rustic Circle! Please read what they had to say about their yard

Thanks to everyone who voted our yard as Best Decorated Yard of the Month. We have always seen so many other houses be named Yard of the Month, and never expected ours to make it.

Over the last few months we have been doing some small renovations to our house, including a new driveway, porch, steps, removing an old tree stump and its roots and adding some cedar woodwork to the house exterior. We are currently in the process of getting new sod to fill where the tree roots tore out the grass. With all the renovations, we decided to take a break and enjoy the month of December. 

Every year we try new decorations, and this year finally found what we are sticking with. We were out shopping for new exterior lights to go on the roof when I saw these cute decorations. I made a spur of the moment decision and bought everything that we have now. The only thing I didn’t think about at the time of purchasing is where in the world we are going to store it all when Christmas is over. Regardless, our gnomes, Christmas trees, wreaths, Santa, Rudolph, Snowman, and reindeer with sleigh make a great team in the front yard and are here to stay. We have had multiple people stop and compliment the yard decorations, along with the new small renovations, and it feels good to know other people enjoy it as much as we do. 

Again, thanks for choosing our yard for Best Decorated Yard of the Month. It made our day!

The Guillen Family

October 2019 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 536 Newberry Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

Thanks so much for giving us October yard of the month. We have lived here since 1988 and truly love Heights Park. We both enjoy gardening and making our yard look good. It is constantly evolving as we continue to add and change plants. It has been a hot dry couple of months but we are trying to keep things looking good.

Thanks again.

Jack and Brenda Washington

September 2019 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 524 Parkview Lane! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We sincerely appreciate being named September’s Yard of the Month! We moved to Heights Park in April of 2016. While the interior had been completely remodeled prior to the purchase, the front yard had little to no attention prior. The landscaping overhaul began in the heat of Summer 2016, starting with removing all existing shrubbery, installing new edging, and planting all new bushes and drought-tolerant plants closest to the house. Over the past few years, these flowerbeds all became established and healthy; however, the grass in the front was still unhealthy due to an extended period of having a large dumpster on the yard during the remodel. After much deliberation on what to do with the space – installing sod, planting trees, or making a flower bed – we decided to add creativity and Zen to the space by installing a four-room flower bed with pathways. Due to the bed being such a large space, it took some time and labor to edge it and get it plant-ready. We installed an assortment of colors and sizes, with everything from crepe myrtles to transplanted plants from my parent’s ranch to seeds. Although a large number of the plants are perennials, we also chose several annuals so we can change them out with season and preference. Monthly trips to Canton’s first Monday trade days supplied the majority of plant life in the yard. Other than hiring out the labor for the initial bush removal, everything in the front yard has been the product of us two. I inherited my mother’s love of nature, finding much peace and solace in manual labor and dirty hands. Thanks again for the award! We are genuinely grateful others enjoy it as much as we do!

Malarie Kennedy & Nate Sickler   

August 2019 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 712 Newberry Lane! Here is what they had to say about their yard.

Thanks for honoring us with YOM! We moved here in 1991 and the landscape has evolved as trees grew and shade progressed. I took out plants that were fine at 1st, but no longer made the grade in our ever increasing shade. We put in a swimming pool and then took out a swimming pool, tore down a garage, rebuilt a bigger garage, so things were forever changing. I put in more and more shade loving plants on a trial basis until I finally found the shade tolerant shrubs and perennials I liked and that did well. For years I never used any chemicals at all. Just all organic stuff. As I’ve gotten a bit older and a bit slower, I’ve started using just a few chemicals every now and then.  I don’t bend and stoop so well anymore, but I still enjoy the mowing and edging. This spring, I gave away almost all my garden tools except for 1 shovel and some pruners. Anything that requires more than that, I’ll hire it out. I’m retired now so I have more time to take care of everything at a little more leisurely pace. I try to do at least a little bit in the yard everyday. Ive always enjoyed taking care of my yard with the same pride my dad always did. Growing up, we always had the best yard on the block. I guess now, I can say that too…for at least a month. 

Thanks for the Honor!

Brent and Lyn Hendrex

Celebrate Neighbors, Summer and Fun at Block Party

Neighbors playing corn hole at the heights of summer

Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, the Heights Park Neighborhood Association is excited to present The Heights of Summer Block Party from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, June 1, on the 500 block of Parkview Lane! It’s truly a wonderful time to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

This year’s big draw: FREE hot dog meals for the first 70 HPNA members (limit two meals per family). Additional meals will be $5 each (hot dog, chips and drink). You can become a member now or at the event.

The list of fun summer activities includes:

  • Bounce house
  • Water race
  • Flickin’ Chicken
  • Corn hole
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Story time
  • Live DJ
  • And much more!

Also a benefit to HPNA members: there will be prize drawings for some cool local gifts.

Note: this is a BYOB(everage) and BYOC(hair) event!

Wanna get fired up for it? Check out a video of last year’s bash.

City Council Election Information

Richardson residents will elect City Council Members this spring. Richardson residents are able to cast votes for each of the seven places. Heights Park residents are represented by the Place 3 City Council member. See all candidates below.

The deadline to register to vote is Thursday, April 4. Early voting will be held April 22-30. Election Day is Saturday, May 4. There are many locations for early voting, including the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall. Election Day voting will be held at City Hall. For more information, visit the City of Richardson elections site.

City of Richardson General Election
Candidates listed as they will appear on the ballot

Mayor, City Council Place 7
Paul Voelker

City Council Place 1
Bob Dubey
Jason Clarke

City Council Place 2
Mark Solomon

City Council Place 3 (Includes Heights Park)
Franklin Byrd
Dan Barrios
Janet DePuy

City Council Place 4
Raymond DeGuzman Sr.
Johnny Lanzillo
Kyle Kepner

City Council Place 5
Mauri Long
Ken Hutchenrider

City Council Place 6
Steve Mitchell

More Information about the Panelists Featured at the Last Meeting

Heights Park Neighborhood Association was pleased to present a panel of the following local experts at the recent neighborhood meeting.

Landscape Designers

Carol Feldman: Owner and landscape architect for Feldman Design Studios. The firm is a full-service design and land planning business located in Richardson, Texas, that creates aesthetically pleasing residential and commercial outdoor spaces with an utmost concern for human and environmental welfare.

Founded in 1996, Feldman Design Studios initially concentrated on residential properties and cultural landscape projects. In 2003, the firm branched out into commercial and public projects, integrating water conservation. Fifteen years later, the firm has a reputation for providing sustainable landscape designs and is known for its in-depth knowledge of native plants, water-saving techniques and water-wise strategies.

Carol was instrumental in the development of the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) through the Native Plant Society of Texas. The series of four-day classes helps to certify professionals in the use of native plants in landscapes. Beginners learn much from these classes as well.  

Susie Grossman: Susie graduated from LSU in 2001 with a degree in landscape architecture. She has worked in Dallas, New Orleans and New York City, which is where she started to focus on residential design. She moved back to Dallas after getting married and having her first daughter where she ran the residential studio for Studio Outside. She started SKG Designs in 2014. She specializes in residential design including all scopes of design, such as hardscape, pools, master planning and planting design.


Janet DePuy: A resident of Heights Park for about 19 years, she has owned two homes in the neighborhood. She also was one of original board members of HPNA, and served as president for 10 years. She has worked as a Realtor with Keller Williams for 18 years, served on the City Plan Commission for eight years, and is running for Richardson City Council, Place 3.

Dan Washburn: Dan Washburn is the broker/owner of Washburn Realty. He has over 15 years’ experience in working with home buyers and sellers. He has lived in Heights Park on Newberry Drive for over 10 years, has a 20-year-old son who went through our local public schools and two dogs which you probably have seen him walking at Heights Park. Dan specializes in Heights Park & Richardson Heights, assisting home-sellers in make ready, marketing and sale of their home to get top dollar and sell fast.

Interior Designer

Lauren Plantes: Lauren is owner of Elle Designs — an interior decorating and home renovation consulting company that specializes in creative design and planning of interior spaces. Elle Designs assists with remodel selections and consulting clients on updating beautiful and livable spaces in their home.

Lauren’s goal is to make the design process an enjoyable one, while delivering superior value and great quality. Interior decorating is something that can be quick, simple and affordable. Lauren has developed relationships with many professionals in the industry that helps her create exactly what her clients are hoping to achieve.


Rachel Baker: Rachel works with REdesign —a team of moms that specialize in spacial interior organizing and styling. They saw an opportunity to mix modern, functional design as their friends with young families simply did not know how to utilize their 1950s homes to their maximum potential. They like to keep a room organized, but still fun and functional while maintaining aesthetics. They are located in the Richardson area. Their motto is “A place for everything.”


Tim Summey: Tim Summey, owner of Summey Industries, founded his own company in 2008 but has been in the industry for 15 years. He grew up playing in the Rocket at Heights Park. Tim and his wife Rachel live on Winchester (they moved in in 2010) where they have 3 biological kids and have had three infant placements as a licensed foster family.

Summey Industries does bathroom and kitchen remodels, large-scale additions, and new builds in Dallas and Richardson.

Tim believes in high-quality craftsmanship, and he warranties the work he does. He is highly accurate in his time and budget estimation, and has never once come back to a client to ask for more money to complete a job he said could be done for less. (However he has absorbed the cost himself a time or two!) With a designer on staff, Summey Industries is equipped to handle the needs of your entire building project.

Fire Safety

Ryan Regenscheid: Ryan has been a firefighter paramedic with Richardson Fire Station 1 for eights years. Ryan grew up in Plano but now lives in McKinney with his wife and three kids.