The public is invited to celebrate recent landscaping improvements to the Owens Trail from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, along the trail at 1600 E. Collins Boulevard. Oncor, North Texas’ regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider, donated $250,000 for the upgrade, which is the first project completed through Oncor’s Texas Trails program.
The free celebration will include healthy snacks, face painting, local vendors, gardening crafts and wildflower seed planting. Oncor representatives will also be at the event to distribute information on its environmental, energy efficiency and centennial programs and offer free giveaways.
The updated section of Owens Trail - like many others in North Texas - winds past Oncor transmission towers and lies within Oncor’s right of way. The improvements are designed to serve as an example for other communities of how Oncor can work with local partners to create landscaped trails if they are constructed within Oncor guidelines. The City of Richardson is responsible for maintaining the improved trail.
The landscaping improvements include plants, rocks, amenities and other features and are strategically located in areas where they are most compatible with transmission towers and lines. Landscaping options are limited in the space immediately surrounding the towers and at certain points between the towers for safety reasons.