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Richardson Receives "Gold Scenic City" Certification
Posted Date: 10/26/2012
Greg Sowell
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Kerry Gregg
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(Richardson, TX) – Richardson officially received its Gold Scenic City Certification yesterday during a special ceremony at Huffhines Recreation Center (photo attached). The City of Richardson is one of just nine Texas municipalities awarded Scenic City Certification recently by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. The community scored high in the detailed evaluation process, receiving Gold Certification. Two areas specially noted were the city’s landscape ordinance and strict signage regulations.

“Richardson has developed a reputation over the decades of being one of the best communities in the Metroplex for living, working and enjoying a wide array of natural and artistic amenities,” said Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend. “From our wildflower plantings in medians to our interconnected trails that span the city, Richardson has always been a great choice for families and professionals who are looking for a higher standard of living, and we appreciate the recognition of our work by Scenic Texas and its partner organizations who are striving to promote these same qualities across the state of Texas.”

The Scenic City Certification Program is the first in the United States to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. Applicant cities present their existing standards for assessment and scoring against the model. Cities with the highest evaluation scores are certified.

“The City of Richardson has demonstrated that strong scenic standards build a strong city in terms of economic development and quality of life for residents. This is a win-win situation.” said Anne Culver, executive director of the Scenic City Certification Program, "Earning Scenic City certification is the result of Richardson's smart and thoughtful decision-making regarding the development, re-development and growth of a community.”

Members of the Scenic Texas Board of Directors will present Richardson’s 2012 Scenic City award at local event later this fall.

Richardson is now one of 36 Texas cities certified under the program in 2010 and 2012. For more information on the Scenic City Certification Program visit:

Scenic City
(Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend (left) and Scenic City Board Member Keith Stone (right) unveil a prototype sign that resembles others that will be placed around the community promoting Richardson’s Scenic City recognition.)

About the city of Richardson
With nearly 100,000 residents, the City of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, its rich history and its bright future, all of which make Richardson a smart choice for residents and businesses. Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the City of Richardson also offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live and work by the national media, and the City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit