Week In Review, Sept. 18, 2015
Sept. 18, 2015
Largest Ribbon Cutting In Richardson’s History Celebrates Opening of Northrich Park
The City of Richardson and RISD held a joint ribbon cutting Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the city’s new Northrich Park. Nearly 500 students from nearby Northrich Elementary School, armed with safety scissors, took part in cutting the ribbon along with City and school officials.
The park, located on school district property behind Northrich Elementary School at 1301 Custer Rd., is a partnership between the city and RISD. (The city developed and will maintain the park.) It was designed using input from Northrich teachers and includes elements to allow teachers to hold classes outdoors. It also incorporates a bear theme to coincide with the school’s bear mascot, and includes playground equipment and a paved walking loop.
Northrich Park brings the total number of parks in Richardson to 34. Its construction was made possible by passage of the 2010 Bond Program and completes the goal outlined in the City’s parks and recreation outdoor master plan to have a park located within walking distance of every neighborhood in city.
2015-16 Budget Approved
The City Council approved the 2015-16 Budget Monday night. The $232 million operating budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1, includes no increase in the property tax rate and represents an increase of $13.5 million or 6.2 percent from the 2014-15 estimated expenditures of $218 million.
“A Three Pronged/Three-Strong Plan” is the theme for the 2015-16 Budget and reflects the City Council’s simultaneous attention to the budget, the review of the City Charter and the development of the 2015 General Obligation Bond Program. It focuses on four key initiatives: maintaining and reinvesting in key infrastructure, public safety staffing and facilities, economic development strategies and customer service/city experiences.
For a detailed look at the new budget, go to www.cor.net/budget.
Richardson Frontage Road Intersections on Schedule for Improvements
City staff briefed the Council Monday night on the status of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) planned improvements to 12 intersections on US 75 frontage roads in Richardson. Improvements include expanding right turning radii for seven streets feeding into the frontage roads, and adding five right turn deceleration lanes on the frontage roads.
TxDOT is currently in the process of finalizing right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations, and construction should begin by the end of 2015, with completion by the end of 2016. For more details and a map of streets affected by the improvements, go to www.bit.ly/1itAMYC.
UT Dallas, REDP Chosen to Help Develop the Next Generation Internet
UT Dallas and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), a joint effort of the City of Richardson and Richardson Chamber of Commerce, are among 15 groups nationwide selected to participate in ultra-high-speed broadband networking plans by the public-private nonprofit group US Ignite.
The three-year, public-private project will knit together researchers, citizens, community organizations, technology companies, entrepreneurs, academics, and federal, state and local governments to begin building the next generation of the Internet.
Spring Creek Nature Area Input Walk Sept. 19
Give feedback on the future development of a Richardson park and get exercise at the same time, at tomorrow's Spring Creek Public Input Walk. All interested persons are invited to walk through the existing and future Spring Creek Nature Area with nature experts and City staff beginning at 8:30 a.m. After touring the forest and open spaces for about two hours, participants will be encouraged to join in a 45-minute discussion in the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre.
The Spring Creek Nature Area more than doubled its size earlier this year thanks to the City’s acquisition of close to 60 acres of adjacent hardwood forest. Public input is vital in guiding how resources are invested in its redesign. Preliminary ideas, gleaned from public feedback in May as well as Council goals, include revamping and expansion of the trails (the 2015 Bond program includes trail expansion), preservation of the historic Jacob Routh family cemeteries located on the property, and restoration of the property’s ecosystem by removing non-native species.
There is no limit to the number of participants for Saturday’s walk, no pre-registration required and no cost. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., at 8:30 a.m. The event is expected to conclude around 11:30 a.m. Free parking will be available in the Eisemann Center parking garage (with validation). Participants are encouraged to wear insect repellant, a hat, long pants and comfortable, sturdy-soled walking shoes, and bring water. For more information, call 972-744-4300.
Entertainment Lineup Announced for Cottonwood Art Festival
Richardson’s semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival, a juried art show and shopping experience, has gained a national reputation for its variety and caliber of artists and it’s also gaining a reputation for great music, thanks to its focus on quality local performers. The recently announced fall music lineup is no exception. The Oct. 3-4 festival will feature a variety of musical genres including classic rock, southern rock, folk, pop, jazz, blues and classical, with a sprinkling of funk:
Saturday Oct. 3:
RROB Author Draws Book Lovers to RHS
Author Laura McBride presented a lecture to the crowd at Richardson High School Tuesday night to culminate the 2015 Richardson Reads One Book program. She spoke about her book, “We Are Called to Rise,” which was the featured selection for the One Book program this year.
The lecture will be available to view on-demand on the City's website at www.cor.net and will be available to check out from the Richardson Public Library, along with author lectures from previous years.
Public Safety Expo Sept. 19
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page at www.bit.ly/1NWYhmn.