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Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan: Draft Plan & Public Response

Posted in City Stuff by dickdavid on December 2, 2009

I just got a notice from the City Of Richardson:

The City of Richardson has nearly completed the process of preparing a long range comprehensive master plan to improve the parks, recreation and open space system throughout the City. A public meeting and presentation will be held to present the draft master plan to the public for final input. You are invited to attend this important meeting.

Richardson Civic Center
Richardson Room
411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75080

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

6:30 p.m.

The City of Richardson is very interested in hearing your input and feedback as we prepare to finalize this long range master plan. This invitation is also available on the City of Richardson website.

I’m not exactly sure if there is information about cycling and our trail system, but I would like to find out – and provide feedback where applicable.

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  1. mannytmoto said, on December 2, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    That’s awesome news! Good thing you’re getting involved on the front end. Check out for examples of some incredible videos of open space projects developing in NY, and SF. They both hired Danish firm, Gehl Consulting, to help build their public spaces program. That’s a key component to the overall livability. Another good resource is the book, Comeback Cities (

    It’s focus is more on urban renewal, but there are principals that are universal. I’m seeing many suburban cities adopt the small-urban form now, like Allen and Southlake. Richardson has those incredible Red Line rail stops that need to be reevaluated for best potential use. The Arapaho station, I feel, was a lost opportunity for mixed use development…instead it’s a massive parking lot. One of the lead marketing guys for DART just moved to Richardson, and we’ve been developing a plan together. Need to bring you in on that loop.

    • dickdavid said, on December 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks for the link. My Amazon wish list is getting long. LOL.

      You’re dead on about Arapaho station being a missed opportunity. I’d love to see what your plan is.

      At least the Spring Valley area is getting redeveloped and I hope it revitalizes the area. I’m also optimistic after seeing this future land use map. It shows all the DART stations as “Transit Villages” and the industrial areas along east Arapaho and south Central have been zoned for “Enhancement/Redevelopment”.

  2. trey kazee said, on December 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    hey richard,

    sorry we didn’t have a chance to connect tonight – i was sitting a couple of rows behind you and to the right, but i arrived a few minutes after it began and you left a few minutes before it completed. i rode to the meeting – but the ride home was colder!

    i did get a chance to talk with dave carter some after the meeting, which was cool.

    maybe next time!

    • dickdavid said, on December 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm

      Oh, man! I’m sorry I missed you.

      It wasn’t my intent to leave early, but I was already way late for another commitment.

      It was a pretty interesting meeting that left me feeling very optimistic. I was especially excited to hear about the trail underneath 75.

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