Bike Friendly Richardson

Quick Report on the City Of Richardson Parks and Open Space Meeting

Posted in City Stuff by dickdavid on December 10, 2009

In spite of having a scheduling conflict, I decided to swing by the City of Richardson’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan: Draft Plan & Public Response meeting last night. The meeting was lead by Michael Massey, Director of Parks and Recreation. Together with Mark Spencer with MHS Planning, they discussed the results of a 6 month study on our current parks and open space system, as well as their plan is for future growth. The plan was described as an aggressive undertaking, over the next 10 years, to improve, update and grow the current parks and recreation system to accommodate the city’s population growth. Having a parks system that is 50 years old, this left me optimistic that the City of Richardson is making some great steps towards keeping this city a great Metroplex destination. Here are some key points that caught my attention.

– Richardson is working to attract a younger population growth the replace it’s aging community that may be moving out. This is one of the key reason’s they are looking to improve the parks system.

– Along with growth and improvement, the planning group recommended a ‘jeweled attraction’ that would not only serve as the cornerstone of the park system, but also give Richardson a featured destination for residents and visitors.

– Although they only slightly touched on the trail system, I got the impression that this is a priority with the citizens of Richardson and it’s pretty high on the list of improvements. If I heard correctly, there are already 9 miles under development, including a trail that will go under Central – which is expected to start construction in January. This is a huge hurdle for those who want car-free passage across town.

Other than that, there was a lot of discussion of topics from aquatics to skate parks. Michael did inform us that the parks plan isn’t set in stone and will be contingent mostly on funding. The good news is, we have a plan to help facilitate getting that funding.

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  1. Will said, on December 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for the update. Just wondering if you heard about where the trail is supposed to cross under central?

    • dickdavid said, on December 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

      I was trying to remember the name of the creek (Prairie Creek? Maybe?), but it escapes me. The location is just south of Renner.

  2. JDaniel said, on December 10, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Were / Are you able to get a hold of a map that shows the Richardson trail system and proposed system? That would be good to match up with the surrounding cities.

  3. bibliosk8 said, on January 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Prairie Creek would make sense, I think as a place for the trail to go under Central.

    • dickdavid said, on January 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      I know it’s a logistical nightmare, but I’d love to see more bike/ped only passages across central. Since Melrose cuts through the entire west side, it would be nice to continue it over to Collins (which cuts through the entire east side).

      The Collins bridge has pretty low traffic, but there is a blind curve that’s pretty intimidating. Plus, having to keep a pretty good, traffic friendly pace while climbing isn’t ideal for most casual riders. Add that to the fact that you have to go way out of your way to cross that RR track to connect with Melrose and you’re left with a need for an improved route. Of course, I’m just thinking out loud.


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