Tree-planting event to take place Nov. 19 at Cottonwood Park in Richardson

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Cottonwood Park is located near Belt Line and Coit roads in Richardson. (Courtesy Shutterstock)

Cottonwood Park is located near Belt Line and Coit roads in Richardson. (Courtesy Shutterstock)

City leaders will gather at Cottonwood Park on Nov. 19 to plant 25 trees donated by civil engineering firm LAN.

The event, held in partnership with the city of Richardson and the Texas Trees Foundation, will take place from 1-3 p.m. at 1301 Belt Line Road, Richardson, according to a press release. Community members who would like to participate can register on-site.

Joining LAN volunteers to plant trees are Richardson Council Member Mark Solomon; Collin County Commissioner Cheryl Williams; Richardson Mayor Pro Tem Janet DePuy; Collin McLochlin, who serves as regional director to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; and Sheacy Thompson, deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney.

“Part of what makes Richardson so desirable as a home to residents, businesses and employees alike is the significant appeal of our tree-filled green spaces and outstanding recreational amenities, as exemplified by Cottonwood Park ... especially in light of the recent storms, we sincerely thank LAN for being part of our Environmental Partnership Initiative and for supporting the community’s ongoing recovery to further enhance Richardson’s outstanding quality of life," Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker said in a statement.

Many of the trees in Cottonwood Park were damaged by a severe storm that passed through the city in June. This made the park an appropriate site for LAN's Committed to Community Growth program, which focuses on building healthy, sustainable communities through a partnership with Texas Trees Foundation.


“The damage from the June storm was devastating to Cottonwood Park,” said Matt Grubisich, director of operations and urban forestry for the Texas Trees Foundation. “By replanting these trees, we will be helping to restore the tree canopy ensuring a greener, cleaner, cooler Richardson for future generations.”
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.