Post Number: 1
|Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 12:46 pm: |
I have noticed that some street have trees in the median (Warren Pky from Dallas Pky to Legacy, Legacy from 121 to Lebanon, etc..) and some streets do not (Lebanon from Legacy to FM423, Stonebrook Pky from Preston to Dallas Pkwy). What is the deciding factor in determining whether a median gets landscaped. I personally think trees in the median makes a neighboorhood look much nicer and would like to see some trees in the median on Lebanon west of Legacy.
Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec
Post Number: 155
|Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 01:35 pm: |
Thanks for your note regarding the landscaping of medians within the city.
Landscaping along medians can take form in a couple of different ways. There are cases in which major capital road projects will account for the landscaping of medians. Such was the case for the Preston Road medians that were improved by the road contractor from SH 121 to Main Street.
Another means to have landscaping installed along these areas are through our Median Development staff that is a part of the Parks Division for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Over the past several years, our staff has developed several miles of medians within the city through the consideration and approval of the City Council. Some of these areas would include Main Street from FM 423 eastward to the Dallas North Tollway; Lebanon Road east of Preston Road; Teel Parkway from Main Street north towards El Dorado Parkway; Hillcrest Road, from SH 121 moving northward to Main Street, etc.
Each year, our staff submits a proposed listing of medians that can be developed through the year. This typically will include a length of about 3 miles of improvements during that time. Included in the development of these medians are the installation of turf, planting of trees and other landscape elements, the installation of automated irrigation, and the sleeving of pipe for electrical (for eventual street lights).
Factors that influence the development of a median will include whether or not the roadway is at its final development or whether future improvements would affect any proposed landscaping along these roadways. A good example of this would be for Stonebrook Parkway, from Preston Road westward towards the Dallas North Tollway.
Because Stonebrook is not in its final stages and future improvements will influence the size and nature of the existing medians, this portion of Stonebrook has not been developed. Once final improvements are made, then permenant landscaping of the area can be done efficiently.
Should you have additional questions about this, please feel free to contact me or our Parks Superintendent, Bobby Johnson at our offices.
Thanks again for your interest.
Director of Parks and Recreation
Superintendent of Parks
(972) 335-5517 ext. 501