Chuck Canfield – Former WHNA President – Passed Away

For those of you who knew Chuck Canfield as friend and former WHNA President, this is to let you know that he passed away February 20th following a chronic illness.
Chuck was President of WHNA from 2001-2003. He was a good consensus leader and touched the lives of many in the neighborhood with his friendly demeanor. They moved from Whispering Hills to a retirement community just last year.

Should anyone like to reach out to Donna Canfield please private message Sonia Harms on Nextdoor or call her at 972-690-8670. Please leave a message if no one answers.

Speeding on Whispering Hills Drive

30mphRecently, the City of Dallas conducted a traffic study on Whispering Hills Drive at the Deermont intersection. The study found that 62% of drivers are speeding, above the 30 mph speed limit in the northbound direction, along with 56.9% of drivers speeding in the southbound direction. The total traffic count, in terms of vehicles per day, was 4,487, an increase of over 1000 vehicles from the 2001 number of 3445 cars. 

The streets engineer stated the most likely cause for the high traffic count on the road is due to the surrounding apartments in our area. The engineer noted that physical barriers are the best at slowing speeders. Unfortunately, due to Whispering Hills Dr. being an emergency route for Dallas Fire-Rescue, speed humps may not be placed on the road. 

Dallas Fire-Rescue was recently contacted by the Association to explore the possibility of reclassifying Whispering Hills Dr. as a non-emergency route. Understandably, the Fire Department maintained that the road must remain as a primary emergency route since many of the streets in our neighborhood are only accessible from Whispering Hills Dr. and speed humps would greatly hamper emergency response times.

Two petitions for stop signs on Whispering Hills Dr. are currently in the process of receiving signatures, with over 230 signatures needed. A stop sign has been requested at Whispering Hills at Bunchberry, for the crosswalk, as drivers ignore the crosswalk and it is very dangerous for kids to cross the intersection. Another all-way stop has been requested at the Deermont, because of the limited sight distance due to the curve of Whispering Hills Dr; Deermont also connects to Garland and has over 900 cars a day passing through our neighborhood. 

Dallas Fire-Rescue stated they would be receptive to the appeal for stop signs at these locations. 

Other options to slow speeders are being explored with the Streets Department, including searching the City budget for funds to install digital radar speed signs. The Deermont road closure petition is still in progress, in the hope to reduce the number of vehicles on Whispering Hills Dr. by closing the through route to Garland. 

Holt Mitchell

Chili Dinner

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When: February 27th – Saturday 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: The R Bar – 9780 Walnut Street, Suite 280 ( Next to Bistro B at Walnut and Audelia)
$5.00 for WHNA Members and $7.00 for Non-Members

YOTM – January 10101 Chisholm

3a011c70b82802798814e3c3b033e9a8.jpg.max800As we all know, it’s hard to have a great looking yard in January. The air is cold, the days are short, and there’s not a lot of green. It helps when your house’s exterior is already in great shape and the lawn is heathy and mowed going into winter. Inviting features like lawn chairs also warm things up. And plants native to the Southwest, such as Mexican feather grass, are a sure bet to look good all year long. For these reasons, 10101 Chisholm is our Yard of the Month. Congratulations Whispering Hills residents Giancarlo and Angelica!Continue reading

2015 Annual Crime & Safety Review

WH Street SignThe Whispering Hills Neighborhood has continued to remain a relatively safe neighborhood during 2015 even
though some of the neighborhoods to our south and west have spiked with crime activities over the last few years.

Whispering Hills Neighborhood only showed 49 incidents reported on the Dallas Police Department system for 2015. There have been a few others reported on social media apps (Nexdoor) that never had an incident report entered into the DPD system. Continue reading

“Team 2016” Ten Ideas for Improving our Neighborhood

WH Street SignNew WHNA officers for the year 2016 – “Team 2016” – consists of Richard Pruitt, Holt Mitchell, Mary Walraven, Crystal Hughes, and Lynn Peltier. Ten ideas that have been developed are listed below. Priority of these ideas will be up to the membership.

  1. The city of Dallas will be putting together a list of items to be included in a 2016 bond program. We want to work with our new city council member, Adam McGough to get money in the bond program to cut entrance and exits in the median on Walnut for the Continue reading