Have you ever wondered why the street you live on has such a unique and memorable name? If you live in Parkland Village, the naming of streets within each section is purposeful. You may find the significance behind some of these street names as interesting as the names themselves.
Parkland’s concept is centered around living in a park. It seemed natural to name all neighborhoods in this village after Texas State Parks. The street names are representative of historical information, points of interest, and flora and fauna found within these state parks.
Some street names like Purple Finch Way, Rock Squirrel Drive and Carolina Chickadee Drive, all named for some of the wildlife found in Lost Maples State Park is easy to figure out. Others, such as Eves Necklace Drive and Joe Lair Drive from the Bonham neighborhood, however, are a little trickier to decipher.
Eves Necklace is a tree that’s native to central Texas and found in and around Bonham State Park. It produces strings of dark pods which give it its name. The rustic buildings made from cream-colored limestone, also found within the park, were designed by architect Joe C. Lair.
Early settlers to the area of Seminole Canyon State Park formed middens, or circular pits that were used as roasting ovens. Archeologists recently discovered the site and have named it the “Lost Midden” site, giving Lost Midden Court a historical reference.
Two streets named after some of the flora in Inks Lake State Park are Lace Cactus Drive and Rock Quillwort Road. Both plants exist in the same area of Texas but require opposite conditions. Lace Cactus produces an ornamental pink flower and thrives in dry, well-drained soils near rock outcroppings. It is also cold and heat tolerant as well as drought resistant, while Rock Quillwort, a non-flowering grass forms in shallow rainwater basins created on rock outcrops. It reproduces by spores that travel in water and is mostly an aquatic grass.
One street name that’s garnered some conversation on social media is Barking Frog Lane. While memorable because it leaves a smile on your face, it’s named after the native tree frog that utters a loud barking call. Barking frogs are found at Kickapoo Cavern State Park. This neighborhood’s namesake is located about two-and-a-half hours west of San Antonio and refers to the Indian Tribe who lived in this region. Kickapoo means “those who walk the earth.”
Another street name with Native American roots is Talala Trail. Talala is the Cherokee name for woodpecker. Keep an eye out for this bird, when hiking within Cedar Hill State Park.
Upon completion, every home in Parkland Village will be within walking distance and no more than a quarter mile from a park. Over 175 streets, with significant names, will connect you with our award-winning schools, future local shopping, an assortment of parks and links to our vast 250-mile trail system that traverses the entire community.
We enjoyed sharing a sampling of explanations to some of these street names. It may have you exploring on your own to find out the origin of your street name, or perhaps, making the larger connection, by exploring the state parks used in naming the neighborhoods and streets in your community.