City of University Park          December 2018
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Holiday Hours
Fire Department
Santa Around Town begins Monday, December 17

While his elves are back at the North Pole making sure his sleigh is ready for the big night, Santa Claus will tour the streets of University Park on a UPFD fire engine.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. and ends each night about 8 p.m.*
Santa Tracker
If you want to wave at Santa as he rides by, consult this color-coded City map to the left. Better yet, go to the City’s website homepage and click on the Santa Around Town details. There you will find a link you can use to track Santa’s progress as he travels through the City. 

* Dates/times subject to emergency calls
Traffic Advisory - Closure of portion of Shannon Lane
Highland Park Presbyterian Church renovation project

In conjunction with renovations underway on the church campus, Shannon Lane between McFarlin Blvd. and University Blvd. is now closed to through-traffic until the project's completion in fall 2020.  A section of McFarlin that had been closed to through-traffic for installation of various utilities has reopened. Renovation primarily involves construction of a new Hunt Building. Demolition of the existing structure will begin soon. 
Police Department 
House Watch

If you are going to be away from home for an extended period during the Christmas or New Year time periods, you can have your home checked daily by a UPPD officer. The process is simple. You can make the request online, or you can fill out a form from the City's website, and return it to our 9-1-1 Dispatch Center at City Hall.
Donations for Genesis Women's Shelter

Again this holiday season, the University Park Police Department collected new toys and clothing for children of all ages who are serviced by the Genesis Women's Shelter in Dallas. The organization provides safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence, and raises awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact. This photo shows the toys donated by City staff.
UP Public Library
Holidays @ UP Public Library
Today's program is the last of three special holiday-themed events at the library.  Enjoyable for all ages, the fun begins at 3 p.m. and it's free-of-charge. For more information call the library at 214-363-9095.

December 15 – The Legend of the Christmas Spider Puppet Show

Sponsors: Christine McKenny and Allie Beth Allman and Associates
Happy Holidays from the Friends of UP Public Library

The library had a wonderful 5th birthday year. Thank you for celebrating with us! The Friends of the UP Public Library commemorated the 5th birthday of its relocation to the Plaza at Preston Center with a tree planting at Smith Park on Arbor Day, November 2. The Mayor, City leaders, Friends Board members and some 4th graders from Bradfield Elementary were all in attendance. It was a very special day for our City and the library!

We hope that you will visit the library in 2019 and take advantage of the many programs and events the library and Friends Board organizes. Future 2019 events include speakers, author visits, Game Nights for tweens and teens and even knitting classes. There is something for everyone at the UP Public Library!
If you are interested in joining the Friends of the UPPL group, membership levels start at $50 and our new membership year begins January 1. Please visit and sign-up.

Ways to support the Friends all year long

Amazon Smile - Here's a simple and automatic way for you to support the Friends every time you shop, at no cost to you. Rather than using Amazon's primary site, use to get the same low prices, vast selection and convenience. The only difference is Amazon Smile will donate .5% of qualifying purchases to the Friends!  To participate, o n your first visit to Amazon Smile, select the Friends of the University Park Public Library (Location: Dallas, TX).  

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program - Designate the Friends of the University Park Public Library (charity #9677) as your charity of choice. Tom Thumb will donate 1% of eligible purchases linked to your Reward Card to the Friends! To sign-up go to the customer service desk at any Tom Thumb.

Sanitation Division - Holiday collection schedule


Regular Route                     Holiday Route

Monday - Thursday             Monday - Thursday
Tuesday - Friday                 Wednesday - Friday

New Year's Day

Regular Route                    Holiday Route

Monday - Thursday            Monday - Thursday
Tuesday - Friday                Wednesday - Friday
Christmas tree recycling
Don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree. The Sanitation Division will pick up discarded trees on scheduled collection days from front curbsides. Before setting your tree out for collection, remove the tree’s stand and all ornaments, lights, tinsel and plastic. If you live south of Lovers Lane collection is free if the tree is at the curb by January 3 . For residents who live north of Lovers Lane, curb collection is free through January 4 . After those dates, the collection fee is $23. If you place your tree at curbside and do not remove the tree stand, lights or ornaments, your next monthly water bill will show a $23 charge. For more information, call the Sanitation Division at 214-987-5451, or dial 3-1-1. 

Want an email that reminds you to set your tree out? Click on the bar below.  Then, type in your home address and ask for a reminder.
Parks and Recreation Department
Snider Plaza Tree Lighting - 2018
Thanks to “seasonal temperatures,” the hot chocolate was flowing during last month’s annual Snider Plaza Tree Lighting festivities. A big thank you to all our sponsors, musical acts, participating area restaurants and merchants, and City staff. Again this year, the Rotary Club of Park Cities and the UP Merchants Association raised money to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and low income areas of South Dallas. See you next November! 

Community News

University Park and Highland Park Ribbon Policy

Throughout the year colored ribbons are seen on trees, lamp posts and utility poles in the City and Town. The ribbons denote memorials, playoff-bound HPISD athletic teams and various annual awareness campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week. A community effort, the displays are often initiated by residents and supporters of various worthwhile causes.

Guidelines for Placement

To avoid traffic confusion and visibility issues, ribbons should not be attached to any City or Town infrastructure (bridge railings, street sign/light/traffic poles). Also, they should not be tied on trees in any City or Town parks.

Guidelines for Removal

Ribbons attached to trees along the parkways of side-streets will be removed 10 working days after the commemorative event (game, memorial service, Red Ribbon Week, etc.). Those wanting a longer duration will need to get prior approval from the City or Town.

Ribbons attached to front yard trees along the parkway will be left untouched unless they become tattered or begin to fall off.

Enroll now for 2019-20 Leadership UP program

A collaborative program involving the City and the University Park Community League, Leadership University Park seeks to familiarize residents with the community’s challenges, opportunities and resources. With the ultimate objective of encouraging class participants to serve in community leadership positions, the program is centered around seminars that touch on every major aspect of City operations.

Program details and format

The 2019-2020 Leadership UP program will involve presentations over a 17-month period. Overall, there will be 17 class periods and a graduation luncheon. The 2019-2020 program begins Thursday, January 10. Class sessions usually last an hour. The majority of the classes will be held on Thursday nights, and most sessions will take place at City Hall. Classes will not be conducted in June, July, August or December.

Along with providing class participants with a thorough understanding of the City’s history and all aspects of City operations, there will be separate presentations from Southern Methodist University, the Highland Park Independent School District, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the Park Cities YMCA. 

To enroll for the program and submit tuition payment, go to the University Park Community League’s website at
City's Social Media
Another easy way to get City news and information 

If an Amazon, Google or Apple smart speaker device is on your Christmas gift list, keep this in mind. These devices will give you another convenient way to get City news and information without logging on to a computer or making a phone call.

Our service is called Community Connect. It provides you with general community news and events, road closure information and emergency alerts. Community Connect also lets you listen to articles from the City's monthly newsletter, and acquire basic City information including hours, address and phone numbers for City Hall, the Peek Service Center, UP Public Library and the Holmes Aquatic Center. 

To use Community Connect, just add the free skill to your app. Then ask your device to provide you with news and information using these specific prompts:

Examples for Alexa devices:
Alexa, Ask My University Park what's in the news? 
Alexa, ask My University Park what are the events?
Alexa, ask My University Park for road closures.
Alexa, ask My University Park to read The Arbor.
Alexa, ask My University Park for building hours.

You can also listen to the City's most recent tweets. Just say, "Alexa, ask My University Park what's UP with twitter?"
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