City of University Park          March 2019
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Police Department 
Report Coyote Sightings 

Coyote sightings have risen recently in all University Park neighborhoods. If you see a coyote in your neighborhood, regardless of the time of day, we ask that you report the sighting. 

  • Report it online
  • Report it by phone - UPPD dispatch non-emergency number 214-363-3000.
Interactive Coyote Sighting Map

View an interactive map showing the location of coyote sightings in University Park during the past 30 days. 
Remove easy food sources  

Coyotes are omnivores that eat plants and animals including rodents, skunks, possums and raccoons, but they also like easy meals. Here are ways to eliminate easily accessible food sources:
  • Do not leave dog and cat food outside
  • Remove rotting fruit under trees
  • Do not leave bird seed on the ground (position bird feeders so that coyotes cannot get feed)
  • Make sure that trash is not accessible, keep your garbage containers properly secured

Protect small pets

While coyotes remain generally wary of people, coyotes have learned that small dogs and cats are easy prey. 
  • Do not allow your pets to run free
  • Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pets outside, especially at night
  • Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover
If you see a coyote, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises, or by throwing rocks or tennis balls at them. This interaction lets them know they are unwelcome in the neighborhood.
Park Cities Recycling event - Saturday, April 6

The next Park Cities recycling event will take place in the SMU parking lot just south of Burleson Park on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Get a jump on spring cleaning and close out past tax seasons by clearing your garage, attic and closets of old financial and medical documents, outdated or unused electronics, and even clothing, furniture and large appliances. 

Paper products and documents that can be disposed of include: Tax records, medical records, legal files, financial records, invoices, cancelled checks, blueprints, contracts, payroll records, company letterhead, junk mail containing personal information, and any information that contains credit card, social security, driver license and account numbers.

Accepted E-waste items include: Computers, computer monitors, computer accessories, TV’s, printers, DVD/CD players, copiers, fax machines, scanners, cell phones and chargers, external hard drives, video and camera equipment, video game systems, microwaves, cables, power cords, powers strips and more.

Participating firms/organizations

Shred-it will collect and shred all paper documents.

Global Asset - In addition to working with the City and other municipalities, the company currently supports over 180 customers within both the public and private sectors.  Global Asset’s data destruction process is Department of Defense (D.O.D. 5220.22m) compliant.

Goodwill Dallas will be on site to take gently used donated items. Their list includes: housewares, electronics, books, toys, shoes, clothing items that are not torn or stained, furniture, and large and small appliances that are in working condition. No mattresses or TVs. All donors will be given a receipt for tax donation purposes. 
City Hall
Youth Advisory Commission application process ends March 31

University Park high school students who are interested in community service and learning about City operations may want to apply for a slot on the City's Youth Advisory Commission. 

Apply online  here . The deadline for submitting an application is March 31. The City will begin reviewing applications for this 20-plus member group following this date.

While learning about local government operations, YAC members help promote the City's ongoing recycling program and other community initiatives. They also staff various annual events, including the summer fishing derby, the July 4 Fun Run, and tree lighting in Snider Plaza. Commission members also act as an advisory group for the City on issues that could directly impact teenagers.

Following the March 31 application deadline, the City will begin interviewing applicants. To be eligible for consideration, students must reside in University Park and be in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Each Commission member will be expected to attend all group meetings and actively participate in all designated events. Community service hour credits are one of the many benefits of serving on the Commission.

Photo above: Some members of the 2018-19 Commission at the 2018 YAC Christmas Party
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Parks Department
Goar Park “Eggstravaganza”- April 13
Celebrate spring and hop on over to Goar Park Saturday, April 13 for the City’s annual Easter egg hunt! The event, designed for children up to 8 years old, begins at 9:30 a.m. Participation is free of charge. 
Event Activities

The Easter egg hunt begins at 10 a.m.
 Remember to bring a basket for egg collection. More than 10,000 plastic eggs will be placed in the park.

Event activities will also include photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, bounce houses, snacks and music. 
How about a little sunshine and a summer job? 

Go online for details about various part-time jobs available this summer at the Holmes Aquatic Center.

Swim team sign-up underway
Registration for this summer’s Makos swim team is underway. The team is open to swimmers 5 to 17 years old. To be eligible for the team, swimmers must be able to swim 25 meters in freestyle and backstroke. Registration is open to UP and HPISD residents and is limited to 100 swimmers. The season runs from May 26 to July 12. Program cost: $300 per swimmer. For more information please contact Jpost@uptexas.org .
Summer 2019 Pool Passes

Pool pass sales for summer 2019 are now open! The purchase of a season pass covers your admission fees for the full pool season.

First time applicants must purchase pool passes in person at the Peek Service Center. This year, b eginning May 1, you can also purchase pool passes at City Hall or UP Public Library.  Proof of residency is required to purchase pool passes. We ask that you bring (2) forms of residency such as a drivers' license, utility bill, or lease/home contract.


Renewals

If you have had passes with us before, then you simply need to renew your family's existing passes. Renewals can be completed online here or by mail. Visit the pool page on our website to download and print a renewal form.

ID Cards

ID cards will now be printed EACH year for ALL pass holders. ID cards must be presented for entry each time you visit the pool. Passes are valid only for the person whose name and photo appears on the card. Photos can be done in person at the time of the purchase, or by email. Unless otherwise specified, we will use the photo we have on file for each pass holder in your family.
Pool Pass Fees
Friends of the UP Public Library
The Friends of the UP Public Library are hosting an event with popular scholar Dr. Elliot Engel on March 26 at 7 p.m. Details are below. You can register for the event here .

Upcoming City Meetings & Events