City News Briefs

December 7, 2016

Turn off automatic sprinkler systems in cold weather

City Ordinance prohibits the use of automatic sprinkler systems when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees. This measure is intended to reduce the likelihood of vehicle and pedestrian accidents caused by runoff that freezes on sidewalks, streets and alley surfaces.  Property owners who are responsible for these dangerous conditions are subject to Municipal Court fines

Preventing frozen water pipes

A "hard freeze" is forecast for the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Friday, December 9.   The temperature in University Park could be near or below 20 degrees.  Water pipes can freeze during such conditions.  Pipes most at risk for freezing include:

  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home
  • Pipes located in exterior walls
  • Any plumbing on the exterior of the home

A frozen garden hose can cause damage too.  When the water in the hose freezes, it expands, increasing pressure throughout the whole plumbing system.   As part of your regular seasonal maintenance, garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored before the first hard freeze.

UPPD House Watch

If you are going to be away from home this holiday season, you can have your home checked daily by a UPPD officer.  
The process is simple.  You can make the request online, or you can download and complete the form below, and return it to the City's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

Online House Watch Request

Click on the Resident Online Center.  If this is the first time you have entered a request for service using the Resident Online Center, you must create an account.  You will be asked to provide your name, address and email.

Download House Watch Form


Return the completed form to the City's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (3800 University Blvd.). Or fax it to 214-987-5364.

Holidays at UP Public Library

Visit the University Park Public Library in the Plaza at Preston Center Saturdays in December for holiday entertainment and treats for all ages.  All programs begin at 2 p.m. and are free-of-charge.  For more information call the library at 214-363-9095.

December 3 - Family Holiday Craft Time
December 10 - Magic of the Holidays with Mrs. Claus
December 17 - All Aboard The Polar Express 

Program sponsors:

Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 


Toy and Clothing Drive for Genesis Women's Shelter until Dec. 15

For the past several years, in the spirit of the holidays, UPPD has assisted the Genesis Women’s Shelter by sponsoring a clothing and toy drive.    Until Thursday, December 15 residents are encouraged to drop new toys and new clothing for children of all ages.  The Genesis Women's Shelter provides shelter, safety, counseling, and expert services to battered women and their children.  A drop-off box is located at City Hall (24 hour entrance).

Preventing third-row seat thefts

Despite arrests throughout the year, the theft of third-row seats is cyclical in our neighborhoods.  The University Park Police Department reminds SUV owners with 2014 and older models to continue to take precautions.  
Thieves most often target GM products including Suburbans, Tahoes and Yukons.  The stolen seats are commonly sold on eBay, Craigslist, and at area swap meets.  Although 2015 and newer GM full-sized SUVs feature third-row seats that are bolted to the floor, earlier-models have seats that can be easily removed.  Here are a few preventive tips that residents can take to safeguard their vehicles:

  • Secure the third-row seat with a cable lock.  Although locks can be cut, this is a layer of protection to slow the thief down.
  • Store the seat if it’s not being used.
  • Park your vehicle in your garage.  If not, back the vehicle to the garage, a fence or wall to hinder thieves from entering the vehicle through the back glass.  Etch your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the seat. The police department has an electric engraver available for resident use.

Report any suspicious activity to the University Park Police Department at 214-363-3000 or call 911 for an emergency.

Christmas/New Year - City Services - Building Hours

Christmas Holiday

  • City Hall and the Peek Service Center will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday.  Both buildings will reopen on Tuesday, December 27 at 8 a.m.
  • UP Public Library will be closed Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24.  The library will have regular hours from December 27 through December 30. 
  • No Court Night Wednesday, December 21

New Year Holiday


  • City Hall and the Peek Service Center will be closed on Monday, January 2 for the New Year Holiday.  Both buildings will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 8 a.m.
  • UP Public Library will be closed on Saturday, December 31.  The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 10 a.m.