City News Briefs

May 23, 2017


Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Closings-Hours


Friday, May 26 - City Hall and the Peek Service Center will close for the day at 11 a.m. so that staff can participate in the annual Memorial Day Staff Picnic.  UP Public Library will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that staff can attend the picnic.
  • Monday, May 29 - City Hall and the Peek Service Center will be closed for  Memorial Day.  City Hall and the Peek Service Center will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 8 a.m.
  • UP Public Library is closed on Mondays.  The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 and will open at  10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.


Memorial Day Weekend - Holmes Aquatic Center

Memorial Day Weekend May 27 - 29 
Saturday 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
Sunday Noon -6 p.m.
Monday (Memorial Day) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  

May 2017 UPdate

Catch up on City items of interest, department-by-department.  UPdate is a new online publication that is distributed mid-month.  Read the May 2017 version of UPdate.

Preventing bike thefts

With summer just about here, it's time for a reminder on steps kids and parents can take to reduce bike thefts. 

Do not:

  • Leave bikes unlocked
  • Leave bikes in plain sight in the front yard or the driveway
  • Leave bikes inside an open garage

When you lock your bike, use a high-quality U-lock, not a cable lock.  For added protection, lock the frame and one wheel to a secure fixed object.  Also, don't forget to write down your bike's serial number (usually located on the underside of the bottom bracket) and to take a photo of it.  If  your bike is stolen, both steps will help police recovery efforts.


City UPFD offers CPR training

The Fire Department has an upcoming opportunity for residents who want American Heart Association CPR and First Aid training.  Class date and time: 

  • Saturday, June 17 (8 a.m. to noon)

Conducted at University Park City Hall, the session is limited to the first 10 individuals who register.   Participants will learn how to give CPR to adults, children and infants, and will also work with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Participants will be charged $25 each to cover the cost of materials.  Registration and payment in advance are required.  Please call 214-987-5380.  Please note:  If you are a healthcare worker, the Fire Department has not yet scheduled a AHA Healthcare Provider/BLS class.

18-month improvement project - Dallas North Tollway

The speed limit from Harvest Hill Rd. south of I-635 to I-35 is now 55 mph.  The lower speed limit will remain in place until the project is completed.

The south end of the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) is getting a facelift. The North Texas Tollway Authority will replace the center median barrier and repave the tollway between Harvest Hill Road (south of Interstate 635) and I-35E.
Restriping has begun.  The restriping will provide a work zone for crews near the median, which they will replace.

Once restriping is complete, work to remove and replace the center median barrier will begin. Later, crews will replace asphalt on the driving surface as well as adding new pavement markings.
This is proactive, planned maintenance to ensure a safe, reliable and quality road that drivers expect on the DNT.
To minimize traffic impacts, the majority of this work will happen during off-peak hours — at night and on some weekends. Nightly lane closures will be performed under the guidance of local law enforcement. Please be aware that the work area will move locations periodically.

Project Elements - Crews will restripe the lanes to make room for repairs, then the center barrier will be removed and replaced, then asphalt replacement will take place.
This project will be complete in approximately 18 months, weather permitting.
For project updates and the latest information on lane closures go to

Preventing third-row seat thefts

The University Park Police Department reminds SUV owners with 2014 and older models to continue to take precautions to prevent third-row seat thefts.
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.