City News Briefs

April 1, 2019

Pickleball Clinics April 25 and April 27 - Germany Park

It’s fun for all ages.  Come learn how to play Pickleball. 

The City recently resurfaced all of its tennis courts.  In addition to the new blue courts, each location now features one Pickleball stripped court.  Pickleball combines aspects of tennis, badminton and ping pong.  Come see what the big dill is! 

Free Pickleball Clinics – Germany Park Tennis Courts (6401 Lomo Alto Dr.)

  • Thursday, April 25 – 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Saturday, April 27 – Noon to 2 p.m.

Instructors:  Patrick Wilmot and Mary Hodge

Dallas County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan - public comments

Dallas County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Action Plan.  As part of that process, the County must solicit public input and provide access to a survey that asks residents in University Park and all other municipalities in the County to weigh-in on hazards that might be a threat to their neighborhood (tornado, wildfire, flood, winter storm etc.)  To participate in the 16-question online poll, click here.  

Help the City Fight the Bite

In April, households across the Park Cities will receive a door hanger listing simple steps residents can take to control mosquitoes.  The effort is centered on eliminating standing water.   
To control mosquito breeding:

  • Don’t over irrigate
  • Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week
  • Keep backyard pools clean
  • Keep unnecessary plant growth cut back
  • Cover trash containers so they will not collect water
  • Use automatic sprinkler systems wisely
  • Clean or replace clogged roof gutters and downspouts
To protect yourself and family members:
  • While outside during dawn and dusk hours wear long sleeve, loose and light-colored clothing
  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET

Residents are urged to report standing water locations to City staff.  Dial 311, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.  Residents can also call to arrange for a free property inspection and onsite advice on how to control mosquitoes.

Throughout the summer and early fall, when mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus or are especially plentiful, the City will use our website and social media to provide residents with timely information on targeted overnight fogging efforts conducted to control the mosquito population. 

Iconic LOVE sculpture donated to University Park

A new sculpture has been installed in Williams Park.  

Created by renowned artist Robert Indiana, the famous LOVE sculpture has been gifted to University Park on long-term loan by Pauline and Austin Neuhoff. As residents of the City, the Neuhoffs recently had their 25th wedding anniversary and wanted to celebrate and share their “love” with their community, so they donated the sculpture to the City.
Once the LOVE sculpture agreement was approved by the City Council, a special committee of members with art expertise was formed to choose the best location for the 6x6 foot sculpture. After some consideration, it was decided that placement on the south side of the Williams Park island would provide the perfect community backdrop.
The LOVE sculpture adds to the list of art on display in various City parks. Hitzelberger Park is home to a sculpture titled “Parental Embrace,” created by Dallas stone-carver Harold F. Clayton and donated by former University Park Mayor Barbara Hitzelberger-Wooten. There are also sculptures on display at Coffee Park, Caruth Park and Elena’s Children’s Park.   
Robert Indiana, who passed away in May 2018 at the age of 89, created the famous LOVE sculpture as a pop art image in 1964, and the first rendering in sculpture was made in 1970 and is located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There are fewer than 25 original LOVE sculptures in the United States.  University Park is the second location in Texas, another is on display at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.

April 2019 Update

Catch up on City items of interest, department-by-department.  UPdate is a new online publication that is distributed mid-month.  Read the April 2019 version of UPdate.