City News Briefs

February 13, 2019

Occupied Homes Burglarized - Lock Your Doors


UPPD reports that during the past two weeks, burglars have entered two homes at night while those inside were asleep. During one of the incidents, suspects could see a purse on the dining room table from the front lawn, and had easy access to the valuables because the exterior door was unlocked.
Don’t forget to lock your doors and activate your alarm system daily!

Mayor's State of the City presentation

During this presentation held at City Hall on February 14, Mayor Olin Lane, Jr. touched on many of the key issues and projects the Council and City staff are focused on in 2019.  During the event, a printed version of the City's 2018-19 Annual Report was handed out to attendees.  The report summarizes the City's finances and recaps current major projects and activities on a department-by-department basis.

State of the City Video (45:55)
State of the City Power Point

Iconic LOVE sculpture donated to University Park

University Park is feeling a whole lot of love just in time for Valentine’s Day, thanks to a new sculpture installation 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.

February 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 February 2019 version of UPdate.