The Arbor - October 2004

October 12, 2004

Trees for University Park Reforestation Program


Need a tree planted on the parkway in front of your home? Trees for University Park provides for the reforestation of UP by planting trees on the parkway (the grassy area between the sidewalk and street curb). Trees can be purchased from the City for $100. Residents may pick the location of the new tree in the parkway as long as it does not cause a sight obstruction. The price includes the planting of the tree by the Park Department. Although the trees are not guaranteed, they are handpicked by the City Arborist and the survival rate has been good. All trees are container grown, approximately 2 inches in trunk diameter, and 8 to 10 feet tall. Available tree varieties include:

Cedar Elm

Chinese Pistachio

Chinquapin Oak

Live Oak

Red Oak

Mexican White Oak

Crape Myrtle

Once planted, the care and maintenance of the trees become the responsibility of the homeowner. Information packets on how to care for your trees will be provided upon planting. The primary planting season is between November 15th and February 15th. Planting will occur in the order in which applications are received. Applications are accepted for the program all year long, but to guarantee your tree will be planted this season, place your order by January 1, 2005. There are three easy ways to place your order: 1) Go to the City website at and click on the "Trees for Town" link on the homepage. The order form can be downloaded directly from the website and then mailed. 2) Stop by and pick up a form from the receptionist at City Hall, or the park secretary at the Peek Service Center. 3) Call City Hall at 214-363-1644 to request a form be mailed to you.


Halloween is just around the corner - soon the streets of University Park will be filled with trick-or-treaters. To prepare your children for a fun and safe Halloween, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind:

-Wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping, and add reflective tape.

-Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.

-Avoid hard or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam or rubber which is soft and flexible.

-Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use make-up. -Have adults accompany young children.

-Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay. -Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.

-Watch for traffic.

-Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.

-Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.


For the past few months, staff has been working with UP residents to develop conceptual drawings for the replacement of older playground components at Smith Park. The playground committee has been working with representatives of Southwest Parks and Playgrounds, which the City has contracted with in the past to replace playground equipment at Burleson, Caruth, and Coffee Parks.

The new playground design will provide activities for both toddlers (ages 2-5 years) and older children (ages 5-12 years). The design layout of the playground has also incorporated all recommendations regarding the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and guidelines provided from the Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC).

Play structure components include: swing set, rock climber, log roll, merry-go-round, slides, tic-tac-toe board, children's backhoe, tot slide and climbers, vertical climbing features and resilient shredded wood surfacing. Support features will include: additional concrete containment curbs, concrete walkways, picnic tables, seating benches and a playground drainage system.

On September 7, 2004, the University Park City Council approved $69,174 for the playground's construction. Approximately half the funds were donated by University Park residents, with the remaining funds being provided by the City's Capital Improvement Program. The project will begin mid-October 2004 and is estimated to be completed in January 2005.

Fall session of Leadership University Park begins

The Community League and the City of University Park kicked off their third session of Leadership University Park on Tuesday, September 14th. Leadership UP is a collaborative effort of the University Park Community League and the City of University Park. The program is designed to recognize emerging leaders in their respective fields who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in UP. Leadership University Park is open to all residents 18 and over and runs for eight weeks. Class sessions are held every Tuesday night for two hours.

This semester, 31 participants enrolled in the program, the highest class enrollment yet. During the first two class periods, members were introduced to current UP Mayor James H. "Blackie" Holmes, III and several former Mayors, including Harold Peek, Pete Goldman, John Roach and Roy Coffee. Class members also took a guided tour of City Hall given by City staff.

Upcoming class events include presentations by HPISD Superintendent Cathy Bryce and SMU President Gerald Turner and dinner with the UP Fire Department.

For more information on how you can be part of the spring 2005 Class of Leadership UP, contact: University Park Community League Doug Roach, Chairman 214-523-9039 or

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK October 3-9, 2004

"Test Your Smoke Alarms"

For the past 82 years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored Fire Prevention Week. This year's campaign theme, "Test your Smoke Alarms," stresses a very important message, as roughly 70 percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Because fire can grow and spread so quickly, having working smoke alarms in your home can mean the difference between life and death. But these life-saving devices are only effective when they're working properly. Smoke alarms with batteries that are dead, disconnected, or missing can't alert you to the dangers of smoke and fire.

A great idea... Install all new smoke alarms and batteries when you move into a new home, unless the seller/renter can certify that they are new. Test your smoke alarms when you return from an extended trip to make sure your batteries haven't gone dead while you were away.

Reproduced from the NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, Copyright 2004 NFPA