The Arbor - July 2005

July 8, 2005

Join the UPPD in Curtis Park on August 2nd for National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., neighborhoods throughout University Park are invited to join forces with the UPPD and thousands of communities nationwide for the "22nd Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.  Residents in neighborhoods throughout University Park and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.  During the evening, meet with police officers and learn about the department and crime prevention.  Activities will include free swimming in Curtis Park Swimming Pool, a live DJ, refreshments and more.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Associations of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the University Park Police Department, will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  Over 34 million people are expected to participate in 'America's Night Out Against Crime.'

For more information on National Night Out events in Curtis Park on August 2nd or to organize your own NNO bock party, contact Crime Prevention Officer Lita Snellgrove at 214-987-5374.  Residents are also encouraged to visit the National Night Out website at

University Park announces Citizen of the Year

The City of University Park is pleased to announce Elizabeth (Liz) Farley as the 2005 University Park Citizen of the Year. 

The City Council initiated the Citizen of the Year Award this year to heighten awareness of the many residents who make outstanding contributions to the community.  The award is designed to promote an understanding that the strength of the community is dependent upon a network of residents who voluntarily make the effort and take the necessary time to improve the quality of life in University Park.  These citizens neither expect nor receive recognition for their efforts to protect our environment, provide opportunities for youth, fundraise, or perform many other examples of good citizenship. 

Councilmember Kelly Walker nominated Liz for her fundraising efforts to pay for new playground equipment in the city's parks.   Liz approached the City Council in 2001 to propose a partnership between the City and the community to replace playground equipment at Caruth Park and Curtis Park.  The cost to replace playground equipment is approximately $70,000 per park.  Liz proposed fundraising pay for half of the playground equipment and that the City pay for the other half.  Council approved this partnership in March 2001 and volunteers, coordinated by Liz, began to solicit donations.  Engraved pieces of natural stone and park benches were sold to the community and placed in the parks to recognize donor support.

By 2002, Liz and other volunteers had raised enough money to renovate Caruth, Curtis and Coffee Parks  The fundraising momentum that Liz generated has now assisted the City in replacing the park equipment in every major park.  The fundraising strategy has been so successful and well organized that other volunteers have been able to take the lead in fundraising for other parks.  To date, approximately, $200,000 has been donated for park playground equipment upgrades. With the City's matching funds, almost $400,000 has been spent on playground renovations since 2001. Even though all playground equipment has now been updated, the City is still accepting donations for park and playground improvements.  Donations will now go toward additional pieces of equipment, new drinking fountains, and general playground upgrades.

Liz is a native of Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in nursing.  She worked as a registered nurse at Methodist Hospital for two years.  Liz moved to University Park six years ago.  She and her husband Lane Farley have three children-Ashley, 8; Lauren, 6; and Cole, 4 months.  In addition to her fundraising efforts for the parks, Ms. Farley is a two-year member of the City's Parks Advisory Committee and a three-year member of the UP Community League, where she also served as Secretary.  She is also a graduate of the first Leadership University Park class in 2003.  Liz is an active member of Northwest Bible Church and the Hyer Preschool Association.

In her nomination, Councilmember Walker said, "Liz took it upon herself to raise money to buy new playground equipment for our parks.   This was no easy task but she worked with the city on achieving this goal and it was accomplished.  It is people like Liz who make our city as great as it is."

Pictured below:
2005 Citizen of the Year, Liz Farley and her children Ashley, Lauren and Cole on the playground equipment at Caruth Park.


Movies at the "Dive In" is a new program sponsored by the City of University Park at the Curtis Park Swimming Pool.  The program is designed for ages 12 and older, to view water-oriented films while having access to the pool during the evening hours.  This summer the Jaws Trilogy will be shown.

The pool gates will close promptly at 9:30 p.m. and the movie will begin.  Children will not be allowed to exit before the movie is over at 11:30 p.m. for security purposes.  Please note that an on-duty University Park Police Officer will patrol the area on a regular basis during the event. All regular pool regulations will be strictly enforced. 

For more information click here or call the Park Department at 214-987-5488. 

Where: Curtis Park Pool
When:  July 8th - Jaws
            July 29th - Jaws II
            August 12th - Jaws III
Time: 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Admission: $3.00 (season passes not honored)
Ages: 12 years and older
Concessions: Available
Restrictions: Gates will close at 9:30 p.m. 

Code of Ordinance Reminder - Fence Permits

Section 8-801 of the University Park Zoning Ordinance requires all residents or contractors to first obtain a fence permit before any fence construction is allowed.  Fence permits are separate from building permits, and can be obtained by filing an application with the Building Inspection Division at the Peek Service Center.  Commercial fence permit fees are $100 per application, and residential fence permit fees are $50 per application.