Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 23,068
2000 Census - 23,324
University Park, Texas
University Park Texas History:
First settler Virginian Dr. John Cole arrived in 1843. He acquired 420 acres of land from the Republic of Texas, land that is now Highland Park and University Park. When Southern Methodist University was founded in 1915, homes were built around the campus to house university staff. Water for the campus and homes was provided by artesian wells and an overhead storage tank, and the sewage lines were connected to Dallas’ lines in Oak Lawn. Home owners paid the university for these services. In 1924, University Park incorporated and established a joint Water Control and Improvement District. The population was 1,200. The town flourished, and by 1945, it was one of the most prestigious locations in the Dallas area with 120 businesses and 18,000 residents. Also in 1945, Dallas attempted to annex Highland Park and University Park for the tax base, but residents defeated the ballot initiative. In response, Dallas annexed all the land adjacent to University Park, blocking future city growth. In 1947, Highland Park and University Park set up a joint water and sewage services. University Park has been able to maintain its unique character, high property values and low tax rate. The city uses the City of Dallas post office designation. University Park is bordered on three sides by Dallas and by Highland Park to the south. University Park and Highland Park are referred to as the Park Cities. Turtle Creek runs through the town. University Park is located on IH-35 East and U.S. 75, 40 miles northeast of Fort Worth, 27 miles northeast of Arlington, 24 miles northeast of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill State Park, 19 miles northeast of Grand Prairie and Joe Pool and Mountain Creek Lakes, 11.6 miles northeast of Irving, 56 miles east of Azle and Eagle Mountain Lake, 30 miles east of North Richland Hills, 38 miles southeast of Denton, 23 miles southeast of Lewisville and Lake Lewisville, 24 miles southeast of Grapevine and Lake Grapevine, 14.3 miles southeast of Carrollton, 12 miles southeast of Farmers Branch, 9.7 miles southeast of Addison, 23 miles south of Frisco, 30 miles southwest of Rockwall, 27 miles southwest of McKinney, 26.4 miles southwest of Wylie and Lake Lavon, 21 miles southwest of Allen, 14.8 miles southwest of Plano, 14.7 miles southwest of Garland and Ray Hubbard Lake, 9.4 miles southwest of Richardson, 38 miles northwest of Terrell, 19.6 miles northwest of Mesquite, 5 miles northwest of Dallas, and 35 miles north of Waxahachie, Texas.
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum at SMU University:
The library and museum features the presidential archives, a museum with permanent and traveling exhibits, and an independent policy institute. Ground breaking at SMU took place in November, 2010. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm; closed major holidays. (214) 346-1650. 2943 SMU Boulevard, 75205. Email  Campus Map
Meadows Museum at SMU:
Permanent collections include one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, a complete first edition set of Goya’s four great print series, the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture collection, and SMU’s art collection. The museum also features traveling exhibits. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm; closed Mondays. The museum is open on Thursdays until 9pm. An admission fee applies. Admission is free on Thursday evenings, 5pm-9pm. (214) 768-2516. 5900 Bishop Boulevard, 75205. Campus Map
Free Museum of Dallas, Contemporary Art:
Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, or by appointment. The museum is located in Room 1640 of the Owen Arts Center on the SMU campus at 6106 Bishop Boulevard. Email  Campus Map
McFarlin Memorial Auditoriumat Southern Methodist University, University Park:
This National Register Property hosts graduations, the Willis M. Tate Lecture Series and other student programs, international dance companies, concerts, and other cultural events. (214) 768-3139. 6045 Boaz Lane, Dallas, Texas (University Park) 75275.
Owens Arts Center at SMU:
This complex includes the Mudge Art Building, Forbes Music Hall and the Ruth Sharp Collins Drama Building. The center hosts dance, music and theatre performances, and features art galleries and studios, rehearsal spaces, and offices. The Owens Art Center facilities include 490 seat Caruth Auditorium concert hall and the Fisk Organ, the 392 seat Bob Hope Theatre, the 366 seat  Greer Garson Theatre,  the 125 seat Margo Jones Black Box Theatre, the O’Donnell Lecture-Recital Hall, the Sharp Studio and the Taubman Atrium. Art spaces include the Doolin Gallery exhibiting student works, and the Free Museum of Dallas. The Bob Hope Lobby features ten LCD screens forming a 22 foot wide video wall where event information, student work and photographs are displayed. (214) 768-2713. 6101 Bishop Boulevard, 75205. Email  Parking  Campus Map  
Southern Methodist University (SMU):
This private school has approximately 11,000 students. (214) 768-2000. 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, Texas. Campus Map 
Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library at SMU:
This library is located in the Owens Art center of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. The library features information on the visual art, art history, cinema, communications, dance, music and theatre. Resources include over 180,000 artifacts and 32,000 sound and visual recordings. It also maintains the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, formerly named the Southwest Film/Video Archives. This collection contains over 9,000 film prints and negatives, and over 3,000 video tapes which are housed in the Greer Garson Theatre’s 3,800 square foot climate controlled storage vault. (214) 768-2713. 6101 Bishop Boulevard, 75205. Email  Parking  Campus Map 
University Park Public Library:
The library opened in 2001 as the University Park Book Bank in Snider Plaza. The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers (one is handicapped accessible) with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi.Open Tue & Thu, 10am-8pm; Wed, Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm; closed Sunday and Monday. In 2012, the library was in its temporary home at 4420 Worcola Street, 75206. (214) 363-9095.