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HPUMC Appeals for New Activities Facility

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Rendering courtesy of HPUMC.

A version of this story was printed in the August 2016 issue of Park Cities People, in which we reported UP City Council had approved HPUMC’s development plans. At press deadline, this information was confirmed by a UP official. That confirmation was later retracted. The story below has been revised and rewritten by the editorial staff to reflect the accurate information.

University Park City Council is set to vote on Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC)’s plans to raze and rebuild its 23-year-old Biggers Activities Building on Hillcrest Avenue sometime in August.

The vote was originally set for July 19, but was postponed at the request of HPUMC. According to an email from the director of communications Mary Wilson, the church’s zoning consultant noticed an error in the proposed ordinance during the previous council meeting July 5.

If their plans are approved, HPUMC will replace the current structure with a new, much larger family activities center.

“The existing building doesn’t fit into our church and it doesn’t contribute to the neighborhood. It was just a gym and a youth center and unfortunately, it’s not been utilized ever to its capacity,” Dallas Cothrum, of Masterplan Consulting and HPUMC, said at the June 7 city council meeting.

Cothrum said one of his friends had told him the current building looked like “something the Soviets built and left here.”

Fashion Show to Celebrate Hope Door’s 30th


Hope’s Door will host a fashion show and luncheon to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of providing intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic violence.

The event will be held September 16 at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park with the luncheon starting at 11 :30 a.m.

New Beginning Center, an organization providing education, prevention, and intervention services to those affected by domestic violence, will also sponsor the event, which will be the first hosted by Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center after they merge September 1.

The fashion show will feature women’s and children’s clothing designed by Abi Ferrin.

For more information, tickets, and sponsorships visit the event page.

Correction: Greater Space at HPUMC


An article in the August 2016 print edition of Park Cities People incorrectly reported the University Park City Council approved a plan during its July 5 meeting to raze the Biggers Building at Highland Park United Methodist Church and build a new family activities center.

At press time, Park Cities People confirmed the report with a University Park official. That confirmation was later retracted.

The council held a public hearing on the issue but did not take any action. A subsequent vote scheduled for July 19 was postponed at the request of the applicant so that it could make a slight modification to the proposal.

University Park Community Information Officer Steve Mace said that council has no intention of backing away from project approval, and will likely take up the issue again in August.

We regret the error.

Coloring Book Contest Grand Prize Drawing

Category winners (from left): Ages 1-3 Lila McCollum, age 2; Ages 4-7 Ben Morton, age 7; Ages 8-11 Julia Berlin, age 8; and Ages 12-14 Bridget Stammel, age 12. 0
Category winners (from left): Ages 1-3 Lila McCollum, age 2; Ages 4-7 Ben Morton, age 7; Ages 8-11 Julia Berlin, age 8; and Ages 12-14 Bridget Stammel, age 12.

Did your kiddo work hard on his or her Park Cities People Fourth of July Coloring Book? Well, it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner.

So gather up the kids and head to St. Bernard Sports at 5570 West Lovers Lane for the drawing at 6 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Playhouse Hunting at NorthPark Center

Parade of Playhouses  2015 (Courtesy photo)

A house from the Parade of Playhouses 2015. (Courtesy photo)

It’s that time of year again. The time when adolescent house hunters get to tour the playhouses of their dreams while their parents shop at NorthPark Center.

Presented by Dallas CASA, the 21st annual Parade of Playhouses starts this Friday, July 15 and concludes on July 31.

Raffle tickets are available for $5 online and at ticket tables throughout the shopping center. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected children through CASA. Winners will be selected at the conclusion of the 17-day event.

Fashion Show to Benefit Eating Disorder Awareness


Melissa Rountree will co-chair the event with her daughter Morgan Moore.

Local philanthropists and notables will strut their stuff in the Esteem fashion show September 17 to raise money for fighting eating disorder illnesses.

The event will take place at Tootsies located in the Plaza at Preston Center at 10 a.m. Guests can purchase raffle tickets for $10 or six for $50 to win prizes like Elizabeth Showers jewelry and Tootsies gift cards. There will also be “mimosas and munchies” before the show.

Esteem, now in its seventh year, promotes positive body images, healthy lifestyles, and self-esteem. The show will benefit The Elisa Project, an organization founded by the parents of a college student who lost her life to an eating disorder in 1996. 

Former President Celebrates 70th Birthday



Today marks former President George W. Bush’s 70th birthday and the George W. Bush Presidential Center is inviting those near and far to help celebrate.

Visitors at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum can share their birthday wishes on a six-foot tall birthday card which will be displayed in the lobby until Friday.

For those outside of the area, a digital card will be available for signing this week at the Bush Center website. 

PCPeeps Go All Out for Independence Day

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(Photo: Chris McGathey)

The threat of rain didn’t scare our #PCPeeps, who went all out for this year’s Park Cities Rotary Club’s Fourth of July at Goar Park yesterday. Families and friends enjoyed a cool morning of fun and games, from the parade to the bounce houses to the watermelon eating contest. Click Read More to see more photos.

Police Searching Turtle Creek for Missing SMU Officer

Rescue command center at Turtle Creek and Avondale (Photo: Britt Stafford) 1
Rescue command center at Turtle Creek and Avondale (Photo: Britt Stafford)

Rescue crews are set up at Turtle Creek in search of a missing SMU police officer who was swept away in the creek during a storm.

Highland Park police Lt. Lance Koppa says they received a call at 1:39 a.m. from a man on Fitzhugh Avenue reporting high waters were washing over his car. Both Highland Park and Dallas Police and Fire Rescue are now searching for him, and for the white Dodge he drove. As of 10:20 a.m., neither the driver nor his car has been found.

SMU police chief Richard Shafer released a statement confirming the missing person was an SMU officer, “working off-duty as a private security guard at a construction site when he and his car were swept away by high water early Tuesday, July 5, near Turtle Creek in Highland Park.” The officer’s name has not been released.

Update 10:50 a.m. Rescue crews are searching the creek in rafts.