Merriman Park and University Manor started out as a pecan orchard that was developed as a residential area and, in the late 1970s, several of those developments came together to create a close-knit community. Bordered by Skillman Street to the west, and White Rock Creek to the east, it is a quiet combination of two neighborhoods that, between them, come in at around the 60-year-old mark.
While Merriman Park and University Manor are both residential areas, there are a couple of dog-friendly spots just outside the neighborhoods. Take in Baker’s Ribs at East NW Highway and Abrams Road with a friend as they offer outdoor seating with your furry friend, but no outdoor table service. The intersection of East NW Highway and W. Lawther Drive boasts two dog-friendly patios!
Watch the summer heat in the Dallas area as the pavement heats up quick. Conversely, you can enjoy the mild nature of the other seasons with longer walks.
Merriman Park and University Manor are older, established neighborhoods with homes built in the 60s with landscaping just as old. Look for established and diverse treescapes that provide shaded walks along the wider streets of the past. Don’t mistake "old" for run down! This is a neighborhood with a good combination of artificial and well-kept natural landscaping. here are some areas of the neighborhood that do not have sidewalks. Follow pedestrian traffic laws and consider reflective clothing and gear for you and your pup.
The neighborhood has a considerable number of homes built with alleyways and back garage entrances. These alleyways are not great walking paths for you and your pup. Notorious for inattentive, speeding drivers, it’s better to avoid them and stay on the main walkways through the neighborhood. The area is a bit rolling thanks to the proximity of White Rock Creek, but it won’t be an uphill battle no matter where you start.
The two neighborhoods are bordered along one side by the White Rock Creek Greenbelt. Beginning off Hillcrest Road outside of Merriman Park and University Manor, the greenbelt travels through the area to the White Rock Lake Trailhead. It is 8.4 miles total with a concrete multipurpose trail that welcomes biking, skating, running, and walking.
If you and your pup are up for a longer walk, the trail will lead, in a roundabout way, south to the White Rock Lake Dog Park. You can take a shortcut on Mockingbird Lane to get there as well. This is an awesome dog park and well worth the walk. Consider it a fenced-in doggie paradise! There are separate areas for small and large dogs. You can also let your dog swim in the lake! Water bowls are provided as well as doggy bags for messes. It's an all-around great place to spend some time and make new friends!