University Park is the smaller half of what is commonly called the "Park Cities" in Dallas. Dallas proper wraps around it on the north, east, and west with Highland Park bordering on the south. Southern Methodist University occupies a considerable section of the eastern neighborhood. University Park is not a college student neighborhood, but rather an upscale residential community centered around families.
No matter where you go in Dallas, you will meet the Texas heat in the summer and enjoy the amazingly mild winters. Plan accordingly for your seasonal walks with your furry friend by taking early morning walks in the summer and afternoon walks in the fall and winter. Always heed the hot pavement warnings in the summer! It is no joke that your pup’s paws can be injured quickly in the Texas heat. Grab a freshly baked doggie treat for your furry friend at the Lucky Dog Bakery in the Preston Center Plaza.
This is a neighborhood made for walking wherever you find yourself and your pup. You both can have several different walking experiences depending on where you start and which way you head during your walk. Know your walking buddy and what their experience is before you start as this is a great neighborhood for long walks. Gently rolling would be an excellent term to describe the walk you and your pup will take through University Park.
With Southern Methodist University occupying a good portion of the neighborhood, you have that planned picturesque college green landscape. Walking on SMU’s grounds provides a relaxing and smooth walk. The residential sections of the community are upscale vintage with old growth trees and sidewalks throughout. Several parks and ponds are scattered throughout the area, so it is a good balance of artificial and natural turf. On sunny days, you will find the area busy with families and folks out and about.
Taking into account that 'park' is in its name, it should be no surprise that there is plenty of green landscaping in University Park. Private yards are prominently landscaped and cared for. Twelve parks are scattered throughout the neighborhood! Burleson Park, Caruth Park, Coffee Park, Curtis Park, Germany Park, Goar Park, Smith Park, Walt Humann Park, and Williams Park all welcome dogs on a leash and invite your pup to enjoy the amenities of the park together with you. The parks all vary in size and amenities, but all are nicely maintained and enjoyable walking experiences.
Southern Methodist University also boasts some fantastic green spaces on their campus. Walking on SMU is like taking a step back in time to a 1950s era college campus with rolling green landscapes, old growth trees, and wide walking paths. These experiences are not planned for our pups, so make sure you take water with you and plan to clean up any waste.