Curtis Park, located at 3500 Lovers Lane, was purchased from C. W Snider on June 1, 1931. Later that year, on August 17, Mayor Pro Tempore C. G. King signed the ordinance dedicating the park in honor of H. J. Curtis, who served as Mayor from 1930 to 1938.
Curtis Park is the summer aquatic, social and recreational hub of University Park. The Holmes Aquatic Center, named after former Mayor James "Blackie" Holmes, features a 50-meter pool that has a depth of 3 to 14 feet, and for the brave or young at heart, a 1-meter and a 3-meter diving board. Toddlers and preschool children may enjoy the shaded 2-foot-deep wading pool.
To the east of the pool area is a double tennis court, lighted for evening play and equipped with fiberglass practice backboards. Near the Westminster, cul-de-sac is an exciting playground surrounded by benches and picnic tables, with the Turtle Creek ponds in the background. Not only does the pond provide a haven for numerous waterfowl, but it is also a great challenge for young anglers since catfish and bass are plentiful. A floating fountain aerates the water and, as darkness appears, the lights enhance the beauty of the cascading water. Across the stone bridge, there is another larger picnic area that can easily accommodate a small family reunion.
- Baseball Field
- Practice Soccer Field
- Lighted Tennis Courts
- ADA Complaint Playground with Rubberized Surface
- Picnic Facilities
- Fishing Pond
- Swimming Pool
- Walking/Jogging Trail
- Two portable restrooms are available at this park site
Curtis Baseball Field
The Curtis Park Baseball Field is programmed primarily by the Park Cities YMCA during the spring and fall months. The field is currently not rented to individuals or teams for practice, and it's used on a first come basis. For youth programming questions, or to sign your child up for youth sports, please contact the Park Cities YMCA.
Curtis Park Soccer Field
The soccer field is programmed primarily by the Park Cities YMCA during the spring and fall months. The field is currently not rented to individuals or teams for practice, and it's used on a first come basis. For youth programming questions, or to sign your child up for youth sports, please contact the Park Cities YMCA.
Curtis Park Tennis Courts
All courts have fiberglass practice backboards and are lighted for evening play. A push-button switch located on the fence can turn on the tennis lights. A main timer allows the switch to activate from dusk to 10 pm only. Once the switch is pushed, allow 5 to 10 minutes for the bulbs to heat up and light the court. To report lighting problems or net repairs, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.
Curtis Park Playground
For your Child's safety, the playground at Curtis Park is designed with two separate units based on recommended age usage by the Consumer Product Safety Council. The age groups covered are 2-to 5-year-olds and 5-to 12-year-olds.
Curtis Park Picnic Area
The picnic area may be reserved for use by residents. The picnic area has nine picnic tables and three small grills and three large grills. For reservations, please call 214-987-5488.
Curtis Park Lake is open year-round to young anglers.
- Individuals over the age of 16 must have a valid state fishing license.
- No boats or flotation devices are allowed in the lake.
- No wading or swimming in the lake.
- Young children should be supervised at all times.
Curtis Park Trail
The trail system meanders throughout the entire park site. The trail system is open to the public for walking and jogging from 6 am until 11 pm.
Tennis courts are available for University Park residents only. A tennis permit is required to make a reservation. Reservations for the tennis courts can be made up to (2) days in advance. For reservations, please log in to the City's online reservation system.
Tennis Permit Renewals
You may renew your tennis permit online or by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.
To renew online, please visit the RecTrac website to renew online.
If you are purchasing a tennis permit for the first time, you must do this in person at the Peek Service Center, 4420 Worcola Street, Dallas 75206.
Please bring with you:
- A valid Texas driver's license or a current utility bill to verify your address.
- Payment is in the form of cash, check, or credit card according to the fees below.
- Individual Permit - $20 per year
- Senior Permit - $10 per year
- Youth Permit - $10 per year
For additional questions regarding reservations or permits, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.