Coffee Park – University, Park

Coffee Park, located at 3400 Northwest Parkway, was purchased from H. E. Yarbrough on April 6, 1953.  Originally it was named Northcrest Park, a reference to the park’s location at Northwest Parkway and Hillcrest Avenue.  In 1979, the park was rededicated in memory of Roy C. Coffee Sr., University Park’s longest-tenured mayor.  Mayor Coffee served as a City Commissioner from 1949 to 1950 and as mayor from 1950 to 1970.

Extensively renovated in 2009, park improvements include a trail system with dioramas depicting the history of University Park, new picnic facilities, athletic field improvements, park entrance signage, decorative fencing, expanded acreage on the park’s northern edge (made possible because of the Northwest Parkway Wall) and a barrier-free playground to provide fun for children of all ages and abilities.  On the northwest corner of the park is a statue that depicts a young Roy Coffee heading home from the fields after a day’s work.  The piece is entitled, “Waterin’ the Work Mules.”

Park Amenities

  • Baseball Field
  • Practice Soccer Field
  • Barrier-Free/ADA Compliant Playground with Rubberized Surface
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Walking/Jogging Trail
  • Sculptures
  • Portable Restroom

Best for kids of all ages. The large playground for ages 5–12 is equipped with rock climbing structures, spinning handlebars, slippery slides, and plastic gray boulders for your mini adventurer. The side for ages 2-5 features a petite slide and gray boulder, where their imaginations may take them to the top of Mount Everest.

Taller slides, an open mountainous-like structure (perfect for running through), and those spinning handlebars occupy the area for ages 5-12. Swings for all ages are behind the play structure. Bring a soccer ball or baseball and bat, as the dedicated sports fields to the left of the park, are ideal for a game.

Trees and covered play structures provide shade from the sun, plus there are shaded seating options. Benches and picnic tables surround the park.

The surface of the park is solid rubber. There are no barriers around the park; keep an eye out to make sure your kids don’t make their way too far out on Villanova Street.

It is a nice, safe, well-maintained park in a high-end part of Dallas. This is a wonderful park for the kiddies with a great variety of playground equipment with safety rubber matting. Covered seating available adjacent to the equipment is a great place for a picnic or to take a water break out of the sun.

There are two separate port-a-johns available that are maintained regularly and were very clean. There’s a mini trail around the play area that can be used to get some exercise in and still watch your children. Also some covered seating, bathroom and water fountain. If you just want to walk/run, there’s a larger trail. Also, there’s a baseball/softball field.


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