About the UPHA

One of the oldest and most active neighborhood associations in the City of Raleigh!

While UPHA officially represents the interests of homeowners in the neighborhood, we strive to improve communication and quality of life for all residents.  It is the goal of the UPHA to work closely to monitor and take action on issues critical to the neighborhood such as parking, growth, parks, zoning and crime to ensure University Park is a great place to live, work and play.

Some examples of our accomplishments include:
Zoning:
  • prevented harmful zoning changes and variances in our neighborhood
Safety:
  • supported Fred Olds Elementary School for safer street crossings
  • helped with efforts to get new sidewalks built on heavily traveled streets
Greenways and Parks:
  • Greenway expansion
    • Successfully expanded the greenway from Wade Avenue to Barmettler Street along the creek in the unused Banbury Rd. and West Spring Street right-of-way
    • CLICK HERE to view the greenway map
  • Park improvements
    • Helped get new childrens’ play equipment and/or park furniture at Chamberlain Street Neighborhood Park, Cannon Park, Pollock Place Park and Mayview Green
    • Organized and accomplished landscaping improvements for Cannon Park
    • Supported the “Points of Light” mural on the Cannon Park comfort station
    • Successfully advocated for new split rail fencing around the Raleigh Rose Garden
    • Spearheaded the dedication and renaming of Isabella Cannon Park (formerly known as Gardner Street Park) to honor UP resident Isabella Cannon, Raleigh’s first and only woman mayor
    • Supported new improvements to the play area at Fred Olds Elementary School
    • Formed Adopt-a-Park agreements with the City of Raleigh to install doggie waste bag dispensers around the neighborhood in park locations
    • Successfully advocated for park improvement funds for Cannon Park
Communication:
  • Maintains relationships and regular communication with city council members
  • Distributes quarterly newsletters to members and posts them to the UPHA website
  • Offers a neighborhood yahoo discussion group for all citizens of University Park
  • Holds social events so neighbors meet and get to know each other
Historic District:
  • Initiated and received approval for the West Raleigh Historic District, which includes a large portion of University Park.  Provided funding for a portion of the study.
Beautification:
  • Raised funds and organized volunteers for neighborhood tree plantings and beautification projects
  • Recognizes outstanding property stewardship via the “Home of the Month” award program, encouraging greater pride in, appreciation and improvement of our neighborhood
Funding
  • UPHA is funded through one-time membership fees. Therefore, it is essential to continue to increase membership to fund annual expenses associated with the quarterly newsletters, mailings, and neighborhood improvements.
Hillsborough Street Monitoring and Partnership
  • University Park is represented on the Hillsborough Street Partnership (http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org) seeking positive changes for the Hillsborough Street area.
  • UPHA reviews all requests by businesses for ABC permits to serve alcohol and makes recommendations

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