The 20-acre area we call home
College Park District represents the shared vision of UT Arlington and the City of Arlington to breathe new life into the downtown area and create a true college town environment.
College Park District is the most ambitious project in UT Arlington history—practically a campus in and of itself. Spanning more than 20 acres, the $160 million development is a place where students, neighbors, and visitors can intermingle while enjoying stellar entertainment, sports, and restaurants. Stop by to experience all that it has to offer and you’ll see that it’s just one more example of how UT Arlington is evolving into a world-class institution.
Live Where You Learn
More than 5,000 students call UT Arlington home during the school year, a number that is growing every day. Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts at College Park, located inside College Park, are helping boost that statistic and continue the University’s effort to transform itself into a true residential campus. This residence hall and apartment complex, respectively, provide on-campus accommodations for hundreds of students, allowing them to become part of the University’s thriving residential population.
Grab Some Grub
The University and greater Arlington communities now have an abundance of new dining options to try downtown. An assortment of popular restaurants will soon set up shop in College Park, offering enough variety to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. These include Pie Five Pizza Co., Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Digg's Taco Shop, Smiling Moose Deli, Pho Xpress, Blaze's Sports Grill, and GRIP Mediterranean Grill.
Park Your Ride
The parking garages in College Park were built to accommodate both the University community and downtown Arlington visitors. With space to fit 1,800 cars, they feature the latest technology to help ensure safety and security, including numerous video cameras and emergency call boxes. The central lot also demonstrates UT Arlington’s continuing commitment to creating a sustainable campus by offering free, public charging stations for electric vehicles.
The Green at College Park
In 2011, the University opened The Green at College Park, a 4.62-acre green space north of Mitchell Street on Center Street. The site is intended as an inviting oasis for students, neighbors, and friends to gather and relax. Designed with sustainability in mind, it features a large lawn, a curved stone wall that offers seating, and paving materials made from recycled bottles that will allow water to permeate, as well as native grasses, adaptive plants, and a dry creek bed that will help manage rainwater and storm water runoff that drains into Johnson Creek.
The Green is among only 150 sites worldwide that will test the first-ever rating system for green landscape design, construction, and maintenance. The system is a project of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), a group formed to promote sustainable land development and management practices. SITES partners include the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. SITES selected the UT Arlington campus landscape project based on its extensive environmentally friendly elements, according to the organization.
The Green at College Park was designed by Schrickel, Rollins, and Associates of Arlington, Texas, and is a joint project between the city of Arlington and UT Arlington. Construction of the $2.8 million green space was funded almost entirely through a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Center Street Trail
Along the east side of the College Park District runs five blocks of the city's Center Street Trail system, which provides vehicular, pedestrian, and bike access to points of interest in Arlington, including the University, the downtown area, Levitt Pavilion, and many more.