The following is from the May 13, 2007, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Voters OK sale of parkland to SMU

The Dallas Morning News

Southern Methodist University has permission to buy a tiny park that could be the last puzzle piece needed to build the George W. Bush Presidential Library project.

University Park voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot proposal Saturday allowing the city to sell Potomac Park to SMU. Officials at SMU, which learned in December that it's the lone finalist to host the facility, have said the land could be used as part of the library site.

Brad Cheves, SMU's vice president for development and external affairs, said the results were good news for the citizens of University Park and SMU.

"We are very pleased, but we are also very appreciative to the voters, to the citizens of University Park," Mr. Cheves said. "They saw that clearly this was an opportunity to improve the parks and in doing so, give SMU the opportunity to purchase the property on the east side that gives us options for the needs and for our future."

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