The Mission of the Central Park Guardians is to manage, build, protect and preserve Central Park.

About Central Park Guardians

The Central Park Guardian fund was founded on May 22, 2010 to provide a meaningful way for citizens and guests to leave their footprint on the splendor of Central Park. Resources generated through the Central Park Guardian fund will help improve and enhance the natural beauty of Central Park. This 172 -acre gem stands as a tribute to the passionate citizens of Grand Prairie who have a long heritage of supporting quality of life issues in their community.

The first anchors of Central Park are “The Summit”, the innovative state-of-the-art center for those 50 +, and the breathtaking Public Safety Building. Currently, under design is the next phase of Central Park. The $75 million dollar improvements with include “The Epic”, a 120,00sf life-changing recreation center, An Indoor-Outdoor Water Park with retractable roof, one of the nation’s most unique all-inclusive playgrounds, entitled PlayGRAND Adventures, amphitheater, trails and outdoor programming space. The improvements are slated to open Memorial Day 2017. At Completion, Central Park will provide miles of trails, ample refection space along the series of five lakes, a trail of art to cultivate and enhance the senses, and environmentally friendly Texas landscape. Plans also will include a hotel, retail development, restaurants and other complimentary private developments.

The Central Park Guardian fund has developed several areas of interest for one to donate monies and resources including; Art, Landscape, Fishing, Park Amenities, Recreation Amenities, Memorial Trees and General Park Support. Outside of these areas, citizens are invited to talk to the Parks and Recreation Department regarding specialized gift requests.

The Central Park Guardian members will receive discounts and other premiums through-out the year as a way of saying thanks for you selfless and meaningful support to Grand Prairie’s Central Park.

The Guardians continue in their support of educating and promoting the Monarch Butterfly at Central Park through the Flight of the Monarch Celebration. The Flight of the Monarch is the Texas Parks and Recreation Society 2014 Lone Star Programming Award winner! Central Park is also home to a Purple Martin Sanctuary, and the inaugural Marty Party was a state award winner in 2015.

Mae Smith is the proud Coordinator of the Central Park Guardians. For more information on how you can leave your thumbprint on Central Park, please call Mae at 972-237-8107 or email

Supporting Education & Conservation
The Guardians continue in their support of educating and promoting the Monarch Butterfly at Central Park through the Flight of the Monarch Celebration. The Flight of the Monarch is the Texas Parks and Recreation Society 2014 Lone Star Programming Award winner!

Flight of the Monarch presented by Cadillac of Arlington
Experience the Butterfly Effect in Grand Prairie on September 24, 2016. For more information contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107 or

Flight of the Monarch
Grand Prairie will celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10am to 4pm at Grand Central, State Highway 161 between Arkansas Lane and Warrior Trail. Remote parking is available to and from the event. This FREE event will include three Monarch butterfly releases at noon, 2pm & 4pm, a kid zone with bounce houses, rock climbing and children crafts, Costume Contest Arts & Crafts vendors, and food Back by popular demand, four time Grammy nominee Trout Fishing in America will also perform live on stage. Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band best known for family music and kids’ songs. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. Ezra on guitar and banjo stands 6’8″ tall while Keith on bass stretches to 5’5 1/2″ on a humid day. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny. For more information about the event, contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107 or

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About Central Park
This 172 acre park is the home of two new facilities, The Summit active adult center and the Public Safety Building. Park amenities include 5 lakes, grand lawn, boardwalk, pad sites for future retail, and plenty of open space for kites, frisbees, catch, or picnics.
How to Support the Fund

There are several ways that you can support the Central Park Guardian Fund. Please select from the list below, or click to view the catalog.

Become a Member
Lifetime, Annual Family, Individual

Adopt a Central Park Native Friend
Collectible plush animals and official certificate

Purchase a Living Legacy Gift
Trees, Park Accessories

Become a Friend of The Summit
Membership sponsorship, Art-riffic Fund

Purchase Guardian Apparel
Polo shirts and Hats

Purchase an Artist Rendering
Watercolor on Bamboo Print

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The Central Park Guardian Fund is a separate trust fund held by the City of Grand Prairie in accordance with the rules and regulations of the City of Grand Prairie. Fund oversight will be provided through the Director of Parks and Recreation and his/her assigned staff.

For more information or to make a donation, call Mae Smith with the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department at 972.237.8107 or

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