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

About Central Park Guardians

The Grand Central 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 Grand Central. Resources generated through the Grand Central Guardian fund will help improve and enhance the natural beauty of Grand Central. 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 Grand Central 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 will include The Epic, a 120,00 square-foot life-changing recreation center, an indoor waterpark with retractable roof, one of the nation’s most unique all-inclusive playgrounds entitled PlayGRAND Adventures, an amphitheater, trails and an outdoor programming space. The improvements are slated to open fall of 2017. At completion, Grand Central will provide miles of trails, ample reflection 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 complementary private developments.

The Grand Central 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, Arts & Recreation Department regarding specialized gift requests.

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

The Guardians continue in their support of educating and promoting the Monarch Butterfly at Grand Central through the Flight of the Monarch Celebration. The Flight of the Monarch is the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) 2014 Lone Star Programming Award winner and the 2016 Excellence in Programming Special Event Award! Grand Central is home to the Purple Martin Sanctuary, and the inaugural Marty Party event was a state award winner in 2015.

For more information on how you can leave your thumbprint on Grand Central, contact Mae Smith, Coordinator of the Grand Central Guardians, at 972-237-8107 or

Supporting Social Equity, Conservation & Wellness
The Guardians continue in their support of educating and promoting the Monarch Butterfly at Grand Central through the Flight of the Monarch Celebration.

Social Equity:
Free event for all to come and enjoy.
Engaging all in Community Art contest.

Educating the next generation on the decline of the Monarch Butterfly and their habitat.
Interactive activities to keep kids engaged.
Butterfly release to show the beauty of the Monarch.

Getting Kids outside.
Engaging kids with games such as parachute racing, rock climbing and kite flying that promote health and wellbeing.

Flight of the Monarch
Grand Prairie will celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 23 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 petting zoo, photos with Mater and Lightning McQueen and children crafts, Costume Contest Arts & Crafts vendors, food and live music. For more information about the event, contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107 or

Costume Contest Registration
Costume Contest Rules and Regulations
Parking Map

Please note: Vendor spaces are sold out. Taking backup vendors only.

About Central Park
This 172-acre park is home of two 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. Currently under construction in the park are The Epic, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, PlayGrand Adventures, trails, and an amphitheater.


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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