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Now Available - Summer "Life is Grand "
The 2017 Summer edition of the "Life is Grand" magazine is now available online! Or, if you prefer a printed copy to keep at home, pick one up at a city facility near you.

Click here for the online version or for printed copy locations


GP PARD - NRPA 2017 Gold Medal Finalist!
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), have announced that the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is one of only four finalists for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA on September 26, 2017.

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Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 29 •  10 am •  Veterans Memorial • 925 Conover Dr.
Honor the men and women who have given their lives for our great nation. The ceremony includes a bag piper, column guard, 21 gun salute, vintage aircraft flyover, live orchestra and more. After the ceremony, enjoy hot dogs, lemonade, chips and cookies provided by local Rotary Clubs.

Movies on the Beach at Loyd Park
Saturdays • Sundown • Loyd Park • 3401 Ragland Rd.
Loyd Park is hosting Movies on the Beach every Saturday night this summer. Movies will begin at sundown, typically around 9pm. All of the movies are family friendly. Movies are free with $10 per vehicle park admission fee*. Concessions will be available for purchase.

May 27 - Moana
June 3 - Zootopia
June 10 - Sing
June 17 - Jungle Book (2016)
June 24 - Lego Batman
July 1 – Star Wars: Rogue One (*$15/vehicle entry on holiday weekend)
July 8 – Enchanted
July 15 – Frozen
July 22 – Up
July 29 – Finding Dory
August 5 – The Karate Kid (1984)
August 12 – Cars


Flight of the Monarch Sponsorship Opportunities
The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is hosting the 5th Annual Flight of the Monarch Celebration, scheduled for September 23, 2017 at Grand Central. This FREE festival will celebrate the fun, festive, family atmosphere of Grand Prairie with live music, butterfly releases, arts & crafts, a costume contest, educational vendors, food, a KIDZONE with Lightning McQueen and Mater and so much more! Last year’s Flight of the Monarch Celebration, attracted over 6000 visitors. This year’s celebration is projected to bring an even larger attendance.

By taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities with the Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, your business will be able to maximize exposure to the residents and guests of Grand Prairie while showing community support. With a variety of sponsorship levels available, there is a sponsorship option available for businesses of any size.

If you are interested in speaking further about possible sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107 or fmsmith@gptx.org.

Sponsor Packet


GPPARD is Working Toward Accreditation
The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is currently in the process of becoming one of only 155 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States! The department has recently completed three days of accreditation evaluations with visitors from Wichita, Kansas, Roswell, New Mexico and Roanoke, Virginia. Department representatives will attend a final hearing and interview at our National Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana in late September. This hearing is where the official accreditation decision will be made by the Commission.

About CAPRA Accreditation:
The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accredits park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations.

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Farmers Market Open Every Saturday!
Saturdays through Dec. •  8am • Market Square• 120 W. Main St.
Open every Saturday through December 16, Grand Prairie Farmers Market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, pasta, spices, tamales, candles, soaps and more. For more information about the Grand Prairie Farmers Market, call 972-237-4599 or visit gptx.org/farmersmarket

Lynn Creek Park Now Open
Every Day • 6am-10pm • 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy.
Lynn Creek Park is now open for the season! Hours of operation are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Lynn Creek Park has more than 100 individual picnic pavilions, a playground, swimming beach, boat ramps, sand volleyball, and plenty of open space for setting up the perfect spot with your family. Single vehicle admission is free for Grand Prairie residents excluding select holidays and special events. Call 972-237-4120 for more information or visit GrandFunGP.com/LakeParks.

FREE Football Camp with Super Bowl MVP
June 12 - 16 •8:30am - 3pm •  Parkhill Park •  5100 S. Robinson Rd.
Featuring Super Bowl XLI MVP Dominic Rhodes, Rhodes To Success, Inc. will host a free week long skills football camp this summer at Parkhill Park for ages 8-18. Participants will receive the highest level of skills training with current and ex professional football players as the coaches. Other professionals from a wide variety of careers will also speak to campers about the importance of education being a successful student athlete.

Organizers website
Online registration


Volunteer with GP Parks, Arts & Recreation
Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation is now accepting volunteer applications online! Volunteers are needed for many of our special events and facilities. Choose from the options below:

Events & Administration (including Farmers Market, Aquatics & Cemetery)
Golf Courses
Lake Parks
Recreation Centers & The Summit
Uptown Theater


Grand Prairie Named Playful City USA!
Grand Prairie has been honored for the eighth year as a 2015 Playful City USA community by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to bringing back active play in children's lives. KaBOOM! recognizes communities that make an effort to create a kid-friendly and family-friendly city. With 58 park sites and over 5,000 acres of park land throughout the city, Grand Prairie meets more than the satisfactory level required by KaBOOM! to help promote play. Grand Prairie promotes play by providing kids and families with state-of-the-art playgrounds and a variety of many recreational activities. Outdoor facilities include the Lone Star Trail, which features 3.95 miles of trail, parks at Joe Pool Lake, numerous playgrounds, a soccer complex, baseball and softball fields, golf courses, and Splash Factory, an interactive water park. Indoor facilities include the Tony Shotwell Life Center, Dalworth Recreation Center and Charley Taylor Recreation Center featuring a number of organizations and summer camps for kids. Grand Prairie serves as a role model for other communities and shows that enhancing children's well-being and opportunity for play is an attainable goal for every community.

Loyd Lodge Now Booking
Now taking reservations for the brand-new 18-room Loyd Park Lodge and the historic Loyd Home on Joe Pool Lake! The fully furnished kitchen, covered porch with rockers, grills, a fire pit, big screen televisions and many more amenities make this a perfect spot for family reunions or corporate and church retreats. Located just steps from the swimming beach!

For additional information and to make a reservation, please call 972-237-4120.

Informational packet
More info about Loyd Park


EPIC PlayGrand Adventures
PlayGrand Adventures is an exciting opportunity to provide a safe, fun playground experience of ‘EPIC’ proportions for all ages and abilities. The playground will include separate adventure areas which are designed to stimulate, challenge and encourage development of several skill sets while providing social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity and exercise. The playground is part of a much larger overall park project which will include the EPIC, a state of the art recreation center, EPIC Waters indoor/outdoor water park, trail system and amphitheater at Central Park.

More info about The EPIC
Watch the video


The EPIC Project
With an approval rate of 75%, Grand Prairie citizens voted to begin “The Epic” project. This legacy development will bring numerous additions to Central Park, including:  Major Recreation/Life Changing Center, indoor water park, amphitheater, library, trails, all-inclusive playground, and lake based recreation amenities.

Visit JoinTheEpic.com for more information and regular updates, but more importantly, to share how YOU and YOUR family can leave a footprint on this project, through your wants, desires and vision! This project is for every citizen, and we will begin having community “Envision the Epic Encounters” where you can provide input. In addition, we will have opportunities for you to submit suggestions on-line.

Central Park in Grand Prairie is destined to become one of the most life-changing parks in the state. Already featuring “The Summit”, five lakes, impressive boardwalk, and a world-class Public Safety Building, the fun is just beginning!

Your Epic Project is ready to start a new Grand Prairie legacy.  The fun begins in 2017!


Get Fit GP: Community Wellness Initiative
Get Fit Grand Prairie is a community-wide wellness initiative that focuses on decreasing childhood obesity and increasing the health of all residents through physical fitness and healthy food options.

The City's Get Fit GP program presents tools, tips, deals, events, and local resources through one website, gptx.org/GetFitGP, encouraging residents to commit to healthy lifestyles.

Check the GetFitGP website each month for more updates. Get ready to Get Fit, Grand Prairie!


Reserve Campsites and Cabins Online!
NOW AVAILABLE! - Reserve campsites and cabins at Loyd Park or a day-use area at Lynn Creek Park online!

RESERVE NOW!


The Best Deals in Grand Prairie Golf
Find the best daily deals in Grand Prairie Golf at GrandGolfDeals.com. Grand Golf Deals offers free printable coupons for Grand Prairie's award winning public golf courses. Registration is required to print the coupons. Login or register for a free account to get started.

Visit GrandGolfDeals.com


Walnut Creek Paddling Trail at Joe Pool Lake
The Walnut Creek Paddling Trali at Joe Pool Lake, brought to you by The City of Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation Department and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, is a 4.9-mile marked trail that winds though Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake. The scenic trail features a variety of native plants and wildlife. Don’t have the right equipment? Don’t worry – Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life vests are available for rent at the park. For more information, call 972-237-4120.


Save BIG with the new Golf Punch Cards!
Pre-purchase rounds of golf at an INCREDIBLY LOW PRICE!!! 5 and 10 round punch cards are now available for purchase for Prairie Lakes or Tangle Ridge Golf Courses. Take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts! Visit the pro-shop at the course of your choice to purchase. Or, call 972-299-6837 (Tangle Ridge) or 972-263-0661 (Prairie Lakes) for more information.


Grand Prairie's Premier 50+ Club
Members are raving about The Summit at Central Park! This facility was designed specifically for active adults ages 50 and older.

Want to become a member ? Purchase your membership online or in-person at The Summit.

More info | See "The Making of The Summit" Trailer/Teaser


Rascal's Interactive Adventure on YouTube
Rascal has been out touring the city and visiting all the Parks & Recreation facilities. Click on the video above to see where he's been. The video is interactive! That means YOU can choose where Rascal goes next!

Leave Your 'Footprint' at Central Park
Help Grand Prairie manage, build, protect and preserve Central Park by becoming a Central Park Guardian. The Central Park Guardian fund will help improve and enhance the park's natural beauty and increase citizen's and guest's quality-of-life for many years to come.

More info about Central Park Guardians


Disc Golf Mini-Tournaments at Turner Park
A brand new 18-hole disc golf course is opwn at Turner Park. The Lone Star Lasers disc golf association is hosting “Mini-Tournaments” there for all ages and skill levels each Saturday morning, with a start time of 10 a.m. Come enjoy one of the fastest growing and most fun sports in the country! Please arrive at main pavilion no later than 9:45 a.m. to sign up. Contact Jim Dart at (817) 966-6946. For more information about Disc Golf, go to PDGA.com

Map to Turner Park


Calendar of Events
Check out our events listing to see what all is going on this month in Parks and Recreation.

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