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Enhancing the Quality of Life and creating community through people, programs, places and partnerships.
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.
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.
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.
August 19 - Beauty & The Beast (2017)
August 26 - Back to the Future
September 2 - Minions
Hatch Chile Fest Saturday, August 19 • 8am-2pm • Market Square • 120 W. Main St. Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers Market’s annual Hatch Chile Fest! Join us for live music, food, and much more! Hatch chile peppers, both fresh and roasted, will be available for purchase from 8am-2pm or until sold out.
Flight of the Monarch Saturday, September 23 • 10am - 4pm • Grand Central
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 on Joe Pool Lake 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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Grand Central Help Grand Prairie manage, build, protect and preserve Grand Central by becoming a Grand Central Guardian. The Grand Central 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.
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
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