Center Supervisor
Halima Baquedano

Tony Shotwell Life Center

Charley Taylor Recreation Center
601 E. Grand Prairie Rd

CharleyTaylor Rec. Center
Dalworth Rec. Center
The Summit (50+ Center)
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12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Weight Room Hours:


12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Summer Hours (June-August)

Upcoming Events

After School Program 2015-2016
The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department's Recreation Centers offer an After School Program during the school year. Register early. Spaces fill quickly! The recreation centers accept participants from all schools, however we only pick up from Lee Elementary.

More info

Itty Bitty Triathlon
Saturday, May 21 •  9:00 am
Parents, come cheer your little triathlete at the Itty Bitty Triathlon 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Charley Taylor Recreation Center. The course, for children ages 3-5, includes a walk through the sprinkles, a bike ride (or tricycle), and a run to the finish line where they will receive a medal and official Itty Bitty Triathlon T-shirt. 

Fee: $10 per child. 
Pre-registration required. Call 972-264-6890 to register by May 6.
Must bring own bike/tricycle and helmet. 
No parents allowed on course. 
Children will be guided through course by staff. 

Summer Camp at Charley Taylor Recreation Center
June 6 - August 19 • 7am - 6pm
Come sign up today for summer camp! This is hands down the best summer camp experience that your child will ever experience. There are a ton of activities to do such as arts and crafts, movies, weekly swimming, field trips and endless amounts of gym games. We also offer specialty camps in which consists of fishing, water sports, golf, dance, theatre arts, science, eReading and a Olympic Day and much, much more. Lunch and snack are provided daily. The registration is a non-refundable fee of $20 for each child. There is also a $7 membership card that is required. Sign your child up today to have tons of fun! Spots are limited.

Residents: $80/week/child
Non-Residents: $100/week/child

Registration Form


What we offer...

- Rec Memberships
- Weight Room Memberships
- Youth Day Camps
- Classes
- After-School Program
- Pre-K Sports Leagues
- Summer Camps
- Meeting Space Rental
- Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Much More!


- We also offer classes for all ages in karate, arts and crafts, special events, dance and gymnastics, and exercise/wellness. Contact the center for more details. Check out our newest programs that came out!!!



Refer to the Life is Grand Magazine for a complete listing of classes.

To register for any programs, please visit or call the Charley Taylor Recreation Center.

Texas Plan - This plan provides you with access to the Charley Taylor Facility and any free class that we offer. It does not include access to the weight room, and fee-based classes. All recreation center members must present their recreation ID card each time they come in to use the facility.. Please check in with staff when you arrive.

Texas Plan
Annual Adult Membership – $12

Annual Child Membership $7

The Texas membership is also valid for use during open gym play at Bowles Life Center as well as at Dalworth Recreation Center. Additional Membership plans are available through the Tony Shotwell Life Center. Please contact each center for gym availability. Any individual under the age of 18 may get a free snack Monday-Friday between the hour of 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Check out the latest classes being offered throughout the city.

Weight Room Memberships - This center offers a very personalized weight room with all of your basic equipment for a complete workout. Weight room includes but not limited to elliptical machine, treadmill, lap-pull down, bench press, bicycle and complimentary towel service. Ask staff for details on how to enroll in our two popular plans:

Weight Room Membership
6-Month Weight Room Plan –
1- Year Weight Room Plan – $62
1-Month Pass
Daily Weight Room Pass $3
Upcoming Events and Classes

After-School Program
The after-school program meets five days a week at Charley Taylor Recreation Center. The program picks up at Lee Elementary, Hobbs Williams Elementary and Crockett Elementary School every day after-school and is targeted for ages 6-12. Program is $20/week per child (LEE) $30/week (Williams and Crockett) includes homework help, daily snack, activity/play time and much more. Program will pick up kids on school early release days. For more information on this program, contact us at (972) 264-6890.

Join the Grand Fun Club - Get the latest news from Parks and Rec!!!
Interested in getting updates about all classes and programs in the Parks and Recreation Department? Sign up for the Grand Fun Club E-Updates.

Pre-K Sports Leagues
Charley Taylor Recreation Center specializes in pre-kindergarten sports for children ages 3-5 years. For all leagues, you must make a payment in order to reserve your child's spot. No spots will be held until the payment is received. If you have any questions regarding our leagues, contact Gerardo Salcedo at (972) 264-6890.

Basketball Ages 4-6 (January & July), Soccer Ages 3-5 (March & August), Tee ball Ages 3-5 (May & October)

Adult Programs
Register Online. Charley Taylor Recreation Center offers adult classes throughout the year whether it be for gardening/landscaping to dance classes. Click above for the latest news on these classes.

Building and Park Pavilion Rentals
Charley Taylor Recreation Center has three multi-purpose rooms that can be rented out for birthday parties, reunions, baby showers and more. Rentals must be made two weeks in advance. $75 deposit/ $35 hour/ $15 kitchen flat fee (optional). This location also handles all park pavilion and city building rental reservations. For more information about our how to rent these for your next event, visit our facility rentals section of Parks and Recreation.

Day Camp Updates
Charley Taylor Rec Center hosts day camps throughout the year for children ages 6-12.  Day camps that will be held include Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break and more. Call Charley Taylor Rec Center for more information regarding school holidays and day camps. Fee: $16/day.

The World-Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters
6:30 Tuesdays, Charley Taylor Recreation Center, GP, TX

Instructors Needed!
Ages 21+. Do you have a special talent or skill that you feel would be a great asset to our Gold Medal Recreation Centers. Charley Taylor is looking for music, craft, theatre arts, cheerleading, and Pre-K Learning Camp instructors! Enrich people’s lives and earn some extra income by getting in contact with the Charley Taylor Staff @ 972-264-6890 or email Halima Baquedano.
*background checks and drug tests are completed on all applicants.

Ballet Folklorico
Ages 6+. This class is preserving Latino culture and history through dance and education using Hispanic traditions from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Our promise is to offer top notch quality for everyone to enjoy and learn! Amor A Nuestra Cultura has experience with various internationally recognized Ballet Folklorico instructors.

Beginners: Wednesday nights from 6-7pm  $35/month
Advanced: Fridays from 6pm-8pm & Saturdays from 12pm-2pm $50/month

A+ Dance Class
Ages 6-12. A+ Dance Class teaches a variety of different dances such as modern, ballet, hip hop and praise dance. These dance classes will get you out of your seat and on your feet! Hip-hop and praise dance classes emphasize modern movement with a vivacious urban feel. Every Monday from 6-7pm.
Fee: $25/month