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Now Available - Summer "Life is Grand "
The 2016 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 nearest you.

Click here for the online version or for printed copy locations

Ice Cream Challenge
Saturday, July 30 • 10am - 1pm •  Farmers Market • 120 W. Main St.
The Grand Prairie Farmers Market will host the second annual Farmers Market Ice Cream Challenge from 10am-1pm (or until sold out). Charities will go head-to-head to see who has the best homemade ice cream recipe in order to be crowned the champions and win money for their charity. Tickets to sample all charities homemade ice cream and vote for your favorite will be on sale the day of the event.

Shotwell Life Center 10 Year Anniversary
Saturday, July 30 • 1-5pm •  Shotwell Life Center • 2750 Graham St.
The Tony Shotwell Life Center invites you to celebrate 10 years of operation! The celebration will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 1-5pm. The celebration will include family friendly fun, including live music! The event is free and open to the public.

Mrs. Ruthe's Fig & Fudge Day
Saturday, August 6 • 8am - 1pm •  Farmers Market • 120 W. Main St.
The Grand Prairie Farmers Market is gettiní figgy with it for Mrs. Rutheís Fig and Fudge Day. Celebrating the cityís legendary Grand Dame and long-time City Councilwoman Mrs. Ruthe Jacksonís life of service, fresh figs from her garden, fig preserves and fudge will be sold, benefiting Lifeline Shelter for Families in Grand Prairie. The day will include a fudge contest, and a cooking demonstration featuring figs by Chef Susan Faulkner and Mrs. Rutheís daughter, Mayor Pro Tem Jorja Clemson. To enter the contests, fill out Mrs. Ruthe's Fig & Fudge Entry Form. Numerous Farmers Market vendors will also feature figs and fudge in their wares.

Hatch Chile Fest
Saturday, August 20 • 8am - 2pm •  Farmers Market • 120 W. Main St.
Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers Marketís 6th annual Hatch Chile Festival on from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. The festival will feature both raw and roasted Hatch chiles sold by the pound, live music, food, beer and much more! Also, shop the marketís fresh produce, baked goods, coffee, tea, tamales, jellies and relishes, grass-fed meats, homemade soaps, candles and more.

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

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month
Get ready to discover your super powers this July with Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country....(more)

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Gold Medal Finalists! - 1 of 4 in America!
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department as a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Having been finalists in 2007 and 2008 for this prestigious award, and winning in 2008, the department is excited to "go for the gold" once again!

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Vote for Grand Prairie Farmers Market
Calling all supporters of Grand Prairie Farmers Market! Do you think Grand Prairie's Farmers Market is one of the best in the country? We need your recommendation to let others know how the Grand Prairie Farmers Market is helping family farmers and bringing together the Grand Prairie community. Head over to American Farmland Trustís Farmers Market Celebration, and recommend us as one of the nationís best farmers markets! American Farmland Trust is giving away awards to markets who are the best in class in four special areas: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community, and Champion for the Environment.

Vote Now!

Fun Family Events at Loyd Park this Summer
Visit Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake this summer for lots of fun, family-friendly events! Adventure Camps, Movies on the Beach, Water Slides, Concerts, Kite Festivals, Kayak Tours, Archery Tournaments, and more! For more information on these events, visit the Loyd Park facebook page or call 972-237-4120.

View July & August schedule of events

Summer Camps
Now through August 19 • Monday - Friday • 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.

Available at Tony Shotwell Life Center, Dalworth Recreation Center and Charley Taylor Recreation Center.

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

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Lynn Creek Park NOW OPEN
Everyday •  6am • Lynn Creek Park •  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, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, 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 the Lynn Creek Park page.

Flight of the Monarch Sponsorship Opportunities
The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is hosting the 4th Annual Flight of the Monarch Celebration, scheduled for September 24, 2016 at GrandCentral. Last year’s Flight of the Monarch Celebration, attracted over 5000 visitors. With great weather and the success from last year, the 2016 celebration is projected to bring an even larger attendance this year. By taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities with the Parks, Arts & Recreation Division, 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 contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107 or

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9th Annual Taste of Grand Prairie
Thursday, Sept. 29 •  4-8:30pm • Traders Village • 2602 Mayfield Rd.
The Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce hosts the 9th Annual Taste of Grand Prairie and Community Spotlight at Traders Village on Thursday, September 29, 2016! Come and enjoy some amazing food, meet with different businesses and crafters and ride on some spectacular rides! All food samples are FREE! Gates open 4pm for Seniors and 5pm for all others. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Senior Citizens, $5 Students (K-12). A rides wristband can be purchased for an additional $5. All proceeds benefit the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Traders Village is centrally located in Grand Prairie just minutes from Six Flags over Texas, off Highway 360 on Mayfield Road. For more information, call the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce at 972-264-1558 or email

Taste of Grand Prairie website

First Tee comes to Prairie Lakes Golf Course!
The First Tee of Greater Dallas has partnered with the City of Grand Prairie Parks and Rec department to bring their Life Skills Experience to Prairie Lakes! Learn more than a game through putting, chipping, pitching and full swing activities that teach the Nine Core Values like respect, perseverance, and confidence.

Register for the program

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
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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
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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 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,, 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 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.

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

Map to Turner Park

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