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Now Available - Fall "Life is Grand "
The 2015 Fall 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


Daddy Daughter Dance - SOLD OUT
Fri., Feb. 5 •  6pm • Ruthe Jackson Center •  3113 S. Carrier
Daughters and Fathers of all ages are invited to attend this special evening of dancing and dining. Dinner is from 7-8 pm and dance is from 8-10 pm. All participants will receive dinner and a memorable gift. A photographer will be on site to take pictures for an additional fee beginning at 6pm. Fee: $20/person. Please call Charley Taylor Recreation Center at 972-264-6890 for more information.

Bridal Open House - Ruthe Jackson Center
Tues., Feb. 23 •  5:30-8:30pm • 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy.
Be an inspired bride at the Ruthe Jackson Center’s open house on Tuesday, February 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The open house will give you an opportunity to explore the latest wedding trends and be an “in the know” bride. You will be able to visit with selected wedding professionals sharing wedding ideas for draping, specialty lighting, floral designs, bridal fashions, décor, photography, music, catering, cakery and much more. An exquisite, award-winning venue, The Ruthe Jackson Center offers picturesque settings for wedding ceremonies, catered receptions and social engagements. Elegant ballrooms, a gorgeously landscaped garden, gourmet menus, stylish exterior, ample parking and state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities accommodate the needs of the most special occasions. Partnering with the finest vendors, The Ruthe Jackson Center specializes in providing brides a picture-perfect wedding day experience. The Ruthe Jackson Center is ideally located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex just minutes from DFW airport, Interstate 20, Instate 30, State Highway 360 and State Highway 161. The Ruthe Jackson Center Bridal Open House is for adults only. Visitors under the age of 16 will not be admitted. To make your complimentary reservation for the Bridal Open House, register online at RutheJacksonCenter.com or call 972-237-7500.

Kids Fishing Day
Sat., Feb. 27 •  1pm • Mike Lewis Park •  2410 N. Carrier Pkwy.
Come reel ‘em in on Saturday, February 27 at the Mike Lewis Park lagoon. This popular event is FREE to children 16 and under. The lagoon will be stocked with rainbow trout furnished by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Prizes will be awarded in the three age categories for the Largest Fish, Smallest Fish, and Most Fish Caught. There is no registration or entry fee to participate in the Kid’s Fishing Day, but there will be an on-site sign-up table. A limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available on a first come first serve basis with a driver’s license or credit card deposit. Registration is 12:00pm-1:00pm on February 27, 2016.

Lynn Creek Park Opens
Sat., Feb. 27 •  6am • Lynn Creek Park •  5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy.
Lynn Creek Park opens for the season on Saturday, February 27. 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.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Sat., March 26 •  10am • Lynn Creek Park •  5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy.
Children 10 and under will hunt for thousands of eggs and prizes. Kids will be divided into three age groups (5 years & under, 6-8 years, 9-10 years) in three different hunts. The Easter Bunny, Easter arts and crafts, games and other entertainment will be featured. Event admission is FREE with proof of City of Grand Prairie residency or $15 per carload. For more information, call 972-237-8100.

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


Recreation Centers After School Program
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 specific locations.

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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
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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 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.

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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


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