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Now Available - Summer "Life is Grand "
The 2015 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

Congratulations Shotwell Life Center MPAC Boxers!
The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department congratulates The Tony Shotwell Life Center’s MPAC Boxing Club for participating in the TAAF Games of Texas this weekend in College Station! Tristan Kalkrueth (left) and D'Andrae Thomas (right) were both victorious in their weight classes. Tristan bought home GOLD in the 119lb weight class, and D'Andrae earned SILVER in the 145lb weight class. Congratulations!

Dance Group at Shotwell Life Center Wins National Awards
Jadn House of Dance, a dance group based at the Tony Shotwell Life Center, recently won a national award! After receiving first place in a regional tournament, the group traveled to Las Vegas, NV for the National Championship where they won Best Small Group and Best Large Group awards.

>Jadn Dance

Mrs. Ruthe's Fig & Fudge Day
Farmers Market • Saturday, August 8 • 120 W. Main St. • 8am-1pm
The city lost its legendary Grand Dame and Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Ruthe Jackson at age 92 in 2013. Mrs. Ruthe loved picking figs from her mother’s trees and ate chocolate fudge every chance she got. This festival will celebrate her life of service. Mrs. Ruthe’s figs and fig preserves will be available for purchase, and, in her honor, all proceeds will benefit LifeLine Shelter for Families. Other fig-based items and homemade fudge will also be sold to benefit LifeLine Shelter. The festival will include a fig preserve and fudge contest, and a cooking demonstration featuring figs by Chef Susan Faulkner and Mrs. Ruthe’s daughter, Councilwoman Jorja Clemson. Numerous Farmers Market vendors will also feature figs and fudge in their wares.

>Fig and Fudge Contest Entry Form

World Blood Donor Day
Farmers Market • Saturday, August 15 • 120 W. Main St. • 8am-1pm
Carter Bloodcare's World Blood Donor Day at Grand Prairie Farmers Market will feature live music, food, and other activities. The winner of Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia’s World Blood Donor Day Challenge will be honored and awarded the traveling plaque. Dr. Garcia has challenged Grand Prairie residents to collect more blood donations than the city of Irving.

>More info

Hatch Chile Fest
Farmers Market • Saturday, August 22 • 120 W. Main St. • 8am-2pm
Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers Market’s annual Hatch Chile Festival on Saturday, August 22nd! Join us for live music, food, and much more! Also, shop the market’s fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, coffee, tea, tamales, jellies and relishes, grass-fed meats, homemade soaps, candles and more.

Jeep Show & Shine
Farmers Market • Saturday, August 29 • 120 W. Main St. • 8am-1pm
Jeep enthusiasts will unite at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market for this year’s Jeep Show and Shine. Free to spectators, this event allows enthusiasts to vote for their favorite Jeep, while visiting various vendors at the market. Jeep registration will be from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. The show will begin at 9 a.m. and will last until noon. All event proceeds will benefit the Prairie Paws Adoption Center in Grand Prairie.

>Registration Form

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.

>More info

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 Park Now Open- Cabins Available!
With the recent release of water from Joe Pool Lake, Loyd Park has been reopened for camping and limited day-use. A limited number of cabins and camping sites are available. Call 972-237-4120 for reservations. Please note: For your safety during this time, the boat ramp remains closed and swimming is not be allowed.

Lynn Creek Park Remains Closed Due to Flooding
Lynn Creek Park and Lynn Creek Marina in Grand Prairie remain closed due to flooding. Additional details will be posted to this website and on the Lynn Creek Park facebook pages.

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.

>Click here for 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
>Watch the video

Flight of the Monarch
Presented by Cadillac of Arlington
Grand Prairie will celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico on Saturday, September 19 from 10am - 6 pm at Central Park, State Highway 161 between Arkansas Lane and Warrior Trail. Remote parking is available to and from the event. In addition to three Monarch butterfly releases at 12pm, 2pm & 5:30pm, this FREE event will include kite flying, bumper boats, a kid zone with bounce houses, rock climbing, children crafts, Arts & Crafts vendors, food, and music by four time Grammy nominee Trout Fishing in America. Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band best known for family music and kids’ songs. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night”, “18 Wheels on a Big Rig” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. Contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107 or for additional information.

>Parking Map
>Vendor Application Packet

>Sponsorship info

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!

>Click here to RESERVE NOW!

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.

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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

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

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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