Celebrating over 50 years of existence, the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to “creating a GRAND lifestyle”. The Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation department features world class parks and facilities, a wide-array of exciting program opportunities, and numerous special events throughout the year.
The City of Grand Prairie has over 5,000 park acres, including the exciting 3,000 acres surrounding Joe Pool Lake. The staff is proud to be the caretakers for the citizens of Grand Prairie and welcomes comments about the Parks system or recreation offerings of the city.
Dedicated to providing “world class service” the department was nominated by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) as a finalist to the National Gold Medal Award, one of only 4 in America, in 2007 and 2008, 2016 and 2017, and won the the Gold Medal in 2008.
Awards are no stranger to the department, for it has racked up honors for Park Development, Maintenance Innovations and Recreation programming over the past few years.
The parks and recreation re-birth in Grand Prairie began in 1999 with the passage of the ¼ cent sales tax for parks and recreation by the Citizens of Grand Prairie. With dynamic city leaders, trusting citizens, awesome partners and a dynamic staff, the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation system is destined to be one of the finest in America.
Enjoy your parks. Play golf at your two golf courses. Enjoy some exciting recreation programs. Visit the exciting Ruthe Jackson Conference Center. Boat, swim or camp at Joe Pool Lake. Play a round at two award-winning golf courses. Work out at the Tony Shotwell Life Center, or the newly renovated Dalworth Recreation Center. Go for a jog on our trails. Take your dog to play at Central Bark. Re-invent at The Summit, America’s first baby-boomer facility. The department even offers the Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum for that special time of need.
The latest additions to your parks and recreation department are Epic Waters, The Epic, and PlayGrand Adventures all-inclusive playground!