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EpicCentral Water Show Installation Begins Early 2022

By | EpicCentral, Featured

EPICCENTRAL WATER SHOW INSTALLATION BEGINS EARLY 2022

The water show at EpicCentral begins installation early 2022, with completion expected in late summer 2022.

To begin the process, the lake with the Willow Tree artwork in it between The Summit and the Public Safety Building will be partially drained.  The city is draining about three feet of water, leaving about five feet of water in the center of the lake so that the fish do not have to be relocated.  The city’s Parks, Arts & Recreation Department has worked closely with an aquatic life consultant to ensure conditions remain safe for the fish.  The lower water level will allow workers to install the foundation and mechanics for the water show.

Outside the Lines (OTL), a design-build specialty construction company, designed the water show and is also installing it.  OTL is an industry leader in creating one-of-a-kind water features, rock work, and themed environments worldwide.  Details about the water show will be released summer 2022.

EpicCentral’s two hotels and connecting convention center and six restaurants are currently under construction.  The restaurants are expected to open in 2022, and the hotels and convention center to follow opening in 2023.  The hotels will be Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites.  The restaurants will be Vidorra Cocina de Mexico; an American modern concept tentatively called The Finch; Serious Pizza, Sliders, and Shakes; and a new breakfast/brunch concept called Poach’d.  Larry Lavine, the founder of Chili’s, will open Loop 9 BBQ in a fifth space.  The city is entertaining options for the sixth restaurant space.

Also in EpicCentral, Chicken N Pickle restaurant, featuring farm fresh food and indoor/outdoor pickleball courts, opened December 2021.

Upcoming Across Grand Prairie Parks – January 2022

By | Camps, Classes, Events, Featured, Uncategorized

UPCOMING ACROSS GRAND PRAIRIE PARKS, ARTS & RECREATION

Find something for every member of the family with Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. We are dedicated to bringing people together and changing lives. Read below to find activities and programs upcoming across #GrandFunGP. Also take a moment to view the recent Life is Grand magazine available in the digital format.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

February 2022

11Feb6:30 pmEvent CancelledDaddy Daughter Dance

12Feb11:00 am2:00 pmKid’s Fishing Day

22Feb5:30 pm7:30 pmBridal Open House

24Feb6:30 pmAnnual Hoops for History

26Feb5:30 pmMake it to Main Street

EPIC CENTRAL

EpicCentral has a lot of exciting movement going on! Chicken N’ Pickle recently opened, construction is underway for new development, parks and facilities across the campus are in full swing. Read more below.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

EPIC NEWS – Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark was nominated for Best Waterpark for Families in DFW Child’s Best for Families reader survey, and they need your help! All you have to do is fill out the survey questions and select all of your DFW favorites. Answer at least 14 of the survey questions to be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card!  Click the link below to submit your vote for North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark! Voting closes Monday, January 31.
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The Epic

The Epic offers a variety of events, shows, and actives. Click  below to view the calendar and purchase tickets.

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The Summit 50+ Center

The Summit 50+ Center offers a variety of activities and programs. Click below to view their webpage and browse their monthly newsletter.

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PlayGrand Adventures

PlayGrand Adventures provides a safe and fun playground experience of ‘EPIC’ proportions for all ages and abilities. The playground includes 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.

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Chicken N' Pickle Now Open

Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie features indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, lawn games, a rooftop bar and a full-service restaurant using locally sourced foods to offer a variety of delicious dishes. Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie will host pickleball clinics for players at all levels, as well as professional and amateur pickleball tournaments.

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Coming Soon to EpicCentral

The city is building two connecting hotels with a shared convention center, six restaurant spaces, parking garage and creating a water/light show on the lakes as well as interactive technology experiences on the land.  The project will emphasize Grand Prairie’s family, friendly, fun culture and offer exciting new options for dining and entertainment.

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RECREATION

Our recreation division offers a variety of programs, events, leagues, and more! Read below to find upcoming events and browse ongoing offerings.

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

Out of caution due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the 2022 Daddy Daughter Dance has been canceled.
 
Charley Taylor Recreation Center Staff will be in contact with those registered or you may reach out directly at (972) 339-3770.
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Dalworth Recreation Center

Martin Luther King Day Parade & Celebration 

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Grand Prairie NAACP will present the 2022 MLK Jr. Day Parade on Monday, Jan. 17. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. at City Hall Plaza, 317 College St. in front of the Liberty Bell, and end at David Daniels Elementary School.  Enjoy a program at 11 a.m. across the street at Dalworth Recreation Center, 2012 Spikes Street. For more information, call: 972-237-4760.

  • To register your group to participate in the parade, complete the Parade Registration Form below. Please email to Eleticia.lopez@gpisd.org or deliver to Grand Prairie ISD Family Service Center @ 2341 S. Beltline Road, Grand Prairie 75051 on or before January 7, 2022.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • REGISTRATION FORM
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Kirby Creek Natatorium

The Kirby Creek Natatorium is a great facility open year round with an indoor pool that is heated for your enjoyment. Whether you are looking for a place to have a pool party or somewhere to exercise or learn to swim, we have got you covered!

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Tony Shotwell Life Center

The Tony Shotwell Life Center (formerly Bowles Life Center) is one of Grand Prairie’s beautiful facilities and its purpose stretches beyond recreation. In addition to the full size basketball court, game room, weight room with state of the art fitness equipment, two meeting rooms, multipurpose room, aerobics room, men’s and women’s showers and locker rooms, it also has a branch library with a public computer lab, This facility truly is a center aimed at improving the quality of our citizens’ lives

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Tangle Ridge Golf Course

Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie, TX, will challenge your senses and skills. This 18-hole championship public golf course features exciting elevation changes, subtle Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass Greens, tree-lined fairways, and water and sand hazards.

Tangle Ridge caters to every level of player with each hole varying in length, bunkering and style – offering a new direction, a new choice, a new experience every time you play.

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Prairie Lakes Golf Course

Prairie Lakes Golf Course in Grand Prairie offers 27 holes recently renovated, including Texas’ largest practice area featuring 8 target greens with a fairway. Mature mesquite trees guard hybrid Bermuda fairways as they weave around water features and along Mountain Creek Lake shore and up to Bermuda greens. Wide, open landing areas speed and ease play, while water hazards, trees and doglegs offer challenges and test skills.

Located on Mountain Creek Lake in Grand Prairie, the course offers picturesque views and fantastic conditions in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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ARTS

The Historic Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie is excited to welcome Grand Prairie Arts Council to the stage to host their 2022 Presenting Series. Click the link below for the line up and ticket information.

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Daddy Daughter Dance 2022 – canceled

By | Events, Featured

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE 2022

Out of caution due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the 2022 Daddy Daughter Dance has been canceled.
 
Charley Taylor Recreation Center Staff will be in contact with those registered or you may reach out directly at (972) 339-3770.

Christmas Tree Lighting

By | Uncategorized

2021 Christmas Tree Lighting

Join us for an evening of celebration at the annual Grand Prairie Christmas Tree Lighting on City Hall campus. This year will feature holiday sounds, vendors, food trucks, holiday activities, and of course the Christmas tree lighting.
Day and Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: City Hall Campus, 300 W. Main St. Grand Prairie, TX 75050

2021 Holiday Modified Hours & Closures

By | Uncategorized

HOLIDAY HOURS

Please see the following holiday hours and closings across Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation:

Grand Prairie Farmers Market

Now closed for 2021 season. See you April 2, 2022 for next year’s opening weekend!  

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

  • Friday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Saturday December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday December 27 – CLOSED
  • Friday December 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday January 3– CLOSED

Dalworth Recreation Center

  • Friday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Saturday December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday December 27 – CLOSED
  • Friday December 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday January 3– CLOSED

The Epic

  • Friday, December24, 2021
    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 25, 2021
    Closed
  • Sunday, December 26, 2021
    Closed
  • Monday, December 27, 2021
    5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (normal hours)
  • Friday, December 31, 2021
    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 01, 2022
    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Click here to view Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark hours, purchase tickets, and more.

Tony Shotwell Life Center

  • Friday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Saturday December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday December 27 – CLOSED
  • Friday December 31 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday January 3– CLOSED

The Summit 50+ Club

  • Friday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Saturday December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday December 27 – CLOSED
  • Friday December 31 – 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday January 3– CLOSED

Kirby Creek Natatorium

  • Friday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Saturday December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday December 27 – CLOSED
  • Friday December 31 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday January 3– CLOSED

Prairie Lakes Golf Course

Saturday, December 25: CLOSED
Holiday rates will apply on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day

Tangle Ridge Golf Course

Saturday, December 25: CLOSED
Holiday rates will apply on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Epic H20lidays at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

By | Events, Featured

EPIC H20LIDAYS AT EPIC WATERS INDOOR WATERPARK

Join Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark for the 35-day holiday celebration of the year! Epic Waters is celebrating the holidays all winter long. Epic H2Olidays will include daily immersive activities, live entertainment, EPIC events, and much more! This holiday extravaganza is sure to amaze. Visit us daily this November 27 – January 1 and get into the holiday spirit with our Epic Crew!

Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & LIVE EPIC H2OLIDAYS KICK-OFF SHOW

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is hosting its Tree Lighting Ceremony and Live Epic H2Olidays Kick-off Show this November 27! Watch as our Crew lights our GIANT Christmas tree right inside of Epic Waters. Prior to the lighting of the tree, we will be hosting a Facebook Live show inside of the park including live acrobatic type acts, giveaways, live music and more.

November 27  | 6:00 p.m.


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Enjoy a festive holiday spread with Santa himself! Santa is making a pitstop at Epic Waters and is bringing Mrs. Claus and even the workshop elves to join in on the party! Guests can expect an immersive meet-and-greet experience with Santa while enjoying some tasty food, activities, and more. All tickets include full-day admission into Epic Waters plus one take-home photo with Santa!

December 11, 12, 18, & 19.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

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EPIC FAMILY NEW YEAR'S

North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark is celebrating the holiday spirit to Grand Prairie with a New Year’s Eve Bash that is sure to amaze! Spend your New Year’s Eve on the beach with our Epic Crew as we ring in 2022! Guests can enjoy immersive activities, delicious eats, and live entertainment as we keep the party going all night long.

December 31, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – January 1, 2022 | 1:00 a.m.

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Coming Soon to EpicCentral in Grand Prairie

By | Featured, Uncategorized

EPICCENTRAL IN GRAND PRAIRIE

The City of Grand Prairie broke ground on the next phase of the EpicCentral development. This phase features two hotels, a conference center, multiple restaurants including the metroplex’s first Chicken N Pickle- Grand Prairie, an indoor adventure park, interactive light and water show, and parking garages.
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HOTELS & CONFRENCE CENTER

Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites
180,000 sq/ft; 276 Rooms (combined)

Conference Center
20,000 sq/ft

The Hilton Garden Inn will offer 129 luxury rooms, executive lounge, restaurant, pool, fitness room and business services.  The Homewood Suites will offer 147 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom spacious suites with full kitchens designed to let you live, work and play.

The conference center will offer a 10,000-square-foot ballroom with seating for up to 1,000.  The ballrooms can be divided into five individual conference rooms in addition to an executive conference room with seating for 10 across the hall. Interiors will reflect the flora and fauna of the prairies and north Texas in tones of blue, green and whites, with accents of orange and red.

CHICKEN N' PICKLE

Construction is underway on the new 77,000-square-foot Chicken N Pickle venue on the northwest corner of Warrior and SH 161 beside The Summit.  Chicken N Pickle Groundbreaking News Release

Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie will feature indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, lawn games, a rooftop bar and a full-service restaurant using locally sourced foods to offer a variety of delicious dishes. When completed, Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie will begin hosting pickleball clinics for players at all levels, as well as professional and amateur pickleball tournaments.

“We are so excited that Chicken N Pickle has selected Grand Prairie as the site of its sixth location nationally,” said Ron Jensen, Mayor of Grand Prairie. “We have so many residents who are ready to play pickleball and eat chicken, some of whom serve on the City Council with me. This is a wonderful addition to our dynamically developing Epic Central project, which already includes Epic Waters, The Epic, The Summit and PlayGrand Adventures and has plans for hotels, more restaurants and retail in the near future.”

RESTAURANTS

The city is also building six restaurant spaces designed by Merriman Anderson Architects and built by Hill & Wilkinson Construction Management in EpicCentral and has negotiated terms with Milkshake Concepts to bring Stirr, Vidorra and two more restaurants yet to be determined.  Larry Lavine, the founder of Chili’s, will open Loop 9 BBQ in a fifth space.  The city is entertaining options for the sixth restaurant space. This is all going in the area where Chicken N Pickle is already under construction, offering farm fresh foods and indoor/outdoor pickleball courts, and opening December 2021.

Stirr is an approachable neighborhood restaurant and bar, suitable for all of life’s gatherings; a business lunch, a happy hour cocktail, an intimate meal or a relaxed place to eat and unwind with friends.  Its artisanal menu offers a variety of unique delicacies for all palates.

BOULDER INDOOR ADVENTURE PARK

Bolder Indoor Adventure Park: indoor family entertainment facility which will provide adventure-based attractions in a 66,000-square-foot pneumatic dome structure with ceiling heights of approximately 75 feet. Guests will be offered a truly unique opportunity to experience rock climbing, zip lines, via ferrata, ropes courses, tubing slides, synthetic ice skating, adventure nets and more.

Bolder Adventure Park broke ground the week of August 3, 2021 with completion in 2022 as the first nationwide location.

INTERACTIVE WATER SHOW

Located on one of the lakes and in the middle of the park, this will be one of the premium attractions for all visitors and guests. Riv.Jling other similar, well-known waters shows, this impressive entertainment feature will draw visitors from afar to delight in this one-of-a-kind and awe-inspiring show.

PARKING

Two multi-level parking garages, one above ground and one subterranean.

Volunteers Needed – Fall 2021

By | Featured

Volunteer Opportunity

The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department is in need of volunteers to help with our upcoming fall events!

  • Epic Campout Haunted Edition – Saturday, October 23 | 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | EpicCentral
  • Dia De Los Muertos – Saturday, October 30 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Downtown Grand Prairie
  • Street ‘N’ Treat – Sunday, October 31 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Epic Central

To sign up or for more information please call 972-237-8115

Veterans Day Celebration

By | Uncategorized

Veterans Day Celebration

Thursday, November 11
Gather at 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover Dr.
Join us for our Annual Veterans Day Celebration! This year’s Veterans Day will be hosted in-person as well as live-streamed on the GrandFunGP Facebook page. Join us as we take this time to honor the service of our veterans and their families who have sacrificed to protect and defend this county.

Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation

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