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Winter Weather Updates

By | Featured


Due to inclement weather and anticipated unsafe road conditions, the following modified hours will apply to Grand Prairie recreation facilities:
  • Business as usual Friday, February 3 – LATEST UPDATE
  • 10 AM Delayed Opening Thursday, February 2
  • Closed Wednesday, February 1
  • Closed Tuesday, January 31
  • Close at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 30
The delayed opening applies to:
  • Charley Taylor Recreation Center
  • Dalworth Recreation Center
  • Kirby Creek Natatorium
  • The Epic
  • The Summit 50+ Club
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center
*Update: Golf courses will remain closed February 2 and reopen at 1:00 p.m. February 3.
  • Prairie Lakes Golf Course
  • Tangle Ridge Golf Course

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration & Holiday Closures

By | Events, Featured



The following Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, January 16 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration Building
  • Charley Taylor Recreation Center
  • Dalworth Recreation Center
  • Kirby Creek Natatorium
  • The Epic
  • The Summit 50+ Club
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center


Annual MLK Parade & Celebration
January 16 | 9:00 a.m.
Grand Prairie City Hall | 200 Block of W. Main St.

Parade begins at City Hall. Celebration to follow at Dalworth Recreation Center.
The annual parade and celebration honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event will showcase talent from the Grand Prairie ISD and recognize community leaders. Participants will receive a free lunch immediately following the event.

Dalworth Recreation Center
2012 Spikes St.
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

EpicCentral Water Show Installation Begins Early 2022

By | EpicCentral, Featured


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


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.



February 2023

11Feb10:00 am2:00 pmKid’s Fishing Day

18Feb1:00 pmEpic Plunge 2023

23Feb6:30 pmHoops for History

24Feb6:30 pm8:30 pmDaddy Daughter Dance

28Feb5:30 pm7:30 pmBridal Open House

March 2023

11Mar(Mar 11)8:00 am18(Mar 18)8:00 pmSpring Break at EpicCentral


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.

The Epic

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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.

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 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.

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!


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


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.


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.



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.

Learn More

Tips to Staying Hydrated this Summer

By | Uncategorized

8 Tips to Stay Hydrated

Is your family drinking enough water? Given that most processes within our body are dependent upon water, we need to stay hydrated with 4-8 cups of water every day to be healthy and focused. Here are some simple tips for staying hydrated throughout the day:

  1. Keep water handy in a reusable water bottle. (Bonus: Let kids pick out their own water bottle!)
  2. Try drinking a glass of water with every meal.
  3. Jazz up water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice or by adding fruit slices/frozen berries.
  4. Low-fat milk, fruits, and veggies are also good sources of water!
  5. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink; being thirsty means you are probably already dehydrated.
  6. Drink more water when it is hot and when you are sick or physically active.
  7. Replace sodas and sugary sports drinks with sparkling water.
  8. Adults and teens can encourage younger children by drinking water with them.


Information sourced from partners at National Recreation and Parks Association.

Support Grand Prairie Farmers Market Vendors during the Off-Season

By | Farmers Market

The Grand Prairie Farmers Market looks forward to bringing you locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, tamales, salsas, dips, relishes, eggs, honey, chips, plants, soaps, candles and more. Our 2021 Season Grand Opening date is TBA and more information is to come.

Listed below you can find some of our wonderful vendors and their information if you would like to support them during our off-season.

Thank you for supporting the Grand Prairie Farmers Market. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Facebook and Instagram or checking our website.


Texas Chef Food Services
Ernst Gruch

Linda’s Jams and Jellies
Linda Kenemore 

Karen’s Cakes and More
Karen Sims

Taylor’d Salsas
Robert & Holly Taylor
Call or text 972-742-7610

Lone Star Specialty Foods
William Branstetter

Cadenhead Farms BG + Sylvia Cadenhead

Fo Real Dough
Brian Sampson
Facebook, Instagram

The Beard Place
Rudy Ochoa
Website, Facebook, Instagram

Velvet Bakes
Jelsy Fernandes
Website, Facebook, Instagram

Chicken N Pickle Restaurant Complex Breaks Ground in Grand Prairie

By | Featured

Wildly popular dining and pickleball venue opening in early 2022

Grand Prairie, Tx. – Chicken N Pickle, the unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex including a casual, chef-driven restaurant and sports bar that boasts pickleball courts, shuffleboard, and a variety of yard games, is set to open its sixth location in the USA in Grand Prairie near the 2900 block of Esplanade, adjacent to the service road along President George Bush Turnpike in late 2021.

The 77,000-square-foot venue will feature a dining room, six indoor pickleball courts, five outdoor pickleball courts (two covered), and 7,500 square feet of outdoor yard games.

In this joint venture between the company and the City of Grand Prairie, the city will own the land, develop parking needs and lease to Chicken N Pickle.   Chicken N Pickle will operate the restaurant and entertainment venue.  Epic Central plans also include the addition of a hotel/conference center, an expanded restaurant row, boardwalk along the Epic Central lakes, water and lighting features and concert/event grounds.  Already located in Epic Central are the award-winning Summit Active Adult Center and Epic Arts, Fitness and Entertainment Center, Epic Waters Indoor Water Park, PlayGrand Adventures all-accessible playground, Central Bark Dog Park, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter and the city’s Public Safety Building.

“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 may include hotels, more restaurants and retail in the near future.”

Chicken N Pickle is the world’s premier pickleball restaurant and entertainment brand, which opened its flagship location in North Kansas City in 2017. It soon followed with a location in Wichita, Kansas, where a nationally recognized pro invitational tournament was held in 2019, its opening year. A third location opened in San Antonio in 2020, and a fourth opened in Oklahoma City in late 2020.  A firth is set to open in Overland Park, Kansas, in 2021. As host to tournaments, as well as local family fun and games, the Chicken N Pickle name has become synonymous with fun, food and friendship.

“We are delighted with the public-private partnership agreement that we are developing with Grand Prairie and are excited to bring Chicken N Pickle to the community,” said Dave Johnson, company founder and principal investor in the brand. “We know people will enjoy our delicious, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, a cold beverage, and some friendly competition on the pickleball courts.”

“We have been thrilled by the popularity of Chicken N Pickle and we look forward to making new friends in Grand Prairie,” said Bill Crooks, an acclaimed restaurateur who collaborated with Johnson to create the Chicken N Pickle concept.   “Our experience combines good food and good friends for great fun. We are proud to bring our chef-driven menu, featuring clean, locally sourced food and family-oriented activities, to the south.”

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.

On the menu, a range of delicious rotisserie chicken dishes will be available to please every palate, along with pork and grass-fed beef sandwiches, salads, and a variety of munchies, including Chicken N Pickle’s signature hand-cut fries and tots. Beer from local breweries will be on tap.

“We proudly source from local farmers, ranchers and artisans such as Beeler’s Pure Pork and Heartbrand Beef to bring our customers the freshest, most flavorful, additive-free food possible,” said Alex Staab, Director of Culinary.

Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America, is most popularly played as doubles (2v2) on a court half the size of a tennis court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a ball similar to a wiffle ball. The rules are a mix of tennis and ping pong and are easy and fun for all ages to play together.

About Chicken N Pickle

Chicken N Pickle is a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex including a casual, chef-driven restaurant and sports bar that boasts pickleball courts and indoor/outdoor games for all ages. Its mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship, and community. A key tenet of Chicken N Pickle is demonstrated through the Our Hearts Are Local program, which focuses on creating philanthropic partnerships to strengthen our neighborhoods and beyond. Dozens of charitable events are held annually and proceeds are donated back to the communities we serve. Good Food. Good Friends. Great Fun. For more information, please visit

Grand Prairie AirHogs Stadium to be Repurposed for Major League Cricket

By | Featured

Grand Prairie AirHogs Stadium to be Repurposed for Major League Cricket

The City of Grand Prairie approved a long-term lease agreement with Major League Cricket (MLC) and American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) for redevelopment of AirHogs Stadium, 1600 Lone Star Parkway. Redevelopment of the stadium is scheduled to take place throughout 2021. The inaugural Major League Cricket season, featuring world-class T20 cricket, will begin in 2022 with six franchises from major U.S. cities. The Grand Prairie stadium will host the Texas franchise of Major League Cricket, and serve as a base for the USA Cricket National team and its premier high performance center.

“Grand Prairie’s centralized location in the U.S. and the thriving Texas cricketing community, allied with the quality of the facility, make it the perfect site for us,” said Sameer Mehta and Vijay Srinivasan, co-founders of ACE and MLC.

Media Release

Cricket Tutorial

EpicCentral Updates

By | Featured

Have you heard the exciting news about EpicCentral ? A new restaurant is coming to the park along with additional parking lots and a new entrance off the Hwy 161 frontage road. Construction has already begun and is currently anticipated to take 18-24 months to complete. Visitors to the park should note that the park entrance off of the Hwy 161 frontage road has been closed as well as a section of Esplanade. More details on the project will be announced soon!

Other EpicCentral updates:
The Summit 50+ Club and PlayGrand Adventures remain closed for now due to the pandemic, however City staff will be reevaluating the decision in the Fall to reopen as soon and safely as possible. Rest assured, we understand the importance of these two life-changing facilities, and look forward to their many, many more years of service to our community.


February, 2023

11Feb10:00 am2:00 pmKid’s Fishing Day

18Feb1:00 pmEpic Plunge 2023

23Feb6:30 pmHoops for History

24Feb6:30 pm8:30 pmDaddy Daughter Dance

28Feb5:30 pm7:30 pmBridal Open House

Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation