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2021 Christmas Tree Lighting

Join us for an evening of celebration at the annual Grand Prairie Christmas Tree Lightning 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

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HOLIDAY HOURS

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

Grand Prairie Farmers Market

  • Saturday, November 20 – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 27– CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 4 – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Holiday shopping 
  • Saturday, December 11 – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Holiday shopping 

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

  • Tuesday, November 23 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 27 – Open regular hours
  • 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

  • Tuesday, November 23 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 27 – Open regular hours
  • 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

  • Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021
    5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021
    Closed
  • Friday, November 26, 2021
    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • 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

  • Tuesday, November 23 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 27 – Open regular hours
  • 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

  • Tuesday, November 23 – 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 27 – Open regular hours
  • 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

  • Tuesday, November 23 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 27 – Open regular hours
  • 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

Thursday, November 25: CLOSED
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

Thursday, November 25: CLOSED
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

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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

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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.
View EpicCentral Map

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

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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

Street N’ Treat at EpicCentral

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STREET N' TREAT

Join us for the Annual Street N’ Treat Halloween event in a NEW location at EpicCentral on the GrandLawn!
Participants will enjoy FREE games, face painting, kid’s crafts, and trick-or-treating!
Prepare to dress to impress, ask “Trick-or-Treat” and bring a bucket for candy!
October 31, 2021
EpicCentral
2960 Epic Pl
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Chicken N Pickle Restaurant Complex Breaks Ground in Grand Prairie

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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 www.chickennpickle.com

Happy New You

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Explore the variety of Trails, Epic Workouts & Online Classes Grand Prairie has to offer!

  • Trails – View our interactive map and find a trail near you!
  • Epic Workouts – The Epic offers a variety of group fitness classes, CrossFit classes, as well as self-directed fitness.
  • Online Classes (with Grand Prairie Libraries) – Our Grand Prairie Libraries offer some great online classes to share the latest books, fun crafts, and fun facts!
  • Online Classes (with The Summit 50+ Club) – The Summit 50+ Club has been offering fitness classes, at home recipie ideas, and additional information for the active adults in our community.

Grand Prairie AirHogs Stadium to be Repurposed for Major League Cricket

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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

November, 2021

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