Memorial Weekend Across Grand Prairie

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Join in the #GrandFunGP this Memorial Weekend! See below for event information, facility closures, holiday weekend rates and more!


Memorial Day Celebration

Join us for our Annual Memorial Day Celebration! This year’s Memorial Day will be hosted in-person as well as live-streamed on the GrandFunGP Facebook page & YouTube Channel. 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.

Monday, May 29
Gather at 9:30 a.m. – Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover Dr.

An Epic Remembrance

An Epic Remembrance: Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day
May 25 – May 29 | All day
GrandLawn at EpicCentral
The True meaning of Memorial Day: This Installation of 400 American Flags will honor and remember the sacrifice of the heroes and families of The One Tribe Foundation’s WATCH (We Are The Children of Heroes) Program, and the fallen heroes from Grand Prairie.

Grand Prairie Farmers Market

Join us on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to visit your favorite market vendors.
120 W Main St


  • Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration Office – Closed
  • Charley Taylor Recreation Center – Closed
  • Dalworth Recreation Center – Closed
  • Kirby Creek Natatorium – Closed
  • The Epic – Closed
  • The Summit 50+ Club – Closed
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center – Closed
  • Splash Factory – Open 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Bowles, McFalls, & Tyre Outdoor Pools – Open 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Please view linked pool pages for upcoming season hours. 


Please be aware that venues have holiday rates in place for various holidays throughout the year.

Loyd Park at Joe Pool Lake

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Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake

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Tangle Ridge Golf Course

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Prairie Lakes Golf Course

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Epic Waters has been nominated for USA TODAY Top-10 “Best Indoor Waterpark”

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Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark has been nominated for USA TODAY’s Top-10 “Best Indoor Waterpark”!

Now we need your help to be #1. Vote TODAY and EVERY DAY until April 24! This vote only takes one click.


Experience a crashing wave of fun at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark – the largest indoor waterpark in Texas – open all year round!

Celebrate National Pickleball Month across Grand Prairie

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Celebrate National Pickleball Month with Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department!

The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has named April “National Pickleball Month” to help promote the fastest growing sport in America.

Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation will celebrate “National Pickleball Month” with activities and programs at facilities across Grand Prairie.

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

Pickleball Arts & Crafts Project
Monday April 17
4:00 p.m.. | Ages 5-10.

Dalworth Recreation Center

Buy a Pickleball Membership & Bring a Friend for FREE
Every Wednesday in April
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Epic

“Bring a Friend to Play Pickleball Day” 
Friday, April 14
The Epic members will be able to bring a friend/guest with them to enjoy a day of pickleball at The Epic.
Epic Members – all ages.

The Summit

Beginners Pickleball Tournament
Saturday, April 29 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25/members & $30/non-members
There will be 4 brackets (beginners, intermediate, advanced and Plus 70). Limited number of players per bracket.
Must pre-register by 4/22.
Ages 50+


Tony Shotwell Life Center

Beginners Pickleball Workshop
April 12, April 19, & April 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
All ages

Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie

Indoor and outdoor pickleball.

Select the link below to view a full calendar of events.


Grand Prairie Farmers Market

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Grand Prairie Farmers Market is opening for the 2023 season on April 1! Join us from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to visit your favorite market vendors. Be sure to follow Grand Prairie Farmers Market on social media to keep up with fun throughout the season
Opening weekend Saturday, April 1
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join in the fun by participating in the Mayor’s 5k Community Walk that morning at 8:30 a.m. followed by enjoying all the market has to offer!
Visit Farmers Market Website

Lake Parks Season Opener

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Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake and Britton Park open for the 2023 season on Saturday, March 4. Click HERE to find more Grand Prairie Lake Parks information.

As the weather warms up and guests enjoy swimming at the lake parks, please remember to wear a life jacket.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration & Holiday Closures

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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

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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.

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

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

May, 2023

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