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Jon Comer Memorial Skate Jam

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JON COMER MEMORIAL SKATE JAM

Jon Comer Memorial Skate Jam
Action Park Grand Prairie, Saturday October 9 |  3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The legacy of Jon Comer (1976 – 2019) lives on with the first annual #JonComerMemorialSkateJam taking place this Saturday October 9th at the skatepark in Grand Prairie, Action Park Grand Prairie. From Dallas, Tx – Comer was a pioneer for Adaptive Skateboarding as the first professional skateboarder with a prosthetic leg. At only 4 years old, his leg was amputated due to a motor vehicle accident. He gained notoriety by climbing the pro ranks and competed at the highest level in skateboarding at events such as the X – Games and other high-profile demos & productions. Jon lit the torch for many Adaptive Skateboarders to follow, which has ultimately led to the creation of the event now honoring him.

The skateboarding event will take place as a fundraiser with contest entries, donations, raffles and a silent auction benefitting an Adaptive Skateboarding fund. Funds raised will be used to provide free programs for adaptive beginners, equipment and travel grants for WCMX (Wheelchair Skating) and Adaptive Skateboarding athletes who are now actively inspiring the next generation. With the inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympics, the community has created a common goal to raise awareness for Adaptive Skateboarding and WCMX so that one day their sports are accepted into the Paralympic Games.

The local North Texas skateboarding community will be out in full force to remember their fellow Texas Skateboarder. Guests can come to experience local vendors, live DJ, car meet and a live skateboarding contest. Contest hopefuls can compete in their designated division including – Grom (12 & under), Womens, Mens (Open), WCMX & Adaptive Skateboarding. Admission is completely FREE to all spectators and of course donations are welcome.

“It’s heartbreaking to learn of the passing of Jon Comer. He was an extremely talented skater regardless of physical challenges. I have fond memories of skating and snowboarding with Jon; he was always in good spirits and had a great sense of humor (he covered his prosthetic with stickers and claimed they were his “tattoos”). My condolences to his friends and family. He was a true inspiration.”—Tony Hawk

For more information please contact Info@ActionParkAlliance.com

Forest of Fear

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TWO NIGHTS OF FRIGHTS

Forest of Fear
October 16 & October 23
Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake | 3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Line will be closed at 8:30 p.m.)
TWO nights of FRIGHTS!
Guests of Forest of Fear will witness the transformation of Loyd Park’s campgrounds into a drive-through Halloween experience like no other – all from the safety of their vehicles! This year’s event will be a drive-through-only experience. Hayrides, concessions, and other out-of-car features will not be offered this year, and personal trailers will not be allowed for use. Admission is just $15 per vehicle. Restrooms are available throughout the park. Call 972-237-4120 for more information or visit https://loydpark.com
Due to expected long wait times, lake parks will place a marked truck in line at 8:30 p.m. indicating last car in line. No additional cars in line behind the marked truck will be admitted into the park
Forest of Fear is a very popular event. Typically, we see about 5,000 people per weekend. Guests should be prepared for up to a 3-hour experience if they want to take in the entire park. However, because the park is laid out in “loops”, you are not forced to drive through the entire thing. So, for those looking for a shorter experience, they have this option available. Typically, each “loop” takes about 20-30 minutes to drive, give or take.
Fee: $15/vehicle park entry fee
Days: October 16 & October 23
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ages: All Ages

Dia de los Muertos in Downtown Grand Prairie

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Dia de los Muertos in Downtown Grand Prairie

Saturday, October 30 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Grand Prairie | 120 West Main Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

A Dia de los Muertos celebration is coming to Downtown Grand Prairie! The event will begin at City Hall Plaza and a processional will make its way to Farmers Market where the event activities will occur. The event begins at 6:00pm at City Hall Plaza and will be kicked off with a Monarch Butterfly release at 6:30pm. At 7:00pm, a processional will take place from City Hall Plaza to the Farmers Market where performances, arts & crafts, food trucks and vendors will be available. At approximately 8:00pm there will be a special showing of Coco!

There will be an Altar Contest but participants must register in advance by emailing Whitney Walters, wwalters@gptx.org or Andrew Snyder at asnyder@gptx.org. Spots are limited. Attendees not participating in the altar contest may bring a framed picture(s) of loved ones. These pictures will be displayed on the City/Community table during the event. Famed pictures must be removed by the family at the end of the event. The city will not be responsible for any framed pictures not removed/left behind.

Kid’s Fishing Day 2021

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KID'S FISHING DAY

Come reel ‘em in on Saturday, October 2 at the Mike Lewis Park lagoon. This popular event is FREE to children 16 and under. The lagoon will be stocked with catfish and ribbons will be handed out to each participant. There is no registration fee to participate in the Kid’s Fishing Day, but there will be an on-site sign-up table. A limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available on a first come first serve basis with a driver’s license or credit card deposit.

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mike Lewis Park
2410 N Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

EVENT CANCELED – Grand Prairie Movie Nights at McFalls Park

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EVENT CANCELED - Grand Prairie Movie Nights at McFalls Park

UPDATE – MOVIE NIGHT IS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
We hope you will join us for future #GrandFunGP events!

Join us for Grand Prairie Movie Nights at McFalls Park
Thursday, September 30 after sunset (approximately 7:30pm)
Gene Campbell Baseball Complex (309 Dickey Rd., Grand Prairie, TX 75051)
Movie night at the park. Showing Raya and the Last Dragon. Concessions will be available for sell.

Epic Campout at EpicCentral

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Epic Campout at EpicCentral

Pack those tents and sleeping bags and get ready for a “spooky” good time at EpicCentral, 2960 Epic Place, beginning Saturday evening, October 23, at 4:00 p.m. and ending the following morning, October 24, at 9:00 a.m.

The GrandLawn will be the host to many campers and their families who are encouraged to bring decorations for a tent decorating contest. Halloween movie classics and other fun activities are scheduled throughout the evening. Participants will then spend the night under the stars with breakfast being provided the next morning.

REGISTRATION IS FULL (updated 10/12)

Labor Day 2021 – Grand Prairie Parks

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In observance of Labor Day, City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts, & Recreation administrative office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6. Labor Day holiday hours for other facilities are as follows:
  • Charley Taylor, Tony Shotwell and Dalworth Recreation Centers and The Summit – closed
  • The Epic Recreation Center – open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Prairie Lakes Golf Course – open, Peak Day rates apply
  • Tangle Ridge Golf Club – open, Peak Day rates apply
  • Lynn Creek Park and Loyd Park – open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. There will be a $20 entry fee per vehicle for the day.
  • Kirby Creek Natatorium – closed
  • McFalls, Bowles and Tyre Pools closed for the season.
  • Splash Factory Water Playground – open 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for Doggie Splash Day
  • Epic Waters Indoor/Outdoor Water Park – open 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Paws in the Park Photo Contest

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PAWS IN THE PARK PHOTO CONTEST

EpicCentral  is excited to host a photo contest leading up to Paws in the Park on September 18!

TO ENTER- Submit your pet photos to the form below August 30 – September 5.

VOTING – Voting will take place on the EpicCentral Facebook page September 6 – 13. The photo in the album with the most likes will win. Be sure to share the album to your Facebook page and ask your family/friends to vote your your four legged friend.

WINNER – The winner will be announce the week of Paws in the Park. They can arrange to claim their prize and will be featured on EpicCentral’s social media.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Tips to Staying Hydrated this Summer

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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.

Hatch Chile Fest

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HATCH CHILE FEST

Get your hot roasted Hatch Chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers Market during Hatch Chile Fest!

This annual festival features both raw and roasted Hatch chiles sold by the pound, live music, food, games, and local vendors.

Hatch Chile Fest at Grand Prairie Farmers Market
120 W Main St, Grand Prairie
Saturday, August 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or sold out)

October, 2021

22Oct6:00 pm8:00 pmFall Block Party - Dalworth

23Oct8:00 am1:00 pmGrand Prairie Farmers Market

23Oct(Oct 23)4:00 pm24(Oct 24)9:00 amEpic Campout at EpicCentral

23Oct6:00 pm10:00 pmForest of Fear

27Oct5:00 pm7:00 pmHalloween Carnival - Charley Taylor Recreation

30Oct8:00 am1:00 pmGrand Prairie Farmers Market

30Oct6:00 pm10:00 pmDia de los Muertos

31Oct6:00 pm8:00 pmStreet N' Treat

Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation

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