Annual City Report

2022 in Review

Top Accomplishments


  • Decreased property tax rate by ½ cent in 2022-2023 budget
  • Increased Homestead Exemption by 2.5%
  • Launched Via Grand Prairie on-demand ride-share transportation
  • Implemented Living Wage for full-time city employees
  • Installed a fallen log artwork in Waggoner Park as part of the heART Project
  • Wrapped 10 more traffic signal boxes in curated art using the themes Hearts or Purple Martins
  • Started Police on-call rotation for Crisis Support Unit to provide 24/7 response to those experiencing a mental health crisis; and partnered Fire mental health paramedics with Police Department


  • Broke ground to widen Wildlife Parkway from Belt Line to SH 161, complete 2024
  • Acquired land for Fire Station 11
  • Announced Bass Pro Shops, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and BigShots Golf coming to Grand Prairie on SH 161 in 2023-2024
  • Landed conversion of the ballpark to a cricket stadium for Major League Cricket USA
  • Completed City Hall Central complex parking lot
  • Opened Fire Station 3 and its training classrooms
  • Celebrated Chicken N Pickle opening in EpicCentral
  • Opened Sprouts in mid-town


  • Opened Bolder Adventure Park in EpicCentral
  • Opened Tranquil Adventures at PlaGrand Adventures all-access park
  • Launched new city website
  • Began evening shifts for Animal Services
  • Named a street for Dolores Huerta, honoring her work as a civil and labor rights activist


  • Hobby Lobby, Dutch Brothers, Salad N Go, Rosa's Mexican Cafe, Bahama Bucks, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Alamo Drafthouse, Seimens (expansion)
  • Blue Goode Cantina, Pop Shelf, Braums, Jersey Mike's, Five Guys, Golden Chick
  • SunTex Marinas take over Lynn Creek Marina, Blue Sunshine Restaurant and the Wave party boat on Joe Pool Lake
  • Texas Scenic City designation
  • Sale and operation of the former Texas General Hospital to Integral Holdings and Grand Prairie Medical Center
  • The first project at I-30 and Belt Line consistent with OMNIPLAN's Gateway vision, to begin construction in 2023 the OHT Partners


  • Building two hotels, a convention center and six restaurant shells in EpicCentral
  • Fire Department target hazard/business inspection program
  • New Short Term Rental Restrictions to increase citizen quality of life


  • Remodel of the Ruthe Jackson Center lobby
  • Updates to the Water/Wastewater Master Plan
  • Updates to the Robinson Road and South Sector pump station
  • Re-striping the Airport taxiways
  • Full renovation of the four-field softball complex at Mike Lewis Park


  • Retail strip center/storefront revitalization program
  • Assistant Police Chief Anthony Hogan receiving the 2022 Carnegie Hero Medal after Hogan, who was off-duty, rescued Michael Loya Jr. from his burning work truck containing flammable items
  • Police Chief Scesney receiving the NAACP President's Distinguished Leadership Award


2023 Top Goals


  • Open six restaurants in EpicCentral
  • Debut water and light show in EpicCentral
  • Complete construction of two connecting hotels and convention center in EpicCentral
  • Create redevelopment plans for Turner, Tyre and Mi Familia parks
  • Welcome Hobby Lobby, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games (2023); Bass Pro Shops (2024); Big Shots Golf (2023)
  • Enjoy Major League Cricket in the newly renovated cricket stadium


  • Finish Camp Wisdom widening
  • Launch a new City App
  • Introduce ability to text for information
  • Plan for a Fire Station 11 and a new Emergency Operations Center
  • Debut at Block Party trailer available for residents to check out
  • Create a Tool Lending program to provide tools residents need for home and yard maintenance
  • Complete 11-acre cell construction at landfill
  • Remodel the Main Library entry and lobby


  • Select new utility billing software
  • Complete connection of Seeton Road from Mira Flores to day Miar roads
  • Start construction of Stadium Drive from Tarrant Road to the I-30 frontage road
  • Build Dechman Drive from Westchester Parkway to Edgeview Drive
  • Begin Uptown Theater phase 2 of renovations
  • Partner Shotwell Life Center with Grand Prairie Independent School District to start a universal sports skills program that will enhance the skill level of students playing all sports


2022-2023 Annual Report

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2023 State of the City


Value for your Tax Dollar