With more than 5,000 acres of parks, well-established and new neighborhoods and lively, competitive athletic programs, Grand Prairie makes businesses and residents feel right at home.
The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department was named best in the nation in 2017 when it was awarded the National Recreation and Park Association's Gold Medal in the Class II division for cities of population between 150,001 and 400,000.
Fifty-eight parks include a senior center, the Ruthe Jackson Conference Center, five recreation centers, a dog park, five public swimming pools (including one indoor pool), two beaches on Joe Pool Lake, a campground, five softball and baseball complexes, 32 tennis courts and 18 soccer fields (four lighted adult, six lighted youth), and hiking and biking trails.
With a ¼ cent sales tax devoted to park improvements, a $125 million, 20-year Parks Master Plan will improve every park in Grand Prairie and add valuable new park land on an ongoing basis.
EpicCentral is a 172-acre park site located off George W. Bush Tollway (Highway 161). Reflecting innovation and community investment, EpicCentral is home to Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, The Summit recreation center for adults ages 50 , The Epic “reimagined recreation center” for all ages, Grand Prairie's Public Safety Building, and future home of PlayGrand Adventures all-inclusive playground. Amenities include five lakes, a grand lawn, boardwalk, and pad sites for future retail opportunities.
In addition to private golf courses and a country club, the city's two public top-ranked golf courses offer outstanding golf at a great price. The city’s Tangle Ridge Golf Course features bentgrass greens in a Hill Country atmosphere, and Prairie Lakes Golf Course offers one of the best golf values in the area with the largest practice putting green in Texas.
One of the newest lakes in Texas, Joe Pool Lake, is set among the rolling hills of south Grand Prairie. Fishing, boating, swimming and skiing are popular here. The lake’s Lynn Creek Park features boat ramps, picnic sites, beaches, volleyball, a playground, restrooms and loads of natural beauty. The lake parks offer visitors a grand experience – clean beaches, shaded trails and ideal camping. And now you can camp in style at Loyd Park in a fully stocked camping cabin. Loyd Park offers cabins, wooded camp sites, trails, showers and restrooms. On the north shore, just off Lake Ridge Parkway, Lynn Creek Marina features boat slips, rentals, boat ramps and fishing supplies for the angler. Adjacent to the marina, the Oasis – a floating restaurant – overlooks the waters of the lake and serves up delicious fare and beverages.
More Information: Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department