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CONTENTSStay Cool @ Joe PoolHit the trail at Joe Pool Lake’s Walnut CreekPaddling Trail. Canoes, kayaks, paddles and lifevests will be available for rent at the park.Page 6Pick-up a copy ofLIGat the followingLOCATIONS:75050Alliance Skate Park – 1002 Lone Star ParkwayBowles Life Center – 2750 Graham St.City Hall – 317 College St.Development Center – 206 W. Church St.Housing – 205 W. Church St.Municipal Court – 200 W. Main St.Parks & Rec. Admin – 326 W. Main St.Tourist Info Center – 2170 N. Belt Line Rd.Water Dept. – 317 College St.Uptown Theater – 120 E. Main St.7505146810111112131718212330323536ContactsParks & Rec NewsSpecial EventsAthletic DivisionGolf AcademiesTennisYouth Sports Assoc.AquaticsYouth 2-12Tween & TeensGrown Ups 18+The SummitActive AdultsPark Map & MatrixCalendar of EventsCity News SectionCharley Taylor Rec. – 600 E. Grand Prairie Rd.Dalworth Rec. – 2012 Spikes St.Main Library – 901 Conover Dr.75052Betty Warmack Library – 760 Bardin Rd.Kirby Creek Natatorium – 3201 Corn ValleyLoyd Park Office – 3401 Ragland Rd.Lake Parks Operation Center5610 Lake Ridge ParkwayPrairie Lakes Golf Course – 3202 SE 14th St.Ruthe Jackson Center – 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy.Tangle Ridge Golf Course – 818 Tangle Ridge Dr.The Summit – 2975 EsplanadeWant to be added to the list? Call GP Parks & Rec at 972.237.8100


Celebrating over 50 years ofexistence, the Grand Prairie Parksand Recreation Department isdedicated to “creating a GRANDlifestyle”. The Grand Prairie Parksand Recreation department featuresworld class parks and facilities,a wide-array of exciting programopportunities, and numerous specialevents throughout the year.The City of Grand Prairie has over5,000 park acres, including theexciting 3,000 acres surroundingJoe Pool Lake. The staff is proudto be the caretakers for the citizensof Grand Prairie and welcomescomments about the Parks systemor recreation offerings of the city.Dedicated to providing “world classservice” the department has wonthe prestigious Gold Medal Awardin 2004 from the Texas Recreationand Parks Society (TRAPS), theorganization’s highest honor. In2007 and 2008 the departmentwas nominated by the NationalRecreation and Parks Association(NRPA) as a finalist to the NationalGold Medal Award, one of 4 inAmerica. Awards are no strangerto the department, for it has rackedup honors for Park Development,Maintenance Innovations andRecreation programming over thepast few years.The parks and recreation re-birthin Grand Prairie began 8 yearsago with the passage of the ¼ centsales tax for parks and recreationby the Citizens of Grand Prairie.With dynamic city leaders, trustingcitizens, awesome partners and adynamic staff, the Grand PrairieParks and Recreation system isdestined to be one of the finest inAmerica.Enjoy your parks. Play golf atyour two golf courses. Enjoy someexciting recreation programs.Visit your exciting Ruthe JacksonConference Center. Boat, swim orgolf at Joe Pool Lake. Work out atthe Bowles Life Center. Go for ajog on our trails. Take your dogto play at Central Bark. We evenoffer the Grand Prairie MemorialGardens and Mausoleum for thatspecial time of need.Come visit YOUR Parksand Recreation department…Together we are building aGRAND lifestyle!ContactsADMINISTRATIONRick HeroldDirector of Parks & Recreation972-237-8375 • rherold@gptx.orgDuane StrawnManager of Parks and Lake972-237-8106 • dstrawn@gptx.orgDanny BoykinSr. Superintendent of Recreation972-237-8084 • dboykin@gptx.orgTim ShinogleManager of ParkPlanning & Development972-237-8104 • tshinogl@gptx.orgKurt BensonFacility Services Manager972-237-8017 • kbenson@gptx.orgParish LowerySr. Recreation Supervisor972-237-7529 • plowery@gptx.orgSteve PlumerSr. Parks Project Manager972-237-8392 • splumer@gptx.orgSusan HensonHorticulturist/Arborist972-237-8102 • shenson@gptx.orgDoug BeichSupervisor of Special Events972-237-8112 • dbeich@gptx.orgBeverly GroganCommunity Events Coordinator972-237-8329 • bgrogan@gptx.orgKelly EddlemonMarketing & Communications972-237-8339 • keddlemon@gptx.orgBradley KentMarketing & Communications972-237-8355 • bkent@gptx.orgFACILITIESBob McGlothlinSr. Superintendent of Lake Parks817-467-2104 • bmcgloth@gptx.orgChip NamiRuthe Jackson CenterGeneral Manager972-237-7501 • cnami@gptx.orgGregg DriggersGPMemorial Gardens General Manager972-237-3002 • gdriggers@gptx.orgElspeth McDonaldUptown Theater Manager972-237-8409 • elmcdonald@gptx.orgLinda LongThe Summit Manager972-237-4141 • llong@gptx.orgRosalind MillerDalworth RecreationCenter Supervisor972-264-7670 • rmiller@gptx.orgMariana EspinozaBowles Life Center Supervisor972-237-7529 • mespinoza@gptx.orgChris GinappCharley Taylor RecreationCenter Supervisor972-264-6890 • cginapp@gptx.orgAmanda AlmsAquatic Fitness Manager972-237-8145 • aalms@gptx.orgRod HayesAthletics972-237-8109 • rhayes@gptx.orgGlenn SockwellPrairie Lakes Head Golf Professional972-263-0661 • gsockwell@gptx.orgMark ViskoskiTangle Ridge • Director of Golf972-299-6837NRPA GoldMedalDepartment4 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Administration Office326 W. Main St.972-237-8100Mon–Fri 8a.m.–5p.m.Alliance Skate Park1002 Lone Star Pkwy.972-262-4479Mon–Fri 3p.m.–10p.m.Sat11a.m.–10p.m.Sun11a.m.–6p.m.Athletics –Bowles Life Center2750 Graham St.972-237-7533Mon–Fri 9a.m.–6p.m.Charley TaylorRecreation Center601 E. Grand Prairie Rd.972-264-6890Mon–Thu Noon–8p.m.FriNoon–6p.m.Sat9a.m.–1p.m.SunClosedDalworthRecreation Center2012 Spikes St.972-264-7670Mon–Thu Noon–8p.m.FriNoon–6p.m.Sat9a.m.–1p.m.SunClosedAlliance Skate ParkFACILITIESBowles Life Center2750 Graham St.972-237-7529Mon–Thu 8a.m.–10p.m.Fri8a.m.–7p.m.Sat9a.m.–6p.m.SunMon–FriClosedOpen at 6a.m.for GrandPlan MembersLake ParksGrand Prairie Memorial Gardens3001 S. Belt Line Rd.972-237-3001Mon–Fri 8a.m.–4p.m.Kirby Creek Indoor Pool3201 Corn Valley Rd.972-263-8174Mon–Thu 9a.m.–9p.m.Fri–Sat9a.m.–6p.m.Lake Parks Office5610 Lake Ridge Parkway817-467-2104Mon–Fri 8a.m.–4:30p.m.Prairie Lakes Golf Course3202 S.E. 14th St.972-263-0661Everyday Dawn–DuskRuthe Jackson Center3113 S. Carrier Pkwy.972-237-7500Mon–Fri 8a.m.–5p.m.The Summit2975 Esplanade972-237-4141Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 5:30a.m.–9p.m.Thu5:30a.m.–10p.m.Sat9a.m.–9p.m.Sun1p.m.–5p.m.Tangle Ridge Golf Course818 Tangle Ridge Dr.972-299-6837Everyday Dawn–DuskUptown Theater120 E. Main St.972-237-UPTNCall for hours.Veteran’s Event Center925 Conover972-237-7500Private Rentals OnlyTheaterGRAND PRAIRIE PARKS BOARDS & COMMISSIONSBack Left to Right:Jonathan Head,Dr. Tony Lawrence,David Pecor, B.J. Nichols(Chair), Jim Dart, Patrick Greenwade andJoe Arredondo.Front Left to Right:Sallye Moore & Christina Kang (Co-Chair).Parks and Recreation BoardThe Parks and Recreation Board is an advisory board to the City Councilon parks, recreation and related developments. Citizens are encouraged toattend and provide valuable input. Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of themonth at City Hall Briefing Room at 6:30p.m.Joe ArredondoJim DartPatrick GreenwadeJonathan HeadChristina KangTony LawrenceSallye MooreB.J. NicholsDavid PecorCommission on AgingThe Commission on Aging is an advisory committee that makesrecommendations to the City Council regarding the senior population inGrand Prairie. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide valuable input.Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 11a.m., and location variesto garner additional input. Please call 972-237-8100 for locations.Mindy BrooksGaldino CastroWilliam KrugRoxcie McCullerMike RehfeldJerry LongGreg WigginsCarolyn WilliamsonOuida SmithNRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 5


PARKS & RECNEWSChildren in Grand Prairie received abrand new playground thanks to theeffort of more than 200 volunteersfrom Foresters, a life insuranceprovider, Grand Prairie Parks andRecreation, Grand Prairie BoysBaseball and KaBOOM! The newplayground will serve an estimated26,000 children and their familiesin the Grand Prairie community foryears to come. Planning for theplayground began at a Design Dayevent held in March when localchildren and community leaders metwith organizers from KaBOOM!and Foresters to design their dreamplayground. The children’s drawingswere then used to create the finalplayground design.“Foresters shares its financialstrength with its members andcommunities where they live,such as Grand Prairie,” said BobPashby, National Sales Manager.“Playgrounds are an ideal place forfamilies to get to know other familiesand build strong communities. Thisnew playground at Prairie Park willprovide opportunities for families tospend quality time together for yearsto come.”Foresters has invested over $3million with KaBOOM! to build 36playgrounds across North Americasince 2006. These playgrounds willeventually serve more than 575,000children, providing them and theirfamilies with a place where they canplay, learn and have fun together.“We understand the importanceof play,” said Rick Herold, GrandPrairie’s Director of Parks &Recreation. “And, we’re very excitedto work with Foresters, KaBOOM!,and Grand Prairie Boys Baseballto provide the community anotheropportunity for kids and families toenjoy the outdoors, stay active, andhave fun.”The playground at Prairie Parkwill provide 26,000 children andtheir families in the Grand Prairiecommunity with a great place to playand engage in healthy family time.In less than eight hours, the childdesignedplayground was built fromscratch by hundreds of volunteersfrom Foresters, Grand Prairie Parksand Recreation, Grand PrairieBoys Baseball and the surroundingcommunity. In addition, children andfamilies spent the day playing gamesand participating in arts and craftsactivities.“We’re very excited to partnerwith the City of Grand Prairie onthis project,” said Gene Campbell,President of Grand Prairie BoysBaseball. “We genuinely careabout the development of healthy,active and responsible youth inGrand Prairie. And we believe thatprojects like this will enhance thequality of life of the families in ourcommunity.”Thanks to the work of Foresters,Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation,Grand Prairie Boys Baseball andKaBOOM!, children and theirfamilies now have a 2,500 squarefootplayground to call home thatincludes features such as a GlideSlide, Spiral Climber and SwingSets.The City of Grand Prairie is alsoworking with 9th graders at SouthGrand Prairie High School to planand build a one-of-a-kind playgroundat Fish Creek Forest Preserve onSaturday, May 14. The students,who have been studying late 1800shistory, gave input on a design whichreflects early Grand Prairie.The P3 project, which stands forPartner, Plan, & Play, in April 2009,the city worked with students on thefirst one-day playground build in thecity at Charley Taylor RecreationCenter, 601 E. Grand Prairie Rd.Walnut Creek Paddling Trail at Joe Pool LakeAs part of Texas Travel Rally Day on May10, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the City ofGrand Prairie will be launching the brandnewWalnut Creek Paddling Trail at LoydPark on Joe Pool Lake. This 4.9 mile trail inLoyd Park crosses a bit of open water, goespast two islands and up the winding, shadedwaters of Walnut Creek. It offers excellentopportunities to catch some fish and seeherons, osprey, hawks, bobcats, beavers,coyotes, turtles, frogs and other wildlife.Don’t have the right equipment? Don’tworry – Canoes, kayaks, paddles and lifevests will be available for rent at the park.6 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal DepartmentThe trail will be the first of seven trailsopened that day with a grand opening beginningat 8 a.m. This brings the total numberof paddling trails in the Metroplex toeight, making it the area with the highestconcentration of trails. “These trails representwhat is simply the biggest water parkin Texas, showcasing some of the state’smost remarkable natural areas convenientto our growing urban population,” saysCarter Smith, Texas Parks and WildlifeDepartment’s executive director. “Theiropening reinforces the crucial message thattravel matters to all Texans and our communitiesthat depend on tourism dollars.”For more information on the paddling trail,visit GrandFunGP.com or tpwd.state.tx.usor call 817-467-2104.


NEWSWelcome Back To TexasMEGAN WILLISFormer Texans Olympian CatOsterman and Texas LonghornMegan Willis as they lead theUSSSA Florida Pride versus NPFDiamonds August 5-7, 2011 atQuik Trip Park in Grand Prairie.These teams are part of the NPF(National Professional FastpitchLeague) along with the AkronRacers and the Chicago Bandits.These teams have numerous pastOlympians representing them.CAT OSTERMANFor more information call(972) 237-8084 or stay tunedto www.grandfungp.com forupdates on tickets sales.Please join us on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. for theUptown Theater’s Annual Season AnnouncementParty. This year’s festivities feature light horsd’oeuvres, beer and wine, live entertainmentand special announcements! Come and hearabout the season, tour the theater, and thenstay around to subscribe. You won’t want to missthe 2011-2012 series. For more information, visitUptownTheaterGP.com or call 972-237-8786.WE COULD USE YOUR HELP!The Uptown Theater couldn’t survive without its sharp volunteers.From ushering to the Popcorn Popping Academy – our volunteershave a blast! There are only three easy steps to becoming avolunteer at the historic Uptown Theater:1) Please visit UptownTheaterGP.com and click on the“Friends of the Uptown” tab at the top of the page.2) Please click on the Volunteer Applicationlink, and fill out the application.3) You will then be invited to an upcomingtraining session via the email you suppliedon the application.* Background checks are completed onall applicants post training session.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 7


SPECIAL EVENTSHATCH CHILE FESTIVALP3 Playground BuildKirby Creek Linear ParkTextDays Dates TimeSat 5/14 8a.m.-2:30p.m.Mayfest – Central Park2975 Esplanade, 972-237-4141Days Dates TimeSat 5/21 9a.m.-3p.m.Vought/Optimist ClubBass Fishing TournamentLynn Creek Park, 817-467-2104Days DatesSat 5/21Memorial Day Ceremony 2011Veterans Memorial, 925 ConoverSpeaker – Brigadier General Leon Johnson• Commemorative Air Force Flyover• Bag Piper• 21-gun Salute• Wreath Laying Ceremony• Live Music by the Levee Singers• Free Trees• Free All American Lunch and USO ShowDay Dates TimeMon 5/30 10a.m.-1p.m.The Soul Food Festival – Lynn Creek ParkComing to Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake.The Soul Food Festival is an inviting eventthat highlights the aroma of traditional soulfood cooking while bringing together familiesand friends in an outdoor social setting for aday of reunion, fellowship and live nationalaward winning entertainment! Please visitwww.ilovesoulfood.com for ticket and eventinformation.Day Dates TimeSat 6/18 5p.m.-MidnightJuneteenth CelebrationTyre Park, 972-264-7670Days DatesFri-Sat 6/17-6/18The Summit 1 Year Anniversary Celebration2975 EsplanadeCome join the party and live music.Days Dates TimeSat 6/18 6p.m.4th of July Fireworks ShowLynn Creek ParkStarts at dark, park entry is $15/car up to 6 people.Days DatesSat 7/4Bowles Life Center’s 5th Anniversary-This July is National Parks and Recreation Monthand it’s Bowles 5th Anniversary! Bowles LifeCenter will celebrate its 5th birthday with cake,ice cream, and fun for the whole family. Join uson Friday, July 29, 2011, for this day of familyfun. Fee: Free.Day Dates TimeFri 7/29 11a.m.-5p.m.BOWLESMEMBERSHIP SPECIALSMEMBERSHIP SPECIALS –In Celebration of Bowles 5th Anniversaryspecials good from July 1-29, 2011GRAND PLAN SPECIAL –Purchase a Grand Plan Individual Annual orFamily Annual and receive a Bowles T-Shirt,water bottle and duffle bag.Purchase a Prairie Plan Individual Annual orFamily Annual and receive a Bowles T-shirt.Grand Plan AnnualIndividual Family$196.00 $396 ResidentPrairie Plan AnnualIndividual Family$106.00 $216 Resident$216 $436 Non-ResidentFortyFest – Lynn Creek ParkComing to Grand Prairie on Saturday, August13, at Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake.FortyFest 2011, featuring P.O.D., is the ChristianAlternative Rock Music Festival that willresonate from Dallas to Fort Worth, across Texasand the Southwest. Don’t miss the experience!For more information on FortyFest, includingschedule, lineup and tickets, please visit www.fortyfest.org.Course# Day DatesNA Sat 8/13Back 2 School Carnival – Charley TaylorAll Ages. Come enjoy the end of the summer bycooling off with the Charley Taylor RecreationCenter’s Back 2 School Carnival. Fun, games,and bounce houses will be available for thechildren. Donated school supplies will be givenout on a first come first serve basis.SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS NEEDED!Fee: Free.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A Th 8/18 5-7p.m.4TH OF JULYOVER JOE POOL8 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Special EventsHatch Chile FestivalMarket Square, 120 W. Main, 972-237-4599Back by popular demand, delicious worldrenownedHatch chile peppers, chefdemonstrations, arts, balloon artists, face painting,farmers market, bounce houses and concessions(including beer and wine) hit downtown GrandPrairie at the Hatch Chile Festival from 9 a.m. -3p.m. at Market Square, 120 W. Main St., GrandPrairie, Saturday, August 20, 2011. Open-flameroasted and fresh chile peppers from Hatch, NewMexico, will be available for purchase at theevent, so plan now for a hot time at the HatchChile Festival. Check gptx.org/farmersmarket fordetails.Days Dates TimeSat 8/20 9a.m.-3p.m.Saturdays • 8a.m.–1p.m.120 W. Main St.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 9


AthleticsYOUTH SPORTSLEAGUES & CAMPSBoys Youth Baseball League “The Minors”McFalls West ParkAges 7-10. The City of Grand Prairie will offera youth summer baseball league for the ages of7 to 10. This league will help establish a goodfoundation for baseball.Fee: $70 per playerRegistration: May 2 – June 3Recreation League (Individual)Course# Days Dates Time12209 Tue 6/21 6:30–9:30p.m.JV/High School Summer Basketball LeagueGrades 9-12. Summer High School BasketballLeague will be offered for boys and girls whowill be entering into grades 9-12 in the 2011-12school year. Fee: $350/team.Boys/Girls Basketball League Grades 9th-12thCourse# Days Dates Time12207 Sat 6/11 9a.m.-5p.m.Jr. Tennis Program – BowlesAges 6-14. This class will be devoted to thedevelopment of youth tennis by teaching basicskills, technique, teamwork, sportsmanship whileoffering a fun and exciting atmosphere.Fee: $25/4 sessions.Course# Days Dates Time12203 Sat 5/28 9-10a.m.12204 Sat 7/9 9-10a.m.Grand Prairie Boys Basketball CampGet ready for summer by having a fun weekof basketball. This camp will balance teachingskills and fundamentals with games, contests andfun. The basic skills of ball handling, passing,shooting and defense will be taught throughoutthe week of camp. This camp will have an openenrollment and there is a daily cost and a weeklycost. The camp is designed to help each kidimprove as a player while providing a fun andencouraging environment.Course# Days Dates Time12210 M-F 6/13-6/16 9a.m.-NoonGrand Prairie Speed & Agility CampBasketball speed and agility training can makeyou lighter on your feet and a worthy opponenton the court. It can give you the edge you need inthe game that you love. Come get put to the testin this camp that will help you explode to the topof your game.Course# Days Dates Time12212 Tues 6/21 9-10a.m.Youth Rugby Clinic FREEOn Saturday May 14, 2011 starting at 9a.m.Maverick Rugby will host a FREE RUGBYCLINIC for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. Comelearn the laws of the game, ball-handling,passing and much more. All participantswill receive a free t-shirt and lunch at theconclusion of the clinic. Contact the AthleticOffice for more information (972)237-7533ADULT SPORTS LEAGUESMen’s Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkAges 16+. The City of Grand Prairie offers adultsoftball league play for men and coed. Bring yourfamily and friends out to play and have a goodtime at the ballpark. Come play at Mike LewisPark. Fees: $350/team.Registration: January 3rd – March 8thSeason Starts: Week of July 4thSummer LeaguesMen’s D Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkCourse# Days Dates Time12177 Tue 6/21-7/29 6:30-10p.m.12178 Wed 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m.10979 Fri 6/24-7/29 6:30-10p.m.Men’s E Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkCourse# Days Dates Time12185 Tue 6/21-7/29 6:30-10p.m.12186 Th 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m.12187 Fri 6/24-7/29 6:30-10p.m.Mixed D Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkCourse# Days Dates Time12192 Th 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m.12193 Fri 6/24-7/29 6:30-10p.m.Men’s Church Softball League –Mike Lewis ParkCourse# Days Dates Time12201 Th 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m.Coed/Men/Women Adult Volleyball LeagueBowles Life Center/Charley TaylorAges 16+. Take the volleyball challenge andlet’s see what you can do. Bring your best teamto the court and spike your way through thecompetition. Fee: $175/team.Women Volleyball LeagueCourse# Days Dates Time12197 Tue 6/21 6:30-9p.m.Men’s Volleyball LeagueCourse# Days Dates Time12195 Wed 6/22 7-9p.m.Coed Volleyball LeagueCourse# Days Dates Time12196 Th 6/23 6:30-9p.m.Couch Potato Basketball LeagueBowles Life CenterAges 35+. Come and join this fast paced league.Let’s show everyone that there’s a place on thecourt for the couch potatoes. The nets will beswishing with long range 3’s all night. Fee:$350/team.Course# Days Dates Time12199 Mon 6/13 6:30-9p.m.Women Basketball LeagueDalworth Recreation CenterAges 16+. All adult women are invited toparticipate in this recreational league. Come playin this one-of-a-kind league where the ladies rulethe court. Fee: $350/team.Course# Days Dates Time12200 Mon 6/20 7p.m.-10p.m.Women 23 & Under Fastpitch Softball LeagueMike Lewis Park/Jennifer McFalls ParkAges 23+. OK ladies, your wish is our command.Are you looking to continue playing in a fastpitchsoftball league? If so, we have the new and upand coming league just for you. So go gather yourteam together and bring them to the park to finishwhat was started. Fee: $350/team.Course# Days Dates Time12202 Mon 6/13 7-9p.mCoed Adult Kickball LeagueMike Lewis ParkShare your love of kickball with your colleagues,friends, and family. Grab the big red bouncyball and jump on the green grass and let’s getthe games going. I can guarantee you willhave tons of fun. IT’S THE NEW AMERICANPASTTIME!Course# Days Dates Time12198 M/W 6/20 7-9p.m.WANT TO BE AVOLUNTEER COACH?Three easy steps to becoming a volunteercoach for sports leagues in Grand Prairie:1) Pick a sport.2) Contact a Recreation Centeror the Athletic Office3) Fill out applicationAthletic Office: 972-237-7533Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAYCharley Taylor Rec.: 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec.: 972-264-7670*background checks and drug testsare completed on all applicants.10 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Grand Prairie Parks & RecreationYOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATIONSGrand Prairie Boys Baseball Inc. (GPBBI)Boys Baseball has a level of play for everyonefrom the beginner to the competitive. Two levelsof play from the recreational league (A Division)to the more competitive league (AA Division)Games are played at Jennifer McFalls West,Charley Taylor and Waggoner Parks dependingon the age division. A 3-4 age T-Ball leagueknown as Wam Ball was formed in 2009 and hasbeen a great success and continues to grow.Visit our website at www.gpbbi.orgLeague registration will be held at the GrandPrairie Boys Baseball office, 113 S. Center St. indowntown Grand Prairie. For more informationcall 972-266-0801.Grand Prairie Girls Softball Association(GPGSA)Girls Softball provides a variety of leagues andlevels for those wanting to play and learn thegame of fastpitch softball. Games are played atJennifer McFalls East Park.Visit our website at www.gpgirlssoftball.com orcall 469-767-9107.Grand Prairie Soccer Association (GPSA)Grand Prairie Soccer Association provides soccerleagues for all ages, including adults. Games areplayed at the 18-field Mountain Creek Soccercomplex.Visit our website at www.gpsoccer.net, or formore information call 972-264-4424. Onlineregistration is available at the website.Registration is also available at the GPSA officelocated 2305 Oak Lane Ste. 127 during postedhours. Please email questions to info@gpsoccer.netGrand Prairie Youth Football Association(GPYFA)Grand Prairie Youth Football Associationprovides a tackle and flag football programfor Grand Prairie youth. Also, GPYFA has aCheerleading program that coincides with the fallfootball season. All games are played Saturday’sbeginning in August.Registration is on-going.ALL GAMES ARE PLAYED IN GRAND PRAIRIE.NO TRAVELING. For more information onfootball or cheerleading, visit www.gpyfa.net orcall 972-237-5919.Athletic Field RentalsRent your own athletic field for $10/hourwithout lights and $15/hour with lights. All feesmust be paid in full prior to use of the field.Reservations may be made in person at 2750Graham St. or by phone at 972-237-7533.To reserve for:Monday and TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday and SaturdaySundayCall on or after:FridayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday12 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Registration is first come first serve. Registerearly due to limited enrollment. Call or stop bytoday!AMERICAN RED CROSSSWIM LESSONADULT (AD) – (45-min class) This class is foradults who want to learn how to swim. You willlearn floating to efficient strokes at a personalizedspeed. The adult class is great for first timeswimmers. Fee: $50.AquaticsFIRST SPLASH – (FS) - (30-min class) FirstSplash allows your baby to develop his/hernatural movement in the water. The class teacheswater confidence and safety skills. It allows youto develop a close bond with your child whilehaving fun. The skills you and your child willlearn will stay with you for life. (Age: 6 monthsto 3 year old). Fee: $35.LEVEL 0 [L0] – (30-min class) This classintroduces the students to the water, beingcomfortable with the water and teaches them toswim independently. This group lesson is withouta guardian in the water. Student must be 3 yearsold before beginning Level 0. Fee: $40.LEVEL 1 [L1] – (30-min class) This classintroduces freestyle and backstroke. Students muststream-line on their front and back independentlybefore beginning Level 1. Fee: $40.LEVEL 2 [L2] – (40-min class) This class focuseson primary skills of freestyle, backstroke andbreaststroke along with side breathing anddiving. Students must be swimming freestyle andbackstroke before beginning Level 2. Fee: $50.LEVEL 3 [L3] – (40-min class) This class builds oncoordinating strokes while increasing endurance.Swimmers must be able to swim freestyle withside breathing, backstroke and breaststroke for 15ft or longer before beginning Level 3. Fee: $50.LEVEL 4 [L4] – (40-min class) This class focuseson stroke development, start dives and flipturns while introducing butterfly. Students mustswim 25 yards with freestyle, backstroke, andbreaststroke before beginning Level 4. Fee: $50.BLAZE - Adaptive Swimming – (45-minclass) This specialized class offers swimminglessons for anyone with special needs. Classesare organized to fit the needs of all participants.Parents or guardians are encouraged to assist inthe water at all times. Fee: $30 session.Course# Pool Days Dates TimeMcFalls Wed 6/8-7/6 6-6:45p.m.McFalls Wed 7/13-8/10 6-6:45p.m.PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS – (PL) Private lessonsare for all ages and swimming levels. Privatelessons focus on what the student wants to learnat a personalized pace. There are eight 30-minutelessons in this session. Fee: $100/student.SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS – (SPL) This lesson isfor two or more students with similar swimmingskills. Classes focus on what the students want tolearn. There are eight 30-minute lessons in thissession. Fee: Two students: $75 per student;Three students: $55 per student.SPLASH Summer Swim Team –Recreational Swim TeamJoin this fun-filled swim team that introducesswimmers to competitive swimming. Practicesfocus on stroke technique, endurance and trainingyoung athletes. Swimmers are encouraged toparticipate in swim meets. Spend your summerwith us! (Swimmers must be able to swim 25yards) Fee: $65.Days Dates Time LocationM/W 5/2-5/25 7-7:45p.m. Kirby CreekT/Th 5/3-5/26 7-7:45p.m. Kirby CreekM/W 6/6-7/27 5-5:45p.m. Kirby CreekT/Th 6/7-7/28 5-5:45 p.m. Kirby CreekT/ Th 6/7-7/28 9-9:45a.m. Kirby CreekM-Th 6/6-7/28 6- 6:45p.m BowlesOutdoorWahoo’s Swim TeamYear around Swim TeamThis team practices and competes year round.Swimmers need to become USA certified inorder to compete in swim meets. The coachesoffer more individual coaching that focuses ontechnique, total immersion, speed and endurance.Depending on the day, swimmers will have landworkouts along with normal water workouts. Themain goal of this team is to help young athletesbecome competitive swimmers and take them tothe next level in their swimming career.Monthly Dues: $35.Free try outs are on Wednesdays(Call before coming to try out)Days Dates Time LocationM-F School Year 4:15-5:45p.m. Kirby CreekM-F Summer 7-8:45a.m. Kirby CreekSWIM EVALUATION –Free swim evaluations are available for properplacement in any of our Learn to Swim classes.This is a great way to make sure your child getsplaced in the proper class. Please call for moreinformation. To set up an evaluation pleasecontact the aquatic coordinator.OUTDOOR LEARN TOSWIM INFORMATIONOutdoor pools will offer Level 0-4 classes. Forsession dates and times see information undereach specific outdoor pool. Fee: $35.McFalls Outdoor Pool –Morning and evening lessons, Levels 0-4.Bowles Outdoor Pool –Evening lessons, Levels 0-1.Along with Splash Summer Swim Team.Tyre Outdoor Pool –Evening lessons, Level 0-1.*Refund Policy: No refunds other than medicalemergencies. All registrations are final due to alimited course enrollment. Fees less than $5 will berefunded only if cancellation is made 5 days priorto the start of the class or a $5 transfer fee will beapplied.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 13


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PRIVATE POOL PARTIESKirby Creek Indoor NatatoriumDays Time FeeFri, Sat 6:30-9p.m. $150Sun 2-5p.m. $150Sun 5:30-8:30p.m. $150Splash Factory Water PlaygroundDays Time FeeM-Fri 6:30–8:30p.m. $125Bowles, McFalls, Tyre Outdoor PoolsDays Time FeeFri, Sat, Sun 6:30-8:30p.m. $100OPEN SWIM POOL PARTIESKirby Creek Indoor NatatoriumDays Time FeeSat 1-3p.m. $75Sat 3:30-5:30p.m. $75Splash Factory Water PlaygroundDays Time FeeSat, Sun 1-3p.m. $75Sat, Sun 3:30-5:30p.m. $75Bowles, McFalls, Tyre Outdoor PoolsDays Time FeeSat, Sun 1-3p.m. $50Sat, Sun 3:30-5:30p.m. $50Fees provided are for 0-50 guests.For a higher guest limit please contact the facilities.AQUATIC FITNESSWet Works - Water Aerobics – Kirby CreekDays Time Fees (monthly)M/W/F/Sat 9-10a.m. Single $38M/T/Th 6-7p.m. 55+ $34Student $34Couple $59Lap Swim - Fitness Swim – Kirby CreekDays Times FeesM-F 7-9a.m. $2M-Th 10a.m.-1p.m. $2M-Th 8-9p.m. $2Sat 10a.m.-1p.m. $2Passes - Fitness Swim pass – Kirby CreekKirby Pass $40 for 30 visitsAnnual Pass $100(payment plans are available)Family Pass $250(Family of four)DAILY OPEN SWIMKirby Creek Indoor NatatoriumDays Time FeeM-Th 1-4:45p.m. $2Fri/Sat 1-6p.m. $2AquaticsNRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 15


Aquatics Youth 2-12THIS SUMMER AT SPECIAL EVENTSOpening Day – 0utdoor PoolsTHE OUTDOOR POOLSDay Times CostAll Pools Open Saturday of5/28 1p.m. $1/swimmerMemorial Day WeekendFamily Swim NightSpend the first summer holiday weekend, May Day Times Cost28, 2011, all the way through the last summer 7/30 6:30-9p.m. $3/swimmerholiday weekend, September 5, 2011, with us atKirby Klassic Swim Meetthe pool!OPEN SWIMINFORMATIONMcFalls Outdoor Pool505 Dickey Road • 972-264-1203Days TimeW-M 1-6p.m.Splash Factory Water Playground601 East Grand Prairie Road • 972-266-5272Days TimeM-F 10a.m.-6p.m.Sat, Sun 1-6p.m.Bowles Outdoor Pool2714 Graham Street • 972-264-4872Days TimeFri-Wed 1-6p.m.Tyre Outdoor Pool2327 Tyre Street • 972-660-6269Days TimeTh-T 1-6p.m.All pools may close early due to weather and/orlow attendance.Outdoor Pool CLOSINGSPool DayMcFalls TueTyre WedBowles ThDay Times8/13 Warm-Up 10-10:30a.m.Meet Starts 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.Cost $3/swimmer$5 heat sheetClosing Day – Outdoor PoolsDay Times Cost9/5 6p.m. $1/personDog SplashDay Times Cost9/10 10a.m.-2p.m. $5/family9/17 10a.m.-2p.m. $5/family9/24 10a.m.-2p.m. $5/familyKirby Klassic Swim Meet –This fun swim meet is open to everyone. Comeexperience what a competitive swim meet is allabout or come to try for your personal best time.All swimmers need to swim 25 yards or more toenter the meet. Race your friend, parent, coach orlifeguard. Parent volunteers are needed!Day Time Fee8/13 10a.m.-12:30p.m. $3/swimmerFamily Fun Night –The first-ever Family Swim Night at the KirbyCreek Natatorium. Bring the whole family outand enjoy the water together. Have fun withgames, inflatables, water basketball and thediving board! Compete in the Games of KirbyCompetition and win the title of 2011 champions.The winning family will get in free next year todefend their title.Day Time Fee7/30 6:30-9p.m. $3/swimmerDog Splash –Tired of the same old Dog Park? Then comeexperience dog day at the Splash Factory! Youand your dog will leave fully soaked. Meet otherdog lovers in the area. A great time for the wholefamily and your dog!Day Time Fee9/10 10a.m.-2p.m. $5/family9/17 10a.m.-2p.m. $5/family9/24 10a.m.-2p.m. $5/familyNote: Event may be cancelled due to poorweather. Contact 972-263-8174 the day of theevent if you are unsure.SUMMER CAMPSBowles Life Center, Charley Taylor RecreationCenter, & Dalworth Recreation CenterThe Grand Prairie Parks and RecreationDepartment offers summer camp for youth ages6-12 for 11 weeks beginning June 6, 2011. Campis structured around a weekly theme and includesarts and crafts, gymnasium activities, field trips,and swimming.Each camp requires a $10 registration fee to holdspaces for the weeks your child will attend campand a $10 t-shirt fee per camper. Camp costs $80/week/child. Camp tuition is due weekly, everyFriday proceeding the camp week. Lunch isprovided.Parents/Guardians are required to attenda mandatory camp orientation (dates varydepending on camp site).For more information, please call the recreationcenters listed below:Bowles Life Center 972-237-7529Charley Taylor Rec Center 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec Center 972-264-7670Weekly Camp Themes Include:• Sports Week• Outdoor Wilderness Week• Olympic Week• Animal Planet Week• Stars & Stripes Week• Around the World In 5 Days• Movin’ & Groovin• It Starts In Parks Week• Splish Splash Week• Technology Week• A Summer to RememberFITNESS6-Under Basketball League – Charley TaylorAges 4-6. SWISH!! It’s back by popular demand.This six-week league focuses on fundamentalaspects of the basketball. Your child will learndribbling, passing, and shooting in a noncompetitiveatmosphere. Jersey/trophy isincluded. Spots are not guaranteed until paymentis received. Fee: $50 per child.Course# Days Dates Time12064 Sat June 9a.m.-NoonBoxing – Bowles Life CenterAges 7-12. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence, and self-defense.Fees: $40/mo.Course# Days Dates Time11714 T/Th May 6:30-7:30p.m.11714 Sat May 12:30-1:30p.m.12147 T/Th June 6:30-7:30p.m.12147 Sat June 12:30-1:30p.m.12164 T/Th July 6:30-7:30p.m.16 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


YouthAges 2-12Boxing – Bowles Life CenterAges 7-12. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence, and self-defense.Fees: $40/mo.Course# Days Dates Time11714 T/Th May 6:30-7:30p.m.11714 Sat May 12:30-1:30p.m.12147 T/Th June 6:30-7:30p.m.12147 Sat June 12:30-1:30p.m.12164 T/Th July 6:30-7:30p.m.12164 Sat July 12:30-1:30p.m.Basketball Youth League – DalworthAges 7-8 and 9-10. We will provide qualityinstruction from volunteer coaches. Thisleague will help establish a good foundation forbasketball and allow kids an outlet to remainphysically and socially involved in a positiveatmosphere. Players will have one schedulednight of practice with their teams once a week.All players will receive jersey and awards whenleague is completed. Fee: $65.Course# Days Dates Time12235 Sat 6/11 Noon12236 Sat 6/11 NoonDaily Activities – DalworthAges 6-12. Come join us for an exciting timeand engage in your favorite sports and activitiesthroughout the week such as volleyball, soccer,hockey, dodge ball, mat ball, etc. Have fun byinteracting with your peers from various recreationcenters and the community and learn new gamesand activities. Fee: Free. Membership required.Course# Days Dates TimeNA M-F Ongoing 2-4p.m.Monday – VolleyballTuesday – SoccerWednesday – Indoor TennisThursday – Kick ballFriday – Free PlayFamily Fitness – Bowles Life CenterAll Ages. No Babysitter, no problem! This class isdesigned for those who want to work out but havea child still in a stroller or a under 5 years old. Jointhis class and you and your little one can work outtogether. Fee: $50-70/family.Family of 2 = $50/moFamily of 3 = $60/moFamily of 4 or more =$70/moFunderful Fitness – Bowles Life CenterAges 5-12. Let’s get fit in the Funderful FitnessClass. We will focus on strength, flexibility, andnutrition. Fee: $12/month.Course# Days Dates Time11792 M/W May 4:30-5:30p.m.12167 M/W June 4:30-5:30p.m.12168 M/W July 4:30-5:30p.m.Indoor Pre-K Soccer League – Charley TaylorAges 3-5. Sign your little one up today for somefun and challenging soccer play! The CharleyTaylor soccer league is looking for futuresuperstars ready to use their soccer skills and havefun in the process. Teams or individuals may signup, so come and join! Each child will play insix games and receive a trophy at the last game.Jersey, shorts, and socks are included.Fee:$50/child.Course# Days Dates Time12065 Sat August 9a.m.-1p.m.Jr. Sport Explorers! – Charley TaylorAges: 3-6. This is a four-week class designedto help children ages 3-6 grow socially andphysically through the exploration of sports.Tee ball, basketball, soccer and flag football willbe introduced to the children in four differentsessions. Fee: $25/4 weeks.Course# Days Dates Time12059 Tue June 1-1:45p.m.12060 Tue July 1-1:45p.m.Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley TaylorAges 6+. Come experience traditional TaeKwon Do from the longest running Martial ArtsAcademy in Grand Prairie. You will learn Karatefrom white belt through black belt. Emphasisis placed on self-discipline and self-esteem.Charley Taylor classes are taught by 9th degreeblack belt, Bill Simpson. Students will receivemonthly membership pass at time of purchase.Fee: $45/monthly pass.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A T/Th May 6-7p.m.N/A T/Th June 6-7p.m.N/A T/Th July 6-7p.m.N/A T/Th August 6-8p.m.Baton Twirling – Bowles Life CenterAges 5-12. Learn the basics of baton twirlingincluding marching and basic twirls.Fee: $10/mo.Course# Days Dates Time11796 Tue May 4-5p.m.12103 Tue June 4-5p.m.12104 Tue July 4-5p.m.Course# Days Dates Time11808 T/Th May 11a.m.-NoonM/W May 8-9p.m.12177 T/Th June 11a.m.-NoonM/W June 8-9p.m.12118 T/Th July 11a.m.-NoonM/W July 8-9p.m.Kids’ Music Round – Charley TaylorAges Infant-4. Be the first parents in Texasto participate in this fun-filled, innovative anddevelopmentally appropriate curriculum thathas been created with the whole child in mind.Activities include singing, voice play, chantingrhythmic rhymes, use of props/instruments, tonalpatterns, rhythm patterns and movement willcreate an environment abundant in opportunitiesContinued next page...NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 17


Youth 2-12Kids’ Music Round – Charley Taylorfor fitness and musical discovery. Parent participationis required during this class and it will meet twice aweek for four weeks. Fee: $100 includes Songbookand CD.Course# Days Dates Time12052 T/Th June 9-9:45a.m.12053 T/Th July 9-9:45a.m.12054 T/Th August 9-9:45a.m.Physical Fitness Skills Challenge – DalworthAges 6-12. Let’s work hard to get in shape! Youth willparticipate in a variety of challenges such as push-upand sit-up competitions, relay races, and jump ropechallenges. The Challenge promotes fitness, givesyouth the opportunity to learn new movements andskills and help them improve their speed, strength,and agility while enjoying the excitement of preparingfor their favorite sport.Course# Days Dates TimeNA Th Monthly 4-6p.m.Summer Soccer Squad – Bowles Life CenterAges 3-10. Stay on top of your soccer skills duringthe summer time and practice with the coolest soccersquad around! The Bowles Soccer Squad will practicelike a team for eight weeks on all the fundamentals ofsoccer. Fee: $35/player.Course# Days Dates Time12176 T/Th June 6-7 p.m.Tumbling for Fun - Pre Tumblers –Charley TaylorAges 3-5. Tumbling stars will learn basic tumblingmoves beginning with the log roll, crab walk, forwardroll and front straddle roll. Tumbling is great fordeveloping coordination skills. All children shouldwear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Girlsshould tie back long hair. Class lasts four weeks. Fee:$30/session.Course# Days Dates Time12055 Th May 6-6:45p.m.12056 Th June 6-6:45p.m.12057 Th July 6-6:45p.m.12058 Th August 6-6:45p.m.DANCEA+ Dance Class – Charley TaylorAges 6-12. A+ Dance Class teaches a variety ofdifferent dances such as modern, ballet, hip hop andpraise dance. These dance classes will get you outof your seat and on your feet! Hip-hop and praisedance classes emphasize modern movement with avivacious urban feel.Fee: $30.Course# Days Dates Time12214 Mon May 6-7p.m.12215 Mon June 6-7p.m.12216 Mon July 6-7p.m.12217 Mon Aug 6-7p.m.Creative Movement/Tap – Bowles Life CenterAges 3-4. Class time will be divided between tap andballet. Tap will be introduced following the basics ofballet. Fees: $30/mo.Course# Days Dates Time11712 Mon May 6-6:45p.m.11712 Sat May 10:15-11a.m.11712 Mon Jun 6-6:45p.m.11712 Sat Jun 10:15-11a.m.12164 Mon July 6-6:45p.m.12164 Sat July 10:15-11a.m.Ballet/Tap – Bowles Life CenterAges 5-6. Students will learn the positions of the feetand hands, along with specific terminology to assistwith proper execution of dance moves. Both girls andboys will gain strength in posture and rhythm. Fees:$30/mo.Course# Days Dates Time11712 Tue May 5-6 p.m.11712 Sat May 11 a.m.-Noon12163 Tue June 5-6 p.m.12163 Sat June 11 a.m.-Noon12164 Tue July 5-6 p.m.12164 Sa July 11 a.m.-NoonBallet Folklorico – Bowles Life CenterAges 5-10. Ballet Folklorico dance classes will teachthe traditional dance steps from various regions inMexico. Fee: $25/mo.Course# Days Dates Time12114 M/T May 6-7p.m.12115 M/T June 6-7p.m.12116 M/T July 6-7p.m.Coaches Needed! – DalworthInterested in coaching a sports league with the Cityof Grand Prairie? Dalworth Recreation Center islooking for coaches who can help in basketballleagues. If you are interested, please contact us at972-264-7670. Background check and drug test willbe required before coaching.FUNBirthday Parties – Bowles Life CenterHave your birthday celebration at the Bowles LifeCenter! Choose from two different meeting rooms orthe Bowles game room. Meeting room rentals rangefrom $20-$75 an hour depending on time, and seat upto 120 people! Game room rentals include use of allgame room equipment: air hockey, ping pong, pooltables, and foosball. Bring your own food and drinks,and have a great time!Birthday Parties – Charley TaylorLooking for a perfect place to celebrate your child’sbirthday? Charley Taylor has a big multipurposeroom, playground, and gym to celebrate in style in.Meeting room rentals range from $25-35 per hourwith a $75 deposit depending on time, and seat up to80 people! Bring your own food and drinks, and havea great time! Food is not permitted in the gym. Call astaff member for more details.18 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


FITNESS3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments –Bowles Life CenterAges 12-14; 15-17. Teen 3-on-3 basketballtournaments will take place during SummerBreak. Get your favorite buddies together andregister. Registration ends one week before thetournament. Fee: $20/team.Course# Days Dates Time12171 Fri June 10 9a.m.17-Under Recreational Basketball League –Charley TaylorAges 15-17. Stay active and in touch with yourfriends this summer by playing in this recreationalleague. Requests to play with friends will begranted. Practice will be once a week and gameson Friday nights. League will consist of sixregular season games and playoffs. Championswill receive trophies. Coaches needed!Fee: $40 includes Jersey.Course# Days Dates Time12080 Fri July 8-Aug 12 6-8p.m.Boxing – Bowles Life CenterAges 12-15. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence and self-defense.Fees: $40/month.Course# Days Dates Time11712 T/Th May 6:30-7:30p.m.11712 Sat May 12:30-1:30p.m.12147 T/Th June 6:30-7:30p.m.12147 Sat June 12:30-1:30p.m.12148 T/Th July 6:30-7:30p.m.12148 Sat July 12:30-1:30p.m.Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley TaylorAges 6+. Come experience traditional Tae KwonDo. You will learn Karate from white belt throughblack belt. Emphasis is placed on self-disciplineand self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taughtby 9th degree black belt Bill Simpson. Studentswill receive monthly membership pass at time ofpurchase. Fee: $45/monthly pass.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A T/Th May 6:30-8p.m.N/A T/Th June 6:30-8p.m.N/A T/Th July 6:30-8p.m.N/A T/Th August 6:30-8p.m.Teens & TweensModern/Lyrical Dance – Bowles Life CenterAges 12+. Learn music interpretation throughsustained extensions and expressive motion.Students will develop great flexibility andstrength. Fees: $30/month.Course# Days Dates Time11724 Sat May Noon-2p.m.11210 Sat June Noon-2p.m.12108 Sat July Noon-2p.m.Physical Fitness Skills Challenge – DalworthAges 13-17. Let’s work hard to get in shape!Youth will participate in a variety of challengessuch as push-up and sit-up competitions, relayraces, and jump rope challenges. The Challengepromotes fitness, gives youth the opportunity tolearn new movements and skills and help themimprove their speed, strength, and agility whileenjoying the excitement of preparing for theirfavorite sport.Course# Days Dates TimeNA Wed Monthly 4-6 p.m.Sports Conditioning – Bowles Life CenterAges 12+. Sports conditioning will work onstrength and cardio. Participants will take partin drills used in professional football, basketball,tennis and baseball. Fee: $20/month.Course# Days Dates Time11812 M-Th May 5-6p.m12172 M-Th June 5-6p.m.12174 M-Th July 5-6p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 19


Teen & TweensTeen Weight Room Program – Charley TaylorAges 13 and up. Interested in the weights andequipment and wondered how they all worked?Join us for this supervised Teen Weight RoomEducation program designed for one-on-oneinstruction on how to properly use the equipmentin the weight room. Open to all teens with Centermembership.Course# Days Dates Time12077 Mon June 6-7p.m.12078 Mon July 6-7p.m.12079 Mon Aug 6-7p.m.FUNBridge Builders Mentorship Program –DalworthAges 12-18. Attention all teen and pre-teen boys!The Omicron Gamma Gamma Chapter of OmegaPsi Phi Fraternity, Inc. introduces the “BridgeBuilders” Mentoring Program. The mission isto work with and establish relationships withyoung men by offering support and guidance. Inaddition, the program will teach basic principlesinvolved with the transformation to manhood.The program will focus on critical areasnecessary for this successful transformation.Parents are encouraged to attend the sessionsas we will bring in guest speakers to reinforcemany of the program topics. However, parentattendance is not mandatory. The programfocuses on scholarship, health, community/socialinvolvement and church.Course# Days Dates Time11555 1st & 3rd Wed 7-8 p.m.Sparkle Mentorship Program – DalworthAges 12-18.Attention all Teen and Pre-Teen Girls!There’s a new group in your area and we’reDiamonds of Distinction! We, along withDalworth Recreation Center of Grand Prairie,are looking for you! But first, you must answerYes to at least one of these questions: Are youlooking for a new way to strut your style? Areyou looking for some tips and advice to becominga better you? Or do you just need some girl timeto chat and talk about life experiences?Better yet, do you want to sparkle like a diamond?Then hang out with us through the SparkleMentorship Program so you’ll know just how adiamond really shines! We all know diamondsare a girl’s best friend!This program is designed to help teenage girls(ages 12-18) develop into strong, healthy,sophisticated and goal-orientated young womenof the future. The objectives of the mentoringprogram will be to offer sessions on dressing forsuccess; independence; being lady-like; cookinglessons; setting goals; nurturing the mind, body,and soul; dating and respecting oneself; selfesteem; stewardship; leadership; partnership;excellence and friendship. We will meet everyother Saturday at the Dalworth Recreation Centerin Grand Prairie, TX. Scholarships available.For more information, please visit our website atwww.diamondsofdistinction.org or call 214-724-2784.Course# Days Dates Time11555 Sat Continuous 10a.m.Teen Nights – Bowles Life CenterAges 12+. Teens participate in homeworktutoring, game room challenges, library andcomputer time, aerobics, sports, fun trips andawesome volunteering opportunities. Free withCenter Membership.Course# Days Dates Time11725 M-Th May 6-8p.m.12107 M-Th June 6-8p.m.12111 M-Th July 6-8p.m.Teen Night – Thursdays at Charley TaylorAges 13-17. Come out and explore a greattime at the Rec with some basketball, fun in thegame room, and snacks. Open to all teens everyThursday night from 7:30p.m.-9p.m. throughoutthe summer. Center membership required. Seestaff to register!20 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


MEMBERSHIP SPECIALSIn Celebration of Bowles 5th Anniversaryspecials good from July 1-29, 2011GRAND PLAN SPECIALPurchase a Grand Plan Individual Annual orFamily Annual and receive a Bowles T-shirt,water bottle and duffle bag.Purchase a Prairie Plan Individual Annual orFamily Annual and receive a Bowles T-shirt.Grand Plan AnnualIndividual Family$196.00 $396 ResidentPrairie Plan AnnualIndividualFamily$106.00 $216 Resident$216 $436 Non-ResidentEDUCATIONIntro to Computer Education – DalworthLearn the basics of the personal computer. We willteach you the absolute basics of the computer- howto get started, terminology, etc. You’ll be introducedto a whole new world! This class is offered monthlystarting the second Monday and Wednesday. Formore information call Dalworth Recreation Centerat 972-264-7670. Fee: $5.Course# Days Dates Time11374 M/W Continuous 6:30-8p.m.11376 M/W Continuous 6:30-8p.m.11448 M/W Continuous 6:30-8p.m.Grown UpsAges 18+Intermediate Computer Education – DalworthStep up your computer I.Q. with an introductionto Microsoft Office programs, including Word andExcel. These programs can help you write letters,essays and reports. This class offered monthlystarting the second Tuesday and Thursday. For moreinformation call Dalworth Recreation center at 972-264-7670. Fee: $5.Course# Days Dates Time11552 T/TH Continuous 6:30-8p.m11553 T/TH Continuous 6:30-8p.m11554 T/TH Continuous 6:30-8p.mFITNESSAbs & Buns – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. This class focuses on abs whileremembering other areas of the body including legs,gluts and lower back. Fee: $25/month.Course# Days Dates Time11728 M/W/F May 9-10a.m.12143 M/W/F June 9-10a.m.12144 M/W/F July 9-10a.m.Boot Camp – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Boot Camp is a total body workout goodfor all ages. This total fitness workout is effectiveand guarantees results. You will lose fat and buildlean muscle. Fees: $80/month or $7/class.Course# Days Dates Time11631 M/W May 9-10a.m.11631 M/W May 5:30-6:30p.m.11631 M/W/F May 6-7a.m.11631 M/W/Th May 6-7p.m.11631 Tu/Th May Noon-1p.m.11629 M/W June 9-10a.m.11629 M/W June 5:30-6:30p.m.11629 M/W/F June 6-7a.m.11629 M/W June 6-7p.m.11629 Tu/Th June Noon-1p.m.11630 M/W July 9-10a.m.11630 M/W July 5:30-6:30p.m.11630 M/W/F July 6-7 a.m.11630 M/W July 6-7p.m.11630 Tu/Th July Noon-1p.m.Boxing – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, bodytoning, fitness, confidence and self-defense. Fees:$60/month.Course# Days Dates Time11714 T/Th May 6:30-7:30p.m.12147 T/Th June 6:30-7:30p.m.12148 T/Th July 6:30-7:30p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 21


Grown UpsAges 18+Challenge Court Pickup Basketball Games -DalworthAges 18+. It is show time at the DalworthRecreation Center. Come play with some of thebest competition in the city. Bring your A-gameand come for some fun. Fee: Membershiprequired and $2 person.Course# Days Dates TimeNA M-F Ongoing Noon-2p.m.Clogging – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. This class will introduce you totraditional clogging steps and contemporaryfootwork. Clogging is a great workout and tonsof fun with friends! Additional performance dateswill be scheduled. Fee: $40/8-week session.Course# Days Dates Time11615 Th Begins Apr 28 6-9p.m.Fitness Assessments – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Ongoing by appointment. Fee: $15/session.Course# Days Dates Time11730 M-Sat May by appointment12151 M-Sat June by appointment12153 M-Sat July by appointmentPersonal Training – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Your very own personal trainers areavailable at the Bowles Life Center daily duringoperating hours. Fees: vary starting at $40/session.Course# Days Dates Time11731 Sat May by appointment12127 Sat June by appointment12128 Sat July by appointmentPOWER Boot Camp – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. POWER Boot Camp includes acombination of body sculpturing and muscletoning. Monday’s workouts include legs.Wednesdays focus on the chest, triceps, backand biceps. Fridays conclude with shoulders andcombat training. Fees: $40/month of $7/class.Course# Days Dates Time11729 M/W/F May 9-10a.m.12155 M/W/F June 9-10a.m.12156 M/W/F July 9-10a.m.Full Body Advanced Cycling –Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Spinning is a group exercise workoutperformed on a stationary bike. This class is anexcellent cardio workout to great music.Fee: $40/month.Course# Days Dates Time11732 T/Th May 7:15-8:15p.m.12135 T/Th June 7:15-8:15p.m.12137 T/Th July 7:15-8:15p.m.Weight Room – DalworthAges 17+. Come check out the perfect work-outsetting at the Dalworth Weight Room. There aretwo treadmills, one elliptical machine, and oneexercise bike, and flat screen televisions insidethe weight room. Weight Room Membership is$7 per month, $35 for six months or $60 per year.Weight room hoursM-Th Noon-8p.m.Fri Noon-6p.m.Sat 9 a.m.-1p.m.Yoga – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Enjoy the benefits of yoga andpilates in this class for an overall mind/bodyfitness experience. Yoga will teach proper bodyalignment, breathing and muscle control. Fee:$35/month or $7/class.Course# Days Dates Time11733 M/W May 7-8p.m.12139 M/W June 7-8p.m.12140 M/W July 7-8p.m.Zumba – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Zumba is a great quality workout tofantastic music. Get fit while dancing to Salsa,Mambo and Chacha with a belly dance twist!Fee: $30/month.Course# Days Dates Time11734 M/W May 6-7p.m.11647 M/W June 6-7p.m.11648 M/W July 6-7p.m.22 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


The SummitPremier 50+ ClubMEMBERSHIP FEESResident MembershipsAges 65 & up - $50/yearAges 50-64 - $200/yearNon-Resident MembershipsAges 65 & up - $200/yearAges 50-64 - $500/yearNote: You must be a member to register forclasses and events at The Summit.Purchase your membership and registerfor classes in-person or online at www.GrandFunGP.com.AMENITIESFacility RentalsConsider The Summit for your next event! Groupmeetings, wedding receptions, banquets, poolparties, and church functions are just a few offunctions that have been hosted at The Summit.The ballrooms, dining area, conference room,patio and pool are all available to rent. Call972-237-4141 for more information.Fitness OpportunitiesWe have everything you will need to helpaccomplish your fitness goals! The Summit has afull line of cardio and strength equipment, 1/10thof a mile indoor track, aerobics classes, gymsports, massage therapy and personal training.Gardening Opportunities!At The Summit, you’ll find great ways to getstarted in gardening, or increase your knowledgeif you’re already a “Green Thumb.” Featuringa large, climate-controlled greenhouse andcommunity garden space, you’re sure to find thefacilities an inspiration (through classes and clubs)to discover the fulfillment of gardening!NutritionThere’s no need to dine alone. Come join yourfriends or make new ones at The Summit.Delicious and nutritious meals are served daily.• Monday- Friday, Noon• Application must be filled prior to eating• 2-day advance RSVP required• 60yrs or better• Donations acceptedNutritionMeals are sponsored by the City of Grand Prairieand Dallas Area Agency on Aging. For moreinformation call 972-237-4141 or 972-237-4148.Social GamesDuring most building hours stop by to playbilliards, shuffleboard, darts, cards, dominoes,Wii, horseshoes, washers, bocce ball.Summit Handmade Gift ShopAt the Summit Gift Shop you’ll find only the finesthand-made crafts. Very affordable, you’re sureto find that perfect gift! Anyone can shop at theSummit Handmade Gift Shop, but you must be amember of The Summit to become a vendor in thestore.Terrace CaféOur café is the perfect place to grab a quick healthybreakfast, lunch or dinner! We serve drinks,snacks, sandwiches, salads and soups!Travel OpportunitiesThroughout the year The Summit hosts dozens ofday trips to local attractions, restaurants, theaters,casinos, etc. Three or four times a year we travelovernight, out of state, or even internationally!Highlights for summer trips include:• Deep Sea Fishing• Granbury• Marksville, LAVolunteer OpportunitiesThe Summit team is looking for a few good menand women. Retain your knowledge, skills, andabilities by putting them to excellent use at TheSummit! Volunteers are needed for all areasespecially as cart drivers and café attendants.See the front desk at The Summit for a volunteerapplication.Water’s Edge Pool and SpaThe Water’s Edge Pool & Spa has up to four laplanes available for daily swimming. Our 25-yardpool with infinity edge and views of the lake willbe unlike any other pool you have worked out in.Massaging jets are located in the 84-86 degreepool on the in-water benches. The jets increasecirculation and provide a comfortable area fortherapy, stretching or relaxation. The Vortexresistance training area for toning, balance andcardiovascular fitness can be enjoyed by membersof all fitness levels.Wings TheaterEnjoy a variety of entertainment activities inour very own theater! Featuring 80 comfortabletiered seats, a 12-foot screen with high definitionprojector, INCREDIBLE surround sound, and ourown concession booth, you’ll think you’re in aprivate Hollywood screening room! Check withus for our monthly theater schedule for upcomingmovies. Fee: 1 item minimum per person atconcession booth.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 6:30p.m. Wings TheaterTh Weekly 2p.m. Wings TheaterFri Weekly 6:30p.m. Wings TheaterSat Weekly 4:00p.m. Wings TheaterCREATIVE & FINE ARTSCeramics – Open StudioLet your creativity shine through in ceramics.No matter what your skill level, you are sure todiscover your creative side! Learn from each otherin this group setting, paying only a monthly firingfee. Fee: $10/month.Days Dates Time LocationWed Weekly 10-2 p.m. Discovery 1NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 23


The SummitLearn to Crochet and TatLearn the basic stitches, how to read patterns, andhow to tat. Great evening activity and a great wayto make new friends!Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 7-9p.m. Discovery 1Oil Painting – With Mattie KenneyLearn the intricacies of oil painting with the help ofSignature Award Artist Mattie Kenney. Mattie hasearned numerous accolades, and has had her artdisplayed at prestigious events and locations suchas The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Available tostudents of all levels, this class will teach you thebasics or help you refine your style. Fee: $15/class.Days Dates Time LocationFri Weekly 9-11a.m. Discovery 1Pottery Class –Hand Building with Teresa GriffinHand building can create wonderful pieces ofpottery, and is a great way to build into pottery onthe wheel. Learn how to make your own potteryfrom start to finish! Make tiles, clay sculpture,pots, plates and more! Paint them with colorfulglazes and fire them in our kiln! Fee: $30/class.Days Dates Time LocationSat Weekly 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Discovery 1Pottery Class –On the Wheel with Teresa GriffinLearn pottery making on the wheel fromprofessional Teresa Griffin. Make unique pots,vases, bowls and more, and paint them withbeautiful glazes. Fire them in our kiln, and usethem as beautiful, functional art pieces! Fee: $30/class.Days Dates Time LocationSat Weekly 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m. DiscoveryWoodcarving – FREE with membership.Learn how to whittle, carve, chisel and makeimpressive pieces of art that will awe your familyand friends.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 6:30-8:30p.m. Discovery 1DANCEThursday Night DanceThere will be dancing and a live band, as well asthe best food in town. Come on out for the fun anddo not worry if you don’t have a partner, you’resure to find one at the dance. Light snacks anddancing for an incredibly affordable rate. Fee: $6.Days Dates Time LocationTh Weekly 7-9:30p.m. BallroomsSocial Ballroom Dancing –Walter & Eula BrewerThe Summit’s social ballroom dance instructorsteach in a fun-filled pressure-free style. Theyteach ballroom movements and figure, introducegood leading and following techniques, anddemonstrate alternate movements for those withlimitations. All courses are $20/month/dancer.Sign up for both classes in the same month andthe fee is $32/month/dancer.Waltz IThe waltz is a lovely dance and is considered bymany to be the most important of the standardballroom dances – plus, it’s used a lot in country& western dancing. You’ll be introduced toboth the American and International styles of thewaltz. Learning the waltz will prepare you forthe additional ballroom dances (foxtrot, quickstep,tango). Fee: $20/month.Days Dates Time LocationTue May 6:30-7:30p.m. BallroomQuickstep IThe quickstep is a great rhythm that incorporatescomponents of waltz, fox trot and one-step. It isoften characterized by speed and fancy footwork.The quickstep can be danced to most dance music.Fee: $20/month.Days Dates Time LocationTue May 7:30-8:30p.m. BallroomJive IIThis is a continuation of Jive 1. You’ll beintroduced to additional figures while working ongood dance technique and leading and followingskills. Fee: $20/month.Days Dates Time LocationTue June 6:30-7:30p.m. BallroomWaltz IIThis is a continuation of the Waltz I class. You’lllearn additional figures and leading and followingtechniques for the waltz. Fee: $20/month.Days Dates Time LocationTue June 7:30-8:30p.m. BallroomTwo-Step IThe 2-step is a fun, versatile dance that is especiallysuited for country & western (C&W) dancing.Learn basic concepts of dance movement andintroductory level dance figures. Fee: $20/month.Days Dates Time LocationTue July 6:30-7:30p.m. BallroomWest-Coast SwingKnown by many names (Push, California Swing,Texas Swing) West-Coast Swing is a fun andcreative variation of the jive. Key elements aredancing in a “slot” and smoothness. You’ll learnthe basics of the dance using the “Sugar,” “Whip,”and “Passing” figures. Fee: $20/month.Days Dates Time LocationTue July 7:30-8:30p.m. Ballroom24 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


EDUCATIONGuitar LessonIt’s never too late to learn how to play the guitar!Chuck Harris of Southern Pride Band teacheschords, strumming and much more. Must bringyour own guitar. Fee: $20/lesson.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 2p.m. Discovery 2Brush up your SpanishA fun place to practice your conversationalSpanish with friends. Sessions, led by EduvinaCruz, consists of 8 meeting times. Fee: $10.Days Dates Time LocationFri 6/3-7/22 2:30-3:30p.m. Discovery 2Fri 8/5-9/23 2:30-3:30p.m. Discovery 2Spanish - BeginnerLearn the basics of conversational Spanishincluding vocabulary and sentence structure.Easy and fun to learn, consists of eight meetingtimes. Textbook is included, which you get tokeep! Fee: $40.Days Dates Time LocationWed 6/8-7/27 1:30 -2:30p.m. Discovery 2Wed 8/3-9/21 1:30 -2:30p.m. Discovery 2Computer Skills – Just the BasicsLearn the basics of the personal computer.We will teach you the absolute basics of thecomputer– how to get started, terminology, etc.You’ll be introduced to a whole new world! Thisclass is offered in 4-week sessions, starting on thefirst Wednesday of each month. Fee: $15.Days Dates Time LocationWed Monthly 3-4:30p.m. Discovery 2Computer Skills –Internet, Email, & Social NetworkingDiscover the unlimited possibilities created bythe internet! Keep in touch with family! Findlong lost friends! Read online publications, doresearch, follow your stocks in real time, checkyour favorite updates for your favorite sportingevent and more. This class is offered in 4-weeksessions, starting on the first Wednesday of eachmonth. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite.Fee: $25.Days Dates Time LocationWed Monthly 9-10:30a.m. Discovery 2Defensive Driving – NEW!Instructor Johnny Price makes defensive drivingentertaining! Learn to improve your driving skillsand be aware of other drivers. This course can beused for a discount on car insurance. However,it does not meet the requirements for removinga ticket. Fee: $14/class with AARP card, $16without card.Dates Time Location5/18, 6/15 1-5p.m. Ballroom 1German Class – FREE with membershipLearn the basics of conversational German taughtby Ron Engle. It is easy and fun to learn.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 10-11:30a.m. Discovery 2Organic 101Learn the difference between what you mightthink is organic vs. what really is organic. Thisclass is the basis for a life changing “how to” inyour every day gardening.Days Dates Time LocationWed 5/18 11:00a.m. Wings TheaterPerennials in North Central TXThis class teaches you the obvious and the not soobvious returning plants of North Texas. Somemight be quite surprised.Days Dates Time LocationWed 6/15 11:00a.m. Wings TheaterContainers & Hanging BasketsWant to increase your curb appeal for your yard?Become the talk of the neighborhood by learningtricks and short cuts on designing your beautifulhanging baskets. Learn uses for containers thatotherwise would be thrown out with the garbage.Days Dates Time LocationWed 7/20 11:00a.m. Wings TheaterCommunity CPRInterested in learning about how you can helpsave lives? This is the CPR class for you. Uponsuccessful completion of all course work you willreceive a CPR certification. Fee: $45.Days Dates Time LocationThur 8/18 8:30a.m.-1p.m. Discovery 2The SummitGAMESBilliards 9 Ball TournamentsParticipate in a monthly tournament to see whothe best player is! Playing in the tournament isfun and will bring out your competitive spirit.Fee: Free.Days Dates Time LocationLast Fri Monthly 9a.m. ScoresCards and Game Play – FREE withmembershipJoin Summit members for a fun Tuesdayafternoon of playing cards and other games, suchas Skip-bo, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Bunko and others.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 1-4p.m. Ballroom 1Texas Hold’emMonday evenings is the night for cards! TexasHold’em the fun never stops!Days Dates Time LocationMon Weekly 6:30-8:30p.m. DiningGROUPS & CLUBSThe Summit Aviators – Free with membershipHave you always been an aviation enthusiast?Then join this club of like-minded individualswith certified instructors covering topics such as:recurring training, getting your license again, andinformation for beginners on how to obtain theirprivate or sport license. This club is for thosewho simply have an interest in aviation and sharethe love of this fun and fast growing hobby.Days Dates Time LocationSat 5/14 1p.m. Discovery 1Sat 6/25 1p.m. Discovery 1Sat 7/23 1p.m. Discovery 1NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 25


The SummitTravel ClubDo you like to travel? Come join the group thatis all about travel. We talk about trips, packing,travel emergencies, and many other travel relatedtopics.Days Dates Time Location2nd Tue Monthly 1:30pm Ballroom 1The Sunday StrumAre you looking for someone to play guitar with?Well come and join our acoustic jam session onSundays. Bring your guitar and a couple of songsto share. Fee: Free.Days Dates Time LocationSun 1st & 3rd 2p.m. Ballroom 1AARPThe American Association for Retired Personshelps retirees enjoy their retirement, buildstronger communities and increase knowledge onpolitical issues. Special entertainment or guestspeakers will be featured at most meetings. Youmust be a member of this chapter. MembershipFee: $2. Lunch is available through the NutritionProgram. Reservations must be made one weekin advance through club president.Days Dates Time Location3rd Fri Monthly 11a.m. Ballroom 1Book Club – FREE with membershipDo you enjoy reading? Come and join the BookClub at The Summit. Dive into a new book eachmonth and discuss your thoughts, views, andideas.Days Dates Time Location2nd Tue Monthly 11a.m.-Noon Ballroom 1Creative Jewelry – FREE with membershipDesign and make your very own jewelry. Shareideas and designs with fellow classmates. Onceyou get started you’ll be hooked! Come in personto find out what supplies you will want to bring.Days Dates Time LocationFri Weekly 1-5p.m. Discovery 2Crocheting – FREE with membershipLearn the quick and easy styles of crochet fromothers in the group. Supply your own yarn andneedles. Crocheting builds strength in yourhands and fingers and helps regain eye handcoordination.Days Dates Time LocationMon Weekly 1-3p.m. Discovery 2Commission on Aging –FREE with membershipJoin in on important information regarding activeadults in Grand Prairie. The commissioners,appointed by the City Council and Mayor, makerecommendations to the City Council based onpublic suggestions. This is a great chance to giveinput to the group dedicated to serving activeadults.Days Dates Time Location2nd Wed Monthly 11a.m. Wings TheaterGreen Thumb Gardening ClubCome and grow with us in one of the nicest greenhouses you’ll ever see! Even if you don’t have agreen thumb, you’ll quickly learn from the expertsin this group for gardening enthusiasts. You mustobtain your “Green Thumb Certification,” a3-hour green house training session, before youcan join. The trainings are offered every 3rdSaturday. Check with the front desk for dates.Fee: $20/Yearly for supplies.Days Dates Time LocationSat 5/14, 6/25, 7/23 10-1p.m. Greenhouse“THE SUMMIT”CHANGES LIVES!Summit Success Stories –Do you have 30, 50, 100 or more pounds tolose! This is for YOU! Join a GRAND SummitSupport Team! We will not only lend support, butwe will feature great low-calorie recipes, hints fordiabetics, and provide other speakers and support,weekly weigh-ins, motivational emails, tools,recipes and food tastings.NEW Biggest Winner Challenge. You maybe familiar with television show “The BiggestLoser,” but at The Summit we call it “The BiggestWinner!” For every pound we lose or every levelour blood sugar or blood pressure lowers, we arewinners! Prize for Biggest Winners. Fees: $10.Days Dates Time LocationMon Weekly 1-2p.m. Ballroom 1Mon Weekly 7-8p.m. Ballroom 1ToastmastersImprove your communication and leadershipskills through this internationally recognizedorganization. Toastmasters will help you feelmore competent and comfortable in front of anaudience – take the fear out of public speaking!Days Dates Time LocationTh Weekly 10-11:30a.m. Discovery 1Suddenly SingleA unique new social/support group for our singlemembers who have lost a spouse through deathor divorce. One component is group discussionsand support in the areas of grief counseling,depression and anger management led by aprofessional family and marriage counselor, BobMcIntosh. Individual counseling will also beoffered at a reasonable fee on a sliding scale.An additional component is the opportunityto meet new friends who have had similarexperiences and to enjoy activities such asattending plays/musicals at local theaters, dinnersout, day trips. Meetings are every first and thirdThursdays at 1 p.m. If you would like to be on themailing/email list for notification of additionalactivities, sign up at the Summit Front Desk.Days Dates Time LocationTh 5/5 & 5/19 1p.m. Tech Rec RoomTh 6/2 & 6/16 1p.m. Tech Rec RoomTh 7/7 & 7/21 1p.m. Tech Rec RoomSummit Red Hat Society ChapterMeets for lunch on 2nd Monday of each month.Meet in Summit Lobby at 10:30 a.m. to carpoolto selected restaurant. To join, obtain membershipform at the Front Desk and pay $10 annual dues.The Sassy Jewels is led by Queen Mother DebbieJennings. Other activities such as “Red Hat Dayat Lone Star Park,” joint activities with other areaRed Chapters, etc., will be announced through themembership email distribution by the “Empressof the Email,” Marge Baker and phone calls fromthe telephone committee. All members wearred hats and purple clothing to all Sassy Jewelsactivities.Days Dates Time LocationWed 5/11 10:30a.m. LobbyWed 6/8 10:30a.m. LobbyWed 7/13 10:30a.m. Lobby26 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Wii Fit Club – FREE with membershipGet fit with Wii fitness. Play games, participate inguided workout programs and enjoy every minuteof this new form of exercise. Sign up at the fitnessdesk.Days Dates Time LocationT/ Th Weekly 9:30-10:15a.m. Wii RoomGYM GAMESBasketball – Around the World BasketballFREE with membershipLooking to shoot some hoops with others wholove basketball too? Get some exercise whileimproving your game.Days Dates Time LocationM/ W/ F Weekly 1-2p.m. Gym3-on-3 Basketball – FREE with membershipDays Dates Time LocationSat Weekly 11a.m.-1p.m. GymVolleyball – FREE with membershipJoin in on a friendly game of volleyball with yourfriends or meet some new ones over some funfilled volleyball. Come join in!Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 6-9p.m. GymSun Weekly 1:30-3:30p.m. GymTable Tennis – FREE with membershipBatting a small hollow ball around on a regularbasis offers a mix of mental, physical and socialbenefits. Come and join the fun. The table will beset up upon request.Days Dates Time LocationM/W Weekly 5-7p.m. GymTable Tennis Tournament 1st Mondayof every month at 6p.m.Pickleball – FREE with membershipBatting a small wiffleball around on a regularbasis offers a mix of mental, physical and socialbenefits. Come and join the fun. The nets willalways be set up upon request.Days Dates Time LocationWed Weekly 10:30-11:30a.m. GymT/Th Weekly 9:30-10:30a.m. GymHEALTH & WELLNESSHealth Check-Up – FREE with membershipCome and visit the friendly nurses from the TexasDepartment of Health and get your free monthlyhealth check! Blood pressure, iron, glucose andweight will be checked. One more great benefitincluded with your Summit membership!Days Dates Time LocationTh 5/26 8:30-Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2Th 6/23 8:30-Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2Th 728 8:30-Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2(GP Wellness Center)Healthy Tips – FREE with membershipHealth and wellness experts from across themetroplex discuss a variety of health topics eachmonth to help create a healthier YOU! Join us fortopics on diabetes, healthy eating and exercise.Live Longer. Live Stronger.Days Dates Time Locationvaries varies 11a.m. Dining RoomMassage TherapyRelax, relieve stress, and improve breathing,circulation, flexibility and posture. Loweryour blood pressure, help to manage pain, andstrengthen immune system. It’s exhilarating. Fora total Relaxation – Specialty Massage such asMassage Facials, Reflexology, Body Polishingand Dry Brushing. Prices vary. Fee: $1/minute.Days Dates TimeM-Sat Daily See Fitness DeskLocation: Upper Fitness AreaDRY SAUNALocated in each locker room, 10-15 minutesin the dry sauna to detoxify, alleviate pain andimprove joint mobility.FITNESS& PERSONAL TRAININGCardio Fitness Equipment –FREE with membershipWe offer a wide variety of cardio equipmentwith touch screen easy-to-use LCD TV monitors.Bring your headphones to enjoy 39 channels andiPod compatibility.Strength Training Equipment –FREE with membershipA multitude of upper and lower body strengthbuilding equipment, as well as abdominal andback equipment choices is offered all with a goalorienteddisplay for your motivation.The SummitKinesis Training Equipment -FREE with membershipKinesis One allows for the freedom to explorean infinite range of natural movements andexercises. This zero-impact exercise is forwellness-seekers of all levels of fitness andabilities, whether working on balance, strengthor flexibility.Wellness KeyBoost your workouts by tracking your progressthrough your very own wellness key. A bonusto your workout training plan that will keepyou motivated in order to achieve your fitnessgoals and track your progress. It’s just that easy.Training session and Wellness Key Fee: $30.Personal Training SessionsA one-on-one fitness assessment and guidancefrom a personal trainer can make all thedifference. Improve your current exercisetechniques to maximize your workout efforts.Ask today at the fitness desk near the gym aboutopportunities to meet with a personal trainer.Training Package Fees:Training Option #1 - (1) 30-minute sessionIndividual Fee: $40 Partner Fee: $60Training Option #2 - (3) 30-minute sessionsIndividual Fee: $100 Partner Training Fee:$170Training Option #3 - (6) 30-minute sessionsIndividual Fee: $180 Partner Fee: $300ABC’s = Absolute Body ConditioningTone, tighten and strengthen arms, legs and absall in one class filled with good times and greatexercises to increase endurance, strength andflexibility. Get moving two nights a week willdo a body good. Fee: $3/class $30/monthly orABC’s and Pilates Combo - $45/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 7-7:45p.m. Aerobics RmBootcampTone, tighten and strengthen Arms, Legs and Absall in one class filled with good times and greatexercises to increase endurance, strength andflexibility. Get moving every Sat. Fee: $8/classor $15/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationSat Weekly 10-10:50a.m. GymWed Weekly 6:50-7:30pm Aerobics RmAsk the fitness desk about our Early BirdSpecial offered this spring/summer.Light & Lively – FREE with membershipThis low impact exercise class focuses onimproving your muscle tone, cardiovascularsystem, endurance and balance. Exercise at yourown pace among friends. Join in on the fun!Days Time LocationM/W/F 9:30-10:30a.m. GymNRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 27


The SummitTai Chi – FREE with membershipDr. Oz does it everyday and says it is vital to ahealthy lifestyle. So, if you are looking for anotherway to reduce stress and help with a variety ofhealth conditions, this is the style of exercise foryou. The rhythmic patterns of movements thatare coordinated with soothing breathing can helpto achieve a sense of calm while ensuring thebody is in constant motion.Days Dates Time LocationM-Th Weekly 10:30-11:15a.m. Aerobics RmWed Weekly 7-8p.m. Ballroom 1YOGA with LoveShirley Love, certified Yoga instructor, has over20 years experience with the traditional physicaland mental disciplines of Yoga. A provenactivity for relaxation, yoga improves flexibilityin muscles and joints as well as strengthens thebody and immune system. Fee: $3 per class/ $25monthly.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 8-9a.m. Aerobics RoomTue Weekly 5:30p.m. Aerobice RoomZUMBADitch the workout and join the party with easy-tofollowmoves that will blow you away. Work outand love the calorie-burning, body-energizing,awe-inspiring movements meant to captivate forlife! Fee: $5/class or $45/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationM/W Weekly 7:30-8:30p.m. Aerobics RmSun Weekly 9:30-10:30a.m. Aerobics RmWATER’S EDGEPOOL & SPALap Swimming – FREE with membershipUp to four 25-yard lap lanes available for lapswimming with an infinity edge that boast viewsof the lake unlike any other pool you have workedout in.Vortex Resistance Pool –FREE with membershipResistance training in the water can be enjoyedby members of all fitness levels with ease to jointsand muscles. Run, jog or walk to increase toning,balance and cardiovascular fitness.Heated Spa – FREE with membershipEnjoy the luxurious sun drenched heated spaoverlooking the patio and lake area with massagingjets to increase circulation. It’s a comfortable areafor therapy, stretching or relaxation.Learn to SwimLearn to swim with us in a fun and safe way.Learn everything from floating to efficient strokesat a personalized speed. The classes are small forindividual attention. Fee: $45.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th 5/3-5/25 9:45-10:30a.m. PoolT/ Th 6/7-6/30 9:45-10:30a.m. PoolT/ Th 7/19-8/11 9:45-10:30a.m. PoolT/ Th 5/3-5/25 4:30-5:15p.m. PoolT/ Th 6/7-6/30 4:30-5:15p.m. PoolT/ Th 7/19-8/11 4:30-5:15p.m. PoolPrivate Swim LessonsOne-on-one attention to learn to swim in a funand safe way. You set the pace and learn what youwant to know about swimming. Inquire at thefitness desk. Fee: (4) $50, (6) $70, (8) $90.Arthri-cise – The Wellness WorkoutThe Arthritis Foundation and staff work togetherto offer water exercises that include range-ofmotionworkouts, muscle strengthening, balanceand endurance building activities. This class isnot only fun, but great exercise with wonderfulparticipants. Fee: $3/class or $20/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationM-F Weekly 10:40-11:30a.m. PoolTh Weekly 6-7p.m. PoolAqua-cise – The Aerobic WorkoutKeep moving in the water. Preserve flexibilityand strength, all while improving coordination,endurance and your ability to perform daily tasks.Water workouts are a safe and ideal environmentfor an aerobic workout plan that will get youmoving and muscle toning. Fee: $3/class or $20/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationT/ Th Weekly 8:15-9a.m. PoolM/ W Weekly 6-7p.m. PoolM/ W/ F Weekly 9:30-10:20a.m. PoolAqua-Personal TrainingLearn the best exercises for you to use in thewater. Easy to follow, calorie burning, feel-it-tothe-corewater workout in an ideal environmentfor all. Get moving and improve your muscle tonein the water.Training Option #1 - (1) 30-minute sessionIndividual Fee: $40 Partner Fee: $60Training Option #2 - (3) 30-minute sessionsIndividual Fee: $100 Partner Training Fee: $170Training Option #3 - (6) 30-minute sessionsIndividual Fee: $180 Partner Fee: $30028 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


SPECIAL EVENTSSummer Wine and DineEnjoy a relaxing evening at The Summit withfriends, learning about wine & food pairings.Explore the variety of wines that will go perfectlywith your dinner party. What a great way to spendan evening with your friends! Fee: $25.Days Dates Time LocationSat 5/14 6-8p.m. Ballroom 1/PatioA Night of Jazz on the PatioEnjoy the rhythmic sounds of a UNT Jazz Triowhile treating yourself to a delicious shish kabobdinner on the beautiful Summit patio overlookingthe lake. Drinks will be available for purchase.Fee: $20.Days Dates Time LocationSat 6/4 6-8p.m. PatioFather’s Day Cookout –Join us for an evening of games and burgers onthe patio to celebrate the father from yesterday andtoday. Fee: $10 each.Days Dates Time LocationFriday 6/17 7p.m. Patio4th of July PicnicCelebrate Independence Day at The Summitwith a hamburger lunch and live entertainment.Tickets must be pre-purchased at The Summit dueto limited availibilty. This event is open to thepublic. Fee: $10 for adults/ $5 kids.Days Dates Time LocationFri 7/1 11a.m.-1p.m. BallroomsTravel ExpoDo you enjoy traveling? The travel expo is a greatplace to find your next trip or just get some ideas.We will have many travel vendors and door prizes.This is a free event and is open to the public. Foodand drinks will be available for purchase. Pleaseno outside food. For vendor tables and sponsorshipinformation please contact Meg Pumphrey at 972-237-4147 or mpumphrey@gptx.org.Days Dates Time LocationFri 7/30 10a.m.-2p.m. BallroomsTri-Summit-athlonSwim Bike Run at The Summit. Work your waytoward participating in The Summit’s first everTri-athlon. Try your hand at a 20-minute swim,bike and run. T-shirt included for all participants.Fee: $20.Days Dates Time LocationSat 7/23 8a.m.-Noon Pool/Gym/TrackFamily Swim NightBring your family for swimming, basketball, pingpong, outdoor games and patio grilling.Fee: $25 for family of 4/ $7 each additionalperson. Please sign up in advance.Days Dates Time LocationSun 7/31 5:30-8:30p.m. Pool/ PatioGrandparent/Grandchild CarnivalGrandparents, bring out the grandkids for a funfilledmorning at The Summit! We will havebounce houses, a cake walk, carnival games,back-to-school supplies for prizes and much more!What a great way to spend some time with yourgrandchildren! Concession items will be availablefor purchase. Fee: Free!Days Dates Time LocationSat 8/20 9a.m.-1p.m. SummitTRAVELThroughout the year we take dozens of day trips tolocal attractions, restaurants, theaters, casinos, etc.Three or four times a year we travel overnight, outof state, or even internationally! Below are just afew of the trips that are coming up! See monthlynewsletter for local day trips.Reflections of Italy w/ Collette VacationsHighlights on this trip include:• Rome • Colosseum • Assisi • Perugia • Siena• Florence • Chianti Winery • Venice• Murano Island • Lugano, Switzerland • Como!Double Occupancy: $3,349!10 Days, 14 Meals, AIRFARE INCLUDED! Departson October 31, 2011. Informational brochureavailable at the front desk of The Summit.Blueberry Hill FarmJoin us for a fun day of berry picking and shoppingat the Tanger Outlets. Do not forget your walkingshoes, sunscreen and hat. You know what they sayabout blueberries. They are brain food. Fee: $12includes box lunch.Days Dates TimeWed 6/1 7a.m.-4p.m.Dallas Symphony OrchestraCasual classic concert just for you! Tchaikovsky:Romeo and Juliet. Fee: $15, lunch not included.Days Dates TimeThu 6/9 10a.m.-3p.m.The SummitKiowa CasinoBoard the charter bus and try your luck inOklahoma. Included on this trip is $10 free playplus a buffet lunch. Fee: $15 (perks).Days Dates TimeWed 6/22 7a.m.-6p.m.Dinner OutEnjoy a dinner out at a local area restaurant withyour friends. Join us once a month for a greatnight of food and fun! We take a bus, so you canride with all of your friends! Check the monthlynewsletter for restaurant locations. Fee: $3.5-Star DiningTreat yourself once a month to a five-starexperience! Explore fine dining opportunitiesthroughout the DFW metroplex. We’ll do thedriving; you simply enjoy the fantastic foodand fun with your friends! Check the monthlynewsletter for restaurant locations. Fee: $5-$45.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 29


Active AdultsAges 50+EDUCATIONClip, Learn and Save Course – Charley TaylorAges 18+. Learn how to shop smarter and savemore on your drug store and grocery items eachweek through this informative class. Get insighton how to better manage and use your paper andelectronic coupons more efficiently on sale items.Find specials throughout the store and how tointerpret store sales tags to get more out of yourdollar. Also, learn more about what are bargainsand what are really not such a good buy. Classesare once a month. Fee: Free.Course# Days Dates Time12081 Mon 5/23 6-7p.m.12082 Mon 6/20 6-7p.m.12083 Mon 7/18 6-7p.m.12084 Mon 8/15 6-7p.m.Intro to Computer Education – DalworthLearn the basics of the personal computer. We willteach you the absolute basics of the computer–how to get started, terminology, etc. You’ll beintroduced to a whole new world! This class isoffered monthly starting the second Monday andWednesday. For more information call DalworthRecreation Center at 972-264-7670. Fee: $5.Course# Days Dates Time11374 M/W Continuous 6:30-8p.m11376 M/W Continuous 6:30-8p.m11448 M/W Continuous 6:30-8p.mIntermediate Computer Education – DalworthStep up your computer I.Q. with an introductionto Microsoft Office programs, including Word andExcel. These programs can help you write letters,essays and reports. This class offered monthlystarting the second Tuesday and Thursday. Formore information call Dalworth Recreation centerat 972-264-7670. Fee: $5.Course# Days Dates Time11552 T/Th Continuous 6:30-8p.m11553 T/Th Continuous 6:30-8p.m.11554 T/Th Continuous 6:30-8p.mPirates of the Caribbean – Charley TaylorAges 18+. Aaargh, matey! Learn everything youwanted to know about these ruthless charactersand the Golden Age of Piracy! This four-weekcourse will enlighten you about the role of piratesin the New World and why they are romanticizedin modern day history. Get ready to set sail inyour imagination as we are enthralled by truestories of pirates and plunder! Fee: $20/4 classes.Course# Days Dates Time12061 Wed 6/8-6/29 7-8p.m.12062 Wed 7/6-6/27 7-8p.m.12063 Wed 8/10-8/31 7-8p.m.Toastmasters International #6332 –Charley TaylorAll Ages. Improve leadership and communicationskills with the Grand Prairie Club #6332. You willdevelop your communication skills in a friendlyand helpful atmosphere. Visitors are welcome atno charge. A must for improving public speaking!Visit their website for more information about theclub at http://grandprairie.freetoasthost.comCourse# Days Dates TimeN/A Continuous Tue 7:30-9p.m.FITNESSFitness Membership – Bowles Life CenterAges 62+. Stay fit after 62 for only $8 a year! ASenior Pass Plan includes access to the BowlesLife Center Fitness/Weight Room which includesrecumbent bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, spinbikes, dumbbells, weight machines and indoortrack. Fee: $8/year.Hours of Operation:M-Th 8a.m.-10p.m.Fri 8a.m.-7p.m.Sat 9a.m.-6p.m.Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley TaylorAges 6+. Come experience traditional Tae KwonDo. You will learn Karate from white belt throughblack belt. Emphasis is placed on self-disciplineand self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes aretaught by 9th degree black belt Bill Simpson.Students will receive monthly membership passat time of purchase. Fee: $45/month.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A T/Th May 6:30-8p.m.N/A T/Th June 6:30-8p.m.N/A T/Th July 6:30-8p.m.N/A T/Th Aug 6:30-8p.m.Open Play Volleyball – Charley TaylorAges 18+. Volleyball is back by high demand.Come out for Monday night open play. Bring afriend and get your game on. FREE play with aRec ID or $3 day passes.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A Mon Continous 7-9p.m.Seniorcize – Bowles Life CenterAges 50+. Low impact aerobics specificallyfor seniors. A general movement class whereparticipants keep one foot on the floor at alltimes (no jumping). Patterns and sequencing aredesigned for basic movements only. Fee: Freewith Bowles Life Center membership.Course# Days Dates Time11813 M/W/F Feb 10-11a.m.12131 M/W/F Mar 10-11a.m.12132 M/W/F Apr 10-11a.m.Weight Room – Charley TaylorCome out and enjoy the perfect workout setting atthe Charley Taylor Weight Room. A perfect placeto come at the end of a long day’s work. WeightRoom Membership is $35 for six months or $60per year. All Grand and Prairie Plan membershipsfrom Bowles Life Center are welcome at thislocation.Summer Special! – Buy a yearly weight roommembership and get a 2nd for a family memberat half price! All additional family members willbe charged at the 6-month rate per person. Seestaff for details!Business Hours:M-Th Noon-9p.m.Fri Noon-6p.m.Sat 9a.m.-1p.m.30 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Weight Room – DalworthCome check out the perfect workout setting at theDalworth Weight Room. There are two treadmills,one elliptical machine, and one exercise bike, andflat-screen televisions inside the weight room.Weight Room Membership is $7 per month, $35for six months or $60 per year.Weight Room HoursM-Th 11a.m.-8p.m.Fri Noon-6p.m.Sat9a.m.-1p.m.FUNBirthday Potluck – DalworthBring a dish to share, and a place setting for apotluck style lunch. Following the meal, wewill celebrate three months of birthdays. Centermembership required.Course# Days Dates TimeNA 4th Fri Quarterly NoonCarter Oliver Senior Club – DalworthAge 50+. Join this jolly group for a fun afternoonof entertainment. There are special birthdayparties and arts and crafts. The Carter-OliverSeniors have adopted nursing homes in the city.Come visit for good fellowship where friendsmeet and greet.Course# Days Dates TimeNA 2nd Tue & 4th Fri Monthly NoonSinging - Willing Workers – DalworthWe do in-home visits for shut-in’s, church groups,hospitals, rest homes and others.Course# Days Dates TimeNA 2nd Tue Monthly NoonTRAVEL1st Friday Tea Room Trips - DalworthJoin us on the 1st Friday of every month togo to lunch at a different tearoom in DFW.Transportation provided. Each person pays forhis or her meal ($10-$15). Sign up by the 27thof each month for the next trip. MembershipRequired. Fee: varies.Course# Days Dates TimeNA Fri ? 10:30-2p.m.NA Fri ? 10:30-2p.m.NA Fri ? 10:30-2p.m.NA Fri ? 10:30-2p.m.HELPActive AdultsInstructors Needed! – Charley TaylorAges 21+. Do you have a special talent or skillthat you feel would be a great asset to our GoldMedal recreation centers? Charley Taylor islooking for music, dance, theater arts, Spanish,ESL, cheerleading and Pre-K Learning Campinstructors! Enrich people’s lives and earnsome extra income by getting in contact with theCharley Taylor Staff @ 972-264-6890 or emailChris Ginapp at cginapp@gptx.org*Background checks and drug tests are completedon all applicants.Donations Needed! – Charley TaylorThe Charley Taylor Recreation Center is askingfor donations of the following items: oldcamcorders, digital cameras, sound systems, andage appropriate board games. We only ask thatdonations are in working order. Donated itemswill be used by the summer camps for creatingart, music videos, and skits!NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 31


Fish CreekForest PreserveCrossland Blvd. (Behind Kohl’s)Come play on the newestplayground in town at Fish CreekForest Preserve – built in just oneday by hundreds of communityvolunteers. This playground, whichis modeled after Grand Prairiein the late 1800s, was designedbased on input from 9th gradersat South Grand Prairie High School.The unique design encouragesimaginative play and even featuresreal sounds that kids will find asthey play! In addition to plenty ofopen space in the park, visitors canrun or walk on the one-half miletrail that follows the creek, or havea party or picnic at the coveredpavilion.


YOURPARKS & RECREATIONDEPARTMENT&YOUNRPA – Healthy Lifestyles. Livable Communities.For 40 years, the National Recreation and Park Association has advocated the importance of thriving, localpark systems, the opportunity for all Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles and the preservation of greatcommunity places. As a city park and recreation department, we are proud to be a member of the NRPA. Goonline to nrpa.org to see what the NRPA is doing to fight obesity in America, and promote healthy living.TRAPSThe Texas Recreation and Park Society is a nonprofit professional and educational organization founded morethan 65 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas. As a state affiliatemember of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Society also maintains professional affiliaterelationships with several state universities, athletic and civic organizations, recreational entities, stateagencies and commercial vendors who provide services or programs relatedto parks, recreation and leisure service management. We are a proudmember and supporter of TRAPS and their efforts to make a difference inpeoples’ lives through recreation.TAAFThe City of Grand Prairie is one of more than 140 organizations that are members of Texas Amateur AthleticFederation. TAAF is a nonprofit organization that promotes, organizes and conducts amateur athletics in ourstate and allows amateur athletes to compete in similar leagues across Texas under the same rules andregulations. To find more about the TAAF organization, visit taaf.com./gptvVisit YouTube.com/cityofgptx34 34 • Life Is is Grand Summer | Winter 2010 2011 | City of | City Grand of Grand Prairie Prairie | gptx.org | gptx.orgFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofGPTX


Saturday, May 7Farmers Marketfeaturing Crawfish Boil8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Market Square120 W. Main St. • 972-237-8100GrandFunGP.comSaturday, May 7Thoroughbred Horse Racing –Kentucky Derby Day simulcastbegins at 5:35 p.m.1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comSaturday, May 7Viva Uptown Elvis – That’s theWay it Is! Starring Kraig Parker8 p.m., Uptown Theater120 E. Main St. • 972-237-8786uptowntheatergp.comSunday, May 8Thoroughbred Horse Racing –Mother’s Day Diamond Dig –dig for a diamond worth $2,5001:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comTuesday, May 10Walnut Creek PaddlingTrail Grand Opening9:30 a.m., Loyd Park3401 Ragland Road972-237-4144 • grandfungp.comThursday, May 12 &Friday, May 13Thoroughbred Horse Racing6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comThursday, May 12,Friday, May 13 &Saturday, May 14AirHogs vs.Gary SouthShore Railcats7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comSaturday, May 14Farmers Market and Car Show8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square120 W. Main St.gptx.org/farmersmarketSaturday, May 14Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) Collection Day9 – 11 a.m., Development Center201 NW 2nd St.Register gptx.org/wq/hhw972-237-8055Saturday, May 14P3 – Partner, Plan, PlayPlayground BuildFish Creek Forest Preserve,Crossland Boulevard (behindKohl’s at Interstate 20 and CarrierParkway). Register as a volunteer,GrandFunGP.com • 972-237-8329Saturday, May 14 –Sunday, May 15Thoroughbred Horse Racing1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comSunday, May 15Thomas & Friends2 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance Place214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.comSunday, May 15AirHogs vs.Gary SouthShore Railcats6:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comMonday, May 16,Tuesday, May 17 andWednesday, May 18AirHogs vs. Lincoln Saltdogs10:35 a.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comTuesday, May 17City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 CollegeSt., 972-237-8035Tuesday, May 17Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae7 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance Place214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.comWednesday, May 18Kylie Minogue8 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance Place214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.comThursday, May 19 andFriday, May 20Thoroughbred Horse Racing6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comThursday, May 19Avenged Sevenfold7 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance Place214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.comFriday, May 20thFree EventUptown Season Announcement7 p.m., Uptown Theater120 East Main St.972-237-UPTNuptowntheatergp.comFriday, May 20Yanni8 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000verizontheatre.comSaturday, May 21Farmers Market and Art Show8 a.m.-1 p.m., Market Square120 W. Main St.To enter the art show call972-642-2787 or visit artsgp.comSaturday, May 21–Sunday, May 22Pop-in-Play Inflatable Party ZoneDalworth Recreation Center2012 Spikes$7 per child, $5 for siblingsCall for times: 972-264-7670Saturday, May 21–Sunday, May 22Bowles, McFalls and Tyre andOutdoor Swimming Pools andSplash Factory Open1 – 6 p.m., 972-263-8174or grandfungp.comSaturday, May 21Mayfest10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Summit2975 Esplanade • 972-264-9729e-mail tracyhollis@gpisd.orgSaturday, May 21–Sunday, May 22Thoroughbred Horse Racing1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comSaturday, May 21–Sunday, May 22Greet 500 Veterans of War.See story page 37.Info 214-361-5896 or 972-288-8030Saturday, May 21Celtic Woman:Songs from the Heart8 p.m., Verizon Theatre,1001 Performance Place214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.comThursday, May 26 andFriday, May 27Thoroughbred Horse Racing6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comFriday, May 27 andSaturday, May 28AirHogs vs.Shreveport-Bossier Captains7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comSaturday, May 28Farmers Market8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square120 W. Main St.gptx.org/farmersmarketSaturday, May 28 –Monday, May 30Bowles, McFalls andTyre and Outdoor SwimmingPools and SplashFactory Open1-6 p.m., 972-263-8174or grandfungp.comSaturday, May 28 andSunday, May 29ThoroughbredHorse Racing1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comSunday, May 29AirHogs vs.Shreveport-Bossier Captains6:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway,972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comMonday, May 30Memorial Day holidayCity offices, Arlington ISD andCedar Hill ISD closed.Grand Prairie ISD and MansfieldISD classes in session.Monday, May 30Memorial Day CeremonyGrand Prairie Veterans Memorial10 a.m., 925 Conover Dr.972-237-8100Monday, May 30Thoroughbred Horse Racing1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comWednesday, June 1Luis Miguel8 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000verizontheatre.comFriday, June 3Last day of school all districtsFriday, June 3Thoroughbred Horse Racing6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comFriday, June 3 andSaturday, June 4AirHogs vs. Saint Paul Saints7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comSaturday, June 4Farmers Market8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square120 W. Main St.gptx.org/farmersmarketCalendarOF EVENTSSaturday, June 41-6 p.m. All outdoor pools openfor the summerSplash Factory open10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Fridayand 1-6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday972-263-8174 or grandfungp.comSaturday, June 4Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) Collection Day9 – 11 a.m., Development Center,201 NW 2nd St.Register: gptx.org/wq/hhw972-237-8055Saturday, June 4 andSunday, June 5Thoroughbred Horse Racing1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comSunday, June 5AirHogs vs. Saint Paul Saints6:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comMonday, June 6Planning and ZoningCommission7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.972-237-8255Monday, June 6 andTuesday, June 7AirHogs vs. Amarillo7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark,1600 Lone Star Parkway,972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comMonday, June 6Deftones with theDillinger Escape Plan8 p.m., Verizon Theatre1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000verizontheatre.comTuesday, June 7City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall,317 College St. • 972-237-8035Wednesday, June 8AirHogs vs. Amarillo11:05 a.m., QuikTrip Ballpark1600 Lone Star Parkway972-504-9383airhogsbaseball.comThursday, June 9 andFriday, June 10Thoroughbred Horse Racing6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkway972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.comFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofGPTXgptx.org | City of Grand Prairie | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 35


On the GrowDallas County Courthouse AnnexA $6 million Dallas CountyCourthouse Annex will be built onthe site of the former Army Navybuilding in downtown Grand Prairie.The facility will house the justiceof the peace, constable, tax office,juvenile justice office and othercounty operations.Parkland ClinicParkland Hospital will build a clinicat the site of the former policeheadquarters building on the cornerof Carrier Parkway and ConoverDrive. The ground breaking is setfor May 17 and the clinic will openin summer 2012.Grand Prairie Municipal AirportA new 7,000-square-foot airportterminal is under construction andscheduled to be complete by August2011. The new facility will featurefour city offices for airport andemergency management personneland one office for the airport’s fixedbase operator. The terminal’s waitingarea will be a large open space witha mostly glass wall on the west side.It will also include a snack bar withfresh-cooked foods.Grand Prairie Outlet MallConstruction on a new retail outletmall on I-20 and Great SouthwestParkway is scheduled to start insummer 2011 with plans for the mallto open in late 2012. Accordingto the developer, Paragon OutletPartners, 70 percent of the mall’sretail space has been leased.Seconds and SurplusA 64,000-square-foot Seconds andSurplus opened on April 1. Thestore is located on 2725 S. StateHighway 360 behind Rooms to Goand ThyssenKrupp Elevator Servicesand features construction materialssuch as granite and tile, doors,flooring, plumbing fixtures, lighting,cabinetry and more.The façade at 109 E. Main St. is underconstruction, which kicks off a cityinitiative to revitalize storefronts indowntown Grand Prairie. The city ispartnering with building owners torestore façades that will reflect theclassic beauty of 1950s downtownarchitecture.In early 2010, the City Councilapproved a $1 million funding grantFaçade Renovations Underway to Revitalize Downtownto begin the Main Street FaçadeRenovation Program, which includesbuildings along the 100 block of MainStreet between Center and SE 3rdstreets. The city funds 90 percent ofthe cost while building owners coverthe remaining 10 percent.The first 13 buildings are anticipatedto be complete by the end of the year.“Based on citizen surveys, GrandPrairie residents want to see ourdowntown revitalized,” said MayorCharles England. “The downtownimage reflects upon the community asa whole, and this is a way the city cansupport the business community andhelp improve that image.”The designs of the new façades arebased on photos pulled from cityarchives that showed what the originaldowntown storefronts looked likeduring the 1920s through 1950s.The first façade under construction at109 E. Main St. is owned by the Lenaand Harry Turner Foundation and iscurrently used by Iglesia Sinai.Construction on sidewalks and parkinglots also begins this summer.Airhogs Acquired by Dallas GroupIt’s a new ballgame at QuikTripBallpark! New owners are nowin charge of the Grand PrairieAirHogs. A DFW group, SouthernIndependent Baseball (SIB), nowowns the team. The city still ownsthe stadium and contracts withSIB to operate the venue.“We can’t wait for the 2011season to begin,” said Scott Berry,president of SIB. “I love the factthat we have a team right in ourown backyard. We are focusedon providing affordable familyentertainment in a county fairatmosphere. We want baseballfans in Dallas County and TarrantCounty to make this a destinationplace for fun during the summer.We’ll have a lot of things going onduring games.”SIB purchased the AirHogs fromVentura Sports Group. GrandPrairie Mayor Charles Englandis enthusiastic about the newownership group.“This is a real home run for GrandPrairie,” said Mayor England. “Ithink it’s very important that thenew owners are local guys. Theylive and work in Dallas Countyand that means a lot to us. I’vetalked to quite a few AirHogs fansand they are really excited aboutthe new ownership group.”SIB owns two other teamsin the American Associationof Independent ProfessionalBaseball – the Shreveport-BossierCaptains and the Amarillo Sox.The AirHogs begin their fourthseason at QuikTrip Park on May12 when Grand Prairie meetsthe Gary SouthShore RailCats.Individual game tickets are onsale and can be purchased bycalling 972-504-9383 or byvisiting airhogsbaseball.com.36 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | City of Grand Prairie | gptx.orgFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofGPTX


We’re Always Cooking up Something Funat Grand Prairie Farmers MarketEvery week offers something new at Grand Prairie FarmersMarket, open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays, 120 W. Main St.Upcoming not-to-miss events include (Events subject to change.Check www.gptx.org/farmersmarket for current information.):Farmers MarketMay 7 Crawfish BoilMay 14 Car ShowMay 21 Arts Council Art ShowMay 28 Everything is PeachyJune 4 Homemade Pimento Cheese!June 11 Prairie Paws Adopt-a-PetJune 18 Man Cave: Chef DemoJune 25 Recycling bins – expose your green side!July 2 Red, White and BlueberriesJuly 9 Rain Barrel: Make It and Take It.Pre-Register by calling 972-237-8377July 16 Chef DemoJuly 30 Cool off with WatermelonAug 6 Fresh Figs for a Limited TimeAug 13 Honey and RelishAug 20 Hatch Chile Festival and Chef DemoAug 27 Recycling bins – expose your green side!Sept 3 Rain Barrel: Make It and Take It.Pre-register by calling 972-237-8377Sept 10 Prairie Paws Adopt-a-PetSept 17 Main Street Festival: Art Walk, Concerts, Grab a Seatartist-decorated benches available for purchase, Art SaleSept 24 Master Composter DemoOct 1 Pumpkin CrazeOct 8 Homemade Soups, Baked GoodsOct 15 Street Food Festival, Bluegrass BandOct 22 Tamales! Tamales! Tamales!Oct 29 Pumpkin Patch, Harvest PhotosNov 5 ZucchiniNov 12 PersimmonsNov 19 Chef Demo: Thank goodness someone else is cooking!Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, Bread PuddingNov 26 Closed for ThanksgivingDec 3 Holiday Gifts, Photos with SantaDec 10 Holiday Gifts, Photos with SantaDec 17 Holiday Gifts, Photos with Santa, Chef DemoDec 24 Closed for ChristmasDec 31 Closed for New Year’sFor more information on Farmers Market, check www.gptx.org/farmersmarket, email farmersmarket@gptx.org or call 972-237-4599.City NewsFarmer’s Table at Grand Prairie Farmers MarketOnly 100 tickets available forthis exclusive farm-to-tablegourmet dinner.On May 26, Grand Prairie Farmers Market’schefs, local farmers and food artisans willjoin together to create a one-of-a-kind farmto-tabledinner.Set in Market Square, the elegant Farmer’sTable will feature several of FarmersMarket’s finest chefs donating their time andtalent to prepare a feast of food from FarmersMarket in support of Farmers Market anddowntown redevelopment.Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each forthe collaborative dinner. Dinner will includewine, desserts and bountiful foods.To purchase your tickets, call 972-237-8012.Grand PrairieFarmers Market CookbooksBrand new to the Grand Prairie Farmers Market is the 2011 Cookbookfeaturing a delicious selection of recipes with many ingredients youcan find at Grand Prairie’s Market. Priced at $13, the cookbookincludes colorful photography and 75 recipes contributed by chefs,Farmers Market vendors, shoppers, city staff and Councilmembers. Pick up your copy or buy it as a gift, availableat the Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St.,8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, while supplies last. Fundsraised benefit the Grand Prairie Farmers Market.$13COOKBOOKThe Lake Ridge Parkway extensionproject has begun, connecting SH 161 toLake Ridge Parkway. As a result:• Dorothy Lane is closed and beingrebuilt as a six-lane divided LakeRidge Parkway.• Ernie and Vicky lanes are closed tothrough traffic and now end in a culde-sac.Support Veterans of WarHelp greet 500 veterans of war as theyRun for the Wall in a cross-countrymotorcycle ride that comes throughGrand Prairie mid-May. Residents areencouraged to line the south side of I-20frontage roads between 5-6 p.m. Sat.,May 21, from Great Southwest Pky. toMatthew Rd.; and again from 8:30-9:30a.m. Sun., May 22, from Matthew Rd. tothe Fish Creek/Dechman overpass. Forinfo: 214-361-5896 or 972-288-8030.Lake Ridge ParkwayExtension to SH 161 Started• Vineyard Lane is closed at Dorothy forconstruction on the intersection withLake Ridge Parkway.Ultimately, Vineyard on the west side ofLake Ridge Parkway will be rebuilt as apermanent concrete cul-de-sac. On theeast, it will be connected to Lake RidgeParkway.New Interactive Mapson gptx.orgThe city of Grand Prairie has releaseda new online mapping application thatmakes it easy for residents to accesscity data from their own computer.The interactive tool at www.gptx.org/maps allows users to research propertyinformation, zoning and future landuse, quickly find street addresses, andpinpoint locations of city facilities,city council districts, gas wells, specialuse permits, schools, historic sites andmore. Visit gptx.org/maps to explore!For questions or comments on thenew interactive maps, please contactGISMaps@gptx.org.Facebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofGPTXgptx.org | City of Grand Prairie | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 37


CITY NEWSExpose YourGreen Side –RECYCLE!Get caught withyour bins down inthe city’s new pushto increase thenumber of homesthat recycle at thecurb.Let’s double Grand Prairie’s curbsiderecycling from 3,700 tons annuallyto 8,000 tons, saving valuablelandfill space, extending the life ofour landfill, and saving the city andits taxpayers millions of dollars.Be Seen, Be GreenGet StartedPick up a recycling bin at:• Landfill,1102 MacArthur Boulevard• Prairie Paws,2222 W. Warrior Trail• City Hall, 317 College Street• Lake Parks Operation Center,5610 Lake Ridge Parkway• Fire Station #9,315 Polo Road• Bowles Life Center,2750 Graham Street• Recycling bins are availablefree of charge to new customers.Additional bins are $5 per bin.Please bring your water bill toshow that you are a Grand Prairieresident.• Residents may also use blueplastic bags, which can be foundat any grocery store.• Check www.gptx.org/recyclingor call 972-237-8061 for yourrecycling day.Decent ExposureResidential Recycling Guidelines• Residents use a green bin orblue plastic bag for collection ofrecyclables.• Recyclables do not need to beseparated — bottles and jars,plastic bottles and jugs, aluminumcans, steel cans, newspapers,magazines, phone books, junkmail and boxes may go in together.• Cardboard boxes can be flattenedand placed under the bin.Don’t be trashy, recycleWhat goes in Green Binsand Blue Bags• Steel, tin, and aluminum cans. Itis not necessary to remove paperlabels from cans, but please rinseout all cans.• Paper. Newspapers, magazines,coupons, junk mail and envelopes,flattened cereal and cardboardboxes, phone books, etc., will becollected.• Glass. Glass bottles andcontainers, regardless of color,may be recycled. Please rinse allbottles and jars and remove capsand lids.• Plastic. Any plastic bottle may berecycled. No plastic grocery bags,please. Rinse all jugs and bottlesand remove caps and lids.Team GreenNOT Recyclable at the Curb• Pizza boxes• Plastic bags (take to local grocerystores)• Toys (take to local non-profits)• Dishes, bowls and china• Buckets• Styrofoam• Window/auto glass• Ceramics• Light bulbs• Mirrors• Aluminum foil• Plastic containers that held oil,antifreeze, or pesticides. (Disposeproperly as Household HazardousWaste)• Medical waste such as needles,syringes and lancetsFor more information, check www.gptx.org/recycling or call 972-237-8061.Clip and Exchange foryour FREE Green Bin!Take this coupon to one of theselocations for your free greenrecycling bin and go greentoday!• Landfill,1102 MacArthur Boulevard• Prairie Paws,2222 W. Warrior Trail• City Hall, 317 College Street• Lake Parks Operation Center,5610 Lake Ridge Parkway• Fire Station #9,315 Polo Road• Bowles Life Center,2750 Graham StreetCALL FOR ENTRIESAnnual Photo Contest Now Open for EntriesAmateur and professional photographers wholive in Grand Prairie are invited to enter the 2012City Calendar Photo Contest. Entries acceptedthrough Oct. 1, 2011. A panel of judges willselect photos most appropriate for the 2012 CityCalendar.Photo must feature Grand Prairie:• Entertainment attractions, parks, events• City services, facilities, programs, employees atwork• Pretty places in Grand Prairie• GPISD students, facilities, activities (only onemonth in calendar may feature the schoolsFormat may be 8 x 10 inch print or 600 DPIdigital file on CD or e-mail with your name,address, phone number to asprinkles@gptx.org.Prints can be returned if return address is on backof photo.Photos will be used in city publications. Creditwill be attributed in calendar, but may not bepossible in other publications and uses. Winningphotos will be published in the calendar. No cashawards will be offered. Entrants must includename, address and phone number with entry.Winners will be notified in November 2011. Thecity calendar will be printed in December 2011.Send entries to:Amy Sprinkles – Marketing & Public InformationCity of Grand PrairieP.O. Box 534045Grand Prairie, Texas 75053asprinkles@gptx.orgGrand Prairie Arts Council announcesthe Farmers Market Art ContestGrand Prairie’s Farmers Market haspartnered with the Grand PrairieArts Council to host an art showand contest Saturday, May 21, atFarmers Market, 120 W. Main St.The art will be displayed duringFarmers Market, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd placeand Best of Show will be awardedin adult and student categories. Allhanging media will be consideredincluding, but not limited to, oil,acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixedmedia,drawing and photography.Artwork should focus on the theme“Farmers Market” and/or “MarketSquare.” The exhibition is opento middle school and high schoolstudents in Grand Prairie andadults.For those who want to get familiarwith the topic, Farmers Market isopen 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays at120 W. Main Street through the endof the year.To enter the Farmers Market ArtShow and Contest go online to:www.artsgp.com or call 972-642-2787. Entries must be handdeliveredon May 17 and 18 to theMarketing Department at City Hall,317 College St.Holiday Ornament Design Contest Now Openand Targeting the Youth of Grand PrairieKids in Grand Prairie are invitedto submit suggested designs forthe city’s annual holiday ornament.Designs are due by May 27, 2011, to:Amy SprinklesPO Box 534045Grand Prairie Texas 75053asprinkles@gptx.org972-237-8140Possible themes:• Parks • Farmers Market• Hometown • Native Wildlife• Bluebonnets • Native Flowers• Lake Joe Pool• Railroad/train • GP Events• Dream Big Play Hard• Entertainment District • History• Fun things to do in GP• Holiday SpiritKids age 18 and younger who live inGrand Prairie are eligible to enter. Apanel of judges will select winners.No cash award. Winning entry willbe featured as the 2011 HolidayOrnament. Winner will receiveone complimentary ornament. Theornament is a project of First LadyJanice England and proceeds fromsales go to the Lone Star CharitableFoundation.For more information,call 972-237-8086.38 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | City of Grand Prairie | gptx.orgFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofGPTX


Mature native Texas trees cover the lake side property.Weather you are looking for a campsite for your tent or RVor staying in one of our plush cabins. The scenery at LoydPark makes you feel as if you are miles away from the city.CampsitesWe have 221 concrete padscomplete with 30 amp electricand water hookups. Each sitealso has a picnic pavilion, table,grill, and fire ring.At Loyd Park if you have a favoritecampsite in the trees or by thelake you can make reservationsby campsite number. Come outGroup CampsitesHave a group and need aplace to stay? We have severallarge pavilions surrounded by 10individual sites with water andto the park or make an onlinereservation select your specificsite on a map and it is yours!Campsites have a 14 dayuse limit and a maximum of 2vehicles and 8 campers percampsite. There is a limit of nomore than 2 tents or 1 trailer and1 tent at each campsite.electricity. These group sites areavailable for $150 per night plusvehicle entry fee.Park Admission FeesAnnual PassPurchase during Mar. 1 - Feb. 28 $100Purchase after Oct. 1 $50Vehicle Fee, per day $10Up to 6 people. Additional people $2 each.Children 5 and under are free.Seniors per person $2(a senior in a vehicle with a person ages6-64 will be charged $10 for that vehicle.)Boat Launch Fee $10CabinsPictures | Cabin InformationIf camping is not your thing try a fullystocked cabin that sleep 6 people! Oneand two bedroom models available.Cabin Amenities Include:Central Heating/ Air ConditioningKitchen with utensilsCooking range and ovenRefrigerator/ FreezerMicrowave and coffee makerDining tableSatellite TVBathroom with showerFront porch with ceiling fanCamp by the water, hike or bike miles of trail,fish on the shore, and above all relax!Camping FeesCampsite, per night $18Group Campsites, per night $150does not include vehicle admissionCabins, per night1 bedroom – Mon-Th $1001 bedroom – Fri-Sun & holidays $1252 bedroom – Mon-Th $1252 bedroom – Fri-Sun & holidays $150-all cabin prices exclude tax-Group Picnic Pavilion, per dayMonday - Thursday $25Friday - Sunday & holidays $100Club House, per dayMonday - Thursday $125Friday - Sunday $150Campsites subject to 14 day use limit.Reservations must be made a minimum of 14 days in advance.gptx.org | City of Grand Prairie | Summer 2011 Life Is Grand • 39


40 • Life Is Grand Summer 2011 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department

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