Greetings from Grand Prairie
Brightly colored sails glide across the glass surface of Joe Pool Lake. An early morning foursome swings against a backdrop of emerald fairways. Neighbors greet neighbors as they garden, walk and bike. Generations gather at Grandma's for a Sunday picnic. Fathers, mothers, kids and teachers cheer for Friday night high school football. All of this goes on in the heart of one of the nation's busiest and most prosperous urban centers, all in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The City of Grand Prairie offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to live and do business. With its population at 181,303, Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and in the top 150 nationwide. Generally speaking, our residents are 30 something, dual income homeowners. In Grand Prairie, families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who come to Grand Prairie for the same reasons the natives don't leave—location and hometown atmosphere.
Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, the city's eastern boundary is 12 miles west of downtown Dallas and the western edge is 15 miles east of Fort Worth. Just five minutes south of DFW International Airport, the city enjoys easy access to anywhere and everywhere on Interstate 20, Interstate 30, State Highway 360, Loop 12 and Spur 303. Grand Prairie residents look forward to increased traveling convenience as construction continues on the 10-mile extension of State Highway 161 to I-20. By 2012, the SH 161 corridor will become a major north-south highway with main lanes that connect with east-west freeways between Dallas and Fort Worth, including SH 183, I-30 and I-20.
With more than 5,000 acres of parks, well-established and new neighborhoods and lively, competitive athletic programs, Grand Prairie makes businesses and residents feel right at home.
Fifty-eight parks include a senior center, the Ruthe Jackson Conference Center, four recreation centers, a dog park, five public swimming pools (including one indoor pool), two beaches on Joe Pool Lake, a campground, five softball and baseball complexes, 32 tennis courts and 18 soccer fields (four lighted adult, six lighted youth).
With a ¼ cent sales tax devoted to park improvements, a $125 million, 20-year Parks Master Plan will improve every park in Grand Prairie and add valuable new park land on an ongoing basis.
In addition to private golf courses and a country club, the city's two public top-ranked golf courses offer outstanding golf at a great price. The city’s Tangle Ridge Golf Course features bentgrass greens in a Hill Country atmosphere, and Prairie Lakes Golf Course offers one of the best golf values in the area with the largest practice putting green in Texas.
Grand Prairie has a main public library, 901 Conover Drive, as well as two branch libraries, Betty Warmack Branch on 760 Bardin Road and Tony Shotwell Branch inside Tony Shotwell Life Center at 2750 Graham St.
One of the newest lakes in Texas, Joe Pool Lake, is set among the rolling hills of south Grand Prairie. Fishing, boating, swimming and skiing are popular here. The lake’s Lynn Creek Park features boat ramps, picnic sites, beaches, volleyball, a playground, restrooms and loads of natural beauty. The lake parks offer visitors a grand experience – clean beaches, shaded trails and ideal camping. And now you can camp in style at Loyd Park in a fully stocked camping cabin. Loyd Park offers cabins, wooded camp sites, trails, showers and restrooms. On the north shore, just off Lake Ridge Parkway, Lynn Creek Marina features boat slips, rentals, boat ramps and fishing supplies for the angler. Adjacent to the marina, the Oasis – a floating restaurant – overlooks the waters of the lake and serves up delicious fare and beverages.
Visit the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Web site at www.GrandFunGP.com.
A variety of healthcare services are available in Grand Prairie and the immediate area. A variety of physicians, surgeons, dentists, orthodontists, optometrists and ophthalmologists have offices in Grand Prairie. The Dallas-Fort Worth area offers more than 65 hospitals, with specialties ranging from asthma to pulmonary rehabilitation, pediatrics to geriatrics, sports medical to psychiatry, cancer to cardiovascular surgery.
Remember how it was to be a kid? Life was an adventure, and you were always shooting for new things to do. Grand Prairie offers a variety of attractions that encourage visitors to experience life as an adventure. Tourists can play the horses at Lone Star Park, rummage through the 161-acre flea market at Traders Village, come face to face with lifelike figures at Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax, explore fascinating oddities from around the world at Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, dance in the aisles at Verizon Theatre concerts, swing with abandon at Tangle Ridge and Prairie Lakes golf courses, and, to cap it all off, play on the beaches and camp under the stars at the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. Grand Prairie even has a minor league baseball team, the Grand Prairie AirHogs, that plays in a new, 87,000-square-foot stadium located between Lone Star Park and Verizon Theatre.
Grand Prairie is a playground for children of any age. Visit the Grand Prairie tourism Web site at www.gptexas.com.
Next door, roller coasters thrill riders at Six Flags Over Texas and major league baseball players hit home runs at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Across the way, the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos capture your attention. Down the street, the Fort Worth Stockyards step back in time to cattle drives and cowboys. Just north, the Dallas Cowboys wow fans. And, all around, world-class museums, internationally regarded orchestras, theaters, shopping and dining combine to offer a full and rewarding life in the Grand Prairie vicinity.
The City of Grand Prairie takes pride in maintaining a clean, respected community. Presented with the Governor's Community Achievement Award in 1971, 1973, 1991, 2003 and 2006 for outstanding community improvement, the city's Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful program continues to shine in community leadership, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and property improvement and solid waste management. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year to improve the appearance of local neighborhoods, schools, parks and other public spaces in Grand Prairie.
The majority of Grand Prairie kids attend schools in the Grand Prairie Independent School District, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the 2002-2003 school year.
GPISD is a 58-square-mile district serving more than 26,000 students within the Dallas County portion of Grand Prairie. The district boasts 39 campuses, including 25 elementary schools, seven middle schools, two ninth grade centers, three high schools and two alternative education schools. The district employs more than 3,372 staff members and offers a variety of services and programs designed to help students radiate success.
Students who reside in Tarrant County and Grand Prairie attend Arlington Independent School District, which has 50 elementary, 12 junior high and six high schools. Of these, six elementary schools are actually in Grand Prairie. Small portions of town lie in other school districts such as Cedar Hill ISD, Irving ISD, Mansfield ISD and Midlothian ISD. To attend a GPISD school, kindergarten children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year. Special early childhood programs are available for children ages 3-5 who are handicapped or developmentally delayed, and for infants from birth to age two who are blind or deaf.
Students entering GPISD from other accredited schools are admitted at the level authorized by individual transcripts. A student enrolling in Grand Prairie schools must be a resident of the GPISD and must provide satisfactory proof of residency and required immunizations. Elementary students attend school from 8:10 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Middle school students attend school from 8:35 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. High school students attend school from 7:45 a.m. – 2:55 p.m. The GPISD Education Center is located at 2602 S. Belt Line Road. More information is available on the District's Web site at www.gpisd.org.
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