An autumn harvest fair. A Memorial Day celebration, punctuated by a 21-gun salute. A kids' summer camp complete with archery, swimming, and a meet-and-greet with a friendly raccoon mascot. These are just a few of the events hosted by Grand Prairie Parks & Rec, a department that has garnered a Gold Medal from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Its recreational facilities––including a pool with an aquatic climbing wall––and frequent social events bring the city together year round. Under the bright sun or starry skies, visitors can dance at a concert in the park, rather than just dancing to the rhythmic creak of a swing set. For longer excursions, the 791 lakeside acres of Loyd Park feature 221 campsites replete with cabins, picnic areas, and trails. There, visitors can paddle out on the water in a rented kayak, play a game of volleyball, or sleep overnight under the stars.
Taxi's BBQ & Catering’s chefs slow-smoke tender Texas-style brisket, ribs, and chicken on-location to spice up parties and special events. Homestyle sides complement barbecue entrees and range from potato salad to baked beans to Taxi's taters—chive mashed potatoes crowned with cheddar cheese and bacon. Taxi’s hickory-smoked cuisine is also available for carryout and delivery for those incapable of using forks in the presence of others.