Category Archives: Grapevine

Grapevine mayor: City stands to benefit from Plano DART extension

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Prior to the debut of TEXRail on Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $908 million loan was awarded to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System to connect the DART to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This system would be built along the Cotton Belt line and would supply east-west rail connecting downtown Plano to DFW Airport. TEXRail connects DFW Airport to Grapevine and several other stations on its route to Fort Worth.

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Courtesy Trinity Metro

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Grapevine’s parking garage delayed by weather, not to be ready for TEXRail’s premiere Jan. 10

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Although passengers may experience TEXRail’s commuter rail service for the first time beginning Thursday, Jan. 10, they will not find parking available at the unfinished parking garage adjacent to the train platform, according to a Jan. 4 news release from the city of Grapevine. Construction work was delayed due to weather.

TEXRail will service a 27-mile route between downtown Fort Worth and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Grapevine plans to provide free parking for train commuters in the garage.

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New multifamily, hotel development coming to Grapevine

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A five-story hotel with dual branding from Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites and four apartment buildings will be coming to 20 acres at 2103 Anderson-Gibson Road, Grapevine

Grapevine City Council approved a master site plan Dec. 18 for the hotels and apartment buildings.

The hotels will offer more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 300 hotel rooms of which 155 rooms will be for the Holiday Inn and 148 rooms for Staybridge Suites. The hotel development will include a restaurant and both developments will have their own swimming pool.

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Peppa Pig World of Play to open January 2019

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unnamed-1-1The Peppa Pig World of Play will open at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, in January. The attraction is designed to immerse pre-school children and their families into the world of the show “Peppa Pig.” The indoor play center will include 10 play areas and is the first to open in the United States. www.peppapigworldofplay.com.

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Grapevine council approves zoning variances for new Stand Rock water park

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Grapevine City Council approved attraction overlays for the new Stand Rock Resort and water park in Grapevine on Dec. 18, marking a step forward in the development initially approved in 2016.

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Stand Rock will be Grapevine’s third water park, and it will be located within 3 miles of the city’s two other water parks and resorts, Great Wolf Lodge and the Gaylord Texan Resort, at 3509 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., Grapevine.

The project is expected to cost approximately $330 million.

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TEXRail ramping up for service in January

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Have you heard the train whistles blowing through Grapevine lately? That’s just TEXRail ramping up to start hauling passengers beginning on January 5, 2019.

The 27-mile track will take passengers from Downtown Fort Worth, to North Richland Hills, Grapevine, and Terminal B of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

They will be offering FREE rides from January 5 to January 19, 2019. This will not effect The Grapevine Vintage Railroad or the Cotton Belt Depot.

[Update from Community Impact: From Jan. 5-Jan. 31 passengers will be able to try out the train service for free. Officials said this provides a daily commuting option for regional employees and travelers.

“TEXRail is a premium service, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to ride,” Bob Baulsir, Trinity Metro senior vice president, said in a statement.

On Feb. 1, TEXRail passengers will pay $2.50 for a one-way ticket, or they can purchase a $5 day pass for all rail and buses in Tarrant County.]

“This line is projected to serve more than 8,000 daily riders at nine stations by the end of the first year of operation. By 2035, nearly 14,000 riders are projected to ride the system,” according to the TEXRail website.

For more information about the train or Grapevine’s construction around the Depot, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapevine-vintage-railroad/texrail/.

Grapevine Parks & Rec ‘Snapshot’

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This week’s newsletter includes upcoming holiday camp info, registration openings, details on downtown Christmas lights, and a reminder that tickets are on sale to The Greatest Showman inspired Daddy Daughter Dance happening in early January!

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Downtown

Courtesy of Grapevine Parks & Rec

Check out downtown Grapevine’s Christmas light shows and attractions! Here is some of what you can expect right here in the Christmas Capitol of Texas®!

  • There is a synchronized lightshow in Liberty Plaza that includes singing The Chilly Dawgs, City Hall lights and the Chunnel. The show is about 30 minutes long and runs continuously from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm. This attraction can be enjoyed during the day, though it is more impressive after dark. Don’t forget there is 100% chance of snow flurries every half hour (6:00 – 11:00 pm).
  • At the Town Square Gazebo, our oversized singing tree performs a nine-song synchronized light show on top of the drum 24/7 right inside of Whoville. This attraction is also more impressive after dark. And don’t forget there is 100% chance of snow flurries here too, every half hour (6:00 – 11:00 pm).

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Grapevine Baseball & Softball (GBS) Spring Registration:

BaseballRegistration for the Spring Youth Baseball & Softball season is now open! In the spirit of the holiday season, we have a discount gift of $10 off your league registration when you register in the month of December. Divisions will begin to fill up quickly, so make sure to register prior to February 1 to avoid a late fee. The Spring GBS season will begin Saturday, March 23. Visit GBSA.org for division pricing and registration. 

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Sign up for Higher Goals Holiday Basketball Camps:

HGGrapevine Parks & Recreation has teamed up again this holiday season with Higher Goals to provide Christmas and New Year’s youth basketball camps. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-15 at all skill levels. The camps are a great mix of fun and learning and provides an awesome way to stay in shape during the holidays. Each camp is $90 for all three days. Please register at GoGrapevine.com, or for more information, call 817.410.3450.

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Retirees opt to live in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake despite costs

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Colleyville and Southlake have higher housing costs and fewer options for smaller homes, apartments and senior living facilities compared with their neighbors, but that is not keeping older residents away.

The senior population grew at a faster pace than the populations of those cities as a whole. Between 2012-17, Colleyville’s population increased 11.1 percent, according to data released in December by the American Community Survey for the U.S. Census Bureau. During that same period, the percentage of residents age 65 and older increased 73.5 percent.

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TEXRail trains moving full steam ahead into Grapevine

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After 13 years of discussion, 29 months of construction and almost as many months of testing, TEXRail is nearly ready for passengers. All nine TEXRail stations across northeast Tarrant County will begin operations Jan. 5, including the Grapevine station at Dallas Road and Main Street.

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A picture of a train has been imposed on top of this photo of construction at the parking garage and TEXRail station at Dallas Road and Main Street in Grapevine, depicting the city’s upcoming project. (Source: City of Grapevine, Trinity Metro/Community Impact Newspaper; Photo Illustration by Renee Yan, Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper; Courtesy Trinity Metro)

TEXRail is a new 27-mile commuter rail project that will extend from downtown Fort Worth through Grapevine and Colleyville and into Terminal B at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Colleyville will not have a TEXRail station.

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Email SCAM ALERT

47681246_2256784967666317_4786191145254256640_oGrapevine PD is getting several reports of people falling victim to email scams. In many of the cases, employees THINK they are getting an email from their boss at work.

Just this week, a worker opened an email supposedly from a supervisor, asking the worker to buy $4,000 in gift cards. After sending off the gift card numbers, they learned it was a scam, but their money was already gone, and the gift cards have been cashed.

The victims in these cases genuinely believe the emails are from their boss. This is a crime called spear phishing. Criminals target specific people based on where they work, and pretend to be a coworker.

If you EVER get an email from someone asking for you to spend money, transfer money, or buy gift cards, know it may be a scam. Instead of making a purchase or transferring money, directly call that supervisor to ask questions.

Another red flag is on the “FROM” part of the email. Is the person using the correct work email address? Many of the scammers’ emails originate in other countries, like .lv or .ng and should raise concerns. If you receive an email like this, DO NOT reply or send money. Call and ask questions, and report it to your company’s IT department.