Category Archives: Parks and Rec

Grapevine steps back to its prehistoric roots

By Stacey Doud

DinoSignGrapevine Parks & Rec is once again transforming the Botanical Gardens into Jurassic Park (without all the violence) from March 21 until April 5. This exhibit honors Lake Grapevine’s place in the Woodbine Formation, which consists predominately of sandstones and shales, and occurs in exposed outcrops in north central Texas and southern Oklahoma,

Called Jurassic Gardens, visitors can enjoy and learn about the many animatronic, life-size dinosaurs that once roamed the land they’re standing on. There are many other activities, such as a “bone dig,” some simple carnival games and many opportunities for learning.

The cost is $10 per person, with children 2 and under receiving FREE admission. Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 1, 2020 at

But wait! There’s more!

After the sun goes down, visitors can experience the exhibits in a whole new “light” during Dinos After Dark. On Fridays, special guests will give special presentations about paleontology. On Saturday nights, popular dinosaur movies will be shown. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Both activities will be held from 7pm – 10pm and the cost is $10 per person (children under 2 are free).

The Movie Line-Up:

Jurassic Gardens Basic Info:

  • When: March 21 – April 5, 2020
  • Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street
  • Times: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 6pm

For more information, directions and tickets (after March 1), visit Grapevine Parks & Rec.

Senior Valentine’s Dance offered an elegant evening for Grapevine seniors


Grapevine, Texas: February 11, 2020:  The Grapevine Rotary Club, along with the REC of Grapevine, sponsored and hosted a Senior Valentine Dinner and Dance at The REC of Grapevine in the elegantly decorated Stewart Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 5:30-9 p.m. 

The event entertained 106 seniors for an evening of fine dining, live music by Now and Then, and festive dancing.  Seniors dressed in cocktail attire enjoyed souvenir photos, chocolates, wine and roses, and promised to return next year.

Santa makes special trips to The REC

Santa is taking some time to come visit Grapevine before he starts his Christmas Eve trip around the world! Come out to The REC and see him!


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Grapevine Parks & Rec ‘Snapshot’ now available

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How are those new year’s resolutions going?

If you need an extra boost, check out some of our current offerings such as our Preva Cardio challenge, classes offered through our new FLEX PASS, or register your team for spring adult softball! You can also join us in February for Volunteer Appreciation & Recruitment Month and learn how you can get involved in your local community. Don’t forget that in February, our summer registration opens, so stay tuned for the next Go Grapevine Snapshot for summer camp details and dates.

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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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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).


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 for division pricing and registration. 


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, or for more information, call 817.410.3450.


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Elfie Selfie Photo Contest:

SelfieWe’re brining some fun to the holidays this year with our ‘Elfie Selfie’ photo contest running from December 3 – 21. Participants receive a chance to win a $50 REC gift card.

Here’s how to play: 

• Follow us on both Instagram (@GoGrapevine) and Facebook at Grapevine Parks & Recreation

• Find our Elf hidden around The REC and take a selfie with him

• Post your photo, tag @GoGrapevine, and use the hashtag #RECTheHalls

The person who posts the most selfies during the contest wins. Winner will be announced after Christmas. Good luck!

Upcoming Holiday Closures:

The REC of Grapevine will be observing the holidays & festivities and will have the following operating hours:

  • Thursday, December 6: 5:00am – 4:00pm (Look for The REC float in Grapevine’s Annual Parade of Lights)
  • CLOSED ON: Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1

Dove Creek Day Camp for Christmas!

CampThe summer months will be here before you know it! Give the gift of summer camp this Christmas to your Dove Creek Day Camp Camper! The shores of Grapevine Lake can be your child’s adventure of a lifetime. Camp offers the experience of overnight camp without the hassle of packing for a full week of overnight camp. Register today at Looking for Christmas gifts for your summer camper? Check out this summer camp gift guide.

iNaturalist Explorers – Winter Tree ID & Nature Walk:

NatureIdentifying many trees in the winter can be tricky after they have lost their green leaves. Join iNaturalist Explorers and learn winter plant ID skills with plant ecologist Suzanne Tuttle, former Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Join us on Saturday, December 1 at Parr Park (3010 Parr Lane) from 1:00 – 3:00pm to take a guided nature walk and document wild plants and animals along the way with the iNaturalist app. All ages are welcome to join and smart phones are helpful but not required. For more information email Betsy Marsh.

Active Adults – 6 Shooters:

ShootWhy practice alone? Join us on Thursday, December 6 (10:30 – 11:30 am) and shoot with friends and enjoy friendly competition and camaraderie. This group is for those who want to keep their shooting skills sharp or practice for the License to Carry class. We will be practicing at Bass Pro Shooting Range (2501 Bass Pro Drive). You may register at the Active Adult desk at The REC or by calling 817.410.3465. The fee is $10/person.

Acorn Woods Park Adventure:

Acorn WoodsJoin us on the last clean-up of the year on Saturday, December 15! Our little Park is doing fabulous and we’ll make it even better to ring in the New Year! We’ll meet at Acorn Woods Park (Oak Grove Loop South) at 10:00am and work until 12:00pm. Wear weather appropriate clothing, bring heavy gloves, and don’t forget your water! Contact the Active Adults desk at 817.410.3465 to get signed up.

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Expansion to Cotton Belt Trail system in Grapevine to increase connectivity



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The Cotton Belt Trail system in Grapevine is getting longer.

A design is currently in the works for a 1.5-mile trail that will link up to where the trail currently ends at Ball Street and Dallas Road. The city will construct the trail to travel along Dallas to Texan Trail.

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Go Grapevine: Snapshot


Check out this week’s NEW bi-weekly newsletter, Go Grapevine Snapshot. This is a “snapshot” of updates and news on everything Parks and Rec related including closures, events, and upcoming programs!



Due to the heavy rainfall, some parks, boat ramps, and parking lots and fields have been closed. The current closures are Minnow Loop at Oak Grove, all boat ramps (except Katie’s Woods, high water), and ALL athletic fields are CLOSED until further notice. With the predicted rainfall in the forecast, we anticipate needing to close Meadowmere and Lakeview on Monday. Check the alert button on to stay updated! For athletic fields, call the rainout hotline at 817.410.3475.

Sunset Concert Series:

Our final Sunset Concert is this Saturday, October 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with Mad Men Swing Band! So bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy a relaxing fall evening of various music styles at The REC of Grapevine. This FREE outdoor concert will have food trucks onsite to purchase from or you may bring your own food (no glass is allowed).

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

BAMOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The REC is offering FREE admission into the facility on any Thursday when you wear PINK!Guest needs to be with a current member. Help us increase awareness of the disease, raise funds for research into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Visit The REC front desk for more information about our PINK initiatives.

Puppy and Kitty Cat Yoga:

YogaIf you’ve been thinking about adding a special fur baby to the family, then this is the purrrrfect opportunity to adopt. The REC of Grapevine and Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center have partnered to offer some fun-filled yoga classes! We’ve had three successful Puppy and Kitty Cat Yoga sessions so far and our last session is next Saturday, October 27 (10:00 – 10:45 am). You can register by visiting or by calling 817.410.3450.RockWall

After Hours:

Join us for November’s Game Nights as part of After Hours, a NEW Active Adults themed program that encourages seniors to try a new and exciting activity each month. Bring a friend, test your mettle, and have fun hangin’ around! Each Tuesday in November, come play some fun and challenging games with us! To find out more information, contact the Active Adults desk at 817.410.3465.

Matter of Balance:

BalanceThis award-winning program is taught by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine staff, and consists of 8, two-hour classes. The program is FREE and is designed to help adults 60+ years of age reduce their fear of falling through group discussion, problem solving strategies and increasing levels of physical activity. The Matter of Balance class meets October 1 through October 24 on Mondays and Wednesday (9:30 – 11:30 am). For more information, contact the Active Adults desk at 817.410.3465.

Editor’s Corner: Jurassic Gardens – Fun and Educational

By Stacey Doud

My family and I were looking for something to do close to home, so we decided to check out Grapevine Parks & Rec’s Jurassic Gardens.

For $8 per person, we were admitted into the back of the Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. We weren’t completely sure what to expect, but it didn’t disappoint.

The dinosaurs featured once roamed the area we were standing on, and were not the typical dinos seen in exhibits. They are hydraulic and robotic, so they move (even their eyes) and make sounds.

In addition to the dinosaurs, there were several activities, like digging for bones, beanbag tosses and displays of real fossils. The displays were enhanced by the beauty of the plants and trees in the Gardens.

There is a store if your little one wants a souvenir, and many knowledgeable park attendants were there to answer questions.

If you have an hour or two to kill, make sure to check this exhibit out before it goes away on October 7.

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Brews & Bones at “Jurassic Gardens” tonight

Jurassic-Gardens_DinosAfterDark-1024x875Brews & Bones is TONIGHT! Come join us in Jurassic Gardens for a night full of fun dinosaur entertainment! Dr. Thomas Adams, from the Witte Museum will be talking about the beloved T-Rex!  You can purchase your tickets at the gate or by clicking HERE.

Dates: September 28 & 29, October 5 & 6
Location: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
Time: 8PM-10PM
Fee: $8/person | Children under 2 are FREE

For more information on Jurassic Gardens, click HERE.