Category Archives: Parks and Rec

Go Grapevine: Snapshot

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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!

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Updates:

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 GoGrapevine.com 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).

**Stay updated on weather-related updates on Facebook.**

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 GoGrapevine.com 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.

For more information and tickets, visit https://gograpevine.com/event/jurassicgardens/.

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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.

Jurassic Gardens in full swing at Botanical Gardens

JG_Logo_2018_sponsor-600x517Travel to the prehistoric Woodbine Formation, found right here in North Texas and come face-to-face with life-size dinos, such as the Utahraptor or Deltadromeus. Visitors of all ages will remain enthralled throughout the interactive walk through exhibit, Jurassic Gardens located inside the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. The exhibit includes museum-quality creatures, educational elements, hands-on activities,  genuine fossils and other surprises. These world class creatures are here for a short time – see them before they go extinct!

For admission into the exhibit you must buy a ticket PER PERSON. Tickets can be used anytime during the exhibit dates and various hours. This is a one-time use only ticket.

Dates: September 22 – October 7
Exhibit hours: 

  • Monday – Thursdays: 1:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fee: $8 per person • Children under 2 are FREE
Location: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

For more information, click HERE

The Swamp at The REC October 12

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Come explore our very own swamp-inspired pool party to kick-off Halloween month! Participants will swim at their own risk in the gator-infested waters at The REC Aquatic Center. The spooky fun includes games, activities, and light refreshments. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind gator experience!

DATE: Friday, October 12, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

PLACE: The REC, 1175 Municipal Way

Register at GoGrapevine.com/Events or by calling 817.410.3450.

The Swamp experience is FREE for Members and just $5 for non-members.

Grapevine defines a new vision for Rockledge Park

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Miranda Wilcox/Community Impact Newspapers

The Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department is working to transform one of its parks into an area for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels—an estimated $50 million concept officials say is the first of its kind in the U.S.

In June, the Grapevine City Council approved the parks and recreation department’s updated parks master plan, which lays out the vision for Rockledge Park to potentially feature a variety of archery ranges, which would be the primary focus of Rockledge Park, Kevin Mitchell, Grapevine parks and recreation director, said at an Economic Development Partnership meeting in March. Other elements included in the concept plan are shooting ranges, marine activities and a mountain bike skills course, along with educational components.

The park is still conceptual and has not gone through the actual construction design phase, meaning park elements could change. Mitchell said this expansion is planned to be a joint partnership between the city of Grapevine and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Read more from Community Impact…

Jurassic Gardens presented by Cobb Real Estate Team

37747582_10156596034757328_2688308803245441024_oThe dinosaurs return to Grapevine! Travel to the prehistoric Woodbine Formation, found right here in North Texas and come face-to-face with life-size dinos, such as the Utahraptor or Deltadromeus. Visitors of all ages will remain enthralled
throughout the interactive walk through exhibit, Jurassic Gardens.

The exhibit includes museum-quality creatures, educational elements, hands-on activities, genuine fossils and other surprises. These world class creatures are here for a short time – see them before they go extinct!

For admission into the Jurassic Gardens exhibit you must buy a ticket PER PERSON. Tickets can be used anytime during the exhibit dates and various hours. This is a one-time use only ticket.

TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 1, 2018

Dates: September 22 – October 7, 2018

Place: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street

Exhibit hours:

  • Monday – Thursdays: 1:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fee: $8 per person (FREE for children ages 2 and under)

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Join Grapevine Parks and Recreation for the FREE kick-off event – FOSSIL FEST – at Jurassic Gardens.

  • LEARN about the various dinosaur species that once roamed your backyard in Grapevine.
  • DIG up fossils and take home your very own dinosaur from the egg hatchery.
  • EXPLORE the animatronic dinosaur encounter, Jurassic
    Gardens, where you will be face to face with the most fascinating creatures of Grapevine’s past.

For this day ONLY, you must buy a ticket per time slot in order to enjoy the Jurassic Gardens exhibit as there is limited admission. All activities outside the Jurassic Gardens exhibit are FREE!

  • Date: September 22, 2018
  • Event hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Fee: Free Admission

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Come explore Jurassic Gardens after dark and experience the dinosaurs in a whole new light in DINOS AFTER DARK.

  • Dates: September 28 & 29, October 5 & 6
  • Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Fee: $8 per person / Children under 2 are FREE

For more information, visit https://gograpevine.com/event/jurassicgardens/

Fly fishing classes offered by Grapevine Parks & Rec

34276497_10156460426987328_137425544584101888_oExpand your angler education with our introduction to Fly Fishing class! Learn Fly casting techniques, essential knots, how to choose your gear and tackle and more. All equipment is provided! Register today at GoGrapevine.com/Outdoors.

Pearland Connect – April 2016

Pearland Connect is the communications vehicle that the City of Pearland is using to keep you informed. We do our best to provide you with the information you want and need and we want to hear from you. We welcome your input via email.

Come take a walk on the City’s new Nature Trail

trailThe John Hargrove Environmental Complex trail located at 5800 Magnolia Road is now open. The grant-funded project includes a 1.7-mile recreational nature trail, sidewalk connections, trailhead signage and nine additional parking spaces at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center.

Project construction began in December 2015 with trail subgrade preparation and drainage designed to ensure the trail is stable and sustainable for many years.

For more information, log on to pearlandtx.gov.

Old Town Site “Quiet Zone” in effect

Old Town Site may be quieter than you remember as Quiet Zones are now in effect. The Quiet Zone, established by the Federal Railroad Administration, states that locomotive horns are not required within highway-rail grade crossings equipped with Supplemental Safety Measures or Alternative Safety Measures or crossings that have a Quiet Zone Risk Index at or below the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. Read more on Quiet Zones on the City’s website.

Safe Exchange Zone initiative aims to keep residents safe 

xchangeThe City of Pearland is now offering a secure location for Pearland residents to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong for internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and eBay.

This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns. Visit the Police Department webpage to read more.

Delores Fenwick Nature Center design moves forward

fenwickDesign will soon be underway for the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, an educational facility coming to the John Hargrove Environmental Center. 

The complex, located at 5800 Magnolia, houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, John Hargrove Environmental Center and the newly completed nature trail system. Read more on the the facility.

Do your part to help reduce pollutants

The City’s Stormwater Management Plan deals with ways to improve its surface water quality through the use of various Best Management Practices. 

Residents can help to reduce chemical, biological and physical pollutants from the ground and storm sewer system by employing the practices used by the City.

Learn how you can help at pearlandtx.gov/stormwater.

New Edition of Pearland in Motion Now Available

ShowImagePearland in Motion is produced three times a year and is an excellent resource for all members of our community who want to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information important to Pearland residents. The newsletter is your complete guide to City of Pearland programs, services and recreational activities. Advertise your business in the next issue.

Copies of Pearland in Motion can be found at the following locations:
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau (11200 Broadway, Suite 1390)
  • City Hall (3519 Liberty Drive)
  • Pearland Chamber of Commerce (6117 Broadway)
  • Pearland Community Center (3523 Liberty Drive)
  • Pearland Economic Development Corporation (1200 Pearland Parkway – Suite 200)
  • Pearland Library (3522 Liberty Drive)
  • Public Safety Building (2555 Cullen Pkwy.)
  • Recreation Center and Natatorium (4141 Bailey Road)
  • Keep Pearland Beautiful (3523 Liberty Drive)
  • Melvin Knapp Activity Center (2424 South Park Avenue)
  • Westside Event Center (2150 Country Place Parkway)
  • Westside Library (2803 Business Center Drive, Suite 101)
Current Edition:

Pearland in Motion – Summer 2016