Grapevine Parks and Recreation
More than 10 years ago, the City Council approved a master plan to insure the development and management of Grapevine's parks, recreation facilities and open spaces. Guided by a citizen's Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Department continues to provide quality leisure activities to all Grapevine citizens. They oversee nearly 30 beautiful parks, miles and miles of jogging and bicycle trails and hundreds of acres of natural park land, including the Botanical Gardens, Lake Grapevine and The Vineyards Campgrounds.
From recreational programming to environmental education, from senior activities to children's swim lessons, the Parks and Rec staff keeps an eye on promoting good health. There are so many activities, the department has it's own Playbook Activity Guide each season to help you find just the right program. Call 817 410-3450 for your personal copy.
|Grapevine Baseball/Softball Associations Merge|
|December 15, 2009. The City of Grapevine is proud to announce that both Grapevine Youth Baseball and Grapevine Girls Softball Associations are combining talents to bring forth one strong organization in an effort to continue to provide quality baseball and softball experiences for youth girls and boys in Grapevine. The demand for use at this complex has been intense. In a move to accommodate our local youth needs and to manage tournament play, both youth groups are being merged to form the Grapevine Baseball & Softball Association (GBSA).|
“Due to the draw of this beautiful new facility, baseball and softball participation is anticipated to
increase tremendously. Due to that large increase, this merger is the right step to have two separate
associations working out of the same facility as one strong organization that represents the youth in
Grapevine.” states Doug Evans, Director-Grapevine Parks and Recreation.
Coordination of practices, games, tournaments, repairs, and maintenance will be efficiently handled
through the new GBSA. The City of Grapevine whole-heartedly endorses this move and looks forward
to continuing a winning tradition in the youth baseball/softball association.
|Oak Grove Ball Field Complex|
The Oak Grove Ball Field Complex opened Saturday, May 2, 2009, to record crowds of more than 4,000 local citizens and children. Ceremonies for the Grand Opening were held in Center Court, surrounded by the nine new ball fields. Children of all ages wore their colorful team uniforms, Mayor Bill Tate addressed the crowds in a vintage baseball uniform, members of the Grapevine City Council along with retired Texas Ranger baseball player Jim Sundberg and other dignitaries enjoyed throwing out the’ first’ balls. Adding to the morning festivities, artist-in-residence Archie St. Clair unveiled his bronze sculpture of three children playing ball—especially commissioned by the City for this milestone event for the Parks and Recreation department.
The 12 million dollar complex features seven baseball fields ranging in size from blast-ball (3-4 year olds) to a full size Colt/Varsity field (Ages 15-18), two multipurpose softball/baseball fields, four batting cages, 16 soft toss stations, 800,000 square-feet of new turf grass, a concession area measuring five times the size of the previous concession space, mens/womens/family restrooms, a custom state-of-the-art playground, 275 new trees planted on-site, 270-1,000 watt sports lights on 49 poles, and 310 parking spaces.
The ‘Green’ Complex is one of the first of its kind to include an environmentally friendly pumping system to pump untreated water from Lake Grapevine for irrigating the fields. A man-made pond—measuring 2.7 acres with a pond capacity of 3.5 million gallons of water— has been added to the facility. This water pulled from lake Grapevine will irrigate the baseball, softball, and soccer fields at Oak Grove Park saving thousands of dollars by the use of raw water versus treated water. The park is an award winning model ‘Green Project,” using recycling as a basis for most all of the building and landscaping materials within the park, and a major focus is being placed on encouraging our youth to be environmental friendly, too.
With Grapevine Lake as the backdrop of Oak Grove Park Ballfield Complex, this brand new, incredible facility is one of the greatest state-of-the-art sports complexes of its kind in North Texas. It’s estimated that more than 500,000 people will circulate through this complex each year. Grapevine is proud to call Oak Grove Park Ballfield Complex, their newest playground.
For more information, contact the City of Grapevine Parks and Recreation, www.gvpard.com.
|The Great Trail Systems|
The trail systems within Grapevine includes approximately 18 miles of hard-surface trails and 4 miles of soft-surface trails; with funding in place for about 13 miles of additional trails, many of which are now under construction. In addition, Grapevine is very fortunate to have the esthetic beauty of Lake Grapevine, Big Bear Creek and Denton Creek, which are truly great natural resources that enhance the experience of being outdoors on the trails.
When the trails are complete, Grapevine will have more than 34 miles of trails, linking nine parks, and many schools, churches and golf courses with the Downtown Grapevine Historic District and businesses. Also, the trails will link the city with the Gaylord Texan, the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center and Grapevine Mills Mall.
|Community Activities Center|
Located in the heart of the city at 1175 Municipal Way, the Community Activities Center serves as the city's headquarters for leisure activities. Membership to the Center is open to all Grapevine residents and business owners.
With exceptional facilities, state of the art fitness equipment, climate controlled indoor tracks and basketball courts, exercise rooms and educational classrooms — the Community Activities Center has it all.
You must read through the Playbook Activity Guide each season to see what events and classes are happening within the city. There are many opportunities for all ages to enjoy, including gymnastics, yoga, martial arts, cooking and art classes ... to name just a few. Stay connected and be a part of this active, healthy community.
|Keep Grapevine Beautiful|
Join one of many groups within the city that participate in making
our neighborhoods, streets, highways, and Lake Grapevine a little
more GREEN. We pick up unsightly, discarded trash, use earth-kind
plants, mulch, and recycle every chance we get. Throughout the
Keep Grapevine Beautiful program, you, your school, or business can
Adopt-an-Area of your very own. In appreciation, the city will
recognize your family, group or organization with a street sign,
reminding others that together we can make a difference in keeping
our town clean.
The KGVB community service and award-winning beautification programs not only save Grapevine thousand of dollars each year, but enhance the quality of life here, making our part of world a little GREENER. For more information on how you can help, contact Mary Jo Tellin. Working closely with the city, the KGVB Board of Directors oversee a variety of grass roots environmental initiatives and welcome your support.
Sabre, City of Grapevine Nationally Honored for KGVB Partnership
Sabre Holdings Travelocity division and the City of Grapevine's Parks and Recreation Department were honored in the Take Pride in America® national awards ceremony July 2008, at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. They were one of 10 organizations nationally recognized, taking first place in the Public/Private Partnership category.
Katie Loovis, executive director of Take Pride in America®, announced that the winning groups had volunteered tens of thousands of hours enhancing and preserving public lands for all of us to enjoy. “We look forward to shining a light on their service and publicly thank them on behalf of this grateful nation. All in all,” said Loovis, “the national award winners are a diverse group that showcases many of the important and creative ways in which volunteers can really take pride in America.”
Take Pride in America® is a national partnership program aimed at increasing volunteer service on America’s public lands. A total of 178 Sabre/Travelocity volunteers picked up trash to clean Meadowmere Park after Lake Grapevine flooded park grounds due to heavy rains last year. Those volunteers logged in more the 534 hours towards Keeping Grapevine Beautiful. It is the goal of Take Pride in America® to empower volunteers from every corner of America to maintain and enhance our country’s natural, cultural, and historical sites. For more information, visit: www.TakePride.gov.