An Epic Destination
EpicCentral is a 172-acre park site located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex off George W. Bush Tollway (Highway 161). Reflecting innovation and community investment, EpicCentral is home to Grand Prairie Public Safety Building, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, The Summit recreation center for adults ages 50+, The Epic, and Playgrand Adventures an all-inclusive playground. Amenities include five lakes, a grand lawn, boardwalk, and pad sites for future retail opportunities.
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is a large indoor water park with retractable roof, which includes an arcade, party rooms and fun for all ages. Epic Waters features rides that have never been featured in the southwest, including Texas' first double Flow Rider Surfing Machine.
PlayGrand Adventures, provides a safe and fun playground experience of ‘EPIC’ proportions for all ages and abilities. The playground includes adventure areas which are designed to stimulate, challenge, and encourage development of several skill sets while providing social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity, and exercise.
The playground is part of a much larger overall park project which includes The Epic, a state-of-the-art recreation center, Epic Waters indoor/outdoor water park, trail systems, The Summit 50+ Club, and amphitheater at EpicCentral in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Chicken N Pickle
Chicken N Pickle, the unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex including a casual, chef-driven restaurant and sports bar that boasts pickleball courts, shuffleboard, and a variety of yard games, is set to open on Sunday, December 26. Located near the 2900 block of Esplanade, Chicken N Pickle is adjacent to the service road along the President George Bush Turnpike.
Chicken N Pickle is the first restaurant to open in Epic Central.
Born in Kansas City in 2016, Chicken N Pickle’s original location has become a wildly popular destination for families, young adults and corporate gatherings. The company’s first move outside of Kansas City was to Wichita, KS in 2019, then to San Antonio, TX in 2020, Oklahoma City, OK in 2021 and most recently to Overland Park, KS just last month. The seventh and eighth stores are expected to open in St. Louis, MO and Grapevine, TX in late 2022.
“Our mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship, and community and we are excited to bring that to Grand Prairie,” said Dave Johnson, Founder of Chicken N Pickle. “We believe that bringing people together over a delicious, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, a cold beverage and some friendly competition can create unifying bonds that ripple throughout the community and beyond.” Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie features six indoor pickleball courts, three outdoor and two outdoor covered pickleball courts, lawn games, rooftop bar and event spaces.
Using responsibly raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken, the menu includes delicious, rotisserie dishes available in four different seasonings along with pork and beef sandwiches and signature hand-cut fries and tots. Chicken N Pickle’s cultural imperative to the community is to give back, with many philanthropic events and service-oriented endeavors to strengthen its neighborhoods and beyond. The company believes in building long-lasting solutions to address the needs of the communities in which they live, work and play.
“We say ‘our hearts are local’ because we support our communities through philanthropy and our business practices,” said Kelli Alldredge, Senior Vice President of Engagement at Chicken N Pickle. “We are honored to serve the Grand Prairie community.” The Chicken N Pickle Foundation was formed in 2020 and works in partnership with local health, wellness and relationship-building charitable organizations to improve the lives of people in the communities we serve.
About Chicken N Pickle
Chicken N Pickle is a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex including a casual, chef-driven restaurant and sports bar that boasts pickleball courts and indoor/outdoor games for all ages. Its mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship, and community. A key tenet of Chicken N Pickle is demonstrated through the Our Hearts Are Local program, which focuses on creating philanthropic partnerships to strengthen our neighborhoods and beyond. Hundreds of charitable events are held annually and proceeds are donated back to the communities we serve. Good Food. Good Friends. Great Fun.
The Epic, a 120,000-square-foot fitness, arts, and entertainment facility, featuring multi-purpose courts with built-in seating, a grand atrium with high-tech library, theater, recording studio, large fitness center, second floor track and unique adventure track, artist studio, culinary arts room, performing arts theater, youth game room, indoor lap and resistance pool, an outdoor amphitheater, and more located southwest of the city's Public Safety Building.
The Summit, a 60,000-square-foot facility specifically for active adults ages 50 and older, features state-of-the-art fitness areas, gym, indoor infinity edge pool with lap lanes and exercise vortex, theater, locker rooms with sauna and more.
Bolder Adventure Park
Bolder Indoor Adventure Park: indoor family entertainment facility which will provide adventure-based attractions in a 66,000-square-foot pneumatic dome structure with ceiling heights of approximately 75 feet. Guests will be offered a truly unique opportunity to experience rock climbing, zip lines, via ferrata, ropes courses, tubing slides, synthetic ice skating, adventure nets and more.
Bolder Adventure Park is breaking ground the week of August 3, 2021 with completion in 2022 as the first nationwide location
Creative Placemaking Attraction in Epic Central
The city of Grand Prairie has contracted with Outside the Lines (OTL) to develop creative innovative placemaking attractions at EpicCentral, with construction to start early 2022. OTL a design-build specialty construction company creating one-of-a-kind water features, rock work and themed environments. In partnership with OTL, the goal is to continue to create a collection of recreational, cultural and entertainment destination attractions that draw people to EpicCentral from throughout the Metroplex, the state and beyond. The attractions will be daily recurring events refreshed 3-4 times per year in order to maintain public interest and create the desire for guests to return. Design concepts may integrate technology, water, lighting, image projection, aerial events and other inventive ideas.
The water show at EpicCentral begins installation Jan. 17, 2022, with completion expected in late summer 2022.
To begin the process, the lake with the Willow Tree artwork in it between The Summit and the Public Safety Building will be partially drained beginning Jan. 17. The city is draining about three feet of water, leaving about five feet of water in the center of the lake so that the fish do not have to be relocated. The city’s Parks, Arts & Recreation Department has worked closely with an aquatic life consultant to ensure conditions remain safe for the fish. The lower water level will allow workers to install the foundation and mechanics for the water show.
Outside the Lines (OTL), a design-build specialty construction company, designed the water show and is also installing it. OTL is an industry leader in creating one-of-a-kind water features, rock work, and themed environments worldwide. Details about the water show will be released summer 2022.
EpicCentral’s two hotels and connecting convention center and six restaurants are currently under construction. The restaurants are expected to open in 2022, and the hotels and convention center to follow opening in 2023. The hotels will be Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites. The restaurants will be Vidorra Cocina de Mexico; an American modern concept tentatively called The Finch; Serious Pizza, Sliders, and Shakes; and a new breakfast/brunch concept called Poach’d. Larry Lavine, the founder of Chili’s, will open Loop 9 BBQ in a fifth space. The city is entertaining options for the sixth restaurant space.
Also in EpicCentral, Chicken N Pickle restaurant, featuring farm fresh food and indoor/outdoor pickleball courts, opened December 2021.
Epic Central Hotel and Restaurant Development
Work is beginning on Epic Central’s additional commercial expansion. In order to accommodate future retail and maximize the development opportunities on the site, Esplanade Road will no longer go through from the Public Safety Building to the Summit.
The city will begin an investment in Epic Central and downtown in the coming months as we put to work the $75 million bond proposal approved by voters May 1.
Work will include spending about $50 million for development of convention hotel facilities and $16 million for restaurant shells in Epic Central; with the balance spent to purchase land and buildings downtown for retail, restaurant or housing development, or held for potential future projects in Grand Prairie.
Let’s talk about the hotel plans. Grand Prairie will build two hotels with a connecting convention center in Epic Central, then lease management and operation to a leading hotelier, creating a revenue stream back to the city. We expect to finalize a contract with Concord Hospitality, with the two hotels being Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites.
In addition to that revenue, the State of Texas is providing Grand Prairie an incentive to build these projects by giving back our 6.25 percent sales tax and all sales tax generated at the hotels and convention center along with anything else located within 1,000 feet of the hotels/conference center.
This will conservatively return $25 million back to us over the next 10 years. That does not include the sales tax we normally get, the rent from the restaurants and the revenue from the hotels/convention center. As you can see, the revenue generated will exceed the cost of the bond payments and actually help our tax base.
We are building six restaurant shell spaces and have negotiated with Milkshake Concepts to bring Vidorra Cocina de Mexico; an American modern concept tentatively called The Finch; Serious Pizza, Sliders, and Shakes; and a new breakfast/brunch concept called Poach'd. Larry Lavine, the founder of Chili's, will open Loop 9 BBQ in a fifth space. The city is entertaining options for the sixth restaurant space.
And, everything surrounds a large outdoor open space in which we can program events, concerts, and programs.
Then to further amplify the experience, Grand Prairie has bills in the House and Senate that would allow us to establish an entertainment zone encompassing the hotels, restaurants, lakes and grand lawns, just like what other cities have done.
This would allow patrons to carry their alcoholic drink anywhere inside this zone, instead of having to leave your adult beverage at the restaurant where it was purchased. This is important because we will have an entertainment feature on the lake and will have events on the lawn. Both Sundance Square in Fort Worth and Texas Live in Arlington have this legislative approval.
Then downtown we want to keep the momentum going by having the ability to purchase or construct buildings to further enhance the restaurant, retail and housing options downtown.
We are looking forward to beginning these important economic development projects this summer.
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