The Epic Manager Named

By | Epic Extras

We are very excited to announce that Amanda Alms will be the first Manager of The Epic. Amanda, currently the Manager of The Summit, came out on top after an exhaustive international search, which included finalists from DFW and as far away as Saudi Arabia. Amanda was on the team that opened The Summit, America’s first baby boomer facility, to international acclaim and a host of national and local awards.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Amanda also worked with North Richland Hills at their impressive NRH Centre before coming home to lead us at The Summit. Amanda has a unique gift of the importance of business operations, Raving Fan Service, and great creativity and team building. We will be announcing future staff members on the blog as soon as they are finalized.

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

EPIC EXTRAS: An Epic Legend visits The Epic

By | Epic Extras

We were honored to host Dr. John Crompton, Regents Professor and Distinguised Professor from Texas A&M University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Science.  Dr. Crompton is the leading researcher and educator in his field, and he made his initial visit to The Epic and Epic Waters site last week.  “I believe the City should call this a resort,” Dr. Crompton told City leaders after his tour.

One of the rentable areas of The Epic is “Crompton’s” which is to honor Dr. Crompton and all the advice and direction he gave the City on creating a master plan that not only housed our great facilities, but also left room for public/private partnerships which would help pay for park maintenance and potential expansion.   As he stated, our Economic Development Department is now working with multiple developers and we can say it is “very likely” that hotels will be a part of the Grand Central family!   As always, we will keep you updated on all of the grand developments!

Here are the latest dates:
Epic Waters – Working for a November 2017 Opening
The Epic – Working on a January 2018 Opening
PlayGrand Adventures – Working on a Summer 2018 Opening

In an upcoming blog, we will feature the first Epic Manager as we close in on an official announcement!   Stay Tuned!

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

EPIC EXTRAS: June Updates

By | Epic Extras

There is still time to enter a contest through Epic Waters, through our “Live Life Epic” campaign. Just go to www.epicwatersgp.com for all the exciting details! Hopefully, you will be receiving a free family season-pass. Grand Luck! Enter today!

Despite the rain, Epic Waters is still on schedule to open in November prior to Thanksgiving. And, look for The Epic to open January. It’s gonna be grand!

Want to help? We are still raising money for PlayGrand Adventures. We are honored to say that we had a $250,000 donor step forward last week. We will feature them in an upcoming newsletter.

Did you know there is $1,000,000 of fitness equipment included in The Epic? The facility will be the envy of everyone. The adventure track is taking shape in The Epic. This indoor running/walking track is made for those in great physical shape and will be another component of The Epic that will be enjoyed by many! We also can’t wait to show off the EpicFit area in The Epic. Yes, it is truly EPIC!

Ever thought about volunteering and saving entrance fees? Call or email Danny Boykin at 972-237-8084 or dboykin@gptx.org. The Epic will have a concierge desk and we are looking for volunteers to help in this area of The Epic inside the atrium.

Epic fees will be released in the next 60 days. So, stay tuned for more information as YOUR Epic project gets closer to reality. We can make one promise, “It Will Be Epic!”

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

Hiring Soon: The Epic Manager

By | Epic Extras

Howdy to our loyal JoinTheEpic.com blog family. We are proud to announce FIRST on this blog that we are ready to begin the process of hiring The Epic Manager. This position will be posted on the city website later this week at GPTX.org/jobs. The position posting will stay open for one month and the potential starting date would be July 10, 2017. This legacy, one-of-a-kind center will be looking for an innovative leader dedicated to changing lives and creating community. Future positions will be listed upon the filling of The Epic Manager position. This job opportunity will also be posted on: nrpa.org and traps.org.

Please help us find the future leader of the ultimate sports, arts, and culture center -The Epic.

And, also remember, jobs for our sister facility, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, are available by checking: EpicWatersGP.com.

Thanks! Stay tuned for another “First Look” and “First Take” next week.

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

PepsiCo is the Official Drink Provider for Grand Central!

By | Epic Extras

We are proud to announce that PepsiCo will be the provider of soft drinks, water, energy drinks and much more. Officials have been meeting over the past three months to determine the best partnership possible.

It was obvious that PepsiCo wanted to be part of this incredible legacy project and worked extremely hard to maximize the opportunities that this partnership provided.

PepsiCo products will be in Epic Waters, The Epic, PlayGrand Adventures and all the events that will be held at The Epic Amphitheater. “We are very excited about this partnership. This is truly a win-win,” says Rick Coleman, VP of American Resort Management, who will be operating the water park.

Look for more on this partnership soon! Welcome PepsiCo!

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

First Take: Indoor Futsal Court

By | Epic Extras

As we continue our First Look and First Take series, we are proud to introduce many of you to FUTSAL. We are proud to have an artificial turf FUTSAL Court inside The Epic.

U.S. Soccer says it like this, “Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court with no walls and a small, low-bouncing ball. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Neymar grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.”

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks has secured the rights to a Professional Futsal team in Dallas. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The Epic will be proud to have Futsal leagues and to help everyone play this exciting player and spectator sport! Can’t wait for you to see YOUR FUTSAL COURT!

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

First Take: Epic Theater

By | Epic Extras

Welcome to another addition of First Take and First Look. As you have heard us talk about, we listened to YOU, and YOUR recreation center goes above and beyond what most people think of when they hear the term “Recreation Center”. Here is another example:

“First Take”—-The Epic Theater

The Epic Theater is one of the unique additions to The Epic. With a capacity of over 200, this state-of-the-art venue will house community, regional and even national touring acts. But, at the forefront will be showcasing the talent of Grand Prairie, from garage bands to the award-winning GPISD fine arts students. Resembling “The Kessler Theater” in the Bishop Arts area of Dallas, The Epic Theater will also have exclusive balcony seating and two small suites in the back of the theater. Concessions are also available near by so your evening will be totally complete! In addition, The Epic Theater will have no fixed seats, which makes it very flexible: Events could range from a dinner theater with table seating, to strictly chair seating for a major event. With easy access for bands and musicians, The Epic Theater is another reason you will want to be a member in YOUR Epic project. Enjoy “First Look” pictures of YOUR Epic Theater!

 

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

“A Wow Detail” and a “Main Street Fest Update!”

By | Epic Extras

There are many exciting and awesome additions to The Epic. Over the next few blogs along with “First Look” we are adding “First Take” which will feature some of the cool take-aways members will receive from “The Most Unique Recreation Center in America!”

First Take: Recording Studios

Are you in a band? Has your church choir ever wanted to have their own professionally produced CD? Have you ever captured your talent on the piano? Well we have something just for you, The Epic Recording Studio!

As we have commented many times, The Epic has the athletes taken care of in grand style! From an incredible EpicFit area to an Adventure Track, the center will be an incredible training home for the athletic minded. However, The Epic goes much further, with art, film editing area, radio station, and recording studio.

The studio will have all the mics and equipment to produce quality CD’s. What an incredible opportunity! The studio will be available by reservation and will include a sound engineer and all the amenities necessary for you and your friends to create a living memory! It is another example, why we say The Epic will change lives!

 

Main Street Fest Update!

We are ready to give away $10,000 in prizes to our loyal JoinTheEpic.com readers! We have 250 mystery envelopes! Just copy this blog or the last blog and bring to The Epic Waters indoor water park tent close to the Main Stage and you will pick your lucky envelope. EVERY one will be a winner! But, since we are a 3 day festival, we will limit the giveaways to 83 lucky people daily! 83 Friday, 83 Saturday, and 84 Sunday!

Remember: You are limited to one Mystery Envelope Per Family for the entire event.

 

It’s gonna be fun…it’s gonna be EPIC!

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

$10,000 in Prizes at Main Street Fest 2017!

By | Epic Extras

Howdy! Welcome to the JoinTheEpic.com blog! And, as promised we are going to make your visit to Main Street Fest 2017 a lucrative event for you and your family. We will be giving away over $10,000 in prizes to our loyal readers! And, we want you to get your share.

This is ALL you have to do! Print this blog and bring it with you to Main Street Fest (Friday-Sunday, April 21, 22 & 23) and you will receive a Mystery Envelope. Each envelope is a winner and has something of substantial value for you! There are 2 grand prizes where the lucky winners will receive $500 worth of goodies!

Stop by The Epic Waters Indoor Water Park/The Epic tent located in front of the Main Stage. Make a Copy of this Blog and Bring it With You. Please add your name and email address. You will pick a mystery envelope. Please remember every envelope is a winner!

Limit ONE per family per the entire Main Street Fest!

MSF what a FREE line-up with: Pat Green, Reckless Kelly, LaMafia, Tejas Brothers, and many more! See you in downtown Grand Prairie this weekend.

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

Welcome to “FIRST LOOK”!

By | Epic Extras

“FIRST LOOK” is a new feature for our coveted subscribers to JoinTheEpic.com. It will be the latest pictures from the legacy project bringing Epic Waters, The Epic, PlayGrand Adventures, and the Epic Amphitheater to life.

Our grand team will be working each week to capture pictures of brand new construction keeping you “in the know”! And, please remember to send any questions our way! Plans remain on schedule for “Epic Waters Indoor Water Park” to open this November.

“The Epic” grand opening may follow “Epic Waters” shortly, but as a subscriber, you will see the dates first!

When jobs open for “The Epic”, you will know first!

When we have special promotions (get ready for Main Street Fest) you will know first!

I leave you with my favorite four words: “IT’S GONNA BE EPIC”!

See you out and about!

 

Rick Herold
Director – Parks, Arts & Recreation

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