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LOCATION :

Grand Prairie, Texas

OWNER / MUNICIPALITY:

City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation
Department
COMPLETION DATE:

May 2010

ARCHITECTS/ PL ANNE RS/ BUILDERS:

City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation
Department, Brinkley-Sargent Architects,
Manhattan Construction, Mesa
COST:

$23 million

Through this feedback, essential needs from the public
became apparent for the facility. For example, it was decided that rather than bringing in prepared meals, food prep
would be done in-house so members could have an active
voice in menu planning. Citizens also requested that the
recreation center have a store where members could sell
their homemade crafts. " The Summit has unique, quality
merchandize to offer to its membership, and the talented
folks who make the goods can demonstrate their talents
and make a little money, " Kang says.
" I am honored to say that 27 of 29 'wants' were able
to be included, " says Rick Herold, director of Parks and
Recreation for the City of Grand Prairie. When the 60,000
square foot facility opened in May 2010, residents were already intrigued about a recreation center that was geared
toward meeting their requests. Herold points out that the facility increased from 800 active members to around 5,000

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FACILITY DESCRIPTION: Referred to as " the Country
Club " for those aged 50 and older, this 60,000 square-foot
facility includes a host of amenities: café, theater, ballrooms,
art studio, Water's Edge Pool and spa, outdoor kitchen,
saunas, basketball/ volleyball, aerobics area, outdoor courts,
indoor walking/ running track, greenhouse, etc.

Out of the 29 requests
made by the public for The Summit, 27 of these were able to
be met. Specific requests by the public included in-house
food prep and a say in menu choices, as well as an on-site
greenhouse where produce can be grown. Citizens also
wanted the facility to have a store where members could sell
their homemade crafts and a way to introduce technology in
a non-threatening way, done via a Wii room, where
members can go online and play video games with their
families in other areas of the country.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEME NT:

in the fi rst few months.
" Everyone understood
they were getting something special, " Herold says.
Also, an interesting development began to happen with
The Summit that no one could have anticipated during development. " With The Summit, we have 50 to 100 year olds
utilizing a facility, but the older users seem to be adopting
the 50 year olds, " Herold says. " It is incredible inter-generational programming that we never expected, " he says,
who adds that one senior referred to the center as " every
hour being happy hour. "
From a design standpoint, community input is a win-win,
according to Stephen Springs, principal with Brinkley Sargent Architects in Dallas and Austin, the firm that designed
The Summit. " Public requests carry more weight than they
used to, " Springs says. He attributes more public involvement in current projects to an increased need to know how

Photos courtesy of charles Davis smith

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