Continuing traditions make the Town of Prosper a special community! Several annual community events occur in and around Prosper throughout the year. Check back periodically to see what’s new.
Sign up today at www.ProsperParksandRec.org for the annual Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the pond at Frontier Park. Check-in for the free event begins at 8:00am. The Derby competition begins at 9:00am, with prizes in numerous categories being awarded to boys and girls at 11:00 am.
The 2016 Derby was a huge success! Nearly 600 people, both children and adults, gathered for the morning event at the park.
For 2017, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) has granted the Town of Prosper an exemption to the fishing license and any stamp requirement for the duration of the Fishing Derby for those who fish or volunteer for the event.
Fish are provided by the Town of Prosper and the pond will be stocked in advance by the TPWD, with mostly rainbow trout. The Derby is a catch-and-keep event for trout only, with a limit of 10 fish per person. Officials encourage catch-and-release for other species.
The Fishing Derby is a wonderful family event for the entire community. Plan to come to Frontier Park and join the fun!
Prosper Annual Spring Clean Day
The annual spring clean-up event, hosted by the Town and Progressive Waste Solutions, Inc., will be Saturday, March 18, 2017. Residents are encouraged to bring in items such as e-waste (electronics, TVs, computers, monitors, etc), cardboard, paper to shred, metal, tree and yard waste, and miscellaneous bulk items. Free of charge to all residents.
For generations, families have come to town for the Community Picnic — since the days of helping each other with the harvest. The tradition continues today as a time to remember those roots and enjoy the ‘small town’ feel for which Prosper is known.
The 2016 Prosper Community Picnic featured food and fun for all ages and also jousting, rock wall, inflatables, DJ, Kona Ice, laser tag, and cannonball blaster.
A special component of the picnic is service from the members of the Town Council. A fun way to get to know new residents and greet friends, Council members serve hot dogs provided by Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church. Drinks are provided by Prosper United Methodist Church and pie is served, courtesy of the Prosper Ladies Association.
The Community Picnic typically sets the stage for charity initiatives; most recently, for the Bethlehem Place food pantry’s “Hunger is No Picnic” School Competition and the Cornerstone Christmas Drive.
For “Hunger is No Picnic,” Prosper ISD children and parents competed to see which school could bring in the most donations for the food pantry. At the close of the 2016 picnic, 342 pounds of food had been collected. Folsom won the competition, bringing in 190 pounds of food items, to earn the school the traveling trophy. Cockrell, Rucker, Baker, Hughes, Rogers, Reynolds, Windsong and Light Farms also participated.
Cornerstone Assistance Network collected 55 pair of socks, donations toward their 2016 Christmas Drive.
Frontier Park is beautiful and spacious. Residents are always encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and come out and enjoy this very special, traditional Prosper event.
National Night Out
Along with traditional displays of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, Town of Prosper neighborhoods have participated in a variety of events over the years that have included block parties, cook outs, visits from local police, fire department and Town officials, contests, and youth programs. Participating in National Night Out is an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program that promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our efforts to maintain a safe community.
Prosper Christmas Festival
Traditionally held on the second Saturday in December, Prosper’s downtown area comes alive with thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the annual Prosper Christmas Festival. A variety of vendors set the stage for Christmas shopping and rides and attractions complete the fun. The 2016 schedule included trackless train, balloon artistry, petting zoo, inflatable obstacle course and slide, toddler bounce, spin art and, Santa Claus, and entertainment on the community stage provided by local youth and church groups.
Vendor registration for the festival opens with a Christmas in July campaign. Check www.ProsperParksandRec.org, as well as Facebook for details.
Prosper Community Health & Wellness Fair
In January 28, 2017, the Town of Prosper partnered with PISD to host a one-day Health & Wellness Fair at Prosper High School for the entire Prosper community. More than 60 vendors were on hand to provide information and answer questions about health and wellness.
This was a sanctioned event of the ITT Community Challenge.