The Town of Prosper is special! Community initiatives and events are forefront and hosted in Town throughout the year. We hope to see you there. Below is what’s coming up!
Fall 2019 recreation classes are now registering! Please visit prosperparksandrec.org for descriptions and to register.
Prosper Fishing Derby
The traditional Prosper Fishing Derby is typically held the last Saturday in February at the pond at Frontier Park. The event is hosted by the Town of Prosper and includes family fun and prizes for the kids! Title Sponsors for the 2019 event were Cabela’s; Edward Jones – Aaron McNeal, Financial Advisor; and PondMedics.
For 2019, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 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. The pond was stocked in advance by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, with mostly rainbow trout.
The Prosper Fishing Derby is a catch-and-keep event for trout only, with a limit of five per person. Derby officials encourage catch-and-release.
Please contact Trevor Helton with questions.
Prosper residents put on their walking shoes for the 2018 Tree Tour on May 7, 2019, and met at Whitley Place Park to learn about the beautiful trees of late spring, Prosper history and fun tree facts. Parks and Recreation staff served as tour guides.
Please contact Patty Kendzie with questions.
PROSPER DOWNTOWN LIVE!
The Prosper community came together to celebrate the completion of road construction and the nearly 40 downtown merchants now open for business! This first-of-its-kind free event was hosted in downtown Prosper and featured live music throughout the entire event, a Memorial Day salute, Kid’s Zone, food trucks and beverages for purchase from booths featuring selections from The Gin and Silo Park. Shuttles began at 4:00 pm from Reynolds Middle School and Prosper High School and the event drew more than 1,500 party-goers to downtown Prosper. A great time was had by all! Check out the video keepsake we received from headliner Emerald City Band: https://vimeo.com/339371448
MAYOR’S FITNESS CHALLENGE
Mayor Smith and the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department invite residents to join the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge each year. Whether walking, biking or running, the Mayor’s Challenge is a community favorite and brings a focus on fitness each new year. Participants who submit a completed Tracking Sheet by the due date will receive a t-shirt and be recognized at a Town Council meeting. A prize winner will be determined from a random drawing.
Prosper Annual Spring Clean-Up
The annual spring clean-up event, hosted by the Town and Community Waste Disposal. The event is an opportunity for residents bring in items for disposal and recycling, 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.
Prosper Police Department’s Community Safety Initiative
Prosper Police Department’s Community Safety Initiative (CSI) is a free annual community event to kick-off National Police Week. The event is a chance to celebrate with food, fun, education on Prosper PD and a chance to meet your local police officers. In 2018, Prosper partnered with Texas Health Prosper and Longo Toyota.
Prosper Community Picnic
The Community Picnic is an annual Prosper tradition that celebrates community and small town spirit! Typically held the first Saturday in September at Frontier Park, the event is free — an opportunity to join as a community to celebrate Prosper’s rich history of gathering after the fall harvest. Fun attractions in 2019 s included a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable games, slides, obstacle course, and face painting.
Keeping in tradition, Town Council members meet and greet residents throughout the event; and local churches and organizations provide hot dogs and fixin’s, drinks and dessert. Heartfelt thanks to Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, Prosper United Methodist Church, and the Prosper Ladies Association for graciously providing the food and drinks for this very special Town event!
Nonprofit organizations are spotlighted throughout the picnic. Prosper-based, Prosper-focused non-profit organizations and community partners are invited to host a booth at no charge.
During the 2019 picnic, donations were encouraged for:
The Bethlehem Place “Hunger is No Picnic” food drive, an annual school competition. The school that collects the most canned goods wins the travelling trophy! The 2019 winner is Stuber Elementary School.
Cornerstone Assistance Network NCT September Santa gift drive to help provide Christmas gifts for local children. Help to make it a Christmas to remember! Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift for a child, age 1 to 18, ($15-$40 value).
For more information about the Community Picnic, please contact Trevor Helton.
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.
Champion Tree Contest
The annual Champion Tree Contest is a fun contest to support urban forestry within the Town. Prosper residents are challenged to find the largest tree they can, with a different species selected each year to be hunted for! The 2019 tree to find was the Live Oak. The winner of the contest will be announced at the Prosper Arbor Day Celebration at Folsom Park on November 2.
For more information about the Champion Tree Contest, contact Matt Furr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prosper Arbor Day Celebration
Parks and Recreation hosts a Prosper Arbor Day Celebration each year, typically on the first Saturday in November. In 2019, the celebration included a Proclamation read by Mayor Ray Smith, tree plantings by Prosper scouts, and the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Prosper Champion Tree Contest (recognizing the largest Live Oak in Prosper).
Prosper Christmas Festival – December 7, 2019
Mark your calendar! Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the grounds of Town Hall for the 2019 Prosper Christmas Festival!
Several new features have been added to this year’s event, including a Kids’ Christmas Shoppe, with proceeds benefitting the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund; horse drawn carriage rides; expanded shopping options (stocking stuffers to high-end artwork!); unique food items for sale; artists showcasing their talents and wares; and demonstrations and entertainment from local artisans and performers. Of course, we’ll be bringing back Community Stage performances all day, the Kid Zone with rides and games, Santa’s Workshop, the Community Tree Lighting (countdown led by Prosper Mayor Ray Smith) and spectacular fireworks, this year, under the stars!
The prelude to the festival is the Prosper Rotary Club Christmas parade. For parade information, please contact The Prosper Rotary Club.