The Town of Prosper is special! Community initiatives, events, and programs are offered by the Town throughout the year. You are invited!
Community Tree Lighting virtual event
Gather the family and cozy up to watch Christmas 2020 officially kick off in Prosper! Mayor Ray Smith will lead the countdown as we all watch the Community Tree come to light. Joining together as a community in this way continues our tradition of celebrating the season in faith and friendship as a community. Plan to be a part of this annual event!
The event will be livestreamed on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page on December 7, 2020, beginning at 6:00 pm.
Prosper Light Up the Night!
Christmas Lights and Decorating Contest for Homes and Businesses
Prosper always celebrates Christmas as a community! The Prosper Light Up the Night! contest, sponsored by CoServ, is open to all prosper residents and businesses. Presented by Parks and Recreation, the contest will showcase the best Christmas lights and decorations in town. Top entries earn bragging rights, a yard sign and a cash prize! Entries are due December 13, 2020.
A map of entries will be available as a driving guide. Watch social media, as winners will be announced on December 18!
Winners will be selected in the following categories:
o Best Commercial/Business Display
o Best Norman Rockwell Display (best traditional)
o Best Use of Animation (choreographed lights and music that bring the display to life)
o The Clark Griswold Award (excessive use of outdoor lighting and decoration)
o Best Display of Theme (Light Up the Night!)
o Best Display of “A 2020 Christmas”
Annual Tree Tour
Annually, Prosper residents put on their walking shoes and meet in a park to learn about the beautiful trees of late spring, as well as Prosper history and fun tree facts. Parks and Recreation staff served as tour guides.
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.
Prosper Community Picnic
The Community Picnic is an annual Prosper tradition that celebrates community and small town spirit! Typically held at Frontier Park, the event is free and hosted by the Town. The picnic is an opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate Prosper’s rich history of celebrating the fall harvest. Fun attractions in 2019 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, 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!
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!
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 winner of the contest is announced in the fall at the Prosper Arbor Day Celebration.
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 Champion Tree Contest.
Prosper Christmas Festival
The Prosper Christmas Festival is he Town’s signature event attending by thousands of families each December! Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5, 2020. The event is free of charge and hosted on the grounds of Prosper Town Hall.
In 2019, the event featured a Kids’ Christmas Shoppe, with proceeds benefitting the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund; horse drawn carriage rides; numerous 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. Performances on the Community Stage were conducted throughout the event, as well as the Kid Zone with rides and games, Santa’s Workshop, the Community Tree Lighting and fireworks!
The prelude to the festival is the Prosper Rotary Club Christmas parade. For parade information, please contact The Prosper Rotary Club.
Prosper Fishing Derby
The traditional Prosper Fishing Derby is traditionally held the last Saturday in February at the pond at Frontier Park. The event is free of charge and offers fishing fun for the whole family! Prizes are awarded in age categories for those age 14 and under. Thank you, 2020 Title Sponsors, PondMedics and Academy Sports and Outdooors Prosper!
Typically, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) grants 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 is stocked in advance by the TPWD, 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.
2020 Mayor’s Fitness Challenge
January 15 – April 15
Mayor Smith and the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department invite residents each year to join the Challenge! For 2020, the goal is to walk or run at least 100 miles or bike at least 500 miles in just over 100 days. Those who return a completed tracking sheet logging the by April 20, 2020, will be entered to win a Fitbit! All who complete the Challenge will be recognized at a Town Council meeting and receive a complimentary t-shirt. Contact Trevor Helton with questions.