Life here offers many cultural and entertainment options, and the community is focused
on maintaining and improving its quality of
life. The city’s frontage on Lake Ray Hubbard
offers boating and fishing, while nearby Firewheel Golf Park ofefrs two 18-hole courses
that are consistently rated as one of the best
municipal golf courses in the state. Garland
also has 243 acres of forests and nearly 1,700
acres of parks, as well as complexes for softball, soccer and swimming. Garland also offers
great shopping at Firewheel Town Center.
Three campuses within the Garland Inde-pendent School District (GISD) have been
recognized by the US Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools. The district also
offers computer labs on every campus, magnet
schools for academically and artistically gifted
students and advanced placement courses for
The expansion of Highway 190 to the north
provides strong business opportunities for
the area’s workforce. In anticipation of its
expected growth trend, Garland’s Chamber
of Commerce and Economic Development
Council have helped public and private sectors
of the city work together to create more jobs
and expand the commercial tax base.
Established and new neighborhoods combined
with a progressive attitude make Grand Prairie
equally attractive to businesses and new residents. Grand Prairie is only minutes south of
DFW airport, and offers relaxation, family
fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to
live and do business.
The majority of children living in Grand
Prairie attend school in the Grand Prairie
Independent School District, a 58-square
mile district within the Dallas County portion
of Grand Prairie. Students who reside in
Tarrant County and Grand Prairie attend
Arlington Independent School District, while
small portions of town lie in other school
districts such as Cedar Hill ISD, Irving ISD,
Mansfield ISD, and Midlothian ISD.
Awarded the Texas Class I horse racetrack
license in 1992, the Lone Star Park at Grand
Prairie thoroughbred horse track opened
in April 1997. The simulcast pavilion hosts
thousands of customers a day as they bet on
races throughout the country.
Grand Prairie is also close to Joe Pool
Lake; in1995, the city opened the popular
$7.2 million Tangle Ridge Golf Club just
south of the lake. Rated the eighth best golf
course in Texas by Golf Digest, the course is
reminiscent of the Texas Hill Country with
dramatic elevation changes, tree-lined fairways and bentgrass greens.
Irving is no mere annex to Dallas and
Fort Worth; rather, it’s a community with
its own identity with a thriving business,
entertainment and arts scene. Irving is
a haven for the arts, largely due to the
Irving Arts Center, which is funded by
the city to encourage and promote the
city’s cultural resources with financial
and technical assistance to all new and
existing arts and cultural groups. IAC also
manages a multi-theater complex, which
serves as home to Irving’s arts organiza-
tions and attracts corporate, commercial
and performing arts groups from around
the area. IAC also maintains a gallery
with over 20 exhibitions a year. The Phil-
harmonic Orchestra of Irving presents
classical concerts using the talents of volun-
teer orchestra members and guest soloists.
Other musical entertainment comes from
the Irving Community Concert Band, a
completely volunteer organization, which
offers annual children’s shows, holiday
concerts and free summer performances at
places such as the Dallas Zoo and Victoria
Park Pavilion. The Irving Chorale hosts
an annual array of vocal concerts, and the
75-member ensemble’s repertoire ranges from
traditional choral classics to choral settings
from the stage theater. The city also is home
to several theatrical troupes including Irving
Community Theater, the Metro Players,
Shake’s Alive and the Irving Ballet.
Irving is also a major sports center, best
known as the former home of Texas Stadium
and the five-time Super Bowl Champion
Dallas Cowboys. It is also the training center
and home office of the Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars professional hockey team
and host to national sporting events like
the GTE Byron Nelson PGA Golf Classic,
the Equestrian Grand Prix and the ESPN/
Budweiser Volleyball Tournament.
One of Irving’s chief benefits is its close proximity to DFW airport on the city’s west side.
The world’s second busiest airport generates more than $7 billion annually and is
responsible for more than 70,000 local jobs.
Irving is also served by three excellent school
districts. Irving Independent School District
serves more than two-thirds of Irving with
an enrollment of more than 34,000 students.
Coppell Independent School District serves
the Valley Ranch community in far northwest
Irving, while Carrollton Farmers Branch
Independent School District serves northeast Irving. The University of Dallas, a
Catholic-run university, renowned not only
for its business but also its doctoral liberal
arts program, also calls Irving home.