Murphy Parks and Rec are Rolling Out Exciting New Opportunities
The Murphy Parks and Recreation Department has offered, and continues to offer, so many wonderful and well-loved activities. The fact that they have such a strong program hasn’t tempted them to rest on their laurels, it seems to have spurred them on to create even more memory-making opportunities.
Murphy Maize Days is a much-anticipated tradition for attendees and vendors alike. Families and friends meander through the variety-packed vendor market place. Children and parents are in awe that the children’s activities are free. If your child wants to hop back in line to ride a ride multiple times, parents do not have to think about their budget, they happily say ‘yes’!
Debbie Scott, City of Murphy Recreation Specialist, informed that there will be some super-exciting additions to Maize Days this year. Many of these Maize Days changes are based on feedback they received from past participants. There will be 18 food trucks this year, which is an increase from last year. There will also be more carnival rides.
In previous years, the live music had a mostly country theme. This year, an Elton John tribute band, The Rocket Man Show, will be the headliner and the opener will be Vegas Stars. There will be live music throughout the event. The Wylie Antique Machinery Society will be demonstrating past, present and possible future farm equipment. They will be demonstrating how bales of hay are rolled and other interactive presentations. The petting zoo was very popular last year and will return this year. Maize Days is always a family-friendly event.
Vendors and volunteers are needed. Scott said, “We currently have 50 market vendors, but have room for 100. We are wanting more craft vendors to apply and if necessary, we will add spots to accommodate craft and handmade item vendors.” This will be the 11th year for this event, which will be held Sept. 28 at Murphy Central Park. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and concludes after the fireworks show which begins around 9:30 p.m. For information on all things Maize Days, go to maizedays.com.
In Nov. 2017, voters approved a bond election that included renovating the Murphy Activity Center (MAC). Construction is underway and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020. The MAC was previously one large space, now it will be two activity spaces with a large folding partition and there will be three conference rooms and a small kitchen. Scott said this will make the facility more functional, contemporary and, “an asset for Murphy as well as surrounding cities.”
The Fall 2019 Parks and Recreation Guide will feature many of the popular classes that have been offered in the past. Additional classes, based on community requests, have been added. There are 14 types of classes offered that participants of all ages and abilities will enjoy. Educational, artistic, musical and physical classes are available. The prices start as low as $21 a month.
The Murphy Community Center (MCC) has open gym times (see murphytx.org or call 972-468-4444 for details). Volleyball, badminton and basketball can be played during these times. Open gym is free to all Murphy residents. The MCC is rentable. Upon renovation completion, the MAC will also be rentable.
Be on the lookout for registration for the often-sold-out Daddy Daughter Dance and the very popular Mom & Son Extravaganza.