Northwest Recreation Center offers year round activities and programs for youth and adults as well as sports leagues and special events. The beautifully remodeled center contains: full court gymnasium, fitness studio, arts and crafts room, meeting room, multi-purpose room, teen room and a lobby with free wifi, ping pong, chess and foosball. Located on the grounds are: playscape, large grassy field, sand volleyball court, disc golf basket, horseshoe pit, and picnic tables.

Northwest Recreation Center opened in 1979 and was named for the area of town for which it is located. In 2006, Austin voters approved Proposition 3 – Parks and Parkland bond, issuing $84.7 million to construct, renovate, improve and equip public parks, recreation centers, natural areas and related facilities. Among those was the expansion and improvement of Northwest Recreation Center. The project included additional 7,500 sq ft to expand the center with modern amenities accommodating the growing Northwest Austin community. The center reopened its doors after renovations on July 9th, 2011 to a larger “green” facility located in Northwest Austin near the corner of Northland Drive (2222) and Mopac (Loop 1).

Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the Center is closed  to the public effective Monday, March 16th .  Please check the Closure page for update.


Summer Camp Registration Postponement

Due to the unknown, future status of COVID-19 infections and vaccine distribution, summer programming for both Austin Parks and Recreation Department's (PARD) summer camps and aquatic (pool) programming is delayed. 

Typically, registration for summer camps begins in February and aquatic (pool) programming in April. While the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine continues to evolve and provide hope for the future, the unknown length of the local Stage 5 Risk declaration provides uncertainty as it relates to summer program planning.

The postponement allows PARD, in cooperation with the Austin Public Health Department, to consider the local characteristics of the virus as vaccine distribution evolves. At the appropriate local Risk Stage, PARD can offer in-person programs safely; however, this timeframe is not yet known. Delaying registration until there is a path forward for the safe delivery of programming can eliminate concerns related to program cancelations and refunds.

At this time, PARD has not determined new registration dates for summer programs. PARD intends to notify families prior to registration dates to allow ample preparation time. PARD continues to work closely with state and local health authorities to make operational decisions that ensure both the health and safety of participants, families, and PARD employees.

PARD continues to offer free, virtual lesson plans and activities that families can access on PARD's YouTube channel - Updates on summer programming will be released as conditions change. 

Virtual Programs

Stay Active with Austin Parks and Recreation’s online Virtual Programming!

Stay Playful with our Virtual Afterschool Clubs:

Out-Of-School Time Youth Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that foster Youth Development in a safe and caring environment. We believe in creating opportunities for youth that expose them to critical thinking and leadership development while helping explore interest through enhancements, arts, and active play. Come and experience the spectrum of opportunities with the Parks and Recreation Youth Programs.


Youth Sports

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round co-ed youth sports that fundamentals and stress sportsmanship. Our seasonal leagues provide a safe recreational setting structured for a beginner to intermediate player. Lead by volunteer coaches, games are noncompetitive in order to emphasize teamwork and physical fitness.

  • Spring / Fall Soccer
  • Summer / Winter Basketball
  • Soccer Shots


Teen Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that encourage Youth Development through outdoor exploration, the arts, critical thinking, and leadership development.

  • Teen Summer Program
  • Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA)
  • Teen After School


Toddler Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that foster Youth Development in a safe and caring environment. We believe in creating opportunities to help explore interest through enhancements, arts, and active play.

  • Toddler FUN League

Adult and 50+ Programs 

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of Senior Programs and Services for adults and people 50 years of age and older. We are committed to providing an environment that encourages active and healthy lifestyles through recreational and educational programs and services.


Community and Special Events

The Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities for families, friends and neighbors to come together and socialize, meet new people, enhance existing relationships, and create community.

  • Bunny Bonanza
  • Kite Festival
  • Storytime with Santa



Open Play and Weight Room Hours

Open Play Basketball: Saturdays, 11 am - 2 pm

Weight room hours- Limited hours please call for more information.

Program Documents and Forms

Virtual Programs Release Form

Adult Registration Form (PDF)

Youth Registration Form  (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - English  (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - Spanish  (PDF)

Parent Handbook - English  (PDF)

Parent Handbook - Spanish  (PDF)

Facility and Grounds Rental Information

User Guide and Rental Agreement (PDF)

Video Tour of Northwest Recreation Center



Northwest Recreation Center Staff

 Ben Rustenhaven Site Supervisor

 Herbert Smith Program Specialist

  Erik Granados Program Specialist

 Taisha Rowland Administrative Associate