Gustavo "Gus" L. Garcia Recreation Center offers youth, teen, adult, and senior adult programs. Programs offered include: The After School Program, Youth Sports Leagues, Teen Programs, Youth and Teen Summer Camp, Adult Exercise Programs, and Senior Programs. The facility is approximately 20,000 square feet and consists of a gymnasium with six basketball goals and a climbing rock wall, a fitness center, public computers, an aerobic/dance room, and three other multi-purpose rooms. The facility also has locker rooms with showers that are accessible to our patrons.

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

Gus Garcia Building

To learn more about programs that we offer, please visit our online registration page. Select Gus Garcia Recreation Center as the location and search.

If you are interested in renting our facility for your next event, please download the rental agreement (PDF). Call (512) 978-2525 for availability.

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Youth and Teen Programs


Summer Programs

Adult, Senior and All Age Programs

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing is available on Wednesdays beginning at 4:00pm – 6:00pm. All youth, ages 17 and younger, must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please call the recreation center or visit up in-person at least two (2) hours before the program start time to register. Please note that there will be no registrations after this time and no drop-ins will be allowed during 4:00pm-6:00pm.


Historical Information

The Gustavo “Gus” L. Garcia Recreation Center had its grand opening on April 26, 2008, an event long anticipated by the North/Northeast community. The Gustavo “Gus” L. Garcia Recreation Center and park were chosen as part of the 1998 bond election package to develop Austin’s parks and greenbelts. Construction was due to begin in 2001, but a downturn in the local economy forced delays. The City put the Gus Garcia Park and Recreation Center back on the list of budgeted projects in 2005, the original amount for funding was $5.5 million. The building was completed in March 2008.  The center is named in honor of Gustavo “Gus” Garcia who dedicated more than three decades of his life to public service. He served as President of the Board of the Austin Independent School District, as a member of the Austin City Council, as Mayor Pro Tem and in 2001, was elected as Austin’s first Hispanic Mayor.

Gus Garcia Participants Dancing

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