The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities.
Alamo Recreation Center offers year-round programming for senior citizens 55 and up as well as contract instructor programs for youth, teens, and adults. Alamo also hosts a toddler sports program, karate, dance programs, and special events. The facility consists of a multipurpose room, computer lab, a kitchen and an office. The park includes a playscape, multi-use field, Gaga pit, and a covered, lighted basketball court.
Located in historic Central Fire Station No. 1, the Austin Fire Museum features 19th to 21st Century uniforms, photographs, and memorabilia from the firefighters of Austin. Operated by the Austin Fire Museum Hook & Ladder Society.
Established in 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center's (ANSC) mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Centrally located on the western edge of Zilker Park in the Zilker Nature Preserve, the ANSC offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community in and around Austin. The site hosts homeschool groups, family events, environmentally focused camps, and adventure programs.
Disc golf may not have started in Austin, but it sometimes feels that way. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is proud to host 5 disc golf courses, including Bartholomew Park, the oldest course in Texas still open. Other courses can be found at Zilker Metropolitan Park, Mary Moore Searight Park, Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park, and the newest course at Davis Spring Special Park. Click here to learn more about disc golf in Austin (PDF, 2011).
The Austin Recreation Center offers year round activities, events, and classes for children and adults. Adult programs include American Karate, The Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG), Austin Shotokan Karate, Badminton, Chen-style Tai Chi (Taijiquan), Jazzercise, Volleyball, Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, Weight Room, Writers Group, Yoga, and Austin Society of Karate.
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin.
Volunteer Opportunities at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs for youth and teens, adults and 50+ / seniors at our Community Recreation Centers. Youth programs include camps, sports, art clubs, teen events, toddler sports, and youth sports hosted year round. Adult and senior classes include anything from arts and crafts and aerobics to pickleball, citywide events and field trips. Recreation Centers provide a comprehensive menu of activities and events for all ages and abilities to come together, connect with each other and create community through various experiences.
Danny G. McBeth Recreation Center and Annex, located in Zilker Park, provides social opportunities through quality programs that challenge, support and teach leisure skills for the citizens of Austin with differing abilities. Year round programs for youth, teens and adults are offered through our after school explorers, spring break, summer day camps, Good Neighbor Adventure Club and adult enrichment programs.
Delores Duffie Recreation Center and gymnasium offer year round classes, workshops, special events, tournaments, performances, demonstrations.
Dittmar Recreation center promotes individual and community wellness that enhances the quality of life by unleashing the human potential through services and programs that meet the emotional, social and physical needs of the far South Austin community.
The Dottie Jordan Recreation Center offers activities for youth, teens, and senior citizens. The park consists of a multi-use field, a playscape, two-lighted tennis courts, a lighted basketball court, a walking trail, one multi-purpose room, kitchen/computer lab area, a community garden, and a swimming pool.
Experience the dynamic environment of Austin’s oldest community arts venue through provocative theater, music and dance performances, intriguing art exhibits, lively Date Nights, and a robust studio arts program for youth and adults. Discover why the Dougherty Arts Center has been the Heart of the Arts in Austin since 1978. We support emerging through established artists by creating opportunities to showcase work and experience art first hand.
Eastwoods Splash Pad is a splash pad located at 3001 Harris Park Blvd. in Austin, Texas. View all City of Austin pools and splash pads.
The Elisabet Ney Museum is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, special events, workshops and lectures throughout the year.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7:00am to 10:00pm. The park features open space, camp sites, boat ramps, reservable picnic table sites and a designating swimming area.
ALERT! - Due to the current stay at home order, all campsites are closed until April 13. Conditions subject to change/extension.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center is closed for renovations. The project is anticipated to last approximately 12 months, and the center is scheduled to reopen in early 2020.
For up to date information on programming arrangements, click here, or contact staff at 512-974-3840.
Givens Recreation Center offers enriching programs for toddlers, youth, teens, and adults as well as holiday special events for the community. The recreation center is located in the heart of historic and vibrant East Austin, part of the Givens District Park, and houses a full-size gymnasium, multipurpose room, kitchen facility, weight room, and game room/lobby. The park grounds are home to the Givens Neighborhood Swimming Pool, pavilion, two lighted tennis courts, basketball court, playscape, and two softball fields.
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.
Hancock Recreation Center offers youth programs for ages 3-13 including a Tiny Tot Program, After School Program, camp days, and summer camps for youth and teens. Hancock Recreation sits in the middle of the beautiful Hancock Golf Course. The recreation center features a ballroom with hardwood floors, a kitchen, and three classrooms. Located on the grounds are a basketball court, covered playground, picnic tables and a small sports field.
Lake Walter E. Long is located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park at 6614 Blue Bluff Road. The 1,200 acre lake features open spaces for boating, jet skis, swimming, two sand volleyball courts, picnic sites, tables, grills, walking, running, biking and restrooms available throughout the park.
The Lorraine "Grandma" Camacho Activity Center offers year round activities and events for children and adults.
Metz Recreation Center offers a wide variety for youth, adults and community events. Youth programs include after school, girl scouts, youth sport clinics and leagues,cooking, arts and crafts and ballet folklorico. Adult programs include senior program, quilting and crocheting, sport leagues and tournaments, workshops, Karate for youth and adults and Core Exercise Class for teens and adults.
Montopolis Recreation Center and park, contains a gymnasium, kitchen, boxing room, two meeting rooms, shower and dressing room facilities, playscape, swimming pool and a lighted softball/football field.
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.
The Old Bakery & Emporium is a historic building located in Downtown Austin. Local artists and crafts people keep the Emporium full of unique and one of a kind items. This is our consignment shop. We provide a Visitor Information Center, Art Gallery exhibiting local artists 50 or better and houses the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection.
The Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center offers a variety of year-round recreation and leisure programs for youth, teens, adults and seniors. Such activities include youth and adult sports, Youth Boxing, Totally Cool Totally Art teen program, After School programs, Day Camps, Spring Break and Summer Camps, and Community Special Events like the Hillside Summer Concert Series, Annual Halloween Carnival, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and Cookies with Santa. The Oswaldo A.B.
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center offers programs which focus on cultural and athletic activities for youth, adult sports and leisure activities, teen activities, Totally Cool Totally Art and special events. Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center is a Capital Improvement Project approved by voters in the 1992 Bond Election. The center is named in honor of General Ignacio Zaragoza, commander of the Mexican forces that routed the French Army on Cinco de Mayo in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.
Pickfair Community Center hosts a variety of recreational and leisure activities for the far Northwest Austin community, utilizing the old fire department building as a "micro-gym" and an additional room as an activity and meeting space.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department currently operates two skate parks - one in Mabel Davis District Park and the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park at 1213 Shoal Creek Boulevard next to Austin Recreation Center.
Located in South Austin minutes from Zilker Park, the South Austin Recreation Center offers year round special events and programs for tiny tots, youth, adults and seniors.
The Center is located on 10 acres in South Austin just south of Oltorf off Cumberland Dr. The facility includes an indoor basketball gym, stage, large meeting room, kitchen and lobby open to the public for pool and ping pong. Outdoor park amenities include outdoor basketball court, two lit tennis courts, picnic area, playscape and lighted ball fields.
The South Austin Senior Activity Center (SASAC) functions as a special use resource facility for persons 50 years of age and older.
Southern Walnut Creek Trail is a nature lover’s delight. Located in East Austin, this beautiful twisting and turning maze of trees and foliage is the city’s newest recreation resource for hikers, joggers and bicyclists.
The Turner-Roberts Recreation Center offers recreational and leisure opportunities for Northeast area residents. Programs include: cultural arts, sports, community/family events, life skills, recreation leagues and numerous classes. Inclusive programs for youth with special needs are also offered. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center is an 18,700 square-foot facility that includes the 7,700 square-foot Danny L. Thomas Sr. gymnasium, offices, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room, an arts and crafts room, a weight room, a computer room, a kitchen facility and a corridor art gallery.
Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center sits on 15 acres of land in the heart of the St. John's neighborhood in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35 and south of U.S. Highway 183 and offers youth, teen, adult, and senior programs and a range of special events. The center consists of a lobby area, one activity room, a full size kitchen and shares the use of the gymnasium with the J.J. Pickle Elementary School.
Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 28 acres nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, Zilker Botanical Garden is often called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Riparian Streambed, and Rose Garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds, while the Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates a Cretaceous habitat filled with plants from the time of the dinosaurs.
Zilker Theatre Productions
The Zilker Hillside Theater is committed to creating accessible opportunities for all members of the community to engage and collaborate in the performing arts.
Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most-loved park." This 351-acre metropolitan park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities, facilities and special events for individuals and families.