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LOCATIONS

Asian American Resource Center Building

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.

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.

Since 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center has provided hands-on nature exhibits, education programs and recreation activities for countless visitors, teachers and children of all ages that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the ANSC is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.

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.

The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center houses the Splash! into the Edwards Aquifer exhibit, rotating exhibits in the central rotunda, and partners with the Austin Nature & Science Center to offer educational programs. Our mission is to foster stewardship of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer through education.

Volunteer Opportunities at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center

Photo collage of volunteers filming, greeting, and working with youth.

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park is located at 614 Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.

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 provides social opportunities through quality programs that challenge, support and teach leisure skills for the citizens of Austin with differing abilities. The center offers year-round programs for youth, teens, and adults.

The center was named after Danny G. McBeth who was active in advocating for rights and services for individuals with disabilities. The site has been providing inclusive and adaptive programs since February 1986.

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.

Dougherty Arts Center

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.

POLKAPOCALYPSE 2020!  

We’re sorry but the Elisabet Ney Museum is CLOSED until further notice per City of Austin COVID 19 directives.

In the meantime, scroll below for links to find out more about:

· POLKAPOCALYPSE 2020!  

· SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

· Suffrage activities and curriculum

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, reservation based picnic table sites and a designating swimming area.

ALERT! - COVID19 CLOSURES - closures and updates

VEHICLE entry passes online resume October 16 to aid customers with planning their visit to the park.

 

The George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center opened its doors on March 28, 1998 to provide citizens of the Dove Springs community recreational and educational resources.

This facility is closed.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Carver will be closed to the public beginning on Friday, July 3. Read more here.

Exterior of Carver Museum with the slogan "Our People. Our History. Our Culture."

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.

ALERT! - COVID19 CLOSURES - closures and updates

VEHICLE entry passes online resume October 16 to aid customers with planning their visit to the park.

The Lorraine "Grandma" Camacho Activity Center offers year round activities and events for children and adults.

CLOSURE NOTICE

​​​​​​In light of public health concerns due to COVID-19, the Camacho Activity Center is closed until further notice. Please check the closure page for updates regarding this and other Austin Parks and Recreation Department facilities. Check back for updates on our programs. 

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.

Collage of images left to right: O. Henry House front facade in original location, Art and the Bronco text on pavement, Porter family photograph

Our little one-story house is closing down for renovation. The O. Henry House should be back and better than ever in early 2021. Follow us on FB to get updates and look behind the scenes as we progress!

The Chapel is a visitor center where we can, as an act of remembrance, learn about our cultural heritage through the people who were buried in the surrounding cemetery. Genealogy reveals our forebearers' influence on the past and future. We share and collect individual narratives to create a framework for the collective human story.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Old Bakery Emporium will be closed to the public beginning Friday, July 3.

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.

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.


Renaming the Recreation Center

The Rodolfo "Rudy" Mendez Recreation Center was recently named to honor a pillar of East Austin, Rudy Mendez. Learn more about the process and about Rudy.

The Senior Activity Center – Lamar offers instructed classes, health and wellness programs, educational seminars, workshops, trips, dances, volunteer opportunities, support groups, special events, meeting space and private rental 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.

                                                                              South 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 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 Parks and Recreation Department maintains several types of trails for hiking, biking, skating and other activities. View the trail directory to see the location and usage types of all City-maintained trails. Use the Parks GIS Viewer to find a trail near your location.

The Zilker Botanical Garden has reopened, subject to ongoing restrictions and possible reclosures based on CDC and Austin Public Health guidelines.

Please check the Closure page for update.

Actors in colorful costumes performing a musical number from The Little Mermaid
Zilker Theatre Productions

About

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.