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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.

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.

In light of recent public health concerns, the Austin Nature & Science Center will remain closed. 

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

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.

Delores Duffie Recreation Center now sits in the middle of the old Bertram-Huppertz place, which Rudolph Bertram acquired in 1875. The older portion of the building was the residence of Mr. Bertram who was a local store-owner in 1921; 17 acres were sold to the City of Austin after Charles Huppertz, Mr. Bertram's son-in-law died. In 1929, an after-school playground and Center program began at Delores Duffie. The Parks and Recreation Department developed the land and park in the 1930's. Tennis courts, picnic area, bandstand, baseball field and open spaces were available to the public.

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,including Therapeutic Recreation programs for teens and adults with disabilities. 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.

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.

We’re sorry but the Elisabet Ney Museum is CLOSED until September 28, 2020 per City of Austin COVID 19 directives.

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

· SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

· Suffrage activities and curriculum

· Elisabet Ney: Art For Humanities Sake online exhibition

· Art activities and programming

· Online tours and other “Ney-ana,”

Stay Well and thank you!


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.

  • As of May, park patrons must obtain vehicle and walk/bike in day passes for Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park via an online registration system. See the park entry day use passes section for links and information.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the ESB-MACC is currently closed to the public. Read more here.

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."

Since 1979, Givens Recreation Center has been serving the vibrant and historic community of East Austin. Located in the heart of the eastside, both the recreation center and the 40-acre park it resides in are named in memory of the legacy of Dr. Everett H. Givens (1888-1962), dentist, World War I veteran, and beloved civic leader. Givens Recreation Center continues Dr.

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.


​​​​​​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.

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.

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!

Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16th. Please check the closure page for update.

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.

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 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. General Zaragoza was born in what is now Goliad, Texas. Suggestions from the neighborhood incorporated into this project include outdoor restrooms accessible from the park.

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 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 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.

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.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the projected trajectory of COVID related hospitalizations, Zilker Botanical Garden will be closed starting on July 3, 2020. 

For more information about purchasing tickets in advance once Zilker Botanical Garden reopens, updates, and more, please visit or

Actors in colorful costumes performing a musical number from The Little Mermaid
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.