The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of summer programs for children 5-12 years old, and some facilities provide preschool and teen programs. Whether you’re looking for active play, outdoor adventure, strategic games or cultural activities, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camps have something for everyone. PARD’s goal is to provide children with exciting experiences through structured recreation in a safe and welcoming environment. Emphasizing active participation and play, trained staff will guide your child through a variety of group activities, such as sports, swimming, hiking, geocaching, painting, performance, dance and more!
Please visit austintexas.gov/parksonline to familiarize yourself with our system. If you have any questions or concerns, visit our Account Creation, Online Registration & FAQ page prior to calling site staff.
Need assistance paying for summer camp? Apply for Financial Aid.
2020 Summer Operations and Programming Announcement
PARD is taking incremental steps to re-establish summer operations and programming for the 2020 season. PARD is working to ensure that recreational activities are offered in a healthy and safe manner and that the re-establishment of programming opportunities does not contribute to increased risks associated with COVID-19.
- Summer Programming and Operations
PARD developed a multi-level approach to youth summer programs based on current health authority recommendations, industry research, available staffing resources, and safety. In developing this approach, PARD considered available trained staff, CDC and local health recommendations, State of Texas Orders, American Camping Association COVID-19 specific guidelines, capacity for thorough and regular facility cleaning, support to City-wide initiatives, equity, and state and local Stay at Home Orders.
PARD will cancel and refund all paid summer camps for the entire summer. Modified summer program operations will be delayed until July 6, 2020.
- This four-week postponement serves to ready facilities, train staff regarding modified standard operating procedures to combat COVID-19 spread and is consistent with the current community risk rating.
PARD intends to offer free, modified summer camp programs at approximately 20 locations for City of Austin community members.
- Locations will be prioritized for east Austin communities;
- Flexible sessions will be offered to maximize availability;
- Programs will adhere to the current CDC and industry guidelines, capacity is limited to 16 to 24 campers per camp day (depending upon facility size);
- Registration processes will be announced in June.
While PARD wishes additional programming was possible, the Department is proud to offer a modified summer schedule that provides equitable access opportunities, on-line programming options, supports City of Austin initiatives, and meets all health related COVID-19 guidelines.