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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.

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, Kickball, Sahaja Meditation, Scrabble Club, Volleyball, Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, Weight Room, Writers Group and Yoga. Our Youth Programs include Austin Society of Karate and Dance Associates.

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. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years.

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

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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. McBeth Adaptive Sports Programs provide individuals of all abilities the opportunity to improve sports skills, build confidence, and engage with peers and to participate in Special Olympics area and state competitions. Year round sports offered include: Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Aquatics, Bocce, Golf, Bowling, Soccer and Volleyball. Special events include the Art in the Park Festival in the spring, Costume Ball and Carnival in October and monthly dances. Volunteers may assist in many of these program areas.

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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.

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.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s 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.

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.

Exhibits | Events | Education | Latino Artist Access Program (LAAP) | Rentals | Caminos | Get Involved | Advisory BoardEmma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, photos of Dancer, a Painting, Children Playing and MusiciansThe Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and Latino cultures. 

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The Givens Park is located in East Austin. The Park houses the recreation center, neighborhood swimming pool, pavilion, two lighted tennis courts, playscape, a large picnic area, and two softball fields. Givens Recreation Center consists of a full size gymnasium, meeting/dance room, weight / boxing room, kitchen, and administrative offices.  Givens Recreation Center offers Youth, Teen, Totally Cool Totally Art and Adult Programs as well as Special Events.

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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. Our Community events we have are Movie under the Stars, Community Easter Egg Hunt, Cinco De Mayo, Pre 4th of July Celebration, Diez y Sies, Community Halloween Carnival, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Night Before Christmas with Santa. Please Call for days and times.

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

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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. Cantu/Pan Am Recreation Center also offers a variety of contract classes such as our Adult Capoeira Class, Ballet Folklorico, Tae-Kwon-Do, and more.

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.

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.  Some of the adult programs offered include kickball, karate and volleyball.  Youth programs include camps, afterschool, gymnastics, Totally Cool Totally Art, flag football, indoor soccer, basketball, tball/coach pitch, outdoor soccer and volleyball. 

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.

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 front of museum with flags and historical marker; stereoscope card featuring Colorado River flood in 1869; image of courtyard

Discover the home of the “Messenger of the Alamo” in the heart of downtown Austin

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 Turner-Roberts Recreation Center has an environmentally friendly trait that features renewable building materials, energy-efficient heating, and a northern and southern exposure building orientation to maximize energy savings.

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 26 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. Featuring heritage live oaks set into a hillside, the Garden offers a lush, shady respite perfect for an urban get-away stroll.

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The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater is located across from another of Austin’s celebrated wonders - Barton Springs Pool. Zilker Hillside Theater has been home to engaging events, shows and concerts for over 50 years. 

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.