The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Park Planning Division overseas acquisition of parkland and development of parkland. Many of the development projects are completed with assistance from community groups.
Apply for youth program scholarships and financial aid with the Parks and Recreation Department.
Permanent concessions are eligible for a contract of a year or more and generally have a permanent structure. The department currently manages 12 permanent concession contracts.
The Parks and Recreation Department's Office of Special Events coordinates reservations and filming requests at a number of facility and picnic sites within the Austin parks system. Contact the office at 512-974-6797 to set up a facility reservation
PARD uses GIS for asset and maintenance management, park planning and design, parkland dedication, community gardens, mowing schedules and locations, navigational features, forestry, historic resources and more.
The Department utilizes independent contract instructors to provide unique programming services at its recreational facilities.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department provides an online class schedule. You may search the site by location or by category and sort to find a particular program.
View the Pools and Splash Pads page to find the schedule of open dates and hours of operation for specific pools. View pool fees and rentals for information on daily fees, season passes and pool rentals.
The department has observed a growing demand for use of City parklands by a variety of private commercial entities. Go to Commercial Use of Dedicated Parkland webpage.
Swim lessons are available for students ages 6 months to adult. Lifeguard training classes are available for persons 15 years of age and older, while water safety instructor training classes are available for persons 16 years of age or older who wish to apply to work for the Aquatic Division.
Contact the Aquatics Office at 512-974-9330 for more information.