About Parks and Recreation

The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) offers high quality recreational opportunities to the citizens of the City of Brownsville. Beginning with the construction of Washington Park in 1919, the City of Brownsville continues to play an important role in the quality of life that Brownsville’s citizens and visitors enjoy.  The department is staffed by over 110 full and part time personnel assigned to eight divisions: Parks Division, Recreation Division, Aquatics Division, Brownsville Sports Park, Brownsville Events Center, Brownsville Golf Center, Ringgold Civic Pavilion and the Historic City Cemetery.


The department manages 30 parks encompassing over 1,000 acres of parkland, features 23 miles of hike/bike trails, 3 gymnasiums and pools, 50 buildings and structures, over 55 athletics fields, and the newly constructed Catherine Stillman Dog Park.  Brownsville PARD has recently become one of the fastest growing Parks and Recreation Departments in the State of Texas and boasts several facilities that have received state recognition.  With an increased amount of community volunteers and fund raising events, the department has been able to provide more community outreach. On any given day, city residents and visitors can watch or participate in soccer, baseball, football, softball, mountain biking, golf, volleyball, kickball, swimming, and (new in 2011) disc golf.   


Mission Statement
"The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing quality recreational services, facilities, and programs necessary for the positive development and well being of the community and the improvement of the quality of life for all residents."

Supporting Our Community Schools

 Important 2014 Dates
05 -  BPD National Night Out @ Sports Park and Mobile Recreation Unit
11- Mobile Recreation Block Party 4-7pm Rockwell Manor
13- Mobile Recreation @ Cunningham Apartments
15- Last day of Summer Camp- Gonzalez Park & Rec Center
15 - Mobile Recreation Finale @ Washington Park
22 - Downtown CycloBia 7pm-11pm biking, reclovia's and more
25 - Back to School; After School care starts
22 - Celebration SpaceX at the Brownsville Sports Park 
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Volunteers for Halloween event needed

04 - Beer Fest @ Dean Porter Park 

Brownsville Beerfest

10-12 Downtown Latin Jazz Festival
11 - MS Walk at the Brownsville Event Center
29 - Halloween Event @1338 E. 8th St

09- RISA Rio Grande Science and Arts Festival @ Dean Porter Park
24 - Holiday Village Grande Opening
01 - Washington Park Lighting Event
14 - CycloBia
23 - Breakfast with Santa for Recreation Participants