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 provides clean, safe,  memorable environments in accordance with maintenance standards that exceed users' expectations and provide an enjoyable experience."

      Important 2015 Dates
Nov 14     Build it With KaBOOM! 8am Prax Orive Jr. Park
Nov 23    Holiday Village Opening Ceremony 6pm

Dec 02    Washington Tree Lighting Ceremony 6pm


KaBOOM Site Prax Orive Jr Park
Thank you KaBOOM, BlueCross BlueShield of TX, City Staff, and all 250+ volunteers making this happen in 6 hours!