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."

      Important 2015 Dates
04           National Night Out at the Brownsville Sports Park 6 pm - 10 pm
14            Design Day for Playground grant at Prax Orive Jr. Park  
14            CycloBia Nights  Downtown 7 Pm - 11 pm
16           Public Swim Last Day Sams Pool
21           Last day of Summer Camp
24 - 28   Maintenance Week at the Rec Centers - NO AFTER SCHOOL @ Gonzalez Park, Oliveria Park, or                                the Rec Center ALL  sites are Closed for annual maintenance repairs. 
25            NRPA Fund Your Parkdisc golf campaign begins
31           AFTER SCHOOL Care Opens at Gonzalez Park and the Rec Center