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
April After School Calendar

April 01    Summer Camp Online Registration opens -                        create a RecDesk account 1X it easy!
                             pay and register all online 
April 02    Easter Egg Hunt Portway Acres Neighborhood
                       6pm - 8:30pm       Egg Hunt at 7pm
April 06    Men's League Basketball Registration Opens                           4/6 - 5/15     18+ years of age 
April 06    Women's League Basketball Registration Opens 
                          4/6 - 5/15     18+ years of age
April 06    Little Dribblers Basketball Registration Opens
                  4/6 - 5/15  boys and girls ages 3 & 4
April 19    EARTHFEST @ Dean Porter Park
                              10:30 am - 3:30 pm
April 20    Youth Basketball 10U - 18U   Varsity