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
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            

Message from the Director

I believe...

We are committed to excellent customer service.

In being fair, transparent, and accountable.

In professional development for our employees - that all staff are professional, knowledgeable and well trained.

Environmental stewardship and the benefit parks have on each individual user and the community as a whole.

That healthy parks equal healthy people and parks play a key role in the economic impact to our beloved city.

All parks and programs we offer are inclusive, accessible to all, and age-friendly.

That our community should have a diversity of experiences offered through parks and recreation.

That our community helps us by being part of the solution and engages staff with their needs.

While we do the best we can with what we have, there is always room for improvement.

While we are on the path to making these beliefs a reality and improving the quality of life for our community it takes time, planning, and input in order to DO. 

As Bruce Lee said "Knowing is not enough, we must apply, willing is not enough, we must DO."

Your disc golf course still needs help! Learn more about it HERE and donate.