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

May 15    Little Dribblers Registration Closes
May 15    Learn 2 Swim Online Registration Opens
                              SAMS Pool Only*

*Family and Friends please understand that in the very near future very needed roof renovations will be commencing at several pool facilities and recreation centers.  It is due to many unknown variables of construction timelines that we are waiting to open registration and public swim|summer camp for 
Oliveira and Gonzalez Park Pools
Thank you for your patience and understanding!

May 25    Memorial Day:
 - SAMS POOL MEMORIAL DAY                       
   Summer Celebration 1pm-4pm swim for free
 - Memorial Day Silent March HEB (Central) to Veterans      Park 10am

June 08      Public Swim Opens SAMS POOL*
June 15      First Day of Summer Camp (Rec Center)
                   Other camp location TBA 
June 15       Learn to Swim Session 1 starts (6/15-26th)
   Mobile Recreation Unit 
June 16      Garfield Park 16th St. & Hayes 10am-12pm 
June 18      Galaxia Park 1501 Calle Espacio 10am-12pm
June 23      Edelstein Park 1155 E Polk St 10am-12pm
June 25      Windwood Park 420 Trailwind Way 10am-12pm
June 27       McNair Park GLOW BLOCK PARTY 6pm-8pm
June 30      Cameron Park 2100 Avenida Gregone 10am-12pm

July 04        Independence Day Celebration @                                     Brownsville Sports Park - fireworks @ dark
                 Family Friendly Events start at 6pm