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 2014 Dates
01 - Summer camp registration Session I & II OPEN
01 - 29 Registration: Sports Park Men's & Co-ed Softball League
10 - CO-ED Softball Tournament @ Sports Park
26 - Memorial Day* Event Veterans Park- * City offices closed
    9:30am march from HEB to the park, commemorative speeches after the parade.
31 - Bikes for Tikes Ride Linear Park 9am-11:30am-                           bring your own helmet
6      CycloBia Nights! 7pm -11pm biking, reclovia's, bike raffle and more!
6 - 7 Registration: Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim (session I 6/9 - 6/19)
09 - Summer Camp Begins RC & Gonzalez Park 9am - 4pm
10 - Mobile Rec Tour Kick off Fiesta @ Galaxia Park 10am - 12pm
12 - Mobile Rec @ Garfield Park 10am - 12pm (Water Day)
16 - Mobile Rec @ Windwood Park 10am - 12pm (Water Day)
18 - Mobile Rec @ Edelstein Park 10am - 12pm (Water Day)
20 - Mobile Rec BLOCK PARTY@ Las Brisas 4pm - 8pm
21 - Registration: Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim (session II 6/23 - 7/3)
26 - Mobile Rec BLOCK PARTY@ Ruiz Park 4pm - 8pm
28 - Registration: Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim (session III 7/7 - 7/17)
30 - Mobile Rec @ Buena Vida Housing Authority 10am - 12pm (Water Day)
4* - Independence Day Fireworks at the Sports Park   * City offices closed
19 - Registration: Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim (session IV 7/21 - 7/31)