Parks & 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 8 divisions:
  • Parks Division
  • Recreation Division,
  • Aquatics Division
  • Brownsville Sports Park,
  • Brownsville Events Center
  • Brownsville Golf Center
  • Ringgold Civic Pavilion
  • Historic City Cemetery.

Parks, Trails, Fields & Other Facilities

The Department manages 34 parks encompassing over 1,000 acres of parkland, features 32 miles of hike/bike trails, 3 gymnasiums and pools, 50 buildings and structures, over 55 athletics fields, and the 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 such as our KaBOOM playground build sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas and the National Recreation and Parks Society Crowdfunding grant for a disc golf course at Monte Bella Park, the department has been able to provide more community outreach.

Fall Events

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament Info
Veterans Day Silent March information 2016
1st Pumpkin Patch at Dean Porter Park
Haunted Trails event at Resaca De La Palma
Decorated cars and Halloween candy
After School Recreation Program Info
On any given day, city residents and visitors can watch or participate in soccer, baseball, football, softball, mountain biking, golf, volleyball, kickball, swimming, disc golf, hike and bicycling our ever expanding beautiful trail system.

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."

Recent Vandalism

Please help to keep our parks from being vandalized. Sadly some people had little better to do than destroy some new benches, bike rack, and sandbox cover at the KaBOOM Site Prax Orive Jr. Park. For your information, all parks have a curfew at 10 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; and 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Please report  disturbances at 956-548-7000.