Austin Recreation Center

The Austin Recreation Center offers year round activities, events, and classes for children and adults. Adult programs include American Karate, The Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG), Austin Shotokan Karate, Badminton, Chen-style Tai Chi (Taijiquan), Jazzercise, Volleyball, Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, Weight Room, Writers Group, Yoga, and Austin Society of Karate.

The center houses a 7000 sq. ft. gymnasium with six basketball goals and 2 lined volleyball courts. Other amenities include a 700 sq. ft dance studio with mirrors and bars, a kitchen/meeting space, arts and crafts room, meeting room, weight room and shower facilities.

​​​​​​Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the Center is closed  to the public.  Please check the Closure page for update.

Open-Play Badminton Reservation (PDF)



Historical Information

The first organized recreation center in Austin was the privately owned Austin Athletic Club, built in 1923, by William T. Caswell. In 1931. Mr. Caswell sold the club to the City of Austin for "a small remuneration". The name of the center was officially changed to the Austin Recreation Center in 1970. After substantial damage, due to the Memorial Day flood of 1981 that center was closed after the existing center was built and opened in 1986.

Austin Recreation Center Gym

Austin Recreation Center