Since 1979, Givens Recreation Center has been serving the vibrant and historic community of East Austin. Located in the heart of the eastside, both the recreation center and the 40-acre park it resides in are named in memory of the legacy of Dr. Everett H. Givens (1888-1962), dentist, World War I veteran, and beloved civic leader. Givens Recreation Center continues Dr. Givens’ work by creating opportunities for all Austinites to take part in City of Austin programs and services and providing access to recreational facilities including a full-size gymnasium, multipurpose room, kitchen facility, weight room, and game room/lobby. The recreation center offers enriching programming for toddlers, youth, teens, and adults, as well as special holiday event for the community. The extensive park grounds are home to the Givens Neighborhood Swimming Pool, Martin Banks Pavilion, two lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic tables, playscape, multipurpose field, and softball field.

​​​​​Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the Center is closed  to the public effective Monday, March 16th .  Please check the Closure page for update.

Summer Program Registration Postponement

Due to the unknown, future status of COVID-19 infections and vaccine distribution, summer programming for both Austin Parks and Recreation Department's (PARD) summer camps and aquatic (pool) programming is delayed. 

Typically, registration for summer camps begins in February and aquatic (pool) programming in April. While the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine continues to evolve and provide hope for the future, the unknown length of the local Stage 5 Risk declaration provides uncertainty as it relates to summer program planning.

The postponement allows PARD, in cooperation with the Austin Public Health Department, to consider the local characteristics of the virus as vaccine distribution evolves. At the appropriate local Risk Stage, PARD can offer in-person programs safely; however, this timeframe is not yet known. Delaying registration until there is a path forward for the safe delivery of programming can eliminate concerns related to program cancelations and refunds.

At this time, PARD has not determined new registration dates for summer programs. PARD intends to notify families prior to registration dates to allow ample preparation time. PARD continues to work closely with state and local health authorities to make operational decisions that ensure both the health and safety of participants, families, and PARD employees.

PARD continues to offer free, virtual lesson plans and activities that families can access on PARD's YouTube channel - Updates on summer programming will be released as conditions change. 

Food Programs

Virtual Programs

Stay Active with Austin Parks and Recreation’s online Virtual Programing!

Stay Playful with our Virtual Afterschool Clubs

Out-Of-School Time Youth Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that foster Youth Development in a safe and caring environment. We believe in creating opportunities for youth that expose them to critical thinking and leadership development while helping explore interest through enhancements, arts, and active play. Come and experience the spectrum of opportunities with the Parks and Recreation Youth Programs.

  • Afterschool Kids Club         
  • Parents Night Out
  • Camp Days and Spring Break Camp
  • Boredom Busters
  • Youth Summer Camp

Youth Sports

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round co-ed youth sports that teach fundamentals and stress sportsmanship. Our seasonal leagues provide a safe recreational setting structured for a beginner to intermediate player. Lead by volunteer coaches, games are noncompetitive in order to emphasize teamwork and physical fitness. 


Teen Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that encourage Youth Development through outdoor exploration, the arts, critical thinking, and leadership development.

Adult and 50+ Programs 

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of Senior Programs and Services for adults and people 50 years of age and older. We are committed to providing an environment that encourages active and healthy lifestyles through recreational and educational programs and services.

Community and Special Events

The Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities for families, friends and neighbors to come together and socialize, meet new people, enhance existing relationships, and create community.


Open Play and Weightroom Hours

Open Play Basketball: Monday 9am - 8:45am; Tuesday 12pm - 6pm; Wednesday - Friday 9am - 6pm; Saturday 10am - 4pm; Sunday 12pm - 1:30pm

Weight Room Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 8:45pm; Saturday 10am - 4pm; Sunday 12pm - 2:30pm

Program Documents and Forms

Virtual Programs Release Forms (PDF)

Adult Registration Form (PDF)

Youth Registration Form (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - English (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - Spanish (PDF)

Parent Handbook - English (PDF)

Parent Handbook - Spanish (PDF)

Facility and Grounds Rental Information

User Guide and Rental Agreement

Givens Recreation Center Staff

Jason Miller Recreation Supervisor

Johnny Saldaña Program Coordinator

Lanelle Jarmon Program Specialist

Tameisha Carter Program Specialist

Adrian Castro Program Specialist

Fabiola López-Nevárez Administrative Associate

Glenn Guy Building & Grounds Assistant



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