Givens Recreation Center offers enriching programs for toddlers, youth, teens, and adults as well as holiday special events for the community. The recreation center is located in the heart of historic and vibrant East Austin, part of the Givens District Park, and houses a full-size gymnasium, multipurpose room, kitchen facility, weight room, and game room/lobby. The park grounds are home to the Givens Neighborhood Swimming Pool, pavilion, two lighted tennis courts, basketball court, playscape, and two softball fields.

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

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Youth Out-Of-School Time Programs

Summer Camp Splash Party

The Parks and Recreation Department believes in creating opportunities for youth to discover more of their world within a safe and nurturing environment. We are committed to providing quality experiences that enhance youth leadership development, foster critical thinking skills, and allow youth to explore their interests through exposition to the arts, unique educational programming, and active play. Join us and see all the adventures you could have with the Parks and Recreation Youth Programs. Financial aid is available. 


Youth Sports

Kids playing soccer

At the Parks and Recreation Department our Co-Ed Youth Sports are for everyone. We structure our programs to be safe, recreational leagues aimed at developing the skills of beginner to intermediate players. Financial aid is available.


Teen Programs

Teen field trip to Lake Travis

The Parks and Recreation Department Teen Programs exist to encourage the development and personal expression in teens through outdoor exploration, the arts, critical thinking, and leadership development.


Adult Programs

Senior Health Day

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to encouraging our adults and people 50 years of age and older to live their fullest and most healthy and active life through a variety of recreational and educational programs and services.


Community & Special Events


  • Spring Fling
  • Community Fit Blast
  • Back-To-School Event
  • Howl-O-Scream
  • Thanksgiving Community Dinner
  • Winter Community Dinner
  • Movies in the Park


Weight Room & Open Gym Hours

During the school year, minors are not allowed in the recreation center prior to 2:30pm. You must be a minimum of 18 years old to use or be inside the weight room facilities. Our open gym hours are subject to seasonal changes, please call for more information. 

Open Gym Hours Weight Room Hours
Monday   9:00am - 8:45pm Monday   9:00am - 8:45pm 
Tuesday 12:00pm - 6:00pm Tuesday   9:00am - 8:45pm
Wednesday   9:00am - 6:00pm Wednesday   9:00am - 8:45pm
Thursday   9:00am - 6:00pm Thursday   9:00am - 8:45pm
Friday   9:00am - 6:00pm Friday   9:00am - 8:45pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 1:30pm Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm


Facility Rentals

If Givens Recreation Center might perfect for your next private or community event, information on our facilities and rental rates is available for view in our rental agreement (PDF). For information regarding availability, please call (512) 974-2430.


Givens Recreation Center Staff


Historical Information

On November 12, 1974, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to recommend to City Council that the name of Oak Springs Park be changed to Dr. Everett H. Givens Park. The City Council adopted the recommendation to rename the park in the memory of Dr. Givens, a well known East Austin dentist and civic leader. In September 1975, approval for construction of a large recreation center was given by the City Council. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board again voted unanimously to recommend to City Council that the new center be named the Dr. Everett H. Givens Recreation Center, and opened to the public on March 30, 1979.

Givens belt

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