Gus Garcia Recreation Center offers Youth, Teen, Adult and Senior Programs. Programs offered include: Summer Camp, Indoor Soccer, Bicycle Club, Summer Teen Scene, Senior-Citizen programs and Totally Cool Totally Art and Teen Club.
The Center (approximately 20,000 square feet) consists of a gymnasium with six basketball goals and a climbing rock wall. The facility also has a fitness center, a computer room, a tiny tot room and an aerobic/dance room.
The Gus Garcia Recreation Center had its grand opening on April 26, 2008, an event long anticipated by the North/Northeast community. The Gus Garcia Recreation Center and park were chosen as part of the 1998 bond election package to develop Austin’s parks and greenbelts. Construction was due to begin in 2001, but a downturn in the local economy forced delays. The City put the Gus Garcia Park and Recreation Center back on the list of budgeted projects in 2005, the original amount for funding was $5.5 million. The building was completed in March 2008. The center is named in honor of Gustavo “Gus” Garcia who dedicated more than three decades of his life to public service. He served as President of the Board of the Austin Independent School District, as a member of the Austin City Council, as Mayor Pro Tem and in 2001, was elected as Austin’s first Hispanic Mayor.