Hancock Recreation Center offers youth programs for ages 3-13 including a Tiny Tot Program, After School Program, camp days, and summer camps for youth and teens. Hancock Recreation sits in the middle of the beautiful Hancock Golf Course. The recreation center features a ballroom with hardwood floors, a kitchen, and three classrooms. Located on the grounds are a basketball court, covered playground, picnic tables and a small sports field.

The center was named after Lewis Hancock who brought golf to Austin in 1889. He along with 69 other Austinities formed the Austin Country Club. In 1946, the Austin Country Club found the need to move and sold the clubhouse and property to the City of Austin. The Country Club remained on site until 1951 while their new facility was being built. In 1951, the land was designated as dedicated park land and the building and golf course became open for use by the citizens of Austin.

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 Camp 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 - youtube.com/austincityparks. Updates on summer programming will be released as conditions change. 

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.

  • After School Program
  • School Year Camp Days
  • Youth Summer Camp
  • Teen Summer Camp
  • Teen Club
  • Parents' Night Out
  • Youth Karate

Youth Sports

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round co-ed youth sports that 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.

  • Youth Spring Soccer
  • Youth Fall Soccer
  • Toddler Sports FUNdamentals

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.

  • Teen Summer Program
  • Teen Club

Toddler Programming

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 to help explore interest through enhancements, arts, and active play.

  • Tiny Tots Program
  • Toddler Sports FUNdamentals 

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.

Fitness

  • Nia
  • Fit-N-Fun
  • Mid-day Yoga
  • Awareness Through Movement
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly Group

Dance

  • Austin International Folk Dance
  • Austin Ballroom Dance
  • Austin Barn Dance
  • Csardas (Hungarian) Dance
  • Scandinavian Dance
  • Austin English Country Dancers

Culture and Arts

  • Life Drawing
  • Central Texas Wood Carvers
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Group
  • Poetry Study Group
  • Tuesday Ukes

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.

  • Holiday Candlelight Trail
  • Hancock Neighborhood Association

Program Documents and Forms

Virtual Programs Release Form (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 (PDF)

Facility Closures Calendar (PDF)


Hancock Recreation Center Staff

Rick Kocian Site Supervisor

Rosa Ramirez Program Specialist

Denise Cavanaugh Program Specialist

Lucrecia White Administrative Associate

Reynaldo Guerrero Building and Grounds Assistant