The Austin Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities wherein all individuals are accepted, included and welcomed to participate, play and recreate together. Individuals interested in additional services are encouraged to request modifications to participate in our programs.

Celebrating Diversity. Creating Inclusion.

The Inclusion Unit embraces the diversity that defines Austin.  We encourage all, no matter their ability, disability, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, veteran status, color, national origin, sex, age, income status or religion to reach out to us so that we may assist you in participating in recreational activities in Austin PARD.  The Inclusion unit strives to create safe and supportive environments for ALL in our recreation programs, activities, experiences and natural spaces.

Inclusion Staff

Should you or a family member have a disability or special need that requires assistance for participation in our programs, please know that Inclusion Coordinators are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.  They can help perform assessments and develop recommendations for successful participation in all Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities. For additional information about the services our staff provide, please contact:

Inclusion Supervisor: Kipa Smith
Inclusion Coordinator: Laurel Heizelman
Inclusion Coordinator: Emmanuel Turner

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. To make a request, please call 512-974-3914.