Northwest Recreation Center offers year round activities and programs for youth and adults as well as sports leagues and special events. The beautifully remodeled center contains: full court gymnasium, fitness studio, arts and crafts room, meeting room, multi-purpose room, teen room and a lobby with free wifi, ping pong, chess and foosball. Located on the grounds are: playscape, large grassy field, sand volleyball court, disc golf basket, horseshoe pit, and picnic tables.

Northwest Recreation Center opened in 1979 and was named for the area of town for which it is located. In 2006, Austin voters approved Proposition 3 – Parks and Parkland bond, issuing $84.7 million to construct, renovate, improve and equip public parks, recreation centers, natural areas and related facilities. Among those was the expansion and improvement of Northwest Recreation Center. The project included additional 7,500 sq ft to expand the center with modern amenities accommodating the growing Northwest Austin community. The center reopened its doors after renovations on July 9th, 2011 to a larger “green” facility located in Northwest Austin near the corner of Northland Drive (2222) and Mopac (Loop 1).

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

We are excited to announce the launch of Summer Camp 2021. In accordance with federal, state and local health authorities, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has adopted a series of modified guidelines to ensure COVID19 health and safety measures are met. Such guidelines include the use of masks, daily wellness screenings prior to entry, utilization of the pod model, and other modifications to activities within camp. 

Beginning June 7
Virtual “Stay Creative” Summer Camp

Beginning June 21
In-person Summer Camp (nature, art, general)

Beginning July 6
Summer Playground Program 

New this year is the introduction of a lottery system.  The lottery system will help us more equitably offer limited spaces to families. To ensure a smooth registration process, please read the important information below regarding the new lottery registration process for 2021. CLICK HERE for lottery enrollment step-by-step procedures.


April 19 - May 16
Registration for all families. 
To register, please go to:

May 19 
Specialty Camps (Nature Based, Inclusion and Museums and Cultural Centers) will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp.

May 26
General Recreation Camps will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp. Be on the lookout for an email or phone call as parents will have a very short turnaround time to confirm spots.

All individuals selected for camp will be asked to pay a $20 deposit for all selected weeks to ensure enrollment. The Department has made all deposits refundable this year.

Financial aid applications are being accepted.

Parks and Recreation staff is looking forward to providing a fun and meaningful summer program experience for your family that will prioritize the health and well-being of all campers and staff. Should you have any questions, please contact the recreation center where you registered. 

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. Should you or a family member have a disability or special need that requires assistance for participation in our programs, please call 512-974-3914 or refer to:

Virtual Programs

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

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.


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.

  • Spring / Fall Soccer
  • Summer / Winter Basketball
  • Soccer Shots


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
  • Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA)
  • Teen After School


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

  • Toddler FUN League

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.

  • Jazzercise
  • Nooners Basketball Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Capoeira
  • Pickle Ball Open Play


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.

  • Bunny Bonanza
  • Kite Festival
  • Storytime with Santa



Open Play and Weight Room Hours

Open Play Basketball: Saturdays, 11 am - 2 pm

Weight room hours- Limited hours please call for more information.

Program Documents and Forms

Virtual Programs Release Form

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)

Video Tour of Northwest Recreation Center



Northwest Recreation Center Staff

 Ben Rustenhaven Site Supervisor

 Herbert Smith Program Specialist

  Erik Granados Program Specialist

Vacant - Administrative Associate