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Inclusion Unit

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities wherein all individuals are accepted, included and welcomed to participate, learn and grow together. Individuals with a disability are encouraged to request accommodations or services if needed to participate in our programs.

Inclusion Staff

Inclusion support service staff are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who help perform assessments and develop recommendations for successful participation in all Parks and Recreation Department programs. For additional information about the services our staff provide, please contact:

Inclusion Supervisor: Kipa Smith
Coordinator: Sandra Heath
Coordinator: Sara Jones

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.



Permanent concessions are eligible for a contract of a year or more and generally have a permanent structure. The department currently manages 11 permanent concession contracts.

Facility Reservations

The Parks and Recreation Department's Office of Special Events coordinates reservations and filming requests at a number of facility and picnic sites within the Austin parks system. Contact the office at 512-974-6797 to set up a facility reservation

PARD uses GIS for asset and maintenance management, park planning and design, parkland dedication, community gardens, mowing schedules and locations, navigational features, forestry, historic resources and more.

Instructional Contractors at Recreation Facilities

The Department utilizes independent contract instructors to provide unique programming services at its recreational facilities. 

Download your Independent Contract Instructor's Handbook to learn more about the process or download a

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department provides an online class schedule. You may search the site by location or by category and sort to find a particular program.

View the Pools and Splash Pads page to find the schedule of open dates and hours of operation for specific pools. View pool fees and rentals for information on daily fees, season passes and pool rentals.

Reserve Parkland for Commercial Use

The department has observed a growing demand for use of City parklands by a variety of private commercial entities. Download the Commercial Use of Dedicated Parkland Application. View frequently asked questions about commercial use o

Swimming Lessons and Instruction

Swim lessons are available for students ages 6 months to adult. Lifeguard training classes are available for persons 15 years of age and older, while water safety instructor training classes are available for persons 16 years of age or older who wish to apply to work for the Aquatic Division.

Contact the Aquatics Office at 512-974-9331 for more information.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is fortunate to have volunteers who execute youth sports programs on behalf of the City. View the Youth Sports Austin website for information on available youth sports in the Austin area.