The Turner-Roberts Recreation Center has an environmentally friendly trait that features renewable building materials, energy-efficient heating, and a northern and southern exposure building orientation to maximize energy savings.
The original funding for the Turner-Roberts Recreation Center was made possible by the 1998 City of Austin Bond Initiative which was approved by the voters of Austin. The Turner-Roberts Recreation Center offers recreational and leisure opportunities for Northeast area residents. Programs include: cultural arts, sports, community/family events, life skills, recreation leagues and numerous classes. Inclusive programs for youth with special needs are also offered.
Turner-Roberts Recreation Center is an 18,700 square-foot facility that includes the 7,700 square-foot Danny L. Thomas Sr. gymnasium, offices, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room, an arts and crafts room, a weight room, a computer room, a kitchen facility and a corridor art gallery. In 2011, a stand-alone building containing a gymnasium and a state of the art kitchen was added to the park.
Modeled as a free, after-school, arts education program, TCTA maintains a strong mentoring component both before the classes with recreation center staff and during the classes, where teens work alongside professional artists. Helping teens connect with role models in the community, the program reinforces their positive choices, gives them new experiences, builds respect and trust, keeps them out of trouble during high-risk after-school hours and improves their skills in creative expression, communication, teamwork and arts appreciation.