Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center sits on 15 acres of land in the heart of the St. John's neighborhood in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35 and south of U.S. Highway 183 and offers youth, teen, adult, and senior programs and a range of special events. The center consists of a lobby area, one activity room, a full size kitchen and shares the use of the gymnasium with the J.J. Pickle Elementary School.

pened on January 27, 2002, the St. John's Community Center is a first time collaboration between the City of Austin and the Austin Independent School District. The center houses the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the Austin Police Department, the Austin Public Library, Health and Human Services, three joint use conference rooms, as well as the J.J. Pickle Elementary School. Today, St. John's is a diverse community, which is rich in history and tradition.

 

Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the Center is closed  to the public effective Monday, March 16th .  Please check the Closure page for update.

 

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    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 Parks and Recreation Department Co-Ed Youth Sports are structures to be safe, recreational league aimed at beginner to intermediate players.

    • Youth Winter Basketball
    • Youth Spring Soccer
    • Youth Summer Basketball
    • 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 Program
    • Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA)

     

    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 Fundamentals 

     

    Adult and 50+ Programs 

    The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of 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.

     

    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.

    • Spring Fling

    Open Play and Weightroom Hours

    Open Play Basketball: Monday - Thursday 3:30 pm - 9pm; Friday 3:30pm - 6pm; Saturday 10am - 4pm 

    Weight Room Hours: Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9pm; Friday 3:30pm - 6pm; Saturday 10am - 4pm 

     


    Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center Staff


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