Austin Recreation Center

The Austin Recreation Center offers year round activities, events, classes, and rental opportunities for youth and adults. Programs include youth karate, The Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG), Austin Shotokan Karate, open-play badminton, Chen-style Tai Chi (Taijiquan), Jazzercise, the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, and volleyball leagues run through Capital City Athletics.

The center houses a 7000 sq. ft. gymnasium with six basketball goals and 2 lined volleyball courts. Other amenities include a 700 sq. ft dance studio with mirrors and bars, a kitchen/meeting space, an enrichment room, a weight room, and locker rooms.

The first organized recreation center in Austin was the privately owned Austin Athletic Club, built in 1923, by William T. Caswell. In 1931. Mr. Caswell sold the club to the City of Austin for "a small remuneration". The name of the center was officially changed to the Austin Recreation Center in 1970. After substantial damage, due to the Memorial Day flood of 1981 that center was closed after the existing center was built and opened in 1986.

Programs and Information


The gym will be closed Tuesday (5/28) beginning at 6:45pm and all day Wednesday (5/29). 

The gym will re-open on Thursday (5/30) at 7:30am.

Open Play

  • The gymnasium, dance studio, cardio room, and weight room are open for public use. For availability, please give us a call at (512)-978-2370.
  • Gymnasium: Gym Schedule (PDF)
  • Pickleball: Open Play Pickleball takes place in the gymnasium on Mondays and Fridays from 9am-12pm. Three indoor courts are available for all skill levels. 
  • Badminton: Open Play Badminton takes place in the gymnasium every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 10pm. Days and times subject to change without notice.
  • Volleyball: Open Play Volleyball takes place every first and third Friday night of the month from 5pm to 9pm. Two courts available. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Youth Programs

Adult & 50+ Programs

online registration


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