Givens Recreation Center

(NOTICE 11/21/2023) Givens Recreation Center Gymnasium is closed for maintenance.  Programing has been temporarily relocated to other sites.

Since 1979, Givens Recreation Center has been serving the vibrant and historic community of East Austin. Located in the heart of the eastside, both the recreation center and the 40-acre park it resides in are named in memory of the legacy of Dr. Everett H. Givens (1888-1962), dentist, World War I veteran, and beloved civic leader. Givens Recreation Center continues Dr. Givens’ work by creating opportunities for all Austinites to take part in City of Austin programs and services and providing access to recreational facilities including a full-size gymnasium, multipurpose room, kitchen facility, weight room, and game room/lobby. The recreation center offers enriching programming for toddlers, youth, teens, and adults, as well as special holiday events for the community. The extensive park grounds are home to the Martin Banks Pavilion, two lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic tables, playscape, multipurpose field, and a softball field while the pool is currently being renovated. District 1

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Out-Of-School Time Youth Programs

Givens Recreation Center

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

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The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round co-ed youth sports that teach 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. 

  • Youth Sports 2021-2022 Sports Guide
  • Basketball
  • Soccer (PDF) 
  • Flag Football (PDF)

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 Turn Ups
  • Friday Night Hoops
  • Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA)
  • Teen Summer Camp (PDF) 
  • Teen After School Program

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 and 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.

Community and Special Events

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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.

  • Easter 

Open Play and Weight Room Hours

Open Play and Weightroom Hours

Open Play Basketball: Monday: 9:00 am - 9:00pm; Tuesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm; Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:00pm; Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm; Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm & Teens ONLY 6:00pm-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Open Play Pickleball: Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm- 7:30pm (Outdoors)

Weight Room Hours: Monday- Friday: 9:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Facility and Grounds Rental Information

To inquire about a facility rental, please e-mail Johnny Saldaña with the proposed date, time, and purpose of your event.

User Guide and Rental Agreement

Video Tour of Givens Recreation Center

Givens Recreation Center Staff

Chauncey Allen Patterson Recreation Program Supervisor

Johnny Saldaña Recreation Program Coordinator

Lanelle Jarmon Program Specialist

Tameisha Carter Program Specialist

Adrian Castro Program Specialist

Fabiola López-Nevárez Administrative Associate

Glenn Guy Building & Grounds Assistant



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