Gustavo “Gus” L. Garcia Recreation Center offers Youth, Teen, Adult and Senior Programs. Programs offered include: Summer Camp, Indoor Soccer, Bicycle Club, Summer Teen Scene, Senior-Citizen programs and Totally Cool Totally Art and Teen Club.
The Center (approximately 20,000 square feet) consists of a gymnasium with six basketball goals and a climbing rock wall. The facility also has a fitness center, a computer room, a tiny tot room and an aerobic/dance room.
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.
Anticipated in fall of 2014, the City of Austin will begin work on the Gus Garcia District Park – Phase 3 Improvements Project. As the City works to develop the final site plan, the community is invited to come participate in the process and help prioritize park amenities. Visit our project page for more information and to complete a short survey to help shape your park!
The rockwall is closed for the summer. Climbing will resume Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Gustavo “Gus” L. Garcia Recreation Center had its grand opening on April 26, 2008, an event long anticipated by the North/Northeast community. The Gustavo “Gus” L. Garcia Recreation Center and park were chosen as part of the 1998 bond election package to develop Austin’s parks and greenbelts. Construction was due to begin in 2001, but a downturn in the local economy forced delays. The City put the Gus Garcia Park and Recreation Center back on the list of budgeted projects in 2005, the original amount for funding was $5.5 million. The building was completed in March 2008. The center is named in honor of Gustavo “Gus” Garcia who dedicated more than three decades of his life to public service. He served as President of the Board of the Austin Independent School District, as a member of the Austin City Council, as Mayor Pro Tem and in 2001, was elected as Austin’s first Hispanic Mayor.
Since the Recreation Building completion on March 2008, the park has completed Phase 2 with site improvements purchased and installed to promote the physical wellbeing of surrounding community that utilize the Recreation Center and park amenities.