Gus Garcia Recreation Center

Gustavo "Gus" L. Garcia Recreation Center offers youth, teen, adult, and senior adult programs. Programs offered include: The After School Program, Youth Sports Leagues, Teen Programs, Youth and Teen Summer Camp, Adult Exercise Programs, and Senior Programs. The facility is approximately 20,000 square feet and consists of a gymnasium with six basketball goals and a climbing rock wall, a fitness center, public computers, an aerobic/dance room, and three other multi-purpose rooms. The facility also has locker rooms with showers that are accessible to our patrons.

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. 

 

 

 

Online registration link.

Forms and Documents

 

Out-Of-School Time Youth Programs

Kids playing gaga pit.

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

Kids playing sports

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.

 

Teen Programs

Teens playing a card game

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that encourage Youth Development through outdoor exploration, the arts, critical thinking, and leadership development.

Toddler Programs

Toddler playing sports

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

Seniors at Austin senior games.

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.

The Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Transportation are offering free ride services for the people over the age of 50 to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  For more information, click here.

 

 

Community and Special Events

Kids at a community event putting together a kit from home depot.

 

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.

 

 

Open Play and Weight Room Hours

People working out at Gus Garcia's gym.

Gym Hours: *Schedule subject to change without notice 

Gym Schedule (PDF)

Ping Pong Hours (PDF)

Weight Room Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm Saturdays 10am-4pm Sundays 1pm-5pm

Facility and Grounds Rental Information

User Guide and Rental Agreement (PDF) 

Video Tour of Gustavo "Gus" L. Garcia Recreation Center


Gustavo "Gus" Garcia Recreation Center Staff

Tamika Bateman Site Supervisor

Iliana Dominguez Program Coordinator 

Tondre King Program Specialist

April Rostro  Program Specialist

Nathan Koehler  Program Specialist

Alec Larkins Administrative Assistant

Randal Coy Building and Grounds Assistant