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Hancock Recreation Center offers youth programs for ages 3-13 including a Tiny Tot Program, After School Program, camp days, and summer camps for youth and teens. Hancock Recreation sits in the middle of the beautiful Hancock Golf Course. The recreation center features a ballroom with hardwood floors, a kitchen, and three classrooms. Located on the grounds are a basketball court, covered playground, picnic tables and a small sports field.

The center was named after Lewis Hancock who brought golf to Austin in 1889. He along with 69 other Austinities formed the Austin Country Club. In 1946, the Austin Country Club found the need to move and sold the clubhouse and property to the City of Austin. The Country Club remained on site until 1951 while their new facility was being built. In 1951, the land was designated as dedicated park land and the building and golf course became open for use by the citizens of Austin.


Important Announcement

Our top priority remains the safety, health and well-being of all participants, staff and the Austin Community. Please continue to remain vigilant and take all necessary steps to ensure you and your family remain healthy and are reducing the risk of illness across the Parks and Recreation Department and at home.  We are grateful for your participation in our programs and services. If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact us. For more information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and resources to keep you safe, please visit COVID-19 in Austin | or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.

Below is a summary of guideline changes that we ask you please read carefully:

Illness within a Program

If a participant has symptoms of COVID-19, or is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they may be permitted to return to PARD programming only when the following conditions are met:

  • If the participant has had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and has not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should stay home and away from others until 24 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms resolved. If symptoms worsen during that time, contact your healthcare provider to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If a participant is diagnosed with COVID-19, they must remain out of the facility for a minimum of ten (10) days after the onset of first symptoms. The participant may return under the following conditions:
    • If they had a fever, 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication AND they see an improvement in their initial symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); AND
    • Ten (10) days after symptom onset.
  • If a participant believes they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 but are not currently sick or showing symptoms, they should monitor their health for fever, cough or shortness of breath during the 14 days after they last had contact with the sick person with COVID-19. Public gatherings, such as camp and participation in programs, should be avoided for 14 days.
  • If a positive case is reported within camp, any individual deemed to be considered a close-contact will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from all PARD Programs.
    • PARD will provide a letter to all parents upon becoming aware of an active case, outlining whether their child is believed to be a close-contact or not.
    • A close-contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 ft. of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more.


Online registration link.

Forms and Documents

Out-Of-School Time Youth Programs

Kids having fun going through an obstacle course.

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

Youth kids playing soccer.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round co-ed youth sports that 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 Spring Soccer
  • Youth Fall Soccer
  • Toddler Sports FUNdamentals

Teen Programs

Teens swimming.

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 Summer Program
  • Teen Club

Toddler Program

Toddlers painting

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.

  • Tiny Tots Program
  • Toddler Sports FUNdamentals 

Adult and Varsity Generation

Seniors making a wood project.

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.



  • Austin International Folk Dance
  • Austin Ballroom Dance
  • Austin Barn Dance
  • Csardas (Hungarian) Dance
  • Scandinavian Dance
  • Austin English Country Dancers

Culture and Arts

  • Life Drawing
  • Central Texas Wood Carvers
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Group
  • Poetry Study Group
  • Ukulele Group

Community and Special Events

People dancing at a community event.

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.

  • Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Recreation Center Staff

Rick Kocian Site Supervisor

Rosa Ramirez Program Specialist

Denise Cavanaugh Program Specialist

Lucrecia White Administrative Associate

Reynaldo Guerrero Building and Grounds Assistant


Facility and Grounds Rental Information

User Guide and Rental Agreement (PDF) 

Video Tour of Hancock Recreation Center

Facility Closures Calendar (PDF)