Family Fitness

The Health Promotions Unit is committed to providing lifelong recreational, cultural and educational opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles and environments which create a sustainable and livable community. The Health Promotions Unit supports active, healthy living by offering free programs to the Austin community.

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 this information, please contact us. For more information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and resources to keep you safe, please visit COVID-19 in Austin | AustinTexas.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.

Adult Fitness Programs

Adult Fitness programs

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs and services for adults. We are committed to providing an environment that encourages active and healthy lifestyles through recreational and educational programs and services.

Find more FREE FITNESS by visiting one of our recreation centers with exercise equipment and weight room hours, view open gym schedule.  Call site to confirm the schedule has not changed.

Food Programs

Food Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to promoting programs that support healthy living to the Austin community

Meditative Moments in Austin Parks

Meditative Moment

Here you will find relaxing sights and sounds of parks. The goal is to reduce stress and give you a moment of peace that only the great outdoors can provide. Enjoy these moments.

Meditative Moments

Bull Creek District Park

Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

Poquito Creek

St. Edwards Dam

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Walter E.Long Metropolitan Park

Bartholomew District Park

Roy G Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park

Great Hills Neighborhood Park

Bauerle Ranch Park at Slaughter Creek Greenbelt Part 1

Bauerle Ranch Park at Slaughter Creek Greenbelt Part 2

Brentwood Neighborhood Park

Onion Creek Metropolitan Park

Parks Prescription

UT Pharamcy and Parks and Recreation Department photo

The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) has been collaborating with students from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy on a Parks Prescription program. The Parks Prescription programs aims to bridge the gap between the healthcare community and local Parks and Recreation Department. These programs encourage providers to "prescribe" physical activity/time in nature to patients while being part of a larger public health goal.

Park Prescription Posters

UT Pharmacy Poster 2018-2019

UT Pharmacy Poster 2019-2020

UT Pharmacy Poster 2020-2021

UT Pharmacy Poster 2021-2022

Park Prescription Brochure & Letter from the Director

Park Prescription Digital Brochure

Letter from the Director

My Austin Parks Guide

My Austin Parks Guide

The My Austin Parks Guide is a map to local parks with their amenities, ADA accessibility and transportation options.  The maps contain bus routes, bike friendly roads, and how to access the park by foot.

My Austin Parks (MAP) Guia en Español

North Austin

Northeast Austin

Central Austin

South Austin

Southeast Austin

My Austin Parks (MAP) Guide in English

North Austin

Northeast Austin

Central Austin

South Austin

Southeast Austin

Park Activities

Park Bench Workout

Park Scavenger HUNT

Scavenger Hunt Bingo

Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Body HIIT Workout

Health Campaigns

Eat the Rainbow

The Health Promotions Unit led two campaigns between 2019-2020.

1) Raised awareness and educated team and community members about the benefits of healthy vending choices.  Each month the team created educational posters and messaging near vending machines in all PARD facilities.  To check out the flyers click on a month.

2)  Discussed the benefits of Eating Nature's Rainbow.  Colorful fruits and vegetables are not only visually pleasing, but have many health benefits for our bodies.  Catch the Rainbow Series by clicking on the colors!

2019 Posters

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2020 Posters

The Rainbow

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Purple

White