Parks & Recreation

Aim

The City of Brownsville’s aspirational aim is “we aspire to be the model of innovation, inclusion, and empowerment where bold people and ideas thrive."

The Parks and Recreation Department’s (PARD) vision is to exceed our users' expectations in our delivery of excellent parks, trails, public facilities, activities, programs, and services."

Mission

The mission of the Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department is to directly contribute to the City’s quality of life by providing exceptional programs, facilities, parks and trails while celebrating and preserving the community’s natural and cultural heritage. 

ADA

The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department welcomes our patrons with specials needs and or disabilities to participate in our leisure, recreation, leagues, programs and events. Patrons who require a reasonable modification in order to participate are requested to reach to us at (956) 546-HELP, ideally at least 2 weeks in advance in order to best serve you so that all may be able to partake in the enjoyment.

Services

The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) offers quality valued assets and programs to the community through a variety of services that enhance Brownsville’s quality of life, economic value, and sense of community. The PARD manages 40 parks encompassing over 1,000 acres of parkland, features 32 miles of hike/bike trails, 3 gymnasiums and 2 public pools, 50 buildings and structures, over 55 athletics fields, and the Catherine Stillman Dog Park. The Department also offers exceptional recreation programming for all ages in the areas of aquatics, athletics, golf, youth enrichment, and special events.

Office Locations

Downtown Recreation Center || (956) 542-2064
1338 E 8th St. Brownsville, TX 78520 

City Plaza || (956) 542-2064
1034 E Levee Street, Brownsville, TX 78520

Brownsville Sports Park || (956) 574-6650
1000 Sporks Park Boulevard, Brownsville, TX 78526

Gonzalez Park Urban Center || (956) 547-6857
34 Tony Gonzalez Dr., Brownsville, TX 78520

Sams Pool || (956) 542-0949
501 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville, TX 78521 

Brownsville Events Center || (956) 554-0700
1 Events Center Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526 


Divisions

  • Athletics
  • Aquatics
  • Brownsville Events Center
  • Brownsville Golf Center
  • Brownsville Sports Park
  • Parks and Trails
  • Recreation and Events
  • Old City Cemetery

Boards

  • Parks Advisory Board
  • Brownsville Beautification Committee 
  • Keep Brownsville Beautiful

UPDATE MAY 24 2021

UPDATE:

It is our joy and great pleasure to be able to safely reopen our programs to the public. It has been too long!

The Parks and Recreation Department is complying with all local, state, and federal safety measures for COVID-19 and has an approved reopening plan that can be found  HERE.

Each program has implemented sanitation protocols multiple times per day, social distancing, reduced capacity, and wearing of face masks is recommended on City Property except during certain athletic activity. We take the care of you and your loved ones very seriously and have put in place health screening measures and purchased long lasting anti-microbial products that continue to sanitize after the surface has been touched, as well as use of ozone machine for the indoor sanitation.

While vaccinations and COVID-19 testing are well under way, there still may be a chance more restrictive measures could resume - if so, as determined by the Public Health Department and the City Commission, rest assured any programs that are paid for WILL be refunded or transferred to a later date IF we had to pause a program, we anticipate this likelihood to be low, but as long as we can safely gather we will.

Remember, if you or your participant is unwell, or has symptoms or someone in the household is waiting for COVID-19 results - Please STAY HOME until well enough to rejoin!

We thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Your Parks and Recreation Department Team

Park Ordinances

City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department  operates in accordance to  City of Brownsville Code of Ordinances Chapter 74 .

Some frequently referenced sections in Chapter 74 include:

  • (a)

    Schedule. All municipal parks within the city shall be operated under the following schedule:

    (1)

    Sunday through Thursday: open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; closed from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., except on those days where scheduled park activities require the park to remain open until 12:00 midnight.

    (2)

    Friday and Saturday: open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; closed from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., except on those days where scheduled park activities require the park to remain open until 12:00 midnight.

    (b)

    Presence during closed hours. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than city personnel conducting city business therein, to occupy or be present in the municipal parks during any hour in which the parks are not open to the public.

    (c)

    Authority to close parks to public. Any section or part of the municipal parks may be declared closed to the public by the recreational services director at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals.

    (d)

    Penalty for violation. Any person, except city personnel conducting city business, in any of the municipal parks in the city during the closed hours stated in subsection (a) of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction of any such violation, shall be punishable by a fine as may be set by ordinance or law.

    (e)

    Notwithstanding subsections 74-2(a)(1) and (2), the municipal park along the Resaca Calmada shall be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and closed from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each day of the week.

    (Code 1971, §§ 24-8—24-11; Ord. No. 95-898-A, § 1, 3-21-1995; Ord. No. 898-AA-2000, § 1(24-8—24-11), 8-22-2000; Ord. No. 2005-898-B, 6-21-2005)



  • (a)

    It shall be unlawful for any person to take or permit the taking of any glass beverage container of any kind onto any city park or playground or public picnic or recreation area within the corporate city limits. This shall not apply to the confines of any public building located or any of such areas.

    (b)

    It shall be unlawful for any person to take or permit the taking of any glass beverage container of any kind onto any city parking lot near or adjacent to any municipal park or playground or public picnic or recreation area within the corporate city limits.

    (c)

    Any person in any of the municipal parks in the city found to be in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction of any such violation, shall be punishable b


  • Please note:  Other Chapters in the city of Brownsville Code of Ordinances are applicable to parks as well.  For more please click HERE.



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Park Use Guidelines:

If you decide to visit a park or trail,  please abide Current Declaration Amended of Local Disaster For Public Health Emergency Order guidelines.

Leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out. Pack out all trash, pet waste, etc.
Use trash bins. Use the number 956-546-HELP if you need assistance or have concerns.

Share your park - limit your time so others can enjoy.   Be mindful of others. 

Face coverings are recommended.     

Maintain social distance--Stay 6 feet away from other people.  Wash your hands often.

If you do not feel well, stay home.


Friendly Reminder:                                                                              

All City of Brownsville parks and trails and amenities are open.  

The public is welcome to continue to enjoy time outdoors with activities such as:  exercising, walking, jogging, hiking, biking, strolling, bird watching, dog walking, and more.  

City of Brownsville Parks and facilities will reopen as per its adopted Reopening Plan and only when public health measure criteria are met.

Occupancy and age limits are posted at playgrounds, along with bilingual signage asking families to take safety precautions before visiting parks and or trails.

PRO TIP:  Pack for an outing, make sure you have your essentials: bring own water bottle, sanitizer, wipes, etc.

Please continue to follow all health and safety guidelines.  If you do not feel well, please stay home.  For more information, please call (956) 546-HELP.

PARD Re-Opening Plan:  In an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and continue to deliver critical services to you, the City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department has created and established a Continuity Plan. Below is a roundup of measures that PARD may consider taking to ensure the continuity of operations as we respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. NOTE:  Any measures in the most current local disaster declaration supersede any specifics outlined in this plan.

PARD Re-Opening Plan:

Read-the-PARD-Reopening-Plan-Here

Directory

Damaris McGlone || Director of Parks & Recreation
Office Phone: (956) 547-6870Done Editing
Work Cellphone: (956) 243-7970
Email: damaris.mcglone@brownsvilletx.gov

Graciela Salazar || Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation
Office Phone: (956) 547-6855
Work Cellphone: (956) 551-2770
Email: graciela.salazar@brownsvilletx.gov  

Ray Arellano || Brownsville Sports Park Superintendent
Office Phone: (956) 547-6750
Work Cellphone: (956) 832-4634
Email: ray@brownsvilletx.gov  

Daniel Salinas || Parks Maintenance Manager
Office Phone: (956) 547-6873
Work Cellphone: (956) 346-2703
Email: daniel.salinas@brownsvilletx.gov  

Juan Carlos Guerrero || Brownsville Events Center Coordinator
Office Phone: (956) 547-6855
Work Cellphone: (956) 551-2770
Email: juan.guerrero@brownsvilletx.gov

Isabel Gaucin || Brownsville Golf Center Manager
Office Phone: (956) 541-2582
Work Cellphone: (956) 459-2825
Email: isabel.gaucin@brownsvilletx.gov  

Laura Holbrook || Recreation & Community Inclusion Coordinator
Office Phone: (956)547-6857
Work Cellphone: (956) 551-2314
Email: laura.holbrook@brownsvilletx.gov  

Shannon Contreras || Special Events Coordinator
Office Phone: (956) 547-6872
Work Cellphone: (956) 556-1713
Email: shannon.contreras@brownsvilletx.gov  

Araceli Sandoval|| Youth Athletics Supervisor 
Office Phone: (956) 547-6861
Work Cellphone: (956) 878-6854
Email: araceli.sandoval@brownsvilletx.gov  

Nayade Garza || Administrative Supervisor
Office Phone: (956) 547-6874
Work Cellphone: (956) 551-9458
Email: nayade.garza@brownsvilletx.gov