Parks & Recreation

Update:                                                                               

All City of Brownsville parks and trails are open for passive recreation.

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

Currently only 8  park locations have opened playground amenities,  two parks locations per district (Brownsville has 4 districts). 

District 1 Ruiz Park (2550 Ruiz  St.)
District 1 Lincoln Park (2100 W. University Blvd)
District 2 Central Ave Park (25 N. Central Ave.)
District 2 Charles Martin Cabler Park (550 Burnett Rd.)
District 3 Brownsville North (Events Center) Park ( 1 Events Center)
District 3
 Dean Porter Park (501 E. Ringgold St.)
District 4 Edelstein Park ( 1155 Polk St.)
District 4 Galaxia/La Lomita Park (1501 Calle Espacio)

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:  Plan ahead.  All public restrooms and amenities are closed. Use the restroom at home before you visit a park or plan for a shorter trip. 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.  Wear face coverings and practice social distancing.  If you do not feel well, please stay home.  For more information, please call (956) 546-HELP.

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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:

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PARD Virtual Guide Vol.1:

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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. 

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) 657-6857
34 Tony Gonzalez Dr., Brownsville, TX 78520

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

Brownsville Events Center || (956) 554-3886
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

Directory

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sigifredo Zavala || Aquatic & Compliance Coordinator
Office Phone: (956) 547-6856
Work Cellphone: (956) 525-3442
Email: sigifredo.zavala@cob.us