Aquatics Department

Swim-Kids-Swim-Brownsville-TexasThe City of Brownsville Parks & Recreation Department offers affordable aquatics programs and amenities to swimmers of all ages and abilities.  Our aquatics facilities are open to the public during the summer months.  

Look forward to safe aquatic activities such as swim lessons, swim team (TAAF), lap swimming, and Aqua Aerobics. 

The City of Brownsville currently operates 2 public pools located at two separate parks in the city  Sams Pool at Dean Porter Park and Gonzalez Pool at Gonzalez Park.  

Public Pool hours  August 15 - September 29, 2019

Sams Pool  & Splash Pad

501 E. Ringgold Street


Monday - Friday


 Saturday - Sunday
11:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

LAST DAY of Public Swim at Sams Pool is 

Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Gonzalez Pool

34 Tony Gonzalez Drive


Monday - Friday

and Sunday


10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

LAST DAY of Public Swim at Gonzalez Pool is 

Saturday, August 17, 2019.

For more information, please contact Aquatics and Compliance Coordinator Sigifredo Zavala at 956-547-6856 or via email at


The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department's outdoor swimming pools:  Sams Pool and Gonzalez Pool are open to the public during the summer months. 

**Oliveira Pool is closed.  Read more about it here.

Pool Fees 2017
The Parks and Recreation Department operates 2 public pool facilities, 2 splash pads, all available for rent. We staff 20 lifeguards for public swim, lessons, and special events; 20 swim instructors for our Learn-to-Swim Program; basket attendants to help with admission and keeping the pool areas clean, and 4 pool technicians to ensure safe swimming conditions.

Swimming Entrance Fees 

The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer its patrons affordable swimming:
  • $2 General Admission  (13+ years of age)
  • $1 Child Admission  (12 years of age and under)
  • $1 Senior Admission  (55+ years of age)


  • Sams Memorial Pool (350,000-gallon pool)
    • 6-lane lap swimming pool
    • Zero entry leisure pool
    • Gazebo for birthday
    • Bathroom and locker rooms
    • Grass and shaded areas
  • Gonzalez Pool (205,000-gallon pool)
    • 6 lane pool
    • Diving well
    • Bathroom and locker rooms

 Splash Pads 

  • Sams Pool 501 E Ringgold Street
  • Portway Acre's Park 4775 Austin Road
Please help us keep our pools clean and clear by wearing Proper Swim Attire.

Mission Statement 

The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department provides clean, safe, memorable environments in accordance with maintenance standards that exceed users' expectations.