Austin Parks and Recreation Department video

Austin Parks and Recreation Department video


When you think of Austin, its natural beauty, great
music and active lifestyle come to mind. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is key to this quality of life providing outdoor
experiences, cultural events and diverse recreational activity, serving as stewards of what makes Austin unique
while striving for the best possible return on taxpayers’ investment. The department maintains more than 17,500
acres of land containing 206 parks, 12 preserves and 26 greenbelts. On at any given day before the sun peeks over the
hotizon, you’ll see people starting their day in city parks. Hundreds of thousands of people each
year, young and old, use the trails to stretch, walk, jog,
or ride their bike The trail system includes more than fifty miles
of well-surfaced scenic paths and natural green belts stretching throughout the city Then there are the early bird swimmers who start
their day at five AM with a view brisk laps at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy The parks Aquatic Division maintains more than
50 pools throughout the city. Recreational opportunities abound – from pick-up
basketball games at city gyms to showing the latest moves at BMX and skate parks. The larger metropolitan parks
provide patrons with different opportunities to canoe hike fish, walk their dogs, ride their
motorcycles, swim and camp all at a very low and affordable cost. Zilker Park and Emma Long Metropolitan Park
are so popular with families that both parks reach full capacity levels during
most weekends in the summer months. And what would Austin be without live music? Such events as the 4th of July Austin
Symphony Concerts, the Blues on the Green series, SXSW and the nationally renowned Austin
City Limits Music Festival enrich the city’s culture and its pocketbook, bringing thousands of visitors
to Austin and an estimated economic impact of 35 million dollars Recreation centers touch the lives of
more than 50,000 children and adults each year, providing them with sport leagues, after-school
programs, computer lab access, exercise and fitness programs, organized games
and many other activities. Senior centers provide dancing, games, painting, arts
and crafts, low-cost meals, and a host of activity. The Forestry Division manages one of the
biggest urban forests in the nation. With so many outdoor activities available
to Austin residents and visitors, it’s not surprising that Austin is known as the “City
Within a Park”. Some of the accolades that the city has received include one of the top
ten cities to live, work and play, one of the top ten places to live in the United States, one of the top ten green cities in the United States, one of the top six movie landmark destinations, one of the favorite destinations
in the United States Austin is truly the oasis of Texas and the city’s Parks and Recreation staff
is dedicated to insuring that the quality of life we enjoy is maintained.

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