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City of

Brownsville P A R D

2020

Guide

PARKS

AND AND

RECREATION

DEPARTMENT

Host your next event Facility Rentals pages 13-17

Healthy can be fun Events & Activities pages 10-11

Team Spirit

Learn more on page 22-23

Meet your goals, dive in Learn to Swim Program pages 28-29

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PARKS & RECREATION STAFF Parks and Recreation Director

Damaris McGlone, CTRS

Assistant Marketing & Business Development Director

Graciela Salazar

Brownsville Sports Park Superintendent

Ray Arellano

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Youth Athletics Supervisor

Raul Maraboto

Mayor, City of Brownsville

Community Recreation & Inclusion Coordinator

Juan “Trey” Mendez, III

Gloria Gonzalez

City Commissioner, District 1

Special Events Coordinator

Nurith Galonsky Pizana

Michelle Otero

City Commissioner, District 2

Parks Operations Manager

Daniel Salinas

Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa

City Commissioner, District 3

Brownsville Events Center Manager

Corine Parris

Joel Mungia

City Commissioner, District 4

Brownsville Golf Center Manager

Isabel Gaucin

Ben Neece

City Commissioner, At Large “A”

Community Center Coordinator at Ringgold Civic Pavilion

Yoli Perez-Ayala

John Cowen Jr.

City Commissioner, At Large “B”

Aquatics & Compliance Coordinator

Sigifredo Zavala

Rose M. Z. Gowen

PARK ADVISORY BOARD CITY MANAGEMENT City Manager

Noel Bernal, ICM-CM

Chair Myrta I. Garza Co-Chair Board Member Joe Lee Rubio Benjamin Del Angel

Deputy City Manager

Secretary Esli Ceballos

Board Member Adrian Delgado

Assistant City Manager

Board Member Hector Buentello Jr.

Board Member Mike Leinart

Helen Ramirez, AICP Elizabeth Walker

Assistant City Manager Aviation Administrator

Bryant Walker

Thinking about joining the Parks Advisory Board?

• Must be a citizen and electorate of the city. • Must be a resident of the state for at least three years. • Must be a resident of the city for at least two years. • Cannot be employed by the City of Brownsville.

Those considering applying to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee should be: Willing and able to review and discuss all topics that come before the board with an open mind and during the decision making process act for the general welfare of the people of the City of Brownsville. For more information, please dial (956) 546-HELP. 2

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WE WANT

YOUR BEST SHOT!

Use the hashtag #BTXPARKS when posting to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and share your great Brownsville Parks and Recreation photos with us!

Table of Contents Parks & Recreation Policies................................................................................................................................................................... 4 -45- 5 Community Information ......................................................................................................................................................................... 6 -67 - 7 Welcome from COBPARD Director............................................................................................................................................................. 8 8 Year Round Programing: Adult & Youth................................................................................................................................................ 9 9 2020 Special Events Calendar ...........................................................................................................................................................1010- -1111 Vendor FAQs ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 12 Facilities & Rental Information .........................................................................................................................................................1313- -1717 Lunada Information...............................................................................................................................................................................1818--1919 Brownsville Golf Center ...................................................................................................................................................................... 20 20 -- 21 21 Youth Athletics ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 22 - 23 Brownsville Sports Park...................................................................................................................................................................... 24 - 27 Learn To Swim Program .................................................................................................................................................................... 28 - 29 Aquatics Facilities & Programs ....................................................................................................................................................... 30 30 -- 31 31 MRU 2020 Tour & Volunteer Opportunities .......................................................................................................................................... 32 32 Summer Recreation Programs ....................................................................................................................................................... 33 33 -- 34 34

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COB.RECDESK.COM

Your source for City or Brownsville Parks and Recreation programs, athletic leagues, special events, rentals, vendor, advertising, independant contracting opportunities & more.

STEP 1. Create your account. You will be asked to fill in your name and information.

STEP 2. Browse and select the program of your choice, then click “register� option.

STEP 3. Select your payment option. Follow steps on website.

STEP 4. Success! You are registered.

Walk-In Registration Walk-in registration will be accepted pending space availability. Please call ahead and speak with program coordinator before attempting to register via walk-in. Forms of payment accepted: cash, credit and debit. For more information, call (956) 546-HELP.

Online Registration Visit www.cob.recdesk.com to register online. You must create a username and password as well as enter all pertinent household information before the website will allow you to register online. Online forms of payment accepted include credit and debit cards.

Pavilion, Pool, Gym, Fields & Facility Rentals Reserve a park pavilion, pool, or community center for your next special event! Perfect for birthday parties, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and more. For information please go to page 13.

Refunds We encourage you to review applicable refund policies depending on which program, rental, etc. you may choose before making a payment.

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Photo Policy Smile, you may be captured by our camera! The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department (COB PARD) routinely takes photos and video of participants & visitors in our programs and facilities for promotional purposes. Please be aware that by participating or utilizing our facilities when open to the public, you are granting COB PARD & its agents the right to use and publish your image or your minor child’s image, and that no monetary remuneration will be given. Inclusion Process The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department welcomes our patrons with special needs 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 out 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 partake in the enjoyment. Advertising Is your business or organization looking for creative and interactive ways to reach loyal and active customers? City of Brownsville Parks & Recreation has what you are looking for. Our programs, events and facilities offer a variety of ways for you to reach your target audience and maximize your marketing dollars. Looking for direct visual exposure? We have 36 park benches a scoreboard, and projection screens at various locations. Scoreboard advertising info on page 27. It is our goal to help community partners reach their target market and provide an outstanding value for the dollars invested. Partnerships with City of Brownsville Parks & Recreation also provide a terrific public relations opportunity. Association with our well-received, family-orientated activities will allow your business to get an edge over the competition and show your support for the community. Furthermore, sponsorship packages can be customized to meet your specific business needs. Contact us to see how you can get involved, call (956) 547-6855 or email parks@cob.us. Your Voice Matters We only want to provide you with the highest quality of parks and recreation services, programs, events, and more. If you’re happy with us, let us know. If you have a work order or concern, let us know. Give us your feedback and help us improve. Call (956) 546-HELP or via Access Brownsville App. You can also email us at parks@cob.us Take survey at: http://bit.ly/2Q5FeQp Did you know that Access Brownsville is the official mobile application for the City of Brownsville, Texas? This mobile app enables users to quickly submit requests for service, ask questions, or leave comments or suggestions to City officials. Service requests are routed directly to appropriate City departments for rapid action, and users will be notified when the status of an individual request has changed. 5

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COMMUNITY The following youth sports are hosted by independent leagues through field leases for: Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Kickball. West Brownsville Little League Jose Salazar (956) 561-8058

East Little Miss Kickball Nora Hinojosa (956) 466-8705

Brownsville Sports Park Little League Raul Martinez (956) 459-6178

Tip-O-Tex Little Miss Kickball Janie Shears (956) 371-0379

East Brownsville Little League Tony Rivera (956) 266-2498

South Little Miss Kickball Epitacio Lopez (956) 266-1908

Pony League Baseball Minerva Pena (956) 345-5564

Brownsville North Little Miss Kickball (511) Fernando Vasquez (956) 371-4915

AABC Baseball John Martinez (956) 832-9063

BOYSA (Soccer) Letty Capistran (956) 455-7427

Wild Pitch Baseball Juan C. Alvarado (956) 321-1459

BRASA (Soccer) Sergio Lozano (956) 517-5890

Where, Oh Where Can My Little Dog Go? Here’s the scoop! Dogs and their humans are welcome in all of our parks as long as the pets are on a leash at all times and owners clean up after them. However, make no bones about it! We can’t sidestep the issue of pet waste. Pet waste is a subject everyone likes to avoid, but it’s more than just smelly and unsightly — it’s a health risk to pets and people, especially children. When it rains, pet waste left on trails, sidewalks, and grassy areas can wash into the nearest waterway. Even if you can’t see signs of water near you, the feces wash into storm drains and then travel to your neighborhood resaca, the river, and ocean untreated. Out of courtesy to others using the parks, pet owners must take responsibility and help keep our parks clean. Please bring a scooper and/or a bag when you enjoy the parks with your furry friends. We are also piloting a new initiative since the “doggy bags” often get stolen, re-use your plastic shopping bags for pet waste use and help others leave no pile behind… there are stands throughout many of our parks - you can bring a small amount of plastic bags to restock if you see them empty. Appreciation and thanks are extended to responsible pet owners who, along with their pets, respect other park users and the park system.

Hike and Bike Trails

Discover Brownsville on foot or on a bike or by paddle in our resacas or as part of the Caracara Trails. Brownsville has an extensive bike trail system that includes Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail. Paseo de la Resaca Trails, Monte Bella Mountain Bike Trail, Belden Trail, Brownsville Sports Park Hike and Bike Trail, Resaca de la Palma State Park Trails, and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Bike Trail. Additional information and maps are available at the Brownsville Convention Visitors Bureau (650 Ruben M. Torres Sr. Blvd.) and Scale House Visitors Center (1700 E. 6th St.). If you are sponsoring an activity that includes the use of bike trails, there are guidelines that need to be followed. Please call (956) 546-HELP for more information.

Miscellaneous Information

To combat the damaging effects of secondhand smoke COB PARD parks and facilities are smoke free. Consuming of alcoholic beverages must have approval, usually for a special event. If you plan on having a gathering of 10 or more people at a park pavilion please contact Michelle Otero for a special events guide and application. We schedule our activities in cooperation within the City of Brownsville and local communities, but unforeseen conflicts do arise. Please be understanding when dates, times or locations have to be changed or canceled. Programs and activities come up during the year that may not be included in this guide. Look for information online at cob.parks.com or connect with us via social media @btxparks. 6

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INFORMATION Tennis Courts

Lighted tennis courts are located at the Brownsville Tennis Center and Oliveira Park. The Brownsville Tennis Association is primarily run by volunteers and operates the Brownsville Tennis Center with nominal fees, while Oliveira Park tennis courts are operated by COB PARD and open to the public free of charge. Court courtesy applies. Park Hours: Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. For information about the Brownsville Tennis Center, please call (956) 547-8326.

Pickleball Court

The Brownsville Sports Park offers pickleball primarily during our Winter Texan season. Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport is played on a smaller court with a net that is just a bit lower than a tennis net and is played with a hard paddle and a whiffle ball. This sport is great for all ages and abilities. For more information, contact Brownsville Sports Park at (956) 574-6650.

Outdoor Fitness Stations

Your health matters! Choose outside for a better inside. Several of our parks have outdoor fitness courts. Plan your fitness! Be sure to “tour” them all to find your favorite or wherever your schedule takes you be sure to plan it in by working out at a nearby station. Stations are located throughout the City. North: Brownsville Sports Park. Downtown/South: Dean Porter Park, Riverside Park. Northwest: Monte Bella Park and Trails. Get your sweat on and enjoy equipment in fresh air. Please stay hydrated, bring your own towel to wipe down the equipment, if the equipment is out of order please don’t use it. Preserve your safety and be sure to report any damaged equipment. Lastly, there are age restrictions, as equipment is primarily for adult use only. Please use at your own risk and follow the rules and guidelines.

Skate Parks

Shred calories and build your skills at our skate parks. Oliveira Park is long board friendly and Brownsville Sports Park skaters can enjoy a bowl for practicing aerials and tricks. Please follow all posted rules and use at your own risk and be sure to wear protective equipment – your body matters!

Do you want to get involved in helping your community? We have regular volunteer opportunities for you! From small to large from a few hours at a cleanup or event, or volunteering on a regular basis at our various programs, leagues, etc. We do have a volunteer application process so be sure to plan with enough time and complete your application in advance. Email parks@cob.us or stop by our office during office hours at 1338 E. 8th St. or please call (956) 546-HELP. 7

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P A R D Y

PROGRAMS

ACTIVITIES

RRECREATION ECREATION

YOU YOU

DDIVERSITY IVERSITY

Discover, Connect, Share and Enjoy! Bienvenido. Bienvenue. Willkommen. I want to welcome all of our residents, visitors, friends, and family to take part and enjoy our parks, programs, and trails as a means to improving your quality of life. Parks and Recreation plays a critical role in the success of a city’s culture; community development; individual and community health and wellness; natural environment; education and more. We work towards these goals everyday, and it is great team work. We are are very blessed to have a community who loves its parks system. Join the “PARDY”. Help us advocate for parks by participating in the 2020 Census starting March 12, 2020 all the way through July 2020. In the past 4 years we have had 5 park improvement projects because they were in areas eligible for funding - and that was because of Census data.

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Many have benefited from funding from the Census too – Housing, Fire and Police, Historic Preservation, Special Needs, and so many more! Other ways you can advocate for parks is partner with us on our various initiatives; whether that be related to health, storm water, environmental, youth, adults, special needs, entrepreneurship, microbusinesses, and financial health - we have so many local partners and national collaborations that you can be involved too. Be sure to take a look the list of accomplishments we had in 2019 to see if our “why” aligns with yours! ---Damaris McGlone, CTRS* Director of Parks and Recreation *Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

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YEAR ROUND PROGRAMMING PROGRAMMING

BOXING PROGRAM @DRC

The Amateur and Professional Boxing Program at The Downtown Recreation Center (DRC) 1338 E. 8th Street is open to all. USA Boxing registration is required to participate in competitions. Fee is $75 a year. To inquire or register for the program you may dial (956) 547-6857. Walk-ins at DRC are also welcome. Drop by and speak with Certified Trainer Robert Campos at the gym after 5:30 p.m.

OPEN GYM

ASRP

AFTER SCHOOL RECREATION PROGRAM

We offer free after school time enrichment activities in a safe recreation setting for kids ages 5-17. There is help with homework, fun games, recreation, arts & crafts, snacks, and more. Kids on break from school? Sign up for our affordable day camp. Save every dollar you can and take advantage of our budget friendly programs – first come first serve based on staff to participant ratios. Note - we are not a licensed childcare facility. Program is available at:

Downtown Rec Center (DRC) 1338 E. 8th Street

Gonzalez Park/Urban Center

34 Tony Gonzalez Drive

cob.recdesk.com Volunteer 15 hours at Bike Barn & Earn a FREE Bike!

O PE N PL AY | S H O O T H O O P S | F R E E

Gain basic bike repair skills, have a sense of purpose, create new friends. Volunteers help repair donated bikes and our adult and youth bike fleet for CycloBia – which is our open streets event with free bicycle rentals to experience a carless safe street to ride, walk, or wheel around (non-motorized). Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday through Friday 6 - 9 p.m. at DRC, Gonzalez Gym and Oliveira Gym. Schedule is subject to change according to programs, leagues or special events. Open gym space & equipment is based on a first come first serve basis. Children (under the age of 13) will not be admitted unless accompanied by parent or guardian. Call (956) 547-6861 for details. Note BSP Dome has open gym for a nominal fee.

RETIRED...NOW WHAT? Retired...Now What program is designed to meet the needs of today’s active 50+ community. The cost to register and participate is free, and you decide on which activities you want to participate in.

Cr o chet Club Gonzalez Park

1st Tuesday of every month. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

COMPUTER CLASSES

Follow us on social media @btxparks DOWNTOWN REC CENTER for detailed information about all the Third Tuesday of every month. on up coming TUESDAY activities at the Downtown Rec Center and or Gonzalez TUESDAY RECREATION DANCE Park.

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LESSONS

Archery, Hiking, Fishing & Kayaking Classes with US Fish & Wildlife Service

Through a fantastic partnership to meet mutual goals USFWS and PARD are working together to get our community engaged in the outdoors. Classes are open to all ages. All introductory level. No fee to participate, must register & reserve online.

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Monday - Friday Hours: 3 - 6 p.m.

BROWNSVILLE

CHESS CLUB EVERY TUESDAY 6 - 8 p.m. Downtown Rec Center (DRC) 1338 E. 8th Street

FREE ZUMBA & TONING Monday - Friday | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at DRC.

All ages welcome. For more information, please contact Gloria Gonzalez at (956) 547-6857 or contact the Zumba Instructor, Mayra Arellano at (956) 459-7942. Please participate at your comfort level, if it hurts ease up, and only do what feels right, consult your physician before participating.

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2020 EVENTS April 4th

April 8th

April 25th

April 25th

Beggin’ N Eggs Easter Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt at BSP

Earth Fest

BTX Taco Fest

April 25th

May 4th

Hooked For Life Kids Gone Fish’N

Rebel Fest: A Star Wars Festival

Location: Catherine Stillman Dog Park (416 FM 511) Time: 4 - 6 p.m. Humans will have great fun as their dogs enjoy sniffing out doggietreat filled Easter Eggs. This eggcellent sprint event will feature photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny too. Do not miss it!

Location: Brownsville Events Center (1 Events Center Dr.) Time: 6 - 11 a.m. Resaca at the Brownsville Events Center is stocked with catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass in preparation for the Hooked For Life-Kids Gone Fish’n. Free event.

Location: Brownsville Sports Park (1000 Sports Park Blvd.) Time: 6 - 8 p.m. Bring your own basket and be ready for the largest egg hunt in Brownsville Texas. Children and their families welcome. The Easter Bunny will be there! Admission to event is free.

Location: Linear Park (E. 6th Street & Ringgold St.) Time: 6 - 10 p.m. A special night for fans of the galactic franchise. It kicks off with a Wookie roar. Public can enjoy games, contests, vendors, entertainment and more. Admission to event is free.

May 16th

Location: Linear Park (E. 6th Street & Ringgold St.) Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This event is designed to create awareness in the community of the ecological benefits of “green” living and conservation efforts. Admission to event is free.

May 16th

Footloose Dance

Location: Ringgold Civic Pavilion (501 E. Ringgold St.) Time: 2 - 5 p.m. Special needs children and their families are invited to this event. DJ, lights, and fun.

May 25th

Location: Brownsville Sports Park (1000 Sports Park Blvd.) Time: 6 - 11 p.m. Website: BTXTacoFest.com Celebrating everyone’s favorite-TACOS! Featuring a taco cook off competition, live music, games for the kids, carnival rides, and more.

May 16th

Kids to Park Day

Location: Linear Park (E. 6th Street & Ringgold St.) Time: 6 - 10 p.m. Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May.

May 25th

June 20th July 18th

Aug.

Memorial Day Silent March

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Sept. 19th

Lunada Artisan Market & Movie In the Park

Location: Linear Park (E. 6th Street & Ringgold St.) Time: 6 - 10 p.m. Entertainment, vendors and free Movie in the Park (movie at sunset). 10

Location: Veterans Park (2500 Central Blvd). Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The silent march begins at 10 a.m. at the H-E-B on Central Boulevard and ends with a ceremony in Veterans Park.

Memorial Splash Day

Location: Sams Pool (501 E. Ringgold St.) Time: 12 - 4 p.m. The unofficial start of summer and the day we open the doors at Sams Pool and invite EVERYONE to splash and swim for FREE!

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Dates and events subject to change. Visit our social media for updates and information. You can also cal l(956) 546-HELP June 13th

July 4th

Aug. 16th

July 4th Salute to Freedom Celebration

Paws at the Pool Location: Gonzalez Pool (34 Tony Gonzalez Dr.) Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m Let your dog splash and play at a pool day designed just for them. Dogs and their humans will have a paw-some time! Provide proof of vaccinations at door. $2 admission.

Oct. 24th

Oct. 25th

Opening Night Pumpkin Patch & Scarecrow Trail

Haunted Trails & Trunk or Treat

Monster Dash Fun Run 2020

Location: Ringgold Civic Pavilion (501 E. Ringgold St.) Time: 6 - 10 p.m. A free event for all ages! Enjoy games, food, pumpkins, scarecrow contests, Movie In the Patch and more!

Location: Resaca De La Palma Texas State park (1000 Carmen Ave). Time: 6 - 11 p.m. Participate in a costume contest. Enjoy Trunk or Treat, vendors, games, prizes, inflatables, 2 Trails, pet costume contest & more. Admission is free.

Nov. 7th

Nov. 11th

Nov. 23rd

Dec. 3rd

Southmost 21st Annual Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Silent March

Holiday Village Grand Opening

Washington Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

July 11th July 12th

Aug. 8th

Sept. 12th

Dive In Movie

Locations: Sams Pool (501 E. Ringgold St.) and Gonzalez Pool (34 Tony Gonzalez Drive) Time: 8 -10 p.m. Movie Titles TBD. June 13th at Sams Pool. July 11th at Sams Pool July 12 at Gonzalez Pool. August 8 at Sams Pool. September 12th at Sams Pool. Cost of admission $2 per person.

Oct. 16th

Sept. 27th

Paws at the Pool

Location: Sams Pool (501 E. Ringgold St). Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m Let your dog splash and play at a pool day designed just for them. Dogs and their humans will have a paw-some time! Provide proof of vaccinations at door. Admission fee is $2.

Location: 20th & Southmost Blvd. Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. This parade is dedicated to honoring veterans and thanking them for their service.

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Location: Veterans Park (2500 Central Blvd.). Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The silent march that meets at the H-E-B on Central Boulevard and ends with a ceremony in Veterans Park.

Location: Brownsville Sports Park (1000 Sports Park Blvd.) Time: 4 - 10 p.m The celebration features live music, vendors, and family friendly games, all leading up to the most spectacular fireworks show in the in the area! Free Admission.

Location: Dean Porter Park (501 E. Ringgold St.) Time: 6 - 10 p.m. Be magically transported to the North Pole! Admission is free. Visit HolidayVillageBrownsville.com for entertainment schedule.

Location: Brownsville Sports Park (1000 Sports Park Blvd) Time: 4 - 6 p.m. Get ready to run from and with monsters! Join us at Monster Dash! This fun run event is open to all ages. Costumes encouraged. Registration fee is $5.

Location: Washington Park (700 E. Madison St.) Time: 6 - 10 p.m. Free event. Lights, music, food, vendors, and Santa. Celebrate the season with lights. Admission is free.

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PARTICIPATE GENERATE AND GROW FAQS

Here are a few of our most frequently asked vendor questions.

EXPAND YOUR SMALL BUSINESS. PARTICIPATE AT ONE OR ALL OF OUR SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Be a vendor! Be an entertainer. Engage with the community and promote your brand/business. Register and reserve a spot online, go to: cob.recdesk.com.

If you have a question not listed here, please contact Special Events Coordintor Michelle Otero. Phone: (956) 832- 4217 | E-mail: parks@cob.us

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What is the cost of the vendor reservation? The cost to reserve a vendor

table is $35.

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What can I sell at the event?

3.

Can I participate as a non vendor?

4.

Do I have to use eco-friendly materials?

Our tables are for food and non food vendors. Food vendors will be required to obtain and present a temporary health permit.

Yes. Ask us about exhibition booth opportunities. If you want to entertain, let us know too! We are always looking for talent. Call or text Michelle at (956) 832-4217.

It is not mandatory, but we do encourage vendors and non food vendors to use ecofriendly materials during sales; e.g. utensils, plates, cups, package etc.

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RENTALS INFORMATION

Looking for the perfect place to have your next gathering? Then check out all the facilities that City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation has to offer! We rent recreation centers, meeting rooms, gymnasiums, park pavilions, swimming pools, softball fields, and more.

PAVILION RENTALS We have pavilions conveniently located throughout Brownsville. Those that have fees require reservation, deposit, and payment. Non-rental pavilions are on a first-come, first-serve basis however any use over 10 people or special use, requires a special activities agreement. Some pavilions include grills, picnic tables, etc. Contact Michelle Otero at (956) 832-4217 for more information.

POOL RENTALS Enjoy your very own splash bash! Gonzalez and Sams Pool are available for private rental. Sams Pool $100 per hour (min. 2 hours). Gonzalez Pool $75 per hour (min. 2 hours). Rentals include lifeguards for maximum of 75 people. Fees for additional lifeguards apply, we follow a 1:25 ratio, 1 lifeguard for 25 occcupants. Additional lifeguards $15 per hour, per lifeguard. Pool capactiy limits do apply. We do our best to ensure swimmer safety by following a lifeguard rotation schedule (meaning they are up on stand based on best practice criteria) which varies based on pool capacity. For more information, please call Sigifredo Zavala at (956) 547-6856.

FIELD RENTALS Need a great location for your big family get-together? Is your team ready to take on the world or at least anyone in the RGV? Tired of listening to tall tales from co-workers about their weekend games? Rent a softball field, kickball field, soccer field, etc. For rentals, contact Raul Maraboto at (956) 547-6861.

GYMNASIUM RENTALS We have four gymnasiums located throughout Brownsville that can be reserved for sport, parties, events, etc. The Downtown Rec Center (DRC) capacity is 300, it features bleacher seating , volleyball post, youth sized basketball hoops a kitchen and conference area. Gonzalez Gym and Oliveira Gym both have a capacity of 300. Both facilities feature bleacher seating , volleyball post, youth sized basketball hoops and concession areas. For gym rental rates & calendar availability, please contact Raul Maraboto at (956) 547-6861. For the gymnasium at the sports park, call (956) 574-6650. For something different, less stressful and less expensive, why not take the birthday party to a park? All you need are a few picnic tables, a bag of toys, a few pizzas and Mother Nature supplies the rest. 13

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A First Class Meeting Facility The Brownsville Events Center is a first class meeting facility for meetings, small conventions, trade shows and all types of social events. Conveniently located near the main shopping and dining areas, medical centers, hotels, local and historical attractions! Benefits include a beautiful semitropical green scenery to give you the Texas tropics feel with all the historical attractions and the nearby flavor of Mexico just minutes away. The Brownsville Events Center’s staff and services will delight you and your guests. There is virtually no limit to what you can host at the Brownsville Events Center. Your event satisfaction is our top priority. The main ballroom has 13,530 sq. ft. of usable space and 3 conference rooms with flexibility to accommodate the needs of various sized groups. The ballroom splits into five smaller rooms to accommodate from 65 people “classroom style” or 120 “theatre” in each room. We will work with you to make your event a success. Call us at (956) 544-0700.

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MEETING ROOMS

CORPORATE

FAMILY/SOCIAL

NON-PROFIT

HOURS

PALO ALTO GRAND BALLROOM

$3,044

$2,852

$1,522

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PALO ALTO “E”

$1,015

$951

$507

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RESACA DE LA PALMA “A”

$508

$476

$254

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MAJOR JACOB BROWN “B”

$508

$476

$254

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PALMITO HILL “C”

$508

$476

$254

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CHARLES STILLMAN “D”

$508

$476

$254

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SGT. JOSE M. LOPEZ ROOM “A”

$250

$234

$187

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FORREST REED ROOM “B”

$125

$117

$94

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BROWNSVILLE ROOM “C”

$125

$125

$94

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CONFERENCE ROOMS

Grand Flexibility

The Palo Alto Grand Ballroom is 13,530 square feet with capacities of 1200 theater, 450 classroom and 800 banquet. Conference rooms and other meeting areas are also available.

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Fine Arts and Flare

The Brownsville Events Center has famously hosted numerous dance competitions and shows.

Expos & Keynotes

Small conferences, business expos, keynote speakers, health fairs and more have made great use of the Brownsville Events Center.

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From weddings and quinceaĂąeras, to small conferences and meetings, the Ringgold Civic Pavilion offers you both an enjoyable yet calming atmosphere that caters to most event needs. The architectural design and tranquil views of the resaca, the Ringgold Civic Pavilion is one civic Facility that is undoubtedly unique. 501 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

For more information, please call (956) 547-6850.

Sabal Palm Ballroom: Friday & Saturday Rates: Rental Fee:

Damage Deposit:

Capacity:

10 Rental Hours:

Extra Hours before 2 p.m.

Extra Hours After 12 a.m.

Private Event

$1,889

$1,000

344

2 p.m. - 12 a.m

$75

$250

Corporate Event

$2,518

$1,000

344

2 p.m. - 12 a.m.

$75

$250

Non Profit

$1,260

$350

344

2 p.m. - 12 a.m.

$75

$250

Max hours before 2 p.m. is 4 hours. Max hours after 12 a.m. is 2 hours.

Sabal Palm Ballroom: Sunday - Thursday Rates

Event

Rental Fee:

Damage Deposit:

Capacity:

10 Rental Hours:

Extra Hours before 2 p.m.

Extra Hours After 12 a.m.

$1,000

$1,000

344

2 p.m. - 12 a.m

$75

$250

Max hours before 2 p.m. is 4 hours. Max hours after 12 a.m. is 2 hours.

Sabal Palm Ballroom: Multiple Event Rate

Event

Rental Fee:

Damage Deposit:

Capacity:

10 Rental Hours:

Extra Hours before 2 p.m.

Extra Hours After 12 a.m.

$800

$350

344

2 p.m. - 12 a.m.

$75

$250

Max hours before 2 p.m. is 4 hours. Max hours after 12 a.m. is 2 hours.

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Outdoor Rates: Rental Fee:

Rental

Fee Profit)

(Non Damage Deposit

Rental Hours:

Capacity

Extra Hours After 12 a.m.

Large Pavilion

$250

$150

$100

4

120

$75

Small Pavilion

$150

$90

$100

4

30 - 40

$25

Barbecue Oven

$100

$100

$100

4

NA

$25

Dean Porter Park

$1,500

$1000

10

Insurance Required

Event can be held between the hours of 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Dean Porter Park

Located inside the Mitte Cultural District, Dean Porter Park is a place where you can stroll, kayak, bike, run, swim, dance, play, celebrate, and so much more! From annual festivals such as Rock the Park and Brownsville Beer Fest, to holiday favorites such as the Pumpkin Patch, Scarecrow Trail and Texas’ famous Holiday Village, there’s something for everyone - every month!

Amazing Events!

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ALL INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS COMMUNITY THEATER OUTDOOR RENTAL PAVILIONS WALKING TRAILS WATER BOARD WALK SWIMMING POOL & SPLASH PAD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM COSTUMES OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM BBQ PAVILIONS RESACA FRONT FITNESS STATIONS

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Enjoy a summer evening at Linear Park under the moon and with the stars of your local artisan market. The park hosted open air events are great for shoppers, foodies, and weekend warriors. The Lunada Artisan Market is held every Third Saturday of the Month at Linear Park from May to September. Featuring local artisan vendors, food trucks, live music and entertainment! Shoppers can find glass garden art, Mexican curios, wood furniture, plants, jewelry, vintage collectibles, Mexican and Peruvian clothing, metal yard art, crochet, bows, wind chimes, pet supplies, and so much more! Popular films are featured at every Lunada. Films and ratings are disclosed in advance (G-PG-13). Connect with us on social media @btxparks

DOG

#BTXDOGS FURFRIENDLY #BTXPETS

Third Saturday of month. 6 to 10 p.m. at Linear Park E. 7th and E. Ringgold St.

May

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First Lunada Kids to Parks Day Movie usually begins after the sun sets. Lawn seating: Bring your own blanket and/or lawn chair. 18

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LUNADA -ARTISANMARKET @LINEAR PARK

Vist the Park RX booth for pet and people wellness and freebies. Free dog leash while supplies last.

6 - 10 p.m. @ Linear Park

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20

JULY

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AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER

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#BTXPARKS #WEAREPARKSANDREC #VISITMITTE

For more information, contact special events coordinator Michelle Otero. Phone: (956) 832-4217 | E-mail: michelle.otero@cob.us

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HOURS OF OPERATION TOURNAMENTS

PEAK SEASON: September - May 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Last cart out at 4:30 p.m.)

19TH HOLE SNACK BAR

OFF PEAK SEASON: June - August 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Last cart out at 6:30 p.m.)

Our team of golf professionals will help you host and plan your next event. Book your tournament at the Brownsville Golf Center. We offer packages ranging from $18 to $25 per player.

After a great game of golf you are invited to come and relax. Meet up with friends at the snack bar, drink a few beers or have a glass of wine. We offer light snacks and complimentary popcorn to guests.

PRO SHOP

A one stop shop. Get your gear and souvenirs! We have logo balls, hat clips, divots tools, logo poker chips, logo ball markers, novelty ball markers, postcards, logo caps, logo dri-fit tees, and logo polo shirts.

ADVERTISE WITH US

Ensure your business is on par. Take advantage of our much seen bench advertisements located throughout all 18 holes of golf and or maximize your value and add one at Dean Porter Park. 20

CONTACT US Brownsville Golf Center 1800 W. San Marcelo Blvd. (956) 541- 2582 | (956) 546-HELP BrownsvilleGolfCenter.com BrownsvilleGolfCenter@cob.us

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OUR VISION The City of Brownsville Golf Center‘s vision is to be recognized

by the Brownsville Community as a premier golf course. We carry out these programs with the ideas of a better tomorrow where our citizens have a better understanding of golf.

OUR RATES

PEAK

OFF PEAK

18 Holes with 1/2 cart

$ 25

$ 20

9 Holes with 1/2 cart

$ 18

$ 15

18 Holes walking

$ 18

$ 15

9 Holes walking

$ 13

$ 10

18 Holes Twilight with 1/2 cart

$ 18

$ 15

18 Holes Twilight walking

$ 13

$ 10

Juniors under 18

$ 7-

$ 5-

OPEN 363 DAYS A YEAR ADVERTISE WITH US Estimated 2,000 visitors each month! Call (956) 547-6855

NEED YOUR GRIPS DONE?

We offer gripping services. Prices range from $10 - $25.

Play more and save more with the annual or monthly membership. For more information, visit Brownsville Golf Center

BEST IN

QUALITY “Brownsville Golf Center staff were courteous and knowledgeable. Our experience was great!” -- Order of Alhambra Tournament Fundraiser

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SERVICE

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GET SOME

TEAM SPIRIT!

BROWNSVILLE YOUTH ATHLETICS

Play for sport, play for skill, play for health. Just play! The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Athletics Division offers year-round leagues, tournaments and events.

Little Dribblers

Do you know a 3 or 4 year old with hoop dreams? Does your child have an interest in learning about and or playing sports? The Little Dribblers Program will help your child learn the FUNdamentals of basketball and build team skills. Duration of program is five weeks. Three weeks consist of game play, and 2 weeks are structured around basketball skills building. 22

Youth Volleyball

Our Youth Volleyball leagues owe a large part of their success to excellent volunteer coaches who make learning fun! While basic skills are developed though practice and games, every child learns team sportsmanship and values necessary to being successful in life. Every game begins with a cheer and ends with a handshake.

Youth Basketball

Basketball helps kids become better students, it improves their coordination, and improves their over all well being. Basketball also helps establish a sense of community. Our leagues work with multiple age-specific levels. Every child gets to play and the games are safe, exciting, educational and fun! We encourage fair play, positive competition & family involvement.

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2020 LEAGUE INFORMATION >>>> COB.RECDESK.COM LEAGUE

AGE

REGISTRATION

FEE

Little Dribblers

3- 4 years of age

January 20 - February 21

$35 per player

Men’s 35 And Up

35 years of age and over

February 24 - March 27

$325 team

Youth Summer Basketball

9 - 18 years of age

March 9 - April 10

$40 per player

Youth Summer Basketball

3 - 8 years of age

April 13 - May 15

$40 per player

Youth Summer Volleyball

9 -18 years of age

April 13 - May 15

$40 per player

Adult Basketball

18 years of age and up

June 8 - July 10

$325 team

Fall Flag Football

7 - 12 years of age

August 10 - September 11

$45 per player

Fall Volleyball

7-12 years of age

August 10 - September 11

$45 per player

Adult basketball

18 years of age and up

September 21 - October 3

$325 team

Youth Basketball

5 -12 years of age

October 26 - December 4

$45 per player

VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!

Our leagues depend on volunteer coaches to provide teams with leadership and guidance. Please consider registering as a coach by completing the necessary paperwork (volunteer application and background check). If you need more information about volunteering as a coach, please call Youth Athletics Office at (956) 547-6861.

Game schedules are available online, please visit:

Adult Basketball

Leagues are 5 v 5 full court leagues that provide 2 referees and a scorekeeper per game. The season includes 10 regular season games with everyone making a single elimination playoff at the end. Submit a complete team or sign up on your own and we will find a team for you. See you on the court!

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Free Agents:

Players not on teams will be placed on the Free Agent List. Call or visit Youth Athletics Office for more information. Contact: Raul Maraboto (956) 547-6861 Youth Athletics Office is located inside Oliveira Gym 104 El Paso Road. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 5 p.m.

ATTENTION: Experienced referees and Scorekeepers wanted! Starting at $10 a game. Make the right call and apply today! Contact Youth Athletics Office.

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Largest Sports Park in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to the various recreation and sport options offered, this is a specialized venue for participants and spectators of various organized sports and home to the most competitive sports leagues for athletes of all ages. The park has proudly hosted TAAF Adult Flag Football State Championship Tournaments, Texas UIL Regional Soccer Semi-Finals, the Jackie Robinson Little League World Series, the Texas State Police Olympics, and the Guinness World Records Largest Zumba Class, National Night Out and popular wrestling and running events. The Brownsville Sports Park is a significant contributor to the quality of life in Brownsville and plays a large role in the area of social and economic impact for the community. Nowhere else in temperate Lower Rio Grande Valley will you find a sports complex that can host multiday tournaments, entertainment fairs, local, regional, state, national and international championships, regular leagues, tournaments, wrestling and musical concerts. The sports park also features room for upwards of 5000 guests for any event, convention, trade show, corporate retreats, company sports days and so much more. Athletic fields are equipped with adequate spectator seating, computerized irrigation systems, lighting that typically exceeds youth and adult sport requirements, and electronic scoreboards. The fields are also equipped with state-of-the-art concession areas. Hosting players from child to adult, Brownsville Sports Park programs accommodate over 200,000 visitors, 2,500 games, and dozens of tournaments and community events each year.

Brownsville Sports Park (BSP) 1000 Sports Park Blvd. Brownsville, Texas 78526

Playgrounds, fields, and amenities operate Sunday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sports Park offices are located inside the dome. Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 5 p.m.

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Did you know that the Brownsville Sports Park runs 40 sports league programs throughout the year? 3 Outdoor basketball courts 2 Lakes (0.75 acre North Lake and 5 acre South Lake) 2 Party pavilions (North and South Side) 1 Playground area 5 Sand volleyball courts

10 Full-sized lighted multi-sports fields

Brownsville was awarded the host city of the TAAF Games of Texas 2022-2023. This successful bid was made in collaboration with the BCIC, the City of Brownsville Parks & Recreation Department, and the Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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1 Full-sized lighted multi-sports turf field 5 Full-sized lighted softball/baseball fields 1 BMX bike track 1 Skate park concrete bowl 1 Walking/jogging asphalt trail

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ATHLETIC LEAGUES SPRING: JAN. 20 - FEB. 7 SUMMER: MAY 18 - JUN. 19 FALL: AUG. 10 - SEPT. 4

SPRING: APRIL 6 - MAY 11 SUMMER: JULY 20 - AUG. 17 FALL: SEPT. 21 - OCT. 9

SUMMER: APR. 20 - MAY 15

SPRING: APRIL 6 - MAY 8 SUMMER: JUNE 1 - 19

SPRING: MAY 4 - JUNE 5 SUMMER: AUG. 31 - SEPT. 18

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MEN’S/COED SOFTBALL

All teams will have 10 regular season games. Rules of play governed by the US Specialty Sports Association, excluding bat limitations.

MEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL

Games weekly: Tuesdays & Thursdays. The first eight teams paid in full will be included in the league. 8 game regular season schedule followed by Championship.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FLAG FOOTBALL

Games weekly: Tuesdays & Thursdays. The first eight teams paid in full will be included in the league. 7th & 8th grade division.

ADULT COED VOLLEYBALL

Fees include minimum 8 games and single elimination end of season tournament. Offers participants the ability to play in tournament at end of the season.

3 V 3 SOCCER (5 PLAYERS)

This style of soccer is more commonly referred to as a “small-sided” game, as compared to a full-sided game with larger teams.

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TEAM FEE:

$325

TEAM FEE:

$325

TEAM FEE:

$350

TEAM FEE:

$250

TEAM FEE:

$150


DUNK THE COMPETITION Reach a valuable audience in a unique advertising envrionment. Your brand on the field, on a banner or scrolling ads on the scoreboard. Your brand can be part of the game!

SCORE MORE CUSTOMERS

SCOREBOARD ADVERTISING is your ticket to more fans. Advertising during a game, our eyes are automatically drawn to the scoreboards advertising area with grand anticipation. Custom Horizontal Split Football LED Scoreboard 32’W x 4’H x 8”D Each Cabiniet Scoreboard Color: #76 Print Black Digit Color: White Digit Size: 24”/18” Custom TImer Digit Color: Red Intelligent Caption (IC) Size 10” Intelligent Caption (IC) Color: White Electronic Team Name (ETN) Size 10”

Electronic Team Name (ETN) Color: White Full Color LED Video Display 11.47’H x 18.88’W 16mm (210 x 360 pixel matrix)

DGT-6-T14 Set LED Delay of Game Timer

YOUR AD HERE! Use the scrolling messages to connect with the crowd and team. Sponsors have taken product branding to the next level by often adding an audience interaction with free giveaways and participation in games and incentive programs. If you are ready to spend your advertising dollars in a way that encourages local sports and community programs please contact us at (956) 574-6650 or parks@cob.us

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4’W x 5’H x 8”D Color: #76 Print Black Digit Color Amber Game Clock Digit Color: Red

Non Illuminiated Sign 32’W x 3’H Non Illuminated Sign (2) 11.5’W x 4’H Custom Decorative Split Arch Truss (2) 11.5’W x SP-1000 Stadium Pro 1000 9’W x 4’H Printable Scrim Area: 100.5”W x 36.5” H Scrim Color: #76 Print Black Imprint Color: White

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YOUTH & ADULT CLASSES ALL SKILLS ALL AGES AND NEEDS WELCOME! Our Learn to Swim classes are a great way for children and adults to build strong foundations for safe and confident swimming. However, these classes are very popular and tend to fill up fast. HELPFUL HINTS: Classes may reach maximum capacity quickly. Please remember to register early especially for Sams Pool it’s usually full first. If your class is full, check another location or sign up for the wait list. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. Parents, please be sure to review, complete and sign all forms and refund policy. Also, allow yourself extra time on the first day of class to change, rinse off, sunscreen, review the rules, and to meet your child’s instructor. SAFETY REMINDER: Lifeguards are prohibited from chatting to patrons, students, or parents while working (on stand). We need our guards eyes and undivided attention on the water to ensure every person’s safety! If you have a question or concern, look for the Lifeguard Supervisor or Pool Supervisor walking around the deck, restrooms, and or basket room monitoring operations, they are your “go to” person. To ensure quality instruction and safety, every effort is made to adhere to strict studentto-instructor ratios. Only those registered for classes will be allowed in the water while classes are in session.

Parents, due to weather or water contamination (bodily fluids/solids in the pool) class may be cancelled and made up on the Friday of the same week. REGISTRATION: In addition to our convenient online registration process, we also offer in person registration at Gonzalez Pool and Sams pool during hours of operation. If you have questions and/or special requests please reach out to the Aquatics office at (956) 275-1114, (956) 547-6856, or (956) 546-HELP. Swim lessons for individuals with disabilities or special needs are available following the inclusion model, please make sure to indicate on your registration application that you/your child has a disability (please disclose which one) and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will contact you about reasonable modifications or instructions. NOTIFICATION TIP: When you register if you sign up for text notification or email notifications you will be notified by the selected method. We will also do our best to update on our Website and Social Media pages in real time or call (956) 275-1114. 28

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$30

PER PERSON PRICE INCLUDES TAAF MEMBERSHIP

2020 SESSION DATES: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Sams Pool 06/01 - 06/11 06/15 - 06/25 06/29 - 07/09 07/13 - 07/23 07/27 - 08/06 08/17- 08/27 09/07 - 09/17

1 2 3 4 5

Gonzalez Pool 06/08 - 06/18 06/22 - 07/02 07/06 - 07/16 07/20 - 07/30 08/03 - 08/13

SCHEDULE: SAMS POOL

GONZALEZ POOL

PARENT AND CHILD

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8

9

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X

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9

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5

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7

X

PM

5

6

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The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of swimming options to improve swimming skills, build confidence in the water, and teach personal water safety. Students will learn water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase socialemotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. All lessons are conducted under the supervision of certified life guards and taught by certified swim instructors trained in CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.

To register for a session, visit

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RECREATION SWIM (PUBLIC SWIM SEASON 2020)

When it’s hot in south Texas, cool off at one or both City of Brownsville public swimming pools and facilities. Enjoy lap swimming and aqua aerobics. Call (956) 275-1114 for more information and/or facility rental inquiries. HOURS OF OPERATION FOR SAMS AND GONZALEZ: Monday - Friday: 12 - 4:45 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. *Public Swim Cost of Admission

Cash & Debit. All Purchases are final. No Refunds. General

Child

Senior

(13+ years of age)

(12 and under)

(55+ years of age)

$2

$1

$1

GONZALEZ POOL

34 Tony Gonzalez Drive | (956) 541-6202 Begins: Saturday, May 30, 2020 Ends: Sunday, August 16, 2020

TAKE THE PLUNGE!

JOIN THE BROWNSVILLE SWIM TEAM. TRY OUTS:

MAY 9, 16 & 23

9 AM @ SAMS POOL

Registration $50 (YEAR) Price includes team swim cap. Competition dues are not included in the yearly fee.

T.A.A.F. State Swimming qualification begins at the local level with the swim athlete being registered through their member city swim team, affiliate swim team or as an unattached athlete. Practice meets, depending on region, are available to the athlete prior to regional competition. The T.A.A.F. registered athlete must qualify through regional competition (the region in which they are registered). Once the athlete qualifies at region level, he or she advances to the T.A.A.F. State Swim Meet held at the T.A.A.F. Summer Games of Texas.

LIFEGUARDING/FIRST AID/CPR/AED Earn your lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross through Brownsville Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division. Our lifeguard certification courses are designed to ensure that you are properly trained and prepared in the event of a water emergency.

SAMS POOL 501 E. Ringgold Street | (956) 542-0949 Begins: S aturday, May 23, 2020

Participants that pass the training course will earn certification in CPR, First Aid and AED. For more information, please contact Sigifredo Zavala at (956) 275-1114 or visit

Ends: Sunday, September 27, 2020

Lap Swimming at Sams Pool* Days of Week: Mon - Fri

Time 6 - 8 a.m.

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Aqua Aerobics at Sams Pool* Days of Week: Mon - Fri

Time 6 - 8 a.m.

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Classes will take place at Sams Pool 5-8 p.m.

Registration fee is

$120

Cost includes Certification, Fanny Pack and CPR Mask.

MAY

8 9 10 22 23 24

JUNE

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM for teens 14 - 17 years of age who are interested in job training in the field of parks and recreation.

TRAINING

LOCATION S : DOWNTOWN REC CENTER - 1338 E. 8TH ST. GONZALEZ PARK - 34 TONY GONZALEZ DR. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL GLORIA GONZALEZ AT (956) 547-6857 or (956) 275-1063

35

$

Per Session

REGISTER ONLINE: COB.RECDESK.COM

LIFEGUARD + INSTRUCTOR IN TRAINING LIIT PROGRAM IS FOR TEENS (AGES 14-17) WHO ARE INTERESTED IN JOB TRAINING IN FIELD OF AQUATICS.

70*

$

Per Session

JUNE 15 - JUNE 26 & JULY 6 - JULY 17 at Sams Pool

*First Aid/CPR/AED Certification is included with cost of program. **Lifeguard Certfication requires an additional (optional) fee of $50. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SIGIFREDO ZAVALA AT (956) 275-1114 OR (956) 546-HELP. 31

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* THIS IS A TRAINING AND MENTORING PROGRAM ONLY. EMPLOYMENT IS NOT GUARANTEED.

LEADERS IN

... GAIN JOB TRAINING* ... EARN FIRST AID CERTIFICATION ... GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ... FOSTER LEADERSHIP SKILLS ... BUILD RESUME ... EXPLORE AND NETWORK ... PARKS & RECREATION FOCUS


This summer, Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. are MRU Block Party days! Our fun Mobile Recreation Unit includes inflatable water slide, portable basketball hoops, tricycles, hula hoops, arts and crafts supplies and an assortment of other outdoor recreational equipment. Free snacks available while supplies last. There will be splashing, please make sure you dress for water activities and bring a towel!

FRIDAYS 6 - 8 p.m.

JOIN US AT THIS PARK:

ADDRESS

JUNE 12

Edelstein Park

1155 E. Polk Street

JUNE 19

Central Ave Park

JUNE 26

McNair Park

JULY 10

Cabler Park

JULY 17

Morningside Park

JULY 24

Garfield Park

JULY 31

Windwood Park

AUGUST 7

Rockwell Apartments

25 N. Central Avenue 350 E. St. Charles St. 550 Burnett Road 1207 S. Central Avenue 171 Garfield Street 420 Trailwind Way 2735 Rockwell Drive

VOLUNTEER BROWNSVILLE

When you volunteer you: đ&#x;—š Learn new skills & build your resume. đ&#x;—š Earn credits/hours. đ&#x;—š Undertake new challenges. đ&#x;—š Stay active & socially conscious. đ&#x;—š You’re helping your community.

City of Brownsville Parks & Recreation Department offers many volunteer

For more information, call Michelle Otero (956) 275-2624 or (956) 832-4217

#VOLUNTEERBTX

How you can volunteer: đ&#x;—š Coach a team đ&#x;—š Community Service đ&#x;—š Participate at the Bike Barn đ&#x;—š Adopt A Park đ&#x;—š Volunteer with special events 2019

opportunties. To inquire, call or text (956) 459-1631 or email volunteerbtx@cob.us.

Brownsville Beautification Committee meets the second Monday of the month as posted at City Hall. For more information, please dial (956) 547-6532 or email BBC@cob.us

Keep Brownsville Beautiful participates in Resaca Clean Ups, Beach Clean Ups, Graffiti Abatement, Recycling efforts and more. For more information, please call (956) 547-6857 or email KBB@cob.us. 32

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JUNIOR RANGERS OUTDOOR

ADVENTURE

P R O G R A M a t O L I V E I R A PA R K Sports, birding, fishing, kayaking, hiking, nature photography, and more!

Outdoor Adventure program is designed for children ages 6 - 17 years of age.

Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Breakfast & Lunch provided by B.I.S.D until July 31, 2020. DOES NOT OFFER EXTENDED PROGRAM HOURS.

Register your child for one or all sessions: #

Activity

Begins

Ends

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Archery

June 1

June 5

2

Birding

June 8

June 12

3

Camping

June 15

June 19

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Fishing

June 22

June 26

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Species and Nature

June 29

July 2

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Kayaking

July 6

July 10

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Latino Conservation

July 13

July 17

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Hunting

July 20

July 24

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Photography

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July 31

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Beach

August 3

August 7

30

$

Note: All of our outdoor activities at this program will require participants to be dressed appropriately, for both their comfort and safety. Please bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), shorts and a lightweight Per session & Includes program jacket and a water bottle. Insect repellent is also recommended. T-Shirt

Register online, visit

COB.RECDESK.COM

COB PARD Summer Programs are not a licensed childcare facility. Questions about the standards of care? See our childcare ordinance # 2020-8988-FF.

SUMMER

Register your child for one or all sessions: #

Activity

Begins

Ends

1

Fun in Nature

June 1

June 5

2

Blast from the Past

June 8

June 12

3

Full S.T.E.M. Ahead

June 15

June 19

4

All Things Wet & Wild

June 22

June 26

5

Species & Nature

June 29

July 3

6

Calling all Artist

July 6

July 10

7

Wide World of Sports

July 13

July 17

8

Under the Sea

July 20

July 24

9

Space Explorers

July 27

July 31

10

Summer Celebration

August 3

August 7

REC PROGRAM

30

$

Per child/session Includes T-shirt

Program Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. +Extended Program: Monday - Friday 4 - 6 p.m.

Extended program is optional. If selected, the cost will include an additional fee of $10.

2 convenient locations: Downtown Rec Center (DRC) 1338 E. 8th St. (90 Cap) Gonzalez Park (Urban Center) 34 Tony Gonzalez Dr. (140 Cap)

Summer Rec program is open to children ages 5 -17. For more information, please contact

Gloria Gonzalez at (956) 547-6857

Breakfast and Lunch provided by BISD until July 31, 2020.

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Summer Safari

Animal Play Days

What is your child doing this summer? Why not spend the summer learning at the Zoo? Each day includes fun-filled activities for kids starting at age 4. This exciting summer program offers sessions full of games, stories, Zoo tours, and up-close encounters with animals.

Come and watch as zookeepers give our animals “play” items. Animal enrichment provides novel food and play items to stimulate and entertain Zoo inhabitants.

June-August, 2020

Space is limited. Preregister today. Fee for two-day classes is $40 for Zoo members and $50 for non-members. Week-long camps are $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Download the schedule online, e-mail educ@gpz.org or call (956) 548-WILD (9453) to register or for more information.

May 10 & September 6, 2020

World Giraffe Day June 21, 2020

World Giraffe Day is a world-wide day of recognition for the longest necked animal on the planet.

Kids Appreciation Day August 1, 2020 | Noon - 4 p.m.

Celebrate your child on National Kids Day with a trip to the Zoo. Fun activities for kids and lots of extras like passports, goodie bags and prizes. 500 E. Ringgold St. Brownsville, TX

(956) 546-7187 | GPZ.ORG

PU RC H A S E A FA M I LY M E M B E R S H I P TO DAY FO R $80 TO G E T U N L I M I T E D V I S I T S TO T H E ZO O FO R A Y E A R!

NORTH AMERICAN RIVER OTTER

Visit the Children’s Musuem and enjoy our newest 2020 traveling exhibits!

Open February through May

Open May through September

Children’s Museum of Brownsville Admission 8. per person 50

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SALUTE TO FREEDOM

CELEBRATION JULY4THBROWNSVILLE.COM Join us on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at the Brownsville Sports Park as we celebrate our Nation’s 244th birthday. There will be food, games, family fun and a spectacular fireworks show to mark the occasion.

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The National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company awarded grant funding to the City of Brownsville’s Parks and Recreation Department. In the heart of the Mitte Cultural District stationed at the original scale house along the Historic Battlefield Trail (NRT) in Linear Park, part of the Buena Vida Choice Neighborhood and a designated eligible CDBG HUD area for low to moderate income families; the Inclusion Caboose Project turns our 1929 historic caboose into an interactive play library. Lending books, providing adaptive devices for reading/listening, inclusive sensory items, and puppets to individuals with disabilities so they can sit in adaptive seating under a shade structure to protect those with skin disabilities to engage in storytelling and performing. An intergenerational self-led program that is designed to allow them to be them, that allows them to be with and interact with their peers in the outdoors exposed to nature & socializing, increasing literacy, cognitive, speech, listening, and emotive skills.

Did you know that many local parks have been funded by your participation in the Census? Four parks within the last 2 years - Ruiz, Garfield, Edelstein, & Central Ave Parks! For more information or to sign up to work the upcoming 2020 Census please call (956) 546-HELP or email parks@cob.us. Each and every Brownsville resident matters, and participation in the 2020 Census will prove it. ​

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

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