Summer PLAY Guide 2023

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Summer 2023

Letter from the Mayor

City Council Members

Mayor Gerard Hudspeth

Vicki Byrd, District 1

Brian Beck, Mayor Pro Tem, District 2

Jesse Davis, District 3

Vacant, District 4

Brandon Chase McGee, At-Large Place 5

Chris Watts, At-Large Place 6

Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Board

George Ferrie

Jerry Dooley

Frances Punch

Kwami Koto

Robert Aughtry

Public Art Committee

Monet Franklin

Valois Vera

Adam Chamberlin

Jennifer Lane

Leigh Johnson

Frederick Nichelson

Customer Service

Denton Civic Center

321 E. McKinney St. (940) 349-7275

Americans with Disabilities

Denton Parks and Rec welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. Relay Texas services are available for the hearing impaired and can accommodate different needs and capabilities by dialing 7-1-1. For more information on accommodations, disability-focused programs, and inclusion in all programs, contact the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Mia Macy at or by phone, (940) 349-7757.

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4 | Registration Information & Policies 5 | Operating Hours & Memberships 6 | Special Events Holiday events, open house, fairs, and more 9 |
Centers Information
Rec Center, MLK Jr. Rec Center, North Lakes Rec Center, Denton Civic Center 13 | Health & Fitness Group Exercise, Personal Training, and programs 17 | Active Adult 50+ Hours of operations, events, health and fitness, etc. 22 | Adult & Youth Athletics Sports leagues, instruction, and clinics 24 | Driving Range Hours of operation, rentals, youth and adult golf lessons 25 | Pickleball & Tennis Hours of operation, rentals, youth and adult tennis lessons 26 | Youth Instruction Youth programs 27 | Enrichment Programs Dog training, CPR, turtoring, baby sitter training and more. contents Table
Published March 2023 • ADA/EOE/ADEA • TDD (800) 735-2989 • 28 | Adapted Rec
art, and
30 | Recreation Care
children and teens 32
Water Park passes, swim lessons, etc 38 | Keep Denton Beautiful Volunteer Opportunities Ways to volunteer, events, and information 40 | Outdoor Recreation Community garden, hunting, special events, hikes, kayaking, and archery 43 | Discuss Denton Denton Parks and Recreation master plan updates 47 | Award Highlights 48 | Facility Rentals Civic Center, party packages, pavilion rentals, and more
Social connections, sports,
After school programs and all-day camps for
Denton NAT,


Summer is just around the corner and, like most of you, my family is looking forward to the warmer weather and all that summer brings - trips to the water park, summer camp, and community events.

This summer, I invite you to join me and my family in exploring all that Denton Parks and Recreation has to offer. Visit Water Works Park and spend the day splashing in the wave pool or floating in the lazy river, at Quakertown Park enjoying some popcorn under the stars at Movie in the Park, adventuring off-road at the Hartlee Field Mountain Bike Trail, or just enjoying some time with family on a walk through one of our many parks or trails.

Whatever summer means for you, there are plenty of ways to PLAY in Denton!

Thank you for your continued support of Denton Parks. I look forward to seeing you out there this summer!


To unite and grow lives by preserving parks and encouraging play

UNITE internally and within the community

GROW lives physically, mentally, and emotionally

PRESERVE parks by being good stewards


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Gary Packan Parks & Recreation Director

(940) 349-7460

Nikki Sassenus

Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

(940) 349-7469

Fince Espinoza

Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

(940) 349-7464

Stephanie Gray Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

(940) 349-8763

Megan Thomas Program Area Manager

(940) 349-7752

Autumn Natalie Program & Events Manager

(940) 349-8711




To register online, a family or individual CivicRec account must be created. Visit


We welcome in-person registrations at all of our Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, and the Natatorium.

Please have your information and credit card ready, to better assist you. (940) 349-7275



We reserve the right to cancel a class/activity that does not meet minimum registration.


A refund or credit equal to the registration fee will be given as long as the particpant withdraws by the deadline. For special circumstances, please contact the activity’s supervisor. Memberships are nonrefundable.


By participating in Denton Parks and Recreation programming and events you consent to having your photograph taken for marketing purposes.


You are considered a resident if you pay City of Denton property taxes.

To confirm, visit

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Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.


Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change



For Water Park Hours, including Water Works Park, Civic Center Pool, and the Natatorium see pages 32-34!


Parks and Recreation facility hours will be modified in observance of city holidays.


Rec Centers CLOSED, Aquatic facilities OPEN


Rec Centers CLOSED, Aquatic facilities OPEN


Rec Centers CLOSED, Aquatic facilities OPEN


Through partnership with the Denton Parks Foundation, we offer a variety of scholarship options for the Denton community to enjoy all of our programs. Scholarships are available for low to moderately-low households. Each qualifying individual will recieve $150 per year to apply towards 50% off any program. Additional scholarships for all-day summer camps are provided through CDBG funding. Availability varies per year. For more information visit our scholarships page at or email,




g DROP IN, $3


g Gymnasiums for open rec basketball, pickleball, and volleyball

g Drop in activities

g Game rooms, pool tables, ping pong tables, video games, and computers

g The indoor walking track at the Denton Civic Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

g Valid one year from the date of purchase.

Fee-based activities don’t require a rec pass.


g ONE MONTH, $20


g ONE YEAR, $120


g Fitness equipment rooms and gymnasiums

g Fitness rooms include treadmills, recumbent bikes, elliptical trainers, Precor cardio and strength training equipment, and Olympic free weights

g All Rec Pass benefits

g Ages 14-15 must be accompanied by an adult

g Child watch available at North Lakes Rec Center, see page 13.



g ONE MONTH, $30


g ONE YEAR, $299



g Unlimited group exercise classes, weight rooms, cardio equipment, and rec pass activities

g Valid at all rec centers and senior centers

g Equipment provided

Available at reduced or free rate with qualifying insurance. For more information, see page 18.

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Special Events Staff

Arianna Bencid

(940) 349-8732

Tori Hill

Special Events Coordinator

(940) 349-8272

Co Sponsorship

The City of Denton provides sponsorship funds to support nonprofit and civic-minded programs and organizations which further a charitable cause, economic or community growth or serve a public interest. The application period is scheduled to open in June 2023 for events between October 1, 2023, and September 30, 2024.

Special Event Permit

Hosting a special event in Denton? Our staff is here to help event organizers through the City permitting process by providing necessary requirements and guidelines.

Special event refers to a temporary event, gathering, or organized activity, including but not limited to parades, bike races, fun runs, block parties, parking lot events, concerts, carnivals, or festivals. Permit Process Includes:

upcoming special events


Emily Frenkel Quilt Talk

Emily Frenkel will present her quilt “The 1922 Displacement of the Town of Quaker, in Denton, TX” to the Visual Arts Society of Texas at their April meeting.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center | 6:45 p.m.

Free to attend


Quakertown Quilt Public Exhibition

This is an unusual, but also unusually compelling project. Emily Frenkel took it upon herself to stitch a quilt that is a map of Quakertown as it existed. She will be displaying the quilt at the library and will also be giving a talk at VAST, that we may also include in the calendar.

Emily Fowler Central Library | 7-9 p.m.

Free to attend


Teen Twilight Egg Hunt

Enjoy candy, prizes and a fun night with friends. Event begins at 7 p.m. with outdoor games, food trucks and more. Registration for the hunt begins at 7:45 p.m. and the outside hunt begins at 8 p.m. or sunset. Teens need to bring a flashlight and basket or bucket to participate.

Denia Rec Center| 7-9 p.m.

Free to attend


Easter Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt

Hop on over for an Eggstravaganza of bounce houses, food vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, and over 40,000 eggs! Best of all, the Easter Bunny will be there for FREE pictures - just bring your cell phone or camera! Don’t forget to bring your favorite basket from home for the egg hunt!

Quakertown Park & Denton Civic Center| 9 a.m.-Noon

Free to attend

For more information, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

Egg Hunt Schedule

• 9-10 a.m. | Sensory Egg Hunt with reduced lights and sound

• 9:30 a.m. | Ages 0-2

• 10:30 a.m. | Ages 3-4 & Ages 7-8

• 11:30 a.m. | Ages 5-6 & Ages 9-10

1. Review the permit criteria 2. Secure event date 3. Submit a special event permit application 4. Application assesment and Review 5. Application approval, denial, and/or revocation 6 | Unite, Grow, Play


College and Career Fair

Take advantage of the opportunity to find new employment, volunteer activities, or gather information for college. The Career and College Fair will provide an opportunity to visit employers, colleges, and community organizations. Enhance your skills and learn about the common Texas application and FAFSA process.

MLK Jr. Rec Center| 10 a.m.-Noon

Free to attend


Movie in the “Jurassic” Park

Welcome to Jurassic Park! Head to Quakertown Park for a movie night in the park featuring a showing of Jurassic Park (1993-PG). Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on the lawn and get ready for a wild adventure!

Food trucks will be on-site to purchase yummy treats.

Quakertown Park (South)| 7 p.m.

Free to attend


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate the cultural exploration of Asian/Pacific Americans. In May we celebrate Asian/Pacific American Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of ancestors of American citizens who came from all over the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

MLK Jr. Rec Center| 1-3 p.m.

Free to attend


Explorium Touch A Truck - Partnered Event

Hosted by Explorium Denton Children’s Museum

Touch-A-Truck is a community-wide event hosted by Explorium Denton Children’s Museum, which allows children of all ages to touch, climb, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment.

CH Collins Athletic Complex (1500 Long Rd.)

Free to attend


Maps and stories to make a quilt:

“The 1922 Displacement of the Town of Quaker”. Emily Frenkel will discuss her love of maps and stories which prompted her desire to describe, in a quilt, the history of Quakertown, and the contemporary legacy of Quakertown’s removal.

Emily Fowler Central Library | 7 p.m.

Free to attend


Movie in the Park featuring Star Wars

Join the rebellion for a movie night in the park featuring a showing of a Star Wars film. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on the lawn and immerse yourselves in the galaxy. May the force be with you!

Food trucks will be on-site to purchase yummy treats.

Quakertown Park (South)| 7 p.m.

Free to attend

MAY 12

Food Truck Frenzy

Grab your family and friends and join Denton Parks and Recreation at Rayzor Ranch Park for Food Truck Frenzy! Don’t forget to bring an appetite and chairs for an afternoon of live music and a variety of local food trucks.

Rayzor Ranch Park| 5 p.m.

Free to attend


Yappy Hour

Grab your four-legged companions and join us at the North Lakes Dog Park for Yappy Hour. Enjoy an evening of fun, food, and furry friends!

North Lakes Dog Park| 6-9 p.m.

Free to attend

JUNE 16-17

Denton Juneteenth Celebration and Parade

Partnered Event

Juneteenth University and the Denton Juneteenth Celebration Committee will host the annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebration. Meet up at Fred Moore Park for a live celebration with special guest artists, a youth talent show, and so much more. Fred Moore Park

JULY 1-20

Elf Note

We’ll send out a note from one of Santa’s elves as a reminder that Santa is watching, so they better be good!

Denia Rec Center

$2 fee per note, Register at


Anti-Bullying Event

Speakers, vendors, and activities addressing bullying. Denia Rec Center| Noon-4 p.m.

Free to attend


North Texas Fair and Rodeo Parade

Partnered Event

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo hosted by the North Texas Fair Association is nine days of live country music, first-class rodeos, livestock shows, kid & fun zones, carnival rides, food, games, vendors, and more. 2217 N Carroll Blvd

For information on Keep Denton Beautiful Special Events, see page 38.

Great American Clean Up, March 25

Redbud Festival, April 29

Honey Run, May 20

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Denton Jubilee Denton Jubilee 2023 CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 1



Participant check-in starts at 6:30 AM.


Race Bag Medals for 1-mile participants 1st-3rd place medals for 5K particpants

Race T-Shirt



Parade participant check-in starts at 7:30 AM. Parade entries will be judged starting at 8:15AM.


Most Patriotic Float

Most Patriotic Bicycle

Most Patriotic Vehicle

Monday, July 3

Most Patriotic Pet

Most Patriotic Baby Best Unit with Theme

Music Food Trucks Bounce Houses Hot Dog Eating Contest Face Painting Rock Climbing Games Photo Stations
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The Historic Denton Civic Center was designed by renowned Texas Architect O’Neil Ford. It is centrally located near downtown Denton in beautiful Quakertown Park. The Civic Center is available for a variety of rentals. Schedule a time to tour the facility and to meet with a Civic Center team member who will help bring your event vison to life.


The focal-point of the Denton Civic Center, the 9,000 square-foot indoor rotunda is the perfect venue for a wide range of events, such as trade shows, banquets, conferences, town halls, conventions, community events, wedding receptions, quinceañeras, live performances, reunions, proms, and social events. The rotunda can accommodate up to 1,000 guests or 300 seated.


The peaceful setting of Quakertown Park is available when you rent the 4,000 square-foot outdoor, covered plaza. Equipped with lighting for evening rentals and electricity, this is a perfect spot for your patio-style event.


The Denton Civic Center features an indoor walking track which is open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. Access to the walking track is included with a Denton Parks and Recreation Rec Pass and Gym Membership.

* For more information or to book your next event at the Denton Civic Center, see page 47.


Megan Doughty Recreation Supervisor (940) 349-8735


Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday CLOSED


(940) 349-7275


321 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 76201

For more information, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

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Cheylon Brown

Recreation Supervisor

(940) 349-8576

Yosselin Muller

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-8147

Fredrick Bishop

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-8579

Samuel Taylor

Recreation Specialist

(940) 349-8575


Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday CLOSED


(940) 349-8575


1300 Wilson St.

Denton, TX 76205


MLK Jr. Rec Center is a 21,560-square-foot facility with a combined cadio-weight room, indoor basketball court, a computer room, a game room, an arts and crafts room, and a multi-purpose room adjacent to a kitchen that is available for rentals.

MLK Jr. Rec Center offers an array of fee-based programs, including Xtreme Hip Hop, karate, spring and summer camps, and more. For information, check out the Fitness and Enrichment Programming pages.

We also host a variety of cultural programs such as MLK Day, Black History Month, Black History Art Exhibit, Cultural Experience series, Women’s History Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.


The MLK Jr. Rec Center gymnasium is available for open play: Basketball Open-Play Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Saturday, 9-10 a.m.

Volleyball Open-Play Hours: Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.


MLK Jr. Rec Center hosts a variety of community meetings such as SEDNA, NAACP, Juneteenth, and voting. If you are interested in hosting a community meeting reach out to us at (940) 349-8575.

For Membership Information, see page 5.

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Denia Recreation Center is a 17,415-square-foot facility with a combined cadio-weight room, indoor basketball court, a game room with a public computer, an indoor rock climbing wall; and three multi-purpose rooms that are available for rentals.


Denia’s gymnasium is available for open play:

Basketball Open-Play Hours:

Tuesday, 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 7-9 a.m.

Thursday, 7-8 a.m.

Friday, 5-7 p.m.

Pickleball Open-Play Hours:

Monday & Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Denia Rec Center’s 20-foot wall uses top-rope climbing and offers five courses, each varying in degree of difficulty. With the completion of the annual safety course, members and nonmembers can access the wall for a small hourly fee during open hours without requiring staff belay. Guests seeking to climb the wall without the safety course can make an appointment for staff to belay. An hourly rate will apply. Rock Wall is open during center hours, but programs or events may close the wall temporarily.


A variety of courses are offered including basic rock climbing. For more information on courses offered visit


For membership information, see page 5.

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LOCATION 1001 Parvin St. Denton, TX 76205


Alicia McDaniel

Recreation Supervisor

(940) 349-7764

Brad Groves

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-7761

Mia Macy

Adapted & Inclusive Coordinator

(940) 349-7757

Ruby McKoy

Recreation Specialist

(940) 349-8287


Monday - Friday

5 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 4 p.m.




(940) 349-8287


2001 W. Windsor Dr. Denton, TX 76207


North Lakes Recreation Center is a 17,417-square-foot facility with a cardio fitness equipment room, a weight room, an indoor basketball court, and three multi-purpose rooms that are available to rent. The cardio fitness equipment room features treadmills, elliptical trainers, recumbent bikes, stair master, and a rowing machine. The weight room features Precor and commercial-grade strength training machines, Olympic weight bars, free weights, power racks, a smith machine, cable pulls, and incline and flat weight benches.

Visit North Lakes to use our fitness equipment, attend over 25 group exercise classes per week, play basketball or pickleball, or learn a new skill. We also have karate classes, CPR certification classes, dog training, sports skills classes, and more.


North Lakes’ gymnasium is available for open play: Basketball Open-Play Hours:

Half Court: Mondays & Fridays, 6-8 a.m. and noon-3 p.m.

Half Court: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-8 a.m.

Half Court: Wednesday, 6-8 a.m.

Full court: Tuesday- Friday, 8-10 p.m.

Pickleball Open-Play Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday, Noon-3 p.m.


For Membership information, see page 5.

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Xtreme Hip Hop brings life and fun back to fitness! A cardio workout that revamps traditional step aerobics with dance fitness moves set to old and new school hip hop.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, 10:15 a.m.


30-Minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts designed to improve strength, increase cardiovascular fitness, and build lean muscle. These workouts utilize barbells, weight plates, step platforms, and plyometric, speed, and agility body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups.

North Lakes Rec Center

Monday, 5:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 5:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Friday, 5:30 a.m.

Saturday, 7:15 a.m.


Always wanted to be a runner? Here is your starting place. This non-instructional running group is great for those with a beginner fitness level. Train for your first 5K in an open, accepting social environment. Group meets rain or shine.

North Lakes Rec Center





Bring your children while you workout! North Lakes Gym Child Watch offers a clean and safe environment for your kids to socialize, interact, use their creativity, and most importantly, have fun. For children aged 8-weeks to 11 years old. Free with a parent’s three-month or one-year gym membership. $10 per month/ per family with parent’s one-month gym or group exercise membership. Drop-in $5 per child.

North Lakes Rec Center

Monday - Saturday | 8-11 a.m.

Monday - Thursday | 4-8 p.m.

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A 30-minute refresher for exercisers who are somewhat familiar with fitness equipment. Staff will show you the basic operation of the cardio equipment machines and selectorized weight machines. To schedule an appointment, stop by any front desk.


During this 60-minute assessment, a trainer will gauge your current fitness level and set benchmark “before” body measurements to compare against future body measurements as you progress toward your fitness goals.

What Fitness Assessment measures:

g Benchmark Measurements

g Body Fat Percentage

g Muscle Mass

g Basal Metabolic Rate

g Metabolic Age

g Visceral Fat

g Resting Heart Rate

g Circumference Measurements

g Cardio Respiratory Endurance

g Flexibility

g Sub-Maximal Strength Tests


Smart Start is a one-time 90-minute personal training session designed to set you on the right path to using the weight room and cardio equipment independently, with a personalized workout plan.


Personal Training packages are available for fitness members, any fitness level, and consist of half-hour or one-hour sessions that meet one, two, or three days per week based on fitness goals and motivational levels.

Includes, but is not limited to:

g Customized Fitness/Weight Loss Programs

g One-on-One Training

g Exercise Prescription & Instruction

g Post-Physical Therapy Rehab

g Goal Setting, Motivation, Feedback

g Build Lean Muscle Mass

g Increasing Bone Density

g Restore Range of Motion

Upon completion, you may purchase more sessions or choose single-session assessments to track progress and set new targets. To schedule an appointment, stop by the front desk at North Lakes Rec Center.



Seema has been an instructor a little over five years. She just started teaching for Denton Parks and Rec this past November, although she did teach at MLK in fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. Seema currently teaches BollyX (Dance Fitness workout) on Mondays at 6 p.m. & Yoga on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Denia Rec.

She became an instructor because dancing and all forms of fitness are her passion, but to be able to share it with others brings her a lot more joy! Seema loves the connections she makes as an instructor with people from various backgrounds. She also gets to share a bit of her early childhood dance culture through BollyX, which is a unique dance format inspired by Bollywood-India, where she was born.

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A high-energy interval-training cardio workout. Restore your fitness with high, medium, and low-impact athletic aerobic exercise and body weight moves, such as squats and pushups.


A high-energy cardio workout that draws from Karate, Boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi & Muay Thai. Punch and kick your way to cardio fitness while burning up to 570 calories.


A Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength, and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Improve your flexibility and increase core strength while reducing stress.


A barbell workout for anyone looking to get toned and fit fast! Build strength using a light to moderate weighted barbell, free weights, and body weight exercises.

Les Mills CORE™

Build strength and stability in the muscles that support your core, improve balance, and assist injury prevention with floor and standing exercises using resistance tubes, weight plates, and bodyweight.

Chair Yoga

A series of gentle seated and standing yoga poses designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. A chair is used for standing support and posture alignment. Close-toed shoes are required for the duration of this mat-free class.


A dance-fitness class that embodies the infectious energy, expression and movement of Bollywood.


Takes the “work” out of workout by mixing low and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dancefitness party.

Indoor Cycling

This 45-minute stationary bike workout improves cardiovascular fitness while strengthening and toning your lower body muscles.

Cycle Yoga

Improve cardio endurance, strength, and flexibility with 40 minutes of high energy cardio training on a stationary bike followed by a 20-minute practice of yoga on a mat.

Classically Fit, 50+

A senior fitness workout featuring functional exercises designed to help participants maintain an independent lifestyle. Build strength and improve coordination, balance, agility, and cardio fitness.

SilverSneakers® Classic, 50+

An introductory senior-fitness workout designed to improve muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and mobility. Exercises are performed using handheld weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a small air-filled ball. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support. Movements can be adapted to suit various limitations and fitness levels.

Senior Mat Yoga, 50+

A series of mat yoga poses designed specifically for seniors to increase spinal flexibility, balance, core strength, and hip mobility.

Zumba® Gold, 50+

Takes the “work” out of workout by mixing low and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dancefitness party.

These classes are available with the Group Exercise Memberships, for rates, see page 5.

For an updated class schedule, visit

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The American Legion Hall serves as a gathering place for adults, age 50 and older, to partake in daily fellowship, monthly socials, seminars, and trips. Activities include sewing, exercise, table games, puzzles, bingo, and more!


Legionnaires Patio is a beautiful area where patrons can enjoy the beautiful Fred Moore Park while viewing plants and herbs.


Veteran’s Wall of Honor is a Memorial dedicated to the African American veterans of World War II from Denton, Texas. Interested in learning about the culture of local Denton veterans, come and enjoy the presentation.



Cheylon Brown

Recreation Supervisor

(940) 349-8576

Yvonne Kendricks

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-8296


Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday CLOSED


(940) 349-8298

LOCATION 629 Lakey St. Denton, TX 76205

Meet Mrs. willie frances Champion smith

Willie Frances attended Fred Moore Elementary and High School and continued her education at Texas Woman’s University. She worked at Victor Equipment, was a teacher’s aide at Ginnings Elementary, and also worked as a Special Ed. aide. Mrs. Smith was one of the DISD library aides when technology was first introduced. The six library aides installed computers at schools and taught students how to use the them.

Willie Frances was a member of the Denton Garden Club of Texas Federation and won numerous ribbons; her favorite plant is the African Violet. She is a regular member of the American Legion Hall Senior Center and advisory board, and is a member of Saint James AME Church. A self-taught storyteller, she is a mother of six children, grandmother of seven, and great grandmother of eleven.

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Nicole Brasher

Senior Center Supervisor

(940) 349-8727

Jane Riddle

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-8722

Tyler Smith

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-7784

Lynda Leonard

Recreation Specialist

(940) 349-8721


Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday



(940) 349-8270


509 N. Bell Ave. Denton, TX 76209


Denton Senior Center is a 19,430-square-foot facility with a full-service fitness room, woodshop, game room, library, and several multipurpose rooms. The center serves as a gathering place where adults, age 50 and older, can exercise, learn, and challenge themselves. Plus, socialize on the many trips or special events.


A shop to purchase handmade items crafted by local seniors, where each purchase gives back to support the Denton Parks Foundation.

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Access is granted on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly option for anyone age 50+. Novice and experienced woodworkers are welcome!

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Meet Ann and Maureen

For information and to register, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

Ann and Maureen enjoy working out, specifically the Chair Yoga class with Andi, seeing friends, and meeting new people. They also love the opportunities available to learn about healthy food and how to eat chickpeas! They believe if you want to feel better, you should be at the senior center. “You’ll feel 100 percent better when you leave!” When asked, Ann and Maureen said their favorite thing about visiting the senior center is the people and staff, because of how kind and thoughtful everyone is.

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For event details and more, visit! Please register in advance, even if program is free. Rec pass or fitness membership is required.

Ongoing Programs

Whether you are looking for games, crafts, or gardening, we’ve got something for everyone! Check out the variety of programs offered both at American Legion Hall and Denton Senior Center. There is something for everyone! Some programs may require additional fees.

Perks and Fun at American Legion Hall!

Sewing Class | Monday | 11:30 a.m.

Tai Chi |Tuesday |2 p.m.

Spades |Tuesday |1 p.m.

Walking Wednesday| Wednesday |8:30 a.m.

Hope Kitchen | Wednesday | Noon

Bingo | Wednesday and Thursday | 2 p.m.

Ceramics Painting | Thursday |10 a.m. Domino Tournament | Thursday | 6 p.m. Book Club | First Friday | 1 p.m. Adult Coloring | Friday | 1 p.m.

Perks and Fun at Denton Senior Center!

Middle Eastern Dancing | Monday | 6:30 p.m.

Marlene’s Makers | First Friday | 1 p.m.

Line Dancing | Tuesday | 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Social Dance Lessons | Wednesday | 6:40 p.m.

Ceramics | Tuesday and Thursday | 10:30 a.m.

Acrylic Painting | Tuesday | 5:30 p.m.

DCMG Gardening Class | Second Friday | 9 a.m.

Social Painting | Monday | 11 a.m.


Mindfulness with Okievia

The mindfulness classes will be held once a week for six weeks, with each session being 1-hour long. Each session will start with an educational component for the topic of the day, followed by mindfulness practice. This is a great way to engage in wholebody wellness and learn the skill of being mindful.

Tuesday | 1 p.m. | March 2-April 6 | DSC

Storytelling Time with Preschoolers

Fit for 50+

No-cost gym and fitness membership for eligible seniors through participating insurance plans

These no-cost fitness membership programs, designed for active older adults, are delivered through a nationwide network of participating insurance plans.

Benefits include:

u NAT Membership and water exercise classes

u Unlimited access to group-ex membership classes at all rec centers

u Unlimited access to fitness rooms and REC Pass activities including the indoor walking track at Denton Civic Center

Verify eligibility online or call your provider.


ALH Storytelling Time is a program that partners with the MLK preschool. Reading time will help to create wonderful memories with 3-5-year-old children. Have fun while introducing early literacy skills which are important building blocks toward the day when the preschoolers will read by themselves.

May 29 | Noon | ALH

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Visit us online for event details and more at! Please register in advance, even if the program is free. Rec pass or fitness membership is required.


Local Travel

Fees include cost of transportation and admission

March 10

Lunch Bunch to 407 BBQ

11 a.m. | DSC | $5 fee

March 22

Cowgirl Museum

9:30 a.m. | DSC | $31 fee

April 14

Lunch Bunch at Fish City Grill

11 a.m. | DSC | $5 fee

April 26

Dallas World Aquarium

8:30 a.m. | DSC | $45 fee

May 10

Dallas Zoo

9 a.m. | DSC | $31 fee

May 19

Lunch Bunch at Pappadeaux

11 a.m. | DSC | $5 fee

June 7

Chickasaw Cultural Center 8:30 a.m. | DSC | $28 fee

June 23

Lunch Bunch at Babe’s 11 a.m. | DSC | $5 fee

July 12

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

9 a.m. | DSC | $36 fee

July 21

Lunch Bunch at Harvest Hall 11 a.m. | DSC | $5 fee

Free Health Screening

We have partnered with Denton County Public Health to offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks on a first come, first served basis. Every Second Tuesday | 10 a.m. | ALH

Educational Workshops

Several times a month community partners and organizations present on their areas of expertise as it relates to aging well and taking care of business. Refreshments provided by sponsors.

Legal Aid Community Education | March 9 | ALH

Legal Aid Community Education | June 8 | ALH

Extended Travel

Extended domestic and foreign travel with Collette

The Denton Senior Center has kicked-off extended travel with Collette Travel, featuring all-inclusive domestic and foreign tours. Sign up to go with a group and check these places off your bucket list!

Aug. 14-23 | Tropical Costa Rica

Nov. 21-Dec. 1 | Holidays in New York City

2024 Travel Destination Showcase

Join our Collette Travel Representative, Karen Carclay, for the 2024 Trip Presentations. Next year includes Alaskan Northern Lights, Coastal Maine, and Greece. Attend this informational session to find out all the tour details and pricing!

July 17 | 11 a.m. | DSC

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Upcoming Special Events

Pre-registration is required

Holi Celebration

March 8 | 11 a.m. | DSC | $10 fee

Active Adult Health and Resource Fair

April 1 | 9 a.m. | DSC | Free to attend

Scavenger Hunt

Wayne’s Line Dancing at ALH

Become the life of the party and enjoy learning the latest line dances with other seniors. $60 fee per person. Every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m.

Friday Night Music & Dance at DSC

Enjoy LIVE music from local bands and performers! Pre-registration preferred, drop-ins allowed day of. $10 per person, refreshments provided. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.

March 24

April 28

May 26

June 30

July 28

Independence Day Celebration

Grab a friend and come on down to the Denton Senior Center after the Fourth of July Parade to enjoy a special patriotic performance, games, and a delicious lunch! For more information on Fourth of July Weekend events see page 8!

April 6 | 9 a.m. | DSC | $7 fee

Everyone Wears White Party

April 21 | 6 p.m. | ALH | $10 fee

Cinco de Mayo

May 5 | 11 a.m. | DSC | $10 fee

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 12 | 9:30 a.m. | DSC | $10 fee

Spring Chorus Concert

May 15 | Noon | DSC | Free to attend

Chili Cook Off

June 16 | 11:30 a.m. | DSC | $5 fee

Juneteenth Senior Picnic

June 19 | 10 a.m. | ALH | $10 fee

National Bingo Day

June 27 | 11 a.m. | DSC | Free to attend

Independence Day Celebration

July 1 | 11 a.m. | DSC | $10 fee

National Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 21 | 11 a.m. | DSC | $7 fee

Christmas in July Party

July 26 | 11 a.m. | DSC | $7 fee

70’s Party

Aug. 25 | 7 p.m. | ALH | $10 fee

Tea with the Tea

Sept. 15 | Noon | ALH | $10 fee

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Jason Barrow

Athletics Manager

(940) 349-7218

Rachael Burks

Recreation Supervisor

Adult Sports and Tennis

(940) 349-8523

Kelsey Stuart

Recreation Supervisor

Youth Sports and Golf

(940) 349-8547

Brad Bosquez

Athletics Coordinator

(940) 349-8546

Registration Information

Summer Leagues

Registration Starts: March

Games Begin: May

Fall Leagues

Registration Starts: July

Games Begin: Sept.

Winter Leagues

Registration Starts: Oct.

Games Begin: Dec.

Spring Leagues

Registration Starts: Dec.

Games Begin: Feb.

Team Sideline

Use this website to:

g View your schedule

g Check league standings

g See game scores

g See league rules

g Sign up as a free agent


Remember your elementary school days when you lived for recess? Boot the ball in the classic playground game just like you did back then! The league includes eight games, including playoffs. A maximum of 20 players is allowed per roster.

North Lakes Softball Complex


The league includes four weeks of double headers, and a single elimination tournament. A maximum of four players are allowed on a roster.

Denton County Brewing Co.

200 E. Mckinney St.


The Basketball League includes eight games, including playoffs, with games played as early as 6:30 p.m. A maximum of 12 players are allowed per roster.

McMath Middle School

1900 Jason Dr. Soccer Kick, Pass, and Score! The Adult Soccer League includes eight games, including playoffs, with games played as early as 6:30 p.m. A maximum of 15 players are allowed per roster.

Vela Athletic Complex


Grab your glove and let the games begin! Choose a day that works with your schedule and select the division that matches your skills and competitiveness. Games are played as early as 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m. on Sundays, and 5 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

North Lakes Softball Complex

Co-Ed Volleyball

Advance your game competitively or for fun! The league includes eight games, including playoffs, with games played as early as 6:30 p.m. A maximum of 12 players are allowed per roster.

North Lakes Rec Center

McMath Middle School

1900 Jason Dr.

For program registration and prices, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

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Outdoor Soccer, Ages 5-13

Recreational outdoor soccer is a sport in which every child can have fun while learning about teamwork, developing individual skills, and maintaining physical fitness. Players are required to provide and wear shin guards. The league includes 8 games and practices, a jersey, and awards for all players.

Spring and Fall Leagues

Vela Athletic Complex

Flag Football, Ages 5-13

Flag Football not only makes a better, safer game, but helps unify the football community and create consistency throughout football leagues. Team and Individual registration options. The league includes 8 games, a jersey, and an award for all participants.

Spring and Fall Leagues

Vela Athletic Complex

Volleyball, Ages 7-15

Bump, set and spike your way to fun with our youth volleyball leagues. With an emphasis on sportsmanship, players have the opportunity to learn the basic volleyball fundamentals such as serving, setting, hitting, blocking and digging in a fun and positive environment. Individual registration includes team assignment, 8 games and practices, jersey, and an award. Team registration includes 8 games and awards; practice space available for additional fee.

Spring, Summer, and Fall Leagues


Basketball, Ages 5-13

Youth basketball is a great way for kids to finetune their skills, dribbling, shooting, and guarding. Individual registration includes team assignment, 8 games and practices, jersey, and an award. Team registration includes 8 games and awards; practice space available for additional fee.

Summer and Winter Leagues


Track & Field, Ages 5-15

Runner2Runner offers age appropriate instruction for cross country, track and field, camps, and off-season training. All programs focus on safe, progressive training for all athletes, including core and stability work. Runner2Runner teams learn age-appropriate events and compete in local meets (if available). Fee includes 8 weeks of practices. Additional add on for uniform and meet registration.

Summer League

Cornhole, Ages 12-18

Come out and throw some bags! The league includes 8 regular season games and a double elimination tournament. A maximum of 4 players per roster. Spring, Summer, and Fall Leagues

North Lakes Park

Homeschool Sports

Bowmen Sports PE 101, Ages 5-14

Denia Rec Center

Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Bowmen Sports PE 102, Ages 11-16

Denia Rec Center

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.

USA Archery, Ages 8-17

National Archery in Schools

Denia Rec Center

Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Home School Tennis, All Ages Goldfield Tennis Center

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2009 W. Windsor Dr. (940) 349-8545

Driving Range, Dispenser, & Clubhouse Hours

Open Daily (Except Wed.)

8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Wednesday CLOSED for maintenance 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Small and large buckets are available for driving, chipping, and putting. Discounts are provided with proof of I.D for Military, Students, and Seniors 50+. The last bucket sale is at 8:30 p.m.

$6 Small bucket of golf balls

$12 Large bucket of golf balls


Prepay for baskets and save yourself time and money by picking up a Driving Range Member Card. Reloads can be purchased either online or inside during clubhouse hours. See a front desk member for more information.


To schedule a private lesson contact PGA Top Golf Instructor

Joel Van Der Sloot at (602) 549-6494, or email


Jr. Golf Academy, Ages 7-17

Young golfers learn the basics of golf. The sessions are offered monthly, with 4 or 8 lessons per session. Each lesson is 45 minutes. Golfers must wear appropriate golf clothing, tennis or golf shoes, and bring golf clubs. Register by the 25th of each month before the next session.

Ages 7-12

Tuesday & Thursday, 5-5:45 p.m.

Ages 13-17

Tuesday & Thursday, 6-6:45 p.m.

Little Rookies, Ages 4-6

Kids learn good sportsmanship and safety, while learning to grip, putt, chip, and swing. Parents encouraged to stay and participate. 30-minute lesson each week for four weeks.

Tuesday, 4-4:30 p.m. or 4:30-5 p.m.


Youth Summer Camps

Spend your mornings learning the fundamentals of golf and maybe some new techniques! A daily refreshment is included in camp fee.

Session 1: June 5-8

Session 2: June 19-22

Session 3: July 10-13

Session 4: July 24-27

North Lakes Driving Range| 9 a.m.-Noon

$240 Registration Fee

Golf Scrambles

Food & Fun Fridays

Come out to the Driving Range to enjoy all you can hit golf balls and pick up some food from local visiting food trucks!

Second Friday of each month

North Lakes Driving Range| 5-9p.m.

Grab a friend and tee off at Robson Ranch for our monthly scrambles. A scramble is: one of the most common formats for golf tournaments. The game is played by a team of two players where each member hits their ball throughout the match.

Robson Ranch| Third Tuesday of the Month

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Adult Cardio, Ages 18+

An ultimate, high-energy tennis class featuring drills to give players (level 3.5-4.0) a dynamic workout.

Adult Tennis 101, Ages 18+

For beginner adults that have no experience and are wanting to learn the basics of tennis.

Middle School Class, Ages 11-14

Elementary Class, Ages 5-10

For beginner or intermediate players. Players will have a blast learning basic strokes, while intermediate players begin playing for points and keeping score.

Adult Tennis 201, Ages 18+

For intermediate adults that are ready for game base drills and point play.

For beginner or intermediate players. Beginner players will learn the basic strokes and a jump start into match play. Intermediate Players will do advancing strokes to the next level and developing point strategies while transitioning into the High Performance Program.

High Performance, Ages 5-18 BY INVITATION ONLY

Tennis evaluations are required and athlete must be playing in tournaments. There are 4 different levels which are NOT determined by age or grade. Players will learn how to build point, manage emotions, and develop different levels of conditioning and leadership roles.

youth tennis camp, ages 5-18

In addition to regular programming, youth tennis camps will be offered June – July. Camps will be offered weekly Monday-Thursday in the morning hours for ages 5-18 and will vary based on skill level. For more information and to register online, visit



Location: 2005 W. Windsor Dr.

Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon

All City of Denton tennis programs and tournaments have priority to the courts over open play. Tennis Tournaments will be all-day events.



• Joe Skiles Park

• South Lakes Park

• Avondale Park

• Nette Shultz Park


Interested in improving your tennis game? Sign up for private lessons, or adult and youth programming, with USPTA certified tennis instructors. Luis Valdez: (432) 889-2588


Indoor court times and locations:

Monday and Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Denia Rec Center Gym

Tuesday and Thursday Noon - 3 p.m. North Lakes Rec Center Gym

Thursday 6-8 p.m.

Denton Senior Center

Outdoor court locations:

• South Lakes Park

556 Hobson Ln.

• Nette Shultz Park 1517 Mistywood Ln.

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Stay Ready Basketball, Ages 4-16

Great for both the beginner looking to gain a basic understanding of the sport and the veteran needing to focus on skills.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Ages 4-11 |Tuesday, 5-6 p.m.

Ages 12-16 | Tuesday, 6-7 p.m.

Lil’ Striders Runners, Ages 6-12

Lil’ Striders is an introductory running program for youth. Learn discipline, progressive training, and overall fitness using multi-planar movement.

McMath Middle School, 1900 Jason Dr. Saturday, 5 p.m.

Stay Ready Volleyball, Ages 6-16

Offering the FUNdamentals of introductory and intermediate volleyball. The classes will include comprehensive instruction for offensive skills such as passing, setting, hitting and serving. We will also equip each player with the defensive knowledge of blocking, digging, sliding, rolling, and chasing down tips.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Ages 6-11 | Thursday, 5-6 p.m.

Ages 12-16 | Thursday, 6-7 p.m.

Tiny Tutus Ballet, Ages 2-3

Dancers will learn the fundamentals of ballet in a nurturing and playful environment through simple directives and guided imaginative play.

North Lakes Rec Center

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Beginning Ballet, Ages 4-6

Kids will learn to develop grace, strength, balance, and basic techinques from beginner barre through imaginative play and simple directives. Please wear comfortable, well-fitting clothing. Ballet clothes and shoes are not required but encouraged.

North Lakes Rec Center

Saturday, 10:05 a.m.

Karate/Self Defense Training, Ages 6+

Building our community by leading healthier lifestyles, creating a safer environment, and disciplining our mindsets. This Karate and self-defense class teaches the values of self-control, respect, patience, courtesy, and integrity.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Grow, Play

Game Nights, Ages 5+

Friday Game Nights! Perfect for friends and family of all sizes. Enjoy board games, video games, or hand-held games. Parents must remain with children at all times.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Friday, 5-7 p.m.

Tot Open Gym, Ages 1-6

The gym will be set up with tunnels, balls, toys, play mats, and ball pits!

Guardian must be present in room at all times.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Tuesday and Thursday, 10-11 a.m.

Tutoring, Kindergarten-High School

The purpose of the program is to provide academic and social supports for children in our community and to provide meaningful opportunities for young adults to serve their local communities.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m.

Red Tiger Karate, Ages 5+

A complete white through black belt program. The junior program develops self-esteem, bully defense, respect for others, and more. Teen and adult classes focus on street self-defense, fitness, and personal development. A white uniform is required and may be purchased for $35 at the first class.

North Lakes Rec Center

Ages 5-12 | Friday, 6 p.m.

Ages 13+ | Friday, 7 p.m.

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A+ Dog Obedience, Ages 12+

Instructor Angie Dickinson takes you through the step-by-step process of teaching your canine friend commands such as “sit,” “come,” “down,” “wait,” and many more. Only one dog/handler team allowed per household per six-week course. First class is for humans only.

North Lakes Rec Center

Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Ages 10+

The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED blended learning or in-person course equips students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants.

Senior Center

Saturday, March 24 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Denia Rec Center

Friday, April 28 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Saturday, May 27 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Safe at Home, Ages 9-12

This class helps prepare students to be safe while home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting other children, and includes information and skills practice related to first aid.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Intro to Safe Babysitting, Ages 11-13

This class will help students learn about child development, childcare duties, and behavior management, so that when they are ready to babysit, they are better prepared to be safe, nurturing caregivers.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Saturday, 1-2 p.m.

Teen Night, Ages 12-17

Calling all teens! Come and enjoy free activities with your peers. From art activities, board/video games, sports, and more. Snacks will be provided.

Denia Rec Center, monthly

GED Classes, Ages 18+

Thinking about getting your high school equivalency by taking the GED® test? NTAEL offers GED® prep classes that help prepare you to feel confident enough to take and pass the test.

¿Está pensando en obtener su equivalencia de escuela secundaria tomando el examen GED®? North Texas Adulta Educación y Litera ofrece clases de preparación para GED® que lo ayudarah a prepararse para sentirse lo suficientemente seguro como para tomar y aprobar el examen.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Monday and Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Specialty Summer Camps

Youth Tech Camp

Ages 6-18

An interactive computer camp that focuses on providing enrichment opportunities to students in the world of computers.

Wize Academy Summer Camps

Ages 6-12

This STEM program provides a great starting point for kids to explore and discover their love of robotics, engineering, and coding.

Dash Sports Summer Camps

Ages 5-14

Designed as an introductory camp for young athletes, this camp teaches the rules and essential skills of a variety of sports.

For session dates and registration visit www.



These classes and events provide individuals with physical and developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in recreation programs with their peers while enhancing their physical, social, and emotional well-being. The whole community is invited to join in the fun! Every ability is welcome. Please contact instructor for accommodations or programspecific questions at 940-349-7757.


Adapted Sports, Ages 16+

Come and learn new sports or work on exisiting skills. Sports promote heathy habits. Instructor led sports include golf, tennis, hikes, kickball, and more. Activities will be indoors or outdoors depending on the sport.

North Lakes Rec Center

Tuesday | 10 a.m.-Noon

Special Olympics, Ages 18+

Compete in your favorite sport through Special Olympics of Texas. Sports vary by season. Medical forms must be submitted prior to participation in first practice. Open to all abilities.

North Lakes Rec Center

Monday | 6-8 p.m.

Adapted Art, Ages 16+

Express yourself through creativity with art for all abilities. Sensory friendly and adaptable to everyone, join us for arts and crafts.

North Lakes Rec Center

Thursday | Noon-1 p.m.

New Program!

AIR Health and Wellness, Ages 16+

This 16-week program will teach exercise and daily healthy habits. Whether you are looking to make a change or add new habits, this program is perfect for you! Inclusive to all abilities.

North Lakes Rec Center

Wednesday | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | $60


This half-day summer camp is well suited for children of all abilities and needs.

June 5-9 | 9 a.m.-Noon | $70

June 26-30 | 9 a.m.-Noon | $70

July 24-28 | 9 a.m.-Noon | $70

North Lakes Rec Center


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Dances, Ages 16+

Sensory friendly monthly dances. Friends, music, and light refreshments. $5 or rec pass admission.

7-9 p.m. at North Lakes Rec Center

Mar. 3 | Denim Denim Denim

Apr. 14 | Friends and Flowers

May 12 | All Things Orange

Jun. 9 | Splash Bash

Jul. 7 | Red Carpet Reveal

Aug. 11 | Color Me Blue

Social Connections, Ages 14+

Spend time with your friends and have fun! This program provides the opportunity to go out in the community and see sporting events, movies and plays, eat at restaurants, or just hang out together. Please note some events may require an additional fee.

11-1 p.m., Locations will vary

Mar. 24 | Bowling

Apr. 28 | Pizza Party

May 26 | Picnic in the Park

Jun. 23 | Bowling

Jul. 21 | Bingo!

Aug. 25 | Movies


GRIT Freedom Chair

Parks and Rec is bringing hiking to everyone with the GRIT Freedom Chair. GRIT Freedom Chair is a self-propelled, all-terrain wheelchair that is navigable over dirt, rocks, mud, and hills. This wheelchair mountain bike mash up is helping more people explore our trails and experience the outdoors in a more natural way. The GRIT Freedom chair will be used in our adapted programs and made available upon request to participants of other Parks and Rec programs, such as trail hikes, outdoor camps, nature programs, and more. Please contact Mia Macy at for more information on the GRIT Freedom Chair and how to request program accommodations.

For program registration and prices, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

Meet Mia macy

Mia is the Recreation Coordinator for Adapted Recreation. She has a Masters in Kinesiology in Adapted Sport and Fitness. She got into the field because she loved the idea of showing people what is possible, regardless of their disability. Mia came into the field because she sees potential in everyone and she knows that sports can bring confidence. She helps with inclusion and accessibility across all Parks and Recreation programs. Mia recently received the Texas Recreation and Park Society North Region’s Horizons Award, which recognizes an outstanding professional with less than five years of experience!

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Sara Farris

Recreation Supervisor

(940) 349-8730

Jodi McClaren

Recreation Coordinator

(940) 349-8731

Grace Mulkey

Recreation Specialist

(940) 349-8723


(940) 349-7275


321 E. McKinney St.

Denton, TX 76201

Kids’ Day Off, and Teens’ Day Off

Come work with us!

Summer hiring information on page 16

Summer Camp Scholarships Available! Applications will be accepted beginning April 3. For scholarship information, visit or email

Whether it’s a holiday, winter break, or teacher workday, we’ve got you covered! We are jam-packed each day with physical activities, creativity, and play. We offer a variety of fun and enriching activities as well as field trips. Fees include all activities, fields trips, and transportation. Pre-registration is required two days prior to each date. Walk-ins will be accepted only if there is space available.

Kids’ Day Off, Ages 5-10

Civic Center, Denia Rec Center, MLK Jr. Rec Center

July 31-August 9 (Daily, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Teens’ Day Off, Ages 11-15

Civic Center

July 31-August 9 (Daily, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.)

After School Action Site

We’re the perfect balance between extended learning and fun. In addition to homework supervision, we offer recreational activities, intramural leagues, arts and crafts, field trips, “brainy bowl” and more. Site supervisors and staff receive in-service and defensive driving training, and are required to pass a drug test and a criminal background check. Each day we pick up students from school and take them to the site per the list below:

For more information, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

North Lakes Rec Center

Evers, Ginnings, Newton Rayzor, Shultz

Denia Rec Center

Borman, Houston, LA Nelson, McNair, Ryan, Denton

Classical MLK Jr. Rec Center

Hodge, Alexander, Pecan Creek, Rivera, Stephens

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All summer camps are 9 weeks and located at various locations listed below. Camps are a fun experience where youth and teens can make new friends while getting to try new things!

All-Day Summer Camp, Ages 5-11

Monday- Friday | 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. | $130/week

Camp Voyage | Borman Elementary

Super Kids Camp | McMath Middle School

Camp Conquest | Evers Park Elementary

Camp Discovery | MLK Jr. Rec Center

Camp Exploration | Denton Civic Center

Camp Journey | Calhoun Middle School

All-Day Teen Camp, Ages 11-15

Field Trips Daily!

Denton Civic Center

Monday- Friday | 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. | $145/week

All-Day Preschool Camp, Ages 3-5

State Licensed, Must be fully potty trained MLK Jr. Rec Center

Monday- Friday | 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. | $130/week

*Find specialty camps, such as sports, outdoor, STEM, and more on various pages throughout this guide.


Transportation will be provided to and from your child’s specialty camp and the Denton Civic Center. Children must be dropped off at the Denton Civic Center by 8 a.m. Children will not be able to be picked up by parents/guardians until 5 p.m.

Denton Civic Center

Ages 5-15

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(940) 349-8800


2400 Long Rd. Denton, TX 76207



Monday - Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday Noon-7 p.m.


AUG. 12-SEPT. 4 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday Noon-7 p.m.

Special Features

g Food and Beverage Shops

g Hula Hut Gift Shop

g Locker Rental Kiosk

g Toddler Tubes for the kids

g Cabana Rentals

g Shared Seating and Tables


Daily Cooler Pass

Per Container, $5

Season Cooler Pass

Full season, $60


Daily Admission

Under 48”, $10 48” and taller, $14

Ages 2 and under, Free Non-swimmers, $5

Nonresidents add $2 per person

Twilight Discount

Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Under 48”, $7 48” and taller, $11

Ages 2 and under, Free Non-swimmers, $5 Nonresidents add $2 per person

All-Access Annual Aquatics Membership

Includes access to the NAT, Water Works Park, and Civic Center Pool

Includes Silver Water Works Park Membership Resident: $150, Non-Resident: $155


Silver Membership

Resident, $80

Gold Membership Resident, $130

Platinum Membership Resident, $200

*Nonresident add $20


10-29 Guests

$3 off each daily admission

30-99 Guests

$4 off each daily admission

100+ Guests

$5 off each daily admission

*Entire group must enter together

Dive in Movies

For more information, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!


Purchase 1-3 Passes

Resident, $35 per pass

Purchase 4+ Passes

Resident, $5 discount

*Nonresident add $5

Member Preview Weekend! Water Works Park will kick off the 2023 season with a members-only weekend. Memberships can be purchased online or over the phone at (940)-349-8800.

May 20 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

May 21 | Noon-7 p.m.

Water Works Park is proud to present a night of fun for the whole family. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for guests to enjoy the kiddie splash area and wave pool. The movie will begin at sundown, or approximately 9 p.m. While the movie is playing, our wave pool will be available for a floating seat and snacks will be available for purchase at the Tidal Wave Cafe. The kiddie area will close at the start of the film.

June 9 & July 7 | Gates open at 7:30 p.m.| Water Works Park

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Daily Admission

Ages 2 and under, Free Ages 3-17, $3 Ages 18+, $4

Nonresidents add $1 per person

Season Pass

Purchase 1-3, $40 each Purchase 4 or more, $35 each Nonresidents add $10 per pass

All-Access Annual Aquatics Membership

Includes access to the NAT, Water Works Park, and Civic Center Pool

Resident: $150, Non-Resident: $155


Available beginning May 27 for $110. This package includes one hour under the shaded party area, invitations, paper goods, cake, and drinks. Pizza is available for an additional fee. Limited to 15 guests; each additional guest pays daily admission price. To book, call (940) 349-8800.


The pool is available for private rentals daily beginning at 6:30 p.m., from May 27-Aug. 6, (weekends only, beginning Aug. 26). Lifeguards are provided. All rental fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Rental fees vary starting at $275. To book your next party, visit

Worlds Largest Swim Lesson Day

World’s Largest Swim Lesson (WLSL) is a global drowning prevention event launched by the World Waterpark Association in 2010. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the number one cause of death for U.S. children ages 1-4, and second leading cause for children 5-14.

Registration is required

Ages 6+ June 22 | 10 a.m. | Free to attend | Denton Civic Center Pool

For more information and to register, visit


(940) 349-8279


515 N. Bell Ave.

Denton, TX 76201



Monday - Sunday Noon-6 p.m.

Water Walking Available

Monday - Friday 10 a.m.-Noon

WEEKENDS ONLY AUG. 12-AUG. 27 Noon-6 p.m.


g $1 Entry for Dad’s

g Sunday, June 18


g $1 Entry all day

g Tuesday, July 4

For more information, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

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Monica Martin

Program Area Manager

(940) 349-8808

Paul David Morgan

Aquatics Supervisor, Operations

(940) 349-8804

Ryan Comfort

Aquatics Supervisor, Guest Services

(940) 349-8802

Maria Campbell

Aquatics Supervisor, Programs

(940) 349-8814

Greyson Rowley

Aquatics Coordinator

(940) 349-8806


(940) 349-8800


2400 Long Rd. Denton, TX 76207


Monday-Thursday Noon-5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday Noon-7 p.m. Sunday Noon-6 p.m.


Monday-Thursday 5:30-9 a.m.

Friday 5:30 a.m.-Noon


Monday - Thursday 5:30-6:45 a.m. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday 5:30-6:45 a.m. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday Noon-6 p.m.



Daily Admission

Ages 3-15, $3 Ages 16+, $4

Nonresidents add $2 per person

NAT Membership

One-Month, $20

Three-Months, $45

Annual, $120

Nonresidents add $5 per person

All-Access Annual Aquatic Membership

Includes accesss to the NAT, Water Works Park, and Civic Center Pool Resident: $150, Non-Resident: $155

10-Visit Punch Pass

Valid six months from the date of purchase. One punch = one visit.

Ages 3-15, $25 | Ages 16 and older, $30 Nonresidents add $5 per pass


It’s never too early to book your next event. We offer birthday party packages and after-hour rentals on Saturdays and Sundays during the school year and every day of the week during our summer season (some blackout dates apply)! Let us take care of the work while you enjoy all the fun. Birthday party packages include a party host, cake, ice cream admissions, and more! Don’t like crowds? Our after-hour rentals are a great option to have an entire facility just for you and your crew! Natatorium, Water Works Park, and Civic Center Pool parties and after-hour rentals can be booked online at or by calling (940) 349-8800 to speak with a member of our staff.


Easter Closure

April 9


June 2, Closes at 3 p.m.

The Natatorium hours will change to summer hours beginning May 27 and will return to normal hours on Aug. 1.

For program registration and prices, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

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Training and Programs

Visit us online for registration details and more at!

Waterpark Lifeguard Training, Ages 15+ Certifications and Training

This American Red Cross course certifies you in Lifeguard Training with Waterpark Skills, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Oxygen Administration, and CPR/AEd for the Professional Rescuer. This is a blended learning course, where some of the classroom work is done online first and then students will participate in-person for skills. Prerequisites will be conducted the first day of class.

Upcoming Classes at the Natatorium

May 5-7 | May 12-14 | May 19-21 | June 2-4 | June 9-11

Junior Lifeguard Training, Ages 11-14

This class is the ideal transition between the Learn-to-Swim program and the lifeguard training course.Participants will learn about the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program, learn rescue techniques, scenario training, and cover topics such as CPR, First Aid, and AED. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle continuously, tread water for one minute, and swim 10 yards underwater.

Upcoming Classes at the Natatorium

Monday-Thursday | June 5-16, June 19-30| 9 a.m.

Kayak, Ages 8+

This Introduction to Paddling class covers basic boat orientation, safety skills, and stroke technique. Fun for the whole family, participants will use kayaks to practice basic river maneuvers in a controlled environment. Kayaks, personal floatation devices, and paddles are supplied.

Water Works Park

Monday-Thursday | 8:30 a.m.

Summer Camp

Aquatics Explorer Camp, Ages 7-12

This camp is a week-long, half-day camp that meets at the Denton Natatorium. Participants will enjoy themed aquatic activities at both the Natatorium and Water Works Park under the supervision of Instructors. Towels, a water bottle, and sunscreen must be provided each day. Participants will break part way through the day to have a light snack (provided) and reapply sunscreen, as needed.

Monday-Friday | 1-4 p.m.


Fitness Programs

Move freely with less impact and natural resistance. These classes are designed for those who need to work out at a slightly slower pace, or enjoy low-impact aerobic exercise.

Strength Training

Strength training is a land class with guided instruction.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9 a.m. | Water Works Park

Aqua Cardio Fitness

This is a high-impact water aerobics class focusing on burning calories, core, and strength. Be prepared to move and get fit!

Monday, Wednesday | 10 a.m. | Water Works Park

Cardio Dance Party

Get your groove on with music and moves designed to bring fun to fitness!

Friday | 10 a.m. | Water Works Park Wave Pool

Paddleboard Fit

Join Paula as she focuses on Core, Strength, and Balance while providing a new and challenging workout each week.

Friday | 11 a.m. | Civic Center Pool

Denton Dolphins Swim Team, Ages 6-17

Participants must be at least six years old and are required to swim 25 yards freestyle with continous side breathing and 25 yards of backstroke. Practice times will be assigned depending on skill level by the coaching staff.

Summer Session

May 23-July 14

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Learn-to-Swim Program

The Learn-to-Swim program teaches in a safe environment and is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace and master the skills at each level before attempting the next challenge. The registration deadline is always the Friday before the first day of class. Swim lesson scholarships are available based on qualifications. To apply, register online at, visit the NAT, or call (940)349-8800.

Instructional Levels

Water Tots, Ages 6 months-3 yrs Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to support and hold their child and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate and try new skills through songs and games.

Preschool 1, Ages 3-5

Introduction to basic aquatic skills that will be built upon as they progress through the levels. Many of these skills are performed with assistance from an instructor.

Preschool 2, Ages 3-5

Continue to develop basic aquatic skills with the instructor encouraging more independent swimming.

Level 1: Intro to Water, Ages 5-15

Introduction to basic aquatic skills that will be built upon as they progress through the levels. Many of these skills are performed with the assistance from an instructor.

Level 2: Fundamentals, Ages 5-15 Begins to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begins gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent swimming skills.

Level 3: Stroke Dev., Ages 6-15

Developing front crawl and rotary breathing. Begins learning breaststroke, backstroke, scissor and dolphin kicks, treading water, and headfirst entries from pool side.

Level 4: Stroke Dev., Ages 6-15

Increase endurance for greater distances with advanced stroke proficiency (front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke), diving from side, open turns. Learns sidestroke and butterfly.

Level 5: Stroke Dev., Ages 6-15

Refinement for all six strokes (front crawl, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke), increased endurance and distances, diving from side and block, front and back flip turns.

Private Swim Lessons, Ages 3+ Offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Register online today at

Adult Swim Lessons, Ages 16+ Participants will learn aquatic skills and swimming strokes, treading, floating on front and back.

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Autumn Natalie Program & Events Manager (940) 349-8711

Austin Eldred Volunteer Programs Supervisor (940) 349-8738

Great American Cleanup

Each year, GAC mobilizes more than 2,000 Dentonites to improve the beauty and health of the Denton community. Denton’s 35th Annual GAC begins with volunteers cleaning assigned locations citywide, followed by a Volunteer Appreciation Party. Free lunch for volunteers will be provided along with music, educational activity booths, kids’ bounce houses, contest prizes, and more!

Cleanup:Various Locations| 9 a.m.

Volunteer Party: Denton Civic Center | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free to attend


Denton Redbud Festival

Celebrate Earth Day at KDB’s 28th Annual Denton Redbud Festival. This year’s festival features dozens of vendors with plant sales, home products, and handmade gifts, and free environmental education workshops. Free trees are available for Denton residents who complete a 30-minute tree care class. Free, family-friendly activities include yoga, kids’ bounce houses, face painting, as well as a tree-themed story time for young children and their caregivers, hosted by the Denton Public Library. The popular Reuse Runway Show returns for its eighth year displaying vibrant designs made from trash and reused materials, hosted by Thistle Creative Reuse Denton.

Denton Civic Center | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free to attend

MAY 20

Honey Run

Celebrate World Bee Day by joining us for the 8th Annual Honey Run on May 20 at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. Register to run or walk the 5K, 10K, or 1 mile. Free shirts will be available for registered runners.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center | 9 a.m.

Free to attend

Garden Workdays

Dig in the dirt at monthly garden workdays at the Denia Wildflower Garden. For more information and to sign up, visit

March 11 | 9-11 a.m.

April 15 | 9-11 a.m.

May 6 | 9-11 a.m.

Meetup Cleanups

This program provides volunteer opportunities to cleanup a street, park, or neighborhood in Denton. Meetup Cleanups are flexible to your schedule and group size. Cleanups can be a onetime volunteer opportunity or can be completed on a recurring basis. Sign up at or call (940) 349-8737.

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The Denton Parks and Recreation Department relies on hardworking volunteers to provide the best services for residents to get active.

Special Events

Sign up now to volunteer at our next event! Our special events team hosts a variety of one-time activities. Subscribe for upcoming opportunities by emailing or calling (940) 349-8738.

Recreation Centers

Learn more about fitness and recreational activities by volunteering at one of our recreation centers. Tasks include office organization. Contact recreation centers to learn more about each program and how to get involved contact the specific rec center for more details.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

Volunteers from the community are major contributors to the maintenance of the trail system and the success of events and projects at Clear Creek.


Scan the QR code with your smartphone camera to browse upcoming opportunities and sign up using our new easy-to-use volunteer portal.

Keep Denton Beautiful

We depend on the hard work of our volunteers to make a positive environmental impact in our community. Volunteers provide support in four primary program areas: beautification, litter cleanups, urban forestry, and youth education.


Volunteer as a coach for one of our spring/summer youth athletic leagues! Contact Kelsey Stuart at or (940) 349-8547.

Senior Center

Our local Senior Center has plenty of opportunities for volunteers. Tasks include greeters, gardening, kitchen/special event assistance, decorating, program leaders, and Advisory Committee Council. Contact Nicole Brasher at or (940) 349-8720.

Meet Austin eldred, Volunteer Supervisor

Austin is the City of Denton Volunteer Programs Supervisor. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business. Before joining the Parks and Recreation team, he worked with the North Texas Athletics Department as a marketing intern and Assistant Director of Concessions. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports and being around the water.

Austin loves seeing the great impact our community and volunteers have on making Denton a beautiful place to live and play. Contact Austin at to learn how to volunteer and get involved!

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Archery at Denia Rec Center

Participants learn the fundamentals of International-style archery with a USA Archery and National Archery in Schools Program certified instructor. Archery aids in the development of micro and macro abilities, as well as listening and observation skills.

Youth Archery, Ages 8-17

April and May, Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Homeschool Archery, Ages 8-17

April and May, Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.

Adult Archery, Ages 18-49

March 25 and April 22, 10 a.m.-Noon

Archery 50+

March 30 and May 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Day Hikes, Ages 5+

Discover some of Denton’s hiking trails. Hiking boots (or sturdy closed-toe shoes), long pants, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended.

Various dates and locations, see our website

Night Hikes, Ages 5+

Join in on a night hike on the trails of Clear Creek. Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

March 23, April 14, May 19, 6-8 p.m.

Dementia Friendly Nature Walks, Ages 50+

Join Dementia Friendly Denton County as an Elm Fork Chapter Master Naturalist guides a group walk on paved trails through one of Denton’s parks to meet the needs of exercise, education and sensory stimulation.

Rotating Parks

April 5-May 10

Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.

For program registration and prices, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

Bike Safety Course, Ages 12+

Biking and Cycling safety courses for complete training or safety tips for getting back on your bike!

Denton Senior Center

April 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m

Denia Rec Center

June 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Smart Cycling for Older Adults, Ages 50+

Biking and Cycling safety courses for complete training or safety tips for getting back on your bike!

Denton Senior Center

March 22, 10-11 a.m.


Join American Canoe Association assessed instructor and American Red Cross lifeguard certified staff on a kayak adventure that tours a beautiful local waterway. Open to all skill levels. Paddling experience is not required. Bring a sack lunch and a bottle of water for an adventure picnic. The fee includes transportation, instructors, guides, sit on top kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and kayak instruction. Children under 12 must be in a tandem kayak with an adult.

Meet at Denia Rec Center

Ages 50+, April 21 and May 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ages 5+, April 29 and May 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rock the Wall

In this introductory course to rock climbing, kids will receive one-on-one time with an instructor and learn rock wall safety.

Denia Rec Center

Ages 7-15, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Homeschool Ages 7-15, Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Preschool in Nature, Ages 3-5

Explore the outdoors with Preschool friendly activities!

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

March 10, April 15, May 7, 10 a.m.-Noon

International Women’s Mountain Biking Day

Take part in a guided bike ride through the Mountain Bike Park.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

May 6, 10 a.m.-Noon, Mountain Bike Park

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Junior Master Gardener Mini-Camp, Ages 6-10

Learn all about plants, how they grow and gardening in an outdoor camp! We will travel to Shiloh Gardens for our activities each day.

Denia Rec Center

May 30-June 1, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Outdoor Science with Attitude Camp, Ages 6-10

We’ve combined the best of our Junior Master Naturalists and Junior Master Gardeners camps into one! Kids will explore the outdoor world to study different aspects of outdoor science through horticultural and environmental science activities.

Clear Creek Heritage Center

June 26-29, 9 a.m.-Noon

Partnered Upcoming Events

4 to 4 Ever Family Fishing Day

Create fishing memories with a Family Fishing Day hosted by Pond Hopper Nation.

South Lakes Park

May 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp, Ages 8-15

Explore the outdoors in Outdoor Adventures

Summer Camp. Each day is filled with activities that teach teamwork, outdoor skills, and science, all while having fun.

Denia Rec Center

June 20-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Family Camp Out, All Ages

Come spend the night under the stars! Families will pop a tent and participate in fun outdoor activities. Perfect for campers of all experience levels. Dinner and breakfast included.

June 10-11, 3 p.m.-10 a.m.

Farm to Table Camp, Ages 6-11

Bring the farm to your table! This camp will teach participants where their food comes from and how to prepare it for optimal nutrition.

Denia Rec Center

July 17-21, 9 a.m.-Noon


Let your teen explore the outdoors with Teen Outdoor Adventures! Teens will learn outdoor skills, and experience new activities and places. Each day is packed with environmental and outdoor education and fun! For ages 11-16! March 13-17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | $150 fee


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Monday - Sunday

6 a.m.-9 p.m.


(940) 349-8230


3310 Collins Rd.

Denton, TX 76208


The mission of CCNHC is to inspire environmental citizenship through an understanding of the natural heritage of north central Texas by providing nature experiences, education and research programs, and conservation and restoration projects.


In November 2021, the City of Denton, Parks and Recreation, and the local biking community celebrated the official grand opening of the Hartlee Field Mountain Bike Trail in northeast Denton. The 5.3-mile-long single-track trail was built by a core group of volunteers along with assistance from staff. While the trail does not have significant topography, it is a course designed for speed with approximately 80 feet in elevation change throughout the course. The course was designed by Dr. Joseph Walker from the University of North Texas who provided significant support to Parks and Recreation during the layout and construction process.

Meet Clay Thurmond, Clear Creek volunteer Project manager

Clay Thurmond has been an active member of the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program since 2017. Since completing his initial certification, Clay has been an integral volunteer at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. Clay serves as the Project Manager of Clear Creek, which also functions as a liaison role between Master Naturalists and Denton Parks and Recreation staff. Clay leads Master Naturalist projects and workdays and collaborates with staff to carry out educational volunteer opportunities. Overall improvements of the walking trails, greenhouse, and gardens in the City would be impossible without Clay’s leadership.

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Parks and Recreation is seeking feedback for future projects! STAY INFORMED g Scan QR code to register for a Discuss Denton Account g Give your feedback and ideas g Check out current projects and future plans g Help shape a future recreation center for our 50+ community For more information, visit



John Whitmore

Park Planning Manager

(940) 349-7747

Russell Koch Park Manager

(940) 349-8412

Craig Arrington Park Manager

(940) 349-8676

Marshall McGee Park Manager

(940) 349-8430

Jason Donnell Sr. Park Planner

(940) 349-8275

Chris Escoto Park Planner

(940) 349-8232

Haywood Morgan Urban Forester

(940) 349-8337



While the Parks, Recreation, and Trails System Master Plan was adopted in March 2022, significant efforts are underway to implement identified initiatives in the areas of land acquisition, park planning, and construction.

Briercliff Park and Pecan Creek Trail Master Plan

On Jan. 24, City Council adopted master plans for both Briercliff Park and Pecan Creek Trail. Briercliff Park enhancements will be focused on a future sprayground, restrooms, parking, trail loop, and various park amenities. The Pecan Creek Trail plan outlines an 8-mile, 10’ wide concrete trail that would connect to the DCTA Rail Trail and meander east to Lewisville Lake. This trail will connect to numerous parks and neighborhoods providing connectivity for residents to travel to downtown Denton for business, education, and fun!

For more information, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera!

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Aquatics Master Plan

Last fall, Parks and Recreation staff began gathering residents, aquatics users, and community partners (DISD, UNT, and TWU) to plan for the future. The purpose of the plan is to identify opportunities to outline and prioritize the capital needs for the community over the next 10 years. It is anticipated that this plan will be presented to City Council this spring.

Lilly Cantu Inclusive Playground Master Plan

This project aims to provide a universally designed, sensory-rich environment that enables children to develop physically, socially, and emotionally. The visioned play space will allow kids of all ages and abilities, regardless of physical, mental, sight, and hearing impairments, to play. The process includes the master planning, design, and construction drawings. This playground for all will include, but is not limited to, signage with potential donor element, perimeter fencing, natural elements, such as water, sand, and/or landscape, shade structure(s), site furnishings, and more. To date, no funding has been identified for construction.

Audra Oaks Park (1602 Audra Ln.)

A master plan for a new neighborhood park named Audra Oaks Park will start in the summer with community meetings. Efforts to create a neighborhood park started back in 2017. A partnership with a local development resulted in the acquisition of a 5.19-acre lot in 2021 for a neighborhood park. It is anticipated that the park will consist of a playground, trail, pond, and open space for play.

Paddling Trails

Last March, Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with communities around Lewisville Lake, submitted an application to create a 100-mile paddling trail around the perimeter of the lake for kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts. Texas Parks and Wildlife toured the proposed trails and an official announcement of the largest paddling trail in the state is pending final approval from the State of Texas.

Lake Forest Park Dam Repair and Dredging Project

This project has been completed and the new trail is open for public use! As the trail was closed in 2019 with a breach of the dam, the project consisted of removing 45,000 tons of silt, reconstruction of the dam, enlargement of the spillway, and a new bridge. Parks and Recreation will be improving the trail from the bridge to the Good Samaritan Village in the near future.

ADA Improvements

As outlined in the ADA Transition Plan (2022), last fall, Parks and Recreation started to make improvements across the park system to assure City parks meet accessibility standards. A total of $300,000 was appropriated in the FY 2021-2022 budget for these efforts. As funding is available, it is planned that improvements will be completed annually as outlined in the ADA Transition Plan.

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Carl Young, Sr. Park

Originally opened in 2019, staff is currently working on plans to expand the existing sprayground, trail improvements, and fencing at Carl Young Park. Funding of $200,000 was approved in the 2014 bond program along with additional park development fee funds that were appropriated to help complete the project. Public meetings have already started, and construction is anticipated to begin this fall after the swim season concludes. Other improvements to the park over the last few years have consisted of a new playground, parking lot, restrooms, and trail lighting.

Joe Skiles Park

Enhancements to Joe Skiles Park is in the beginning stages of planning for improvements that would consist of a loop trail around the perimeter of the property, irrigation, installation of trees and turf, court fencing replacement, and benches. It is anticipated that this project would kick-off this spring and conclude in 2024.

Eagle Creek Park

In cooperation with Forestar Development, a new park and trail is being built north of Roselawn Drive. The 42-acre park was dedicated to the Parks and Recreation Department in 2022 and a .7-mile trail will be built later this year.

Denia Park

Outreach to the community has already started for improvements to Denia Park. Anticipated Park enhancements consist of the completion of a loop trail around the park, trail connection to the Eagle Creek neighborhood, irrigation, trees, field improvements, lighting on the soccer field, and ADA accessibility requirements. Funding for this project is supported from ARPA, Denton Parks Foundation, Brewer Foundation and park dedication fees. The project will begin this summer.

Quakertown Park Playground

Funding from the Denton Benefit League and the Denton Parks Foundation is helping to purchase musical play features that are being added to the existing playground in the park. These amenities help celebrate Denton’s musical heritage.

North Lakes Dog Park

The last shade pavilion was installed this winter thanks to funding provided from the Denton Parks Foundation. The Foundation, along with donors have provided the support for the construction of all the shade structures at the dog park. The last remaining step will be to add decorative stone on the pavilion poles to protect them and provide improved aesthetics. Additionally, trees were planted over the winter thanks to a $20,000 grant and volunteer power provided by Wells Fargo.

Denton Tennis Center

Construction continues with completion projected in the spring. The new tennis center has 12 tennis courts, 8 pickleball courts and a pro shop.

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An Award Winning Team!

The Denton Parks and Recreation team had several members recognized this year for the exceptional work they have done!


Aquatics Maintenance Supervisor, was recognized as the North Texas Aquatics Association 2022

Aquatic Maintenance Professional of the Year!



Aquatics Supervisor, was recognized as the North Texas Aquatics Association 2022

Aquatic Professional of the Year!


• 2022 Keep Texas Beautiful Gold Affiliate, Keep Denton Beautiful


Denton Senior Center Supervisor, was sworn in at the 2023 Texas Recreation and Park Society State Conference as the TRAPS Leisure & Aging Services Branch Chair!


Park Planner, was recognized at the 2023 Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) State Conference as the 2023 TRAPS Young Professional of the Year! He was also recognized as the 2022 TRAPS North Region Park Professional of the Year.

• 2022 Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle, Keep Denton Beautiful

• 2022 State Guard Games of Texas, Denton placed 11th , Denton Aquatics Staff

• 2022 Best of Denton - Health and Fitness Club, North Lakes Rec Center

• 2022 Best of Denton - Children’s Birthday Party Venue, Water Works Park

• 2022 Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial - Hometown Hero Award, Cheylon Brown

• 2022 Leadership Academy Graduate, Chris Escoto

• 2022 Texas Recreation & Parks Society - Horizons Award, Mia Macy

• 2022 Elm Fork Chapter Texas Master Naturalist Project of the Year, Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

• 2023 Texas Recreation & Park Society - Promotion & Marketing Excellence Award

• 2023 TRAPS - Future & Young Professional Branch, Secretary, Kelsey Stuart

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Rec Center Rentals, Reserve and Pay Online

Find and book the perfect location for your next birthday party, quinceañera, family reunion, graduation party, baby shower, church event, and more! Choose from a range of facilities, rooms, pavilions, and fields. Our options are affordable with amenities that include gymnasiums, kitchens, multi-purpose rooms, outdoor pavilions, playgrounds, and more!

American Legion Hall Senior Center

629 Lakey St.

A large multipurpose room, prep kitchen, terrace, and meeting room.

Denia Rec Center

1001 Parvin St.

Various multipurpose rooms, game room, and gymnasium.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

1300 Wilson St.

Various multipurpose rooms, game rooms, gymnasium, and kitchen.

North Lakes Rec Center

2001 W. Windsor Dr.

Two multipurpose rooms and gymnasium.

Denton Senior Center

509 N. Bell Ave.

A large multipurpose room with performance stage and various recreation rooms.

Denton Civic Center

321 E. McKinney St.

Rotunda, community rooms, and various meeting rooms available.

Rental Rates & Availability

For rates and availability, visit us online at, or scan the QR code with your smartphone camera!

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Pavilion Rentals

Reserve a Park Pavilion for your next gathering. Pavilions are available at North Lakes, South Lakes, McKenna, Fred Moore, Avondale, Denia, Mack, Joe Skiles, Briercliff, Owsley, Vela, Milam, and Lake Forest Parks.

Athletic Field Rentals

Various fields and courts are available for practice rentals. For assistance booking games, tournaments, or leagues please contact Athletic Manager, Jason Barrow at (940) 349-7218. For a listing of available fields visit www.dentonparks. com. Athletic rentals can be found at Denia Sports Complex, Evers Baseball Complex, Fred Moore Sports Complex, Hartlee Field Mountain Bike Trail, North Lakes Sports Complex, Mack Park Sports Complex, Vela Sports Complex.

Skate Park

Located at 2400 Long Rd., adjacent to Water Works Park. The skate park is a public park and features a series of ramps and rails at varying heights, including a corner bowl, 3 foot and 5 foot half pipes, a fun box with a half pyramid, and a covered picnic area.

Disc Golf Courses

North Lakes Disc Golf Courses are located at the corner of Bonnie Brae Street and Windsor Drive. The courses are free and open to the public daily.

Aquatics Facility Rentals

(940) 349-8800

Civic Center Pool

515 N. Bell Ave.

Available seasonally for after hours rentals.

Denton Natatorium

2400 Long Rd.

Available for after hours rentals.

Water Works Park

2400 Long Rd.

Available seasonally for after hours rentals.

*For additional information see page 37. Contact

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us by phone at (940) 349-7275, or visit our website at for additional information
and fees. How do I Reserve?

Birthday party packages

To book your party, call or reserve online!


• Basic Party (all ages): $90

Includes 90 minutes in party room

• Sports Party (ages 5 and up): $100

Includes 45 minutes of instructor-led activity & 45 minutes in party room

• Bounce House Party (ages 3 to 8): $130

Includes 45 minutes of bounce house play in gym & 45 minutees in party room

Fee Includes

• Party for 15 kids; additional kids $4 each

• Paper goods, table covers, and balloons (2 colors)

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS (Vary by Location)

Denia Rec Center, (940) 349-8285

• Additional Bounce House: $50

• Black Light Sports: $50

North Lakes Rec Center, (940) 349-8287

• Themed Decorations: $40

• 1/4 Sheet Cake and Drinks: $40

MLK Jr. Rec Center, (940) 349-8575

• Medium Course Bounce House: $50

• Whale Splash Slide Bounce House: $65

• Jumbo Course Bounce House: $90

DENTON NATATORIUM, (940) 349-8800

• One hour rental

• Candy Haven Cake, feeds 20

• Ice Cream Sandwiches

• Paper goods & digital invitations

• Party Host

15 Kids/swimmers | $160

25 Kids/swimmers | $225

Additional fees for extra swimmers and bigger, specialized cakes. For additional information, see page 37.

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