Winter/Spring PLAY Guide 2022-2023

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Denia Rec Center, MLK Jr. Rec Center, North Lakes Rec Center


Social connections, sports, art, and more

After School Child Care

After school programs for children and teens

Denton NAT, Water Park passes, swim lessons, etc

| Keep Denton Beautiful Volunter Opportunities

Ways to volunteer, events, and information


Community garden, hunting, special events, hikes, kayaking, and archery

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

Public Art Committee

Active Adult 50+ Hours of operations, events, health and fitness, etc.

Master Plan & Projects

Denton Parks, Recreation, Trails System Master Plan


Civic Center, party packages, pavilion rentals, and more

Inclement Weather

Extreme temperatures, warming/ cooling stations, overnight shelters

Monet Franklin Valois Vera Adam Chamberlin Meredith Buie Jennifer Lane Leigh Johnson Frederick Nichelson Customer Service

Denton Civic Center 321 E.McKinney St. (940) 349-7275

Pickleball & Tennis Hours of operation, rentals, youth and adult tennis lessons

Summer Camps

All-day camps and specialty camps for children and teens 50 | Parks and Trails

Maps of the various parks and trails offered throughout the city

Dog training, chess, CPR, and more

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.

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Holiday events, open house, fairs, and more
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Health & Fitness Group Exercise, Personal Training, and programs 17
Adult & Youth Athletics Sports leagues, instruction, and clinics
Driving Range Hours of operation, rentals, youth and adult golf lessons
Youth Instruction Youth programs 29
Enrichment Programs
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As we look forward to the holiday season and the end of 2022, I encourage you to take a moment with me to reflect on the previous year and appreciate what a great city we live in. This past year, I have been particularly thankful for the opportunity to get back out in the community at our events and programs to see and talk with all of you.

This coming year, I invite you to join me and my family in exploring all that Denton Parks and Recreation has to offer. Celebrate the holidays at one of our upcoming special events found on page 6. Need a night out with your special someone? Drop the kids off at the Civic Center for Kid’s Rock and let them enjoy a night of fun with friends while you enjoy a night off. Or maybe just enjoy a stroll through one of our parks or trails.

There are so many ways to PLAY in Denton and I look forward to seeing you in our parks in 2023. Thanks for your continued support of Denton Parks and happy holidays.

Gerard Hudspeth
PARKS & RECREATION MISSION 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 ENCOURAGE PLAY Unite, Grow, Play | 3


To register online, a family or individual CivicRec account must be created. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.


We welcome in-person registrations at Denton Civic Center, Denia Rec Center, MLK Jr. Rec Center, North Lakes Rec Center, Denton Senior Center, American Legion Hall, and the Natatorium. (Hours are listed on the department pages)

Explore something new and experience something fun in our Civic Rec Online Catalog and Registration Portal.


Please have your information and credit card ready.



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.


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

are considered a resident if you pay City of Denton property taxes. To confirm, visit

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Quick Reference Contacts

Adapted Rec (940) 349-7757

Adult Sports (940) 349-8523

After School Care (940) 349-8730

Aquatics (940) 349-8800

Camp Care (940) 349-8730

Camp Absences (940) 349-8723

Driving Range (940) 349-8545

Facility Rentals (940) 349-7275

Group Exercise (940) 349-7764

KDB (940) 349-8737

Outdoor Rec (940) 349-8745

Pavilion Rentals (940) 349-7275

Field Conditions (940) 349-8276

Scholarships (940) 349-7275

Skateboarding (940) 349-8523

Special Events (940) 349-8732

Swim Lessons (940) 349-8800

Tennis Lessons (940) 349-8526

Youth Sports (940) 349-8547

Volunteering (940) 349-8737

Gary Packan

Parks & Rec Director (940) 349-7460

Nikki Sassenus Assistant Parks Director (940) 349-7752

Fince Espinoza Assistant Parks 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

Russell Koch Parks Manager (940) 349-8412

Craig Arrington Parks Manager (940) 349-8676

Marshall McGee Parks Manager (940) 349-8430

Haywood Morgan Urban Forester (940) 349-8337

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Special Events Supervisor

(940) 349-8546

Tori Hill

Special Events Coordinator (940) 349-8272

Co Sponsorship

The City of Denton provides sponsorship funds to support non-profit and civic-minded programs and organizations which further a charitable cause, economic or community growth or serve a public interest. The use of sponsorship funds will be in the best interest of the general welfare of the City of Denton and ensure the City receives a return benefit. 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 Den ton? Our staff are here to help event organizers through the city permitting process by providing necessary requirements and guidelines.

A special event refers to a tempo rary event, gathering, or orga nized activity, including but not limited to parades, bike races, fun runs, block parties, parking lot events, concerts, carnivals, or festivals involving 200 or more attendees.


upcoming special events


Holiday Movie in the Park, Featuring Elf

Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on the lawn! Enjoy pre-show activities starting at 6 p.m. Food trucks will be onsite to purchase yummy treats.

Quakertown Park (South) | 6- 9 p.m.

Free to attend


Breakfast with the Grinch

Children and parents come spend time with the Grinch for a wonderful wintry breakfast. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with The Grinch.

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

$5 entry fee (includes a photo and breakfast) $2 per extra photo


Wreaths Across America Ceremony

This year Denton Parks and Recreation will participate in Wreaths Across America with the intention of remembering and honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms of this country. Volunteers will be placing wreaths on the graves of our veterans.

Oakwood Cemetery | 11 a.m.

Free to attend


Cookie and Cocoa To-Go

Drive through event, serving up individually wrapped cookies and hot cocoa. This is a first-come, first-served event. Drive up, and we will hand you the goodies – no need to get out of the car!

Denia Rec Center | 4 p.m.

Free to attend

For questions or inquiries call (940) 349-7275 or visit our website at


MLK Jr. Day Celebration

The program will feature a speaker from the DAVID Ministerial Alliance, presentation of the Catherine C. Bell Award, entertainment and more. This year’s theme is inspired by Dr. King’s writing, “Why We Can’t Wait”.

MLK Jr. Rec Center | 3:30-6 p.m.

Free to attend

Special Events Staff
Process Includes: 1. Review the permit criteria and confirm your event 2. Secure event date 3. Submit a special event permit application 4. Application assesment and approval process 5. Application approval, denial, and/or revocation
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Valentine Yard Card Delivery

Show love to your friends, neighbors or that special someone by scheduling a “yard card” delivery. Handwritten cards will also be delivered to reveal who this special delivery is from. For an additional fee, you can also send chocolates and balloons.

Available to Denton residents only. Note: Yard card designs are chosen at random.


My Little Valentine Family Dance

This family dance is a wonderful chance to celebrate with the ones you love for Valentine’s Day. There will be a DJ, photo op station, themed activities, light refreshments, and a complimentary candy bar. Glow items and roses will be available for purchase. Also, check out the Sweetheart Ball on page 30 for Adpated Recreation!

Denton Civic Center | 6-8 p.m. $10 per person, children under 2 free to attend


Black History Month Celebration

Celebrate Cultural Diversity in Denton. The national theme is “Black Resistance” and the keynote speaker is Patrick Powers, DISD educator and motivational speaker. Come enjoy the exploration of the triumphs of Africans/African Americans in our history while enjoying snippets of culture; such as music, poetry and more.

MLK Jr. Rec Center | 10 a.m.- Noon Free to attend

MARCH 13-17

Shamrock Treasure Hunt in the Park

Can you find the treasure at the end of the rainbow? Each day, March 13 through the 17, we will go to a new park and hide pots of gold! Look for location clues on our social media pages, find the pots of gold and take them to the Denton Civic Center for a prize basket.

Denton Civic Center

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 Sports Complex| 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

partnered events


Denton Black Film Festival

Hosted by Denton Black Film Festival Institute

Each festival, held annually in January, features Black cinema, music, art, spoken word, comedy, food, and fashion. The Denton Black Film Festival creates a space where a minority culture can be a majority experience, stories on the margins are given center stage, and the Black experience is valued, validated, and celebrated. Denton Civic Center

MARCH 9-12

Tejas Storytelling Festival

Hosted by Tejas Storytelling Association

The Tejas Storytelling Festival features three-and-half days of stories that will feed your mind, heart, and soul. Featured tellers Elizabeth Ellis, Sheila Arnold, Bernadette Nason, Joe Hayes, and Colin Urwin! Performances include ghost stories, liars’ contest, story SLAM, sacred tales concert, story swaps, kids’s activities, music, workshops and more. Denton Civic Center


Denton Dash for Public Schools

Hosted by Denton ISD Council of PTAs Join the Denton Independent School District Council of PTA’s for the 11th Annual Denton Dash 5K Run/Walk and help raise funds for Denton ISD Senior Scholarships. South Lakes Park


Touch a Truck

Hosted by Explorium Denton Children’s Museum

Touch-A-Truck is a community wide event which involves public and private entities offering a unique opportunity to allow children of all ages to explore vehicles of all types: public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation and delivery trucks. Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. CH Collins Athletic Complex

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Ranch Park

The first ever Food Truck Frenzy was a huge hit. The community enjoyed a variety of food trucks while playing lawn games and listening to some good jams.




The community came together at the 28th Annual Dog Days of Denton on September 10. Dentonites and their dog-friends celebrated their shared interests while enjoying pupsicles, treats, and cold drinks.


Denia Recreation


We dressed up and had a spooky good time at this year’s harvest. The communnity enjoyed a costume contest, pumpkin carving, trunk or treat, and so much more!


Mountain Bike Trail

We celebrated National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day by exploring our new mountain bike trail with guided rides. To learn more about the mountain bike trail, see page 41.



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-recreation play: Basketball Open-Recreation 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-Recreation Hours

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


Free climbing or belay assisted available December 1. Person belaying must be certified through Denia Recreation Center. Contact the center to inquire about upcoming classes.


Denton Teen Council was developed to provide teen perspective regarding programming and community issues related to the Parks and Recreation Department. The program is open to teens living within the City of Denton or attending Denton ISD schools. Upcoming service projects for this year’s council include a creek clean up and active adult tech help sessions. Teen Council runs September –May each year. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will open in July.


Offering gaming leagues and programs Watch the website and our social media for updates!


Robbie Johnson

Recreation Supervisor (940) 349-8578

Carin Zeman

Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8745

David Ruiz Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8136

Ann Roberts Recreation Specialist (940) 349-8285

HOURS Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday CLOSED PHONE NUMBER (940) 349-8285


1001 Parvin St. Denton, TX 76205

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Coming Soon!
New Esports Lounge


Cheylon Brown

Recreation Supervisor

(940) 349-8576

Yosselin Muller Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8174


Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday CLOSED PHONE NUMBER (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 that includes Xtreme Hip Hop, karate, spring and summer camps, and more. For more information, check out the fitness and youth instruction 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 Islander Month.


MLK Jr. Rec Center basketball gymnasium, game room, and computer room are available for open-recreation, rec pass required:

Basketball Open-Recreation Hours

Monday - Friday, 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Saturday, 9-10 a.m. Volleyball Open-Recreation Hours Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.


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


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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 have karate classes, CPR certification classes, dog training, sports skills classes, and more.


North Lakes’ basketball gymnasium is available for open-recreation play:

Basketball Open-Recreation 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-Recreation Hours

Tuesday & Thursday, Noon-3 p.m.



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 OPERATING HOURS

Monday - Friday

5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday CLOSED PHONE NUMBER (940) 349-8287 LOCATION

2001 W. Windsor Dr. Denton, TX 76207

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Rec Center Gym Membership

Stand-alone rec passes: $10 per resident $15 per non-resident

Unlimited access to rec centers with the following privileges: Access to gymnasiums for open rec basketball, pickleball and volleyball

Access to drop-in activities

Access to game rooms, pool tables, ping pong tables, video games, and computers

Access to the indoor walking track at Denton Civic Center Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Valid one year from the date of purchase. Fee-based activities don’t require a rec pass.

North Lakes Rec Center

Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Child Watch Hours Monday-Saturday, 8-11 a.m., Monday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Free with a three month or one year membership, OR $10 per one month membership, or a $5 drop-in fee for non-members MLK Jr. Rec Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Denia Rec Center Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Denton Senior Center, ages 50+ Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Hall Senior Center, ages 50+ Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Membership Benefits

Unlimited access to group exercise classes, weight rooms, cardio equipment, and rec pass activities at North Lakes Rec Center, Denton Senior Center, Denia Rec Center, MLK Jr. Rec Center, and American Legion Hall Senior Center. Every class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels with beginner, intermediate, and advanced options included in each workout. Equipment provided.

Includes access to the fitness equipment rooms and gymnasiums
Fitness rooms include treadmills, recumbent bikes, elliptical trainers, Precor cardio and strength training equipment, and Olympic free weights
Includes all the benefits of the Rec Pass
Ages 16 and older; ages 14-15 must be accompanied by an adult
$20, one month | $40, three months | $120, one year REC PASSES, AGES 8+
Group Exercise Membership $5 per class | $30 one month | $80 three months | $299 one year | $50 10-class punch card SilverSneakers |
Health & Fitness
Rec Center
Renew Active
One Pass See page 18 for information on participating insurance plans
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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.

Tuesday 6:45 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Saturday 9:15 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center


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.

Monday 5:45 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center


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

Thursday 6:45 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Friday 9:45 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center


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.

Monday 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Tuesday 5:30 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Thursday 5:30 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Friday 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Saturday 8 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Les Mills CORE™

Build strength, stability, and endurance in the muscles that support your core, improve balance, and assist injury prevention. Featuring floor and standing exercises with resistance tubes, weight plates, and bodyweight moves like crunches and hovers.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Wednesday 12:15 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Thursday 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

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.

Monday 10 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Monday 1:30 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Wednesday 1:30 p.m. | Denton Senior Center


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

Monday 6 p.m. | Denia Rec Center


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

Wednesday 6 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Cycle Yoga

Burn calories and relieve stress all in one workout. Ride 40-minutes of high energy cardio training on a stationary bike followed by a 20-minute practice of yoga on a mat. Improve cardio endurance, strength, and flexibility, while burning 550 to 750 calories per class!

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Indoor Cycling

Come burn massive amounts of calories while enjoying the ride of your life. This 45-minute stationary bike workout improves cardiovascular fitness while strengthening and toning your lower body muscles. Space is limited; please arrive early. Saturday 8 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Classically Fit, 50+

A senior fitness workout featuring functional exercises designed to help participants maintain an independent lifestyle. Build strength, improve coordination, balance, agility, and cardio fitness. Certified instructors provide exercise options and a warm, friendly, and safe class environment.

Monday 9 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Tuesday 10 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Thursday 9 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Thursday 10 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

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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.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Thursday 10:30 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Tuesday 11:00 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Thursday 11:00 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Senior Mat Pilates, 50+

Muscular strength and endurance core exercises that improve postural alignment.

Monday 6 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Senior Mat Yoga, 50+

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

Monday 11 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center Wednesday 6 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Zumba® Gold, 50+ Takes the “work” out of workout by mixing low and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dancefitness party.

Wednesday 9 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Friday 9:00 a.m. | Denton Senior Center


The following fitness programs are available for individual registration.

Xtreme Hip Hop

MLK Jr. Rec Center

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.

Tuesday 6:15 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m. Wednesday 5 p.m.

Les Mills GRIT™

North Lakes Rec Center

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.

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.

Couch to 5K Running Program

North Lakes Rec Center

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.

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Meet Some of the Parks and Recreation INSTRUCTORS & TRAINERS

Alicia McDaniel

I’ve been teaching for 14 years. I teach BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK and substitute for other classes. I love to inspire people to love physical fitness and getting to enrich lives.

Heather Rippetoe

I’ve been teaching over 5 years. I am a Senior Fitness Instructor. I became an instructor after going through my lifestyle change that included participating in group fitness. I love being apart of people’s fitness journies and watching their achievements.

Brad Groves

I have been teaching for 7 years. I currently teach a variety of classes and am a personal trainer. I became a fitness instructor because I love taking people on their fitness journey while having new people join me on my personal fitness journey.

DAndrea Collins

I’ve been teaching for about 10 years. I currently teach XtremeHipHop and Xtreme Burn. My “WHY” is that I love helping people find the love for fitness. It is my passion to show up for myself so I can pour into others and help them change their life!

Katrina Campbell

I have been an instructor for 4 years. I currently coach Les Mills Grit and Couch to 5K. I LOVE watching people achieve things they never dreamed they could do while also building relationships and making friends.

Andi Fitzgerald

I’ve been teaching for 5 years. I am a Yoga instructor. I became an instructor because I noticed a need to help people learn how to move their bodies more, especially within the senior community. I love teaching because of the people and community.

Laura Kessler

I’ve been teaching for 9 years. I became a Zum ba instructor because I loved taking classes and connecting with people. I love teaching at the Senior Center and seeing the smile on their faces before, during and after our workout.

Tyler Smith

I’ve been teaching for over 2 years. I currently teach SilverSneakers at the Denton Senior Center. I love challenging people to do things they thought were impossible. Just because we think we can’t does not mean we will never be able to.

These are just a few of the fantastic instructors on our team. To meet them all, you can attend a variety of the Group Exercise classes and Fitness Programs listed on previous pages!

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Meet your Fitness goals with one on one instruction options


Start Smart 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.

What Start Smart 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

To schedule an appointment email or


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.

To schedule an appointment, email Brad Groves at


Personal Training packages are available for fitness members, any fitness level, and consists 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 North Lakes front desk.



Shane has his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the Na tional Strength and Conditioning Association. Shane is also a USA Cycling Coach and is SafeSport Trained through the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Shane has been training and an instructor for 2 years. When asked Shane said he was inspired to become a personal trainer because “growing up, my family always had me involved in sports and it has taught me a variety of les sons and skills that I have been able to use through out life. I chose to be a personal trainer to share some of those lessons and skills, and to empower those around me!”

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American Legion Hall Senior Center (ALH)

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



8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday CLOSED



629 Lakey St. Denton, TX 76205

PHONE NUMBER (940) 349-8298


Cheylon Brown

Recreation Supervisor

(940) 349-8576

Yvonne Kendricks

Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8296

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.

Denton Senior Center (DSC)

Denton Senior Center is a 19,430-square-foot facility with a full-service fitness room, woodshop, game room, library, and sev eral multipurpose rooms. The center serves as a gathering place for adults, age 50 and older, to enjoy fellowship, monthly socials and seminars, trips, and special events.



8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday CLOSED


509 N. Bell Ave. Denton, TX 76209



(940) 349-8720


Nicole Brasher

Senior Center Supervisor (940) 349-8727

Jane Riddle

Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8722

Tyler Smith

Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8546

Lynda Leonard

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

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


Recreation Specialist (940) 349-8721


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Rec pass

$10, Denton resident | $15, non-resident

A rec pass is required to use the senior centers for non-fee based activities and leisure game tables, i.e. shuffleboard and pool tables.

u Spades

Tuesday, 1 p.m., ALH

Always open, DSC

u Bingo

1st and 3rd Friday, 1 p.m., DSC

u Adult Coloring

Wednesday, 1 p.m., DSC

u Needlework & Knitting

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., DSC

u Movie Matinee 2nd Friday, 1 p.m., DSC

u Computer Tech Tuesdays 1st Friday, 10:30 a.m., ALH


Rec Center Gym Membership, includes rec pass

1 month, $20 | 3 months, $40 | annual, $120

A gym membership includes rec pass activities and access to strength training and cardio equipment at rec centers, including the two senior centers. Equipment orientations are available by appointment.

u Access to all Senior Center and Rec Center fitness rooms

u Access to Precor strength training equipment and Life Fitness cardio equipment at all rec centers

u Access to SilverSneakers classes at Denton Senior Center, North Lakes Rec Center, and Denia Rec Center

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Novice and experienced woodworkers are welcome!

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.

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Exercise Membership, includes rec pass and gym membership
1 month, $30 | 3 months, $80 | annual, $299 A group exercise membership includes unlimited access to groupex classes at all rec centers, including North Lakes and the senior center. Insurance program memberships include group-ex classes. Check out the
Woodshop Access is granted on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly option for anyone ages 50+. Current hours
Access to Drop-in Recreation Activities
u Billards & Shuffleboard


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

Local Travel

Trip fees include cost of transportation and admission

December 12

Community Nativity


Enjoy sight-seeing over 700 nativity exhibits from across the world.

January 25

“Pretty Woman” and Broadway Dallas

Experience the moments you love from the movie — and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way — in this theatrical take on a love story for the ages.


Free Health Screening | Every second Tuesday

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

Health & Wellness 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 | Jan. 12 | ALH

Diet and Nutrition | Feb. 22 | DSC

Legal Aid Community Education | Mar. 9 | ALH

Calling all Volunteers!

Volunteers are the life and blood of the senior centers. If you have an interest in giving back to your community there is a spot for you! Must pass back ground check.

Contact us to get started!

Yvonne Kendricks (ALH) (940) 349-8296

Jane Riddle (DSC) (940) 349-8722

February 22

Perot Museum

From the Permian through the Jurassic, journey to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. It will exhilarate and entertain visitors of all ages.

March 22

Cowgirl Museum

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the West, and from around the world who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts.

April 26

Dallas World Aquarium

Travel to the Dallas World Aquarium to see all the underwater creatures! Enjoy lunch at a restaurant nearby.

Extended Travel

Extended domestic and foreign travel with Collette

The Denton Senior Center has kicked-off extended travel with Collette Travel, all-inclusive domestic and foreign tours. Check out the trips coming up this year. Sign up to go with a group from Denton and check those bucket lists destinations off you list!

Mar. 23-28, 2023 | Washington D.C.

Aug. 14-23, 2023 | Tropical Costa Rica

Nov. 21-Dec. 1, 2023 | Holidays in New York City

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Visit us online for event details and more at! 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!

Perks and Fun at American Legion Hall!

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

Ceramics Painting| Thursday |10 a.m.

Tai Chi |Tuesday |2 p.m.

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

Book Club | First Friday | 1 p.m.

Hope Kitchen | Wednesday | Noon Domino Tournament| Thursday | 6 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 or 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.

Friday Night Music & Dance at DSC

Enjoy LIVE music from local bands and performers! Pre-registration prefered, drop-ins allowed day of. $10 per person, refreshments provided.

January 27 | 6:30 p.m.

February 24 | 6:30 p.m.

March 24 | 6:30 p.m.

April 28 | 6:30 p.m.

Coming Soon!

Storytelling Time with Preschoolers

Upcoming Special Events

Pre-registration is required

Chinese New Year

Jan. 20 | 11 a.m. | DSC

Valentines Dinner and Dance Feb. 14 | 6 p.m. | ALH

Pal-entine’s Day Feb. 17 | 11 a.m. | DSC

Fat Tuesday Potluck Feb. 21 | Noon | DSC

Black History Month Program Feb. 24 | Noon | ALH

Open House Mar. 4 | 9 a.m. | DSC

Holi Color Celebration

Mar. 8 | 11 a.m. | DSC

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. For more information contact Nicole Brasher (940) 349-8727

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Adult & Youth Athletics

Sport Fields and Complex

Vela Athletic Complex

3801 N Elm

Youth Outdoor Soccer League Youth Flag Football League Adult Soccer League

North Lakes Softball Field

2226 W. Windsor Dr. Adult Softball League Adult Kickball League


1900 Chestnut St.

Youth Volleyball League Youth Basketball League

McMath Middle School

1900 Jason Dr. Youth Futsal League

Adult Volleyball League Adult Basketball League

Youth Sports Associations

Denia Softball Field

1001 Parvin St. Youth Fastpitch Softball

Denton County Brewing Company

200 E. Mckinney St. Adult Cornhole League

Evers Park 3201 N. Locust St. Youth Baseball

Mack Park 2000 E. McKinney St. Youth Baseball

North Lakes Soccer 2226 W. Windsor Dr. Youth Soccer

North Lakes Football 2226 W. Windsor Dr. Youth Football

Denton Boys Baseball Inc. (DBBI): (940) 383-7669

Denton Soccer Association (DSA): (940) 597-7140

Denton County Youth Football League (DCYFL): (940) 535-8652

Athletics Staff

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 Register at Fall Leagues

Registration Starts: July Games Begin: Sept. Winter Leagues

Registration Starts: Oct. Games Begin: Dec. Spring Leagues

Registration Starts: Dec. Games Begin: Feb. Summer Leagues

Registration Starts: March Games Begin: May

Team Sideline Information

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Use this website to:
View your schedule
Check league standings
game scores
Check field conditions
See league rules
Sign up as a free agent

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

Co-Ed SAND Volleyball

This league is your great escape to fun and sun and warm sand between your toes. Sand Volleyball leagues are offered in the spring and fall on Sundays. If you enjoy volleyball and love to be outdoors then this league is for you.

Water Works Park Sand Volleyball Court


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


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


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.

Northlakes Softball Complex


Come out and throw some bags! The league includes 8 regular season games and a double elimination tournament. A maximum of 4 players are allowed per roster.

Denton County Brewing Co.


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.

Northlakes Softball Complex


Come out and throw some bags with us!

Denton Parks and Recreation has partnered with Denton County Brewing to host a Cornhole league. Need a team? No problem, contact us about our free agent program! The league includes 8 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. A maximum of 4 players are allowed per roster!

Cornhole leagues are offered in the Fall and Spring each year, so get involved today and sign up!

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Outdoor Soccer, Ages 4-12

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 eight games and practices, a jersey, and awards for all players.

Fall and Spring Leagues

Vela Athletic Complex

Flag Football, Ages 5-12

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 award for all participants.

Fall and Spring Leagues

Vela Athletic Complex

Volleyball, Ages 7-14

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 assigning of team, 8 games and practices, jersey, and award. Team registration includes 8 games and awards, practice space available for additional fee.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Leagues


Basketball, Ages 5-12

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

Winter and Summer Leagues


Futsal Indoor Soccer, Ages 4-12

Recreational indoor futsal emphasizes teamwork, individual sportsmanship, and further skill development. All players are required to wear shin guards and rubber-soled gym shoes. Individual registration includes assigning of team, 8 games, practices, jersey, and awards.

Winter League

McMath Middle School

Track & Field, Ages 9-14

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

Softball, Ages 7-14

Youth softball fosters sportsmanship, individual and team skills development, and encourages friendship, through this fun and positive athletic experience. Individual registration includes assigning of team, 8 games and practices, jersey, and award. Team registration includes 8 games and awards, practice space available for additional fee.

Fall and Spring Leagues

Denia Softball Fields

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. North Lakes Park

For information on Homeschool sports see page 28.

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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. Prepay for your golf balls by picking one up during clubhouse hours any day of the week. 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


Bays and Putting Green

Enjoy one of 32 hitting bays at the driving range, or the green – with 18 putting holes and 5 chipping holes. Artificial turf on both areas and covered bays for sun shade. Everything is on a first come first serve basis. Hitting bays and parts of the green are subject to be reserved for private lessons and group programming.

Food and Fun Fridays

Come out to the Driving Range on the 2nd Friday of the month to enjoy all you can hit golf balls from 5pm-9pm and pick up some food from a local visiting food truck!


Monthly scrambles and special event tournaments! Grab a friend and come out to enjoy a day on the course with our partners at Robson Ranch – keep an eye out for event details. In the mean time enjoy discounted tee times with a special promo code, call the North Lakes Driving Range for more information.

Golf Student Testimony

“Joel is great at breaking the game down; getting you to see the various elements of the game and how to approach each stroke. Over the years of trying to get back into golf I have had several different instructors, and none have been able to help me improve my game in the way Joel has over just a few lessons. Joel has a great personality that allows you to relate to him and enjoy your time while practicing. He keeps me focused and relaxed when I am not seeing the results in the moment. Joel focuses on breaking down the basics and reminding you of the core mechanics necessary to have a great swing. I have a few friends I go to courses with that I have recommended Joel to for more lessons.”

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Want to improve your golf game? Sign up for group and private lessons with our golf pro, or one of our instructional programs.


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. Options for once a week or twice a week lessons. 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. Space is limited to six rookies per class. 30-minute lesson each week for four weeks.

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

Meet coach joel


Single Lesson, Ages 6+

One-on-one instruction with an experienced golf professional.

Couples Lesson, Ages 18+

A private session for two individuals with the golf professional.

Youth Group Lesson, Ages 6-17

Private instruction for up to three youth participants.

Adult Group Lesson, Ages 18+

Private lesson for up to four adult participants.

Corporate Outing, All Ages

Private for a minimum of 5 and maximum of 20 participants.

I have been a Teaching Professional for over 30 years in Texas, Arizona and 10 years in Germany, having given my first golf lesson at the age of 16. My specialty is in individual instruction and the development of advanced teaching techniques. My focus is on producing Tour Players out of juniors and making playing professionals better players. I also love to teach both women and men in all areas from beginner to tour player. As a PGA Teaching Professional it is important for me to give the student as much knowledge as possible. Many of my students both Men/Women have earned golf scholarships to many colleges.

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2005 W. Windsor Dr. (940) 349-8526

Open Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The tennis courts are open on a first come first serve basis.

g USPTA Certified Tennis Professionals

g Lighted Courts

g Tennis Tournaments


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

Tennis Classes

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



Joe Skiles Park Courts: 2 Location: 1721 Stonegate Dr.

South Lakes Park Courts: 4 Location: 556 Hobson Ln.

Avondale Park Courts: 2 Location: 2021 Devonshire Dr.

Nette Shultz Park Courts: 2 Location: 1517 Mistywood Ln.


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

Brandon L’Heureux: (310) 435.2557

Constance Alexander: (619) 273.4473

Marshall Mordecai: (940) 703.8045



Adult Cardio, Ages 18+

An ultimate, high-energy tennis class featuring drills to give players a dynamic workout for Level 3.5-4.0 players.

Adult Tennis 101, Ages 18+

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

Adult Tennis 201, Ages 18+

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

Tennis, All Ages

One-on-one instruction to develop your skills on the court.




Tennis Social Adult

Bring a friend and give them a taste of all the fun playing and socializing in tennis

Goldfield Tennis Center| 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free to attend

MARCH 13-16

High Performance Match Play

Spring Break Camp to give students and opportunity to learn how to play matches with our coaches input. Must register by March 11. Goldfield Tennis Center| 9 a.m.- Noon $120 for the full camp


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.

Middle School Class, Ages 11-14

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


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.


Home School Tennis

Players will learn basic strokes, scoring, and the history of tennis in this comprehensive program suited for players of all ages and ability level. Players will be taught by a USTA certified tennis pro.

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The Denton Tennis Center will feature 12 new tennis courts, 8 new pickleball courts, and a newly remodeled pro shop!

The new center is located on the east side of North Lakes Park at 1117 Riney Rd.


Pickleball is an indoor or outdoor paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Indoor court times and locations

Daily or Yearly Rec Pass Required

Monday & Friday

11 - 1 p.m.

Denia Recreation Center Gym

Tuesday and Thursday Noon - 3 p.m.

North Lakes Recreation Center Gym

Outdoor Court Locations

South Lakes Park 556 Hobson Ln

Nette Shultz Park 1517 Mistywood Ln.

Meet Brandon L’Heureux


Adult Pickleball, Ages 18+

These classes are a great way for brand new players to learn the sport of Pickleball. Players receive 60 minutes instruction and will learn all the basics to be able to play. We will cover equipment, unique lingo, score keeping, court position, and the fundamentals of serve, return, and the volley.

Youth Pickleball, Ages 5-13

This class will focus on the fundamentals of pickleball. Basic stroke production, dinks, serving, volleys, and scoring will be covered.

Pickleball, All Ages

One-on-one instruction to improve your pickleball game.

Pickleball Social, All Ages

Beginners, bring a friend and learn the basics of Pickleball Int. & Adv. enjoy the fun of point play and strategies

Kids (ages 5-13), enjoy some fun games of tennis Goldfield Tennis Center| 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Brandon L’Heureux is the head pro with 25 years of teaching experience. He enjoys working with all ages and levels to help them reach their goals. A graduate of The University of Kansas, Coach Brandon thinks the best aspect of his job is getting to see his clients during the recreational leisure part of their day. He is a USPTA Elite Professional and is also IPTPA Level 1 certified. Stop by the Tennis Center and be sure to say Hi to Brandon, he loves to meet new people!

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Coming Soon!

Soccer Sparks, Ages 2-12

Players will learn ball control and awareness, dribbling, proper passing techniques, shielding, shooting, heading, and team play from coaches with USSF National Soccer Coaching licenses.

Friday at Denia or Saturday at North Lakes

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

Ages 7-12 | 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 Saturday, 5 p.m.

Stay Ready Volleyball, Ages 6-16

Offering the FUNdamentals of introductory and intermediate volleyball. The classes will include comprehensive instructions 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 4-6 |Tuesday, 5-6 p.m. Ages 7-12 | Tuesday, 6-7 p.m.

Tiny Tutu’s 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, 9:35 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.

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, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tot Drop, Ages 3-11

We provide a safe and enriching environment with fun, supervised activities! Children must be dropped off in clean diapers or have potty trained children in pull ups. Staff do not change diapers or administer medication. MLK Jr. Rec Center Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

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.

North Lakes Rec Center Ages 5-12 | Friday, 6 p.m. Ages 13+ | Friday, 7 p.m.

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 Tuesday, 10 a.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. It is designed for students who need a certification that satisfies OSHA, workplace or other regulatory requirements. Upon successful completion, a valid 2-year digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED is issued.

Jan. 19 | 5-9 p.m. | Civic Center

Feb. 24 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Mar. 24 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Senior Center for 50+

Apr. 28 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Denia Rec Center

May 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | MLK Jr. Rec Center

Safe at Home, Ages 9-12

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

MLK Jr. Rec Center

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 with the knowledge and skills they need in order to be safe, nurturing caregivers.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Teen Night, Ages 11-17

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

ESL, Ages 18+

Learning English can be intimidating, but not impossible. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn English as your second language. Classes offered by North Texas Adult Education and Literacy.

Aprender un nuevo idioma puede ser intimidante pero no imposible. Cuando se le de las oportunidades adecuadas, se sorprenderá de lo lejos que puede esforzarse. Clases ofrecidas por Educación y Alfabetización de Adultos del Norte de Texas.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Monday and Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.

GED, Ages 18+

Thinking about getting your high school equivalency by taking the GED® test? It’s never too late to achieve this goal. Let North Texas Adult Education and Literacy help pave the way for you! 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®? Nunca es demasiado tarde para lograr este objetivo, ¡deje que NTAEL le ayude a allanar el camino! 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, 6-8 p.m.

Tutoring, Ages 5-18

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. The program is overseen by UNT faculty member, Shahla Alai-Rosales. Program mentors and tutors are local service organizations and UNT master’s degree and doctoral degree students.

MLK Jr. Rec Center

Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

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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.


Sports & Fitness, Ages 16+

Come and learn new sports and have friendly competition. Sports promote heathy habits. Instructor led sports include golf, tennis, hikes, kickball, and more.

North Lakes Rec Center Tuesday, 10 a.m.-Noon

Special Olympics, Ages 18+

Join the AIR Special Olympics team and participate and compete in a range of Special Olympics sports such as bocce, track and field, tennis, bowling, and more. Contact coach for questions.

Registration opens December 1 at Noon

Art Therapy, Ages 16+

Learn a new skill and make soap, jewelry, paintings, and more. Activities work fine and gross motor skills, and promote non-verbal expression.

North Lakes Rec Center Thursday, Noon-1 p.m.


Sweetheart Ball, Ages 16+

Bring your sweetheart or find one at the annual, semiformal Valentine dinner and dance. A catered dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase required Feb. 11 | 6-8 p.m. at Denton Civic Center


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 Dec. 9 | Winter Wonderland Jan. 20 | New Year, New Groove Mar. 3 | Denim Denim Denim Apr. 14 | Friends and Flowers

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. at North Lakes Rec Center Dec. 16 | Cookie Decorating Jan. 13 | Bingo Feb. 24 | Valentines Treat Making Mar. 24 | Bowling Apr. 28 | Pizza Party

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CAMPS, Kids’ Day Off, and Teens’ Day Off

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. Fee’s include all activities, fields trips, and transportation. Preregistration is required two days prior to each date. Walk-ins will be accepted only if there is space available. Program time is 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

All-Day Holiday Camp, Ages 5-10 Civic Center

December 19 - January 2

All-Day Teen Holiday Camp, Ages 11-15 Civic Center

December 19 - January 2

All-Day Spring Break Camp, Ages 5-10 Civic Center, Denia Rec Center, MLK Jr. Rec Center

March 13-17

All-Day Teen Spring Break Camp, Ages 11-15 Civic Center

March 13-17

Kids’ Day Off, Ages 5-10 Civic Center

February 20 April 7

Teens’ Day Off, Ages 11-15 Civic Center

February 20 April 7


Sara Farris

Recreation Supervisor (940) 349-8730

Jodi McClaren

Recreation Coordinator (940) 349-8731

Grace Mulkey

Recreation Specialist (940) 349-8723


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:

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


Each month, kids enjoy a night out while parents enjoy the night off. Our experienced staff plan each month around a unique theme, then create play stations that include games and activities, mini-sports tournaments, unique inflatable fun, ping-pong, and video games on a large screen. Of course, it’s never a party without a DJ and dance contests! No need to buy dinner on the way because we provide 2 slices of pizza and a drink. We will also sell concessions and glow products. Preregistration is required. Program runs 7-11 p.m. Civic Center

January 13 February 17 March 3 April 21

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Come work with us! Summer hiring information on page 49


Monica Martin

Program Area Manager

(940) 349-8808

Paul David Morgan

Aquatics Supervisor (940) 349-8804

Ryan Comfort

Aquatics Supervisor (940) 349-8802

Maria Campbell

Aquatics Supervisor (940) 349-8814

Greyson Rowley

Aquatics Coordinator

(940) 349-8806


(940) 349-8800


2400 Long Rd. Denton, TX 76207


Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

OPEN SWIM WITH SLIDE OPEN Thursday 5-8 p.m. Saturday Noon-6 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m.



Monday - Friday

5:30-6:55 a.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday 5 p.m.-Close Saturday Noon-6 p.m. Sunday 1-6 p.m.

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Daily Admission

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

Nonresidents add $1 per person

NAT Membership

One-Month, $20 Three-Months, $45 12-Month, $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 par ty host, cake, ice cream sandwiches, 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 by visiting our website or by calling (940) 349-8800 to speak with a member of our staff.

MEMBERSHIPS AND ADMISSIONS BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES UPCOMING NATATORIUM CLOSURES Thanksgiving Closure November 24 and 25, 2022 Christmas Closure December 24 and 25, 2022 New Year Day Closure January 1, 2023 Martin Luther King Day Closure January 16, 2023 Easter Day Closure April 9, 2023 DENTON NATATORIUM (NAT)

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training, Ages 17+ Certifications and Training

Become certified to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens classes. Candidates must be currently certified as a lifeguard.

Upcoming Classes

Dec. 28-30, Mar. 10-12, Apr. 28-30

In-Person Review Course for Certified Lifeguard Instructors/ Trainers Dec. 28, Mar. 10, and Apr. 28

American Red Cross WaterPark Lifeguard Training, Ages 15+

This American Red Cross course certifies you in Lifeguard Training, Waterpark Lifeguard Training, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Oxygen Administration, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Prerequisites will be conducted the first day of class.

Upcoming Classes

Feb. 3-5

Feb. 10-12

Feb 17-19

Feb. 24-26

Mar. 3-5 Mar. 13-15 Mar. 24-26 Mar. 31-Apr. 2

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Training, Ages 16+

This course trains candidates to teach Water Safety, including the Basic Water Rescue course, the six levels of the Learn to Swim program and Parent and Child Aquatics from the American Red Cross.

Upcoming Classes

Dec. 18-22 and Mar. 17-20



Upcoming Classes

and Spa Operator Courses

Jan. 4-5, Mar. 8-9, Apr. 26-27

Denton Area Swim Club - Masters Swim Team

The Denton Area Swim Club is returning! This year-round U.S. Maters Swimming program offers anyone 18 years of age or older the opportunity to improve fitness and overall health. The certified coach provides structured workouts and technique mechanics to improve your swim skills.

Practice Times

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 5:30-6:45 a.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.

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.

Aqua Fitness

This is a low-impact class focusing on balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. Monday, Wednesday | 11 a.m.

Cardio Dance Party

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

Friday | 10 a.m.

Paddleboard Fit

This is a drop-in course for paddleboard aerobics. This takes place on paddle boards in water as shallow as 4 ft. and as deep as 13 ft. We will focus on core strength and balance while providing a challenging cardio workout. Paddleboards are included along with equipment used to perform exercises. Participants should come prepared to get wet and have a good time! Must pre register and pay for the course.

Friday | 11 a.m.

Toddler Swim

This class is an opportunity for child bonding. We encourage stay-at-home parents, grandparents, and guardians to come to learn and play with their children in the water.

Thursday11 a.m. | Leisure 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. Winter/Spring Session

January 2-April 27 (No practice during spring break)

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Coming Soon!

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, visit the NAT, or call 940-349-8800.

Instructional Levels

Water Tots, Ages 6 months-3 yrs Parent and child lessons that build readiness, confidence, and safety in the water. Class ratio is 10:1.

Preschool, Ages 3-4 Preschoolers learn to float, kick, alternate arm action, blow bubbles and safety rules. Class ratio is 5:1.

Level 1: Intro to Water, Ages 5+ Students build from beginner skills through the introduction of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.Class ratio is 6:1.

Level 2: Fundamentals, Ages 5+ Students learn alternate arm action, rhythmic bobbing, front and back glides, & safety. Class ratio is 6:1.

Level 3: Stroke Dev., Ages 6+ Students learn rotary breathing, dolphin kick, and safety, as well as freestyle and elementary backstroke. Class ratio is 6:1.

Level 4: Stroke Dev., Ages 6+ Students add arms to the scissors kick for sidestroke and begin learning back crawl, breaststroke, and butterfly. Class ratio is 6:1.

Meet Maria Campbell

Homeschool Swim Lessons, Ages 4+ A great physical education addition to your homeschool curriculum! Children will be divided according to their skill levels on the first day to fit individual needs. Class ratio is 8:1. Tuesday & Thursday, 2 p.m.

Private Swim Lessons are now open Offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Register online today at dentonparkscatalog. com.

Swimming has been my life since I was 5 years old. In college, I was an NCAA Division III All-American swimmer. In 1997, I moved to Texas to start my aquatics professional career with the Jewish Community Center of Dallas. I was the Aquatics Manager for the City of Arlington for 14 years before coming to the City of Denton. My passion is water safety. I believe everyone should learn to be safe in, on, and around the water. I have taught swim lessons for over 25 years and have loved every minute. My favorite moments are when children learn to float for the first time. Nothing beats the pure joy on a child’s face. My family is the most important part of my life. I have a 13-year-old son, who loves soccer and tennis. While he is my favorite athlete to watch, I am a true Ohio State Buckeye fan.

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Unite, Grow, Play | 35 Starting Pay $15 per hour MAKING WAVES WITH WATER WORKS PARK Holiday Savings $10 Discount applied to any season pass or cooler pass. Must be purchased between Nov. 24, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023 Early Bird Savings $5 Discount applied to any season pass or cooler pass. Must be purchased between Jan. 2 - March 1, 2023 OPENING DAY MAY 27 Silver Membership City of Denton Resident - $80 Gold Membership City of Denton Resident - $130 Platinum Membership City of Denton Resident - $200 *Nonresident add $20 PASSES NOW ON SALE

For over three decades, we’ve partnered with families, neighborhoods, businesses, and community groups all over Denton to achieve our vision of a clean and vibrant city. Using the Keep America Beautiful model of community engagement, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) works directly with Dentonites to inspire positive change and provide residents the resources needed to leave a lasting mark on their home. To learn more, visit

special events


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: Citywide | 8-11 a.m.

Volunteer Party: Quakertown Park | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free to attend


Garden Workdays at Denia Wildflower Garden

Join KDB for monthly garden workdays at the Denia Wildflower Garden, located in front of Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St. Get ready to dig in the dirt and learn proper garden maintenance techniques with our garden experts. Tasks vary, but frequently involve weeding, cutting back plants, and picking up plant debris and litter. More info and to sign up:

March 11 | 9-11 a.m.

April 15 | 9-11 a.m.

May 6 | 9-11 a.m.

Meetup Cleanups

The Meetup Cleanup 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 one-time volunteer opportunity or can be completed on a recurring basis. Sign up at or call (940) 349-8737.


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, 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. Citywide | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free to attend

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We offer many ways to volunteer in Denton! Find what works best for you and jump in to serve your community.

Register at: to volunteer.

Athletics Volunteer as a coach for one of our winter/spring youth athletic leagues!

Recreation Centers

Learn more about fitness and recreational activities by volunteering at one of our recreation centers. Tasks include office organization.

Special Events

Sign up now to volunteer at our next event! Our recreation centers and special events team hosts a variety of one-time activities.

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 4 primary program areas: beautification, litter cleanups, urban forestry, and youth education.

parks and trails

Denton Parks and Recreation provides a variety of opportunities for exploration and leisure. With access to Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Lewisville Lake, and numerous parks and trails, Denton residents have access to one of the most unique park and open space systems in the DFW Metroplex. For maps of parks and trails check out page 50.

Dog Parks

Looking to get outside and have some fun with your four-legged friend? Denton Parks and Recreation offers two fenced, off-leash dog parks. Once you’ve played with fellow fur-friends, enjoy a (leashed!) stroll on the nearby trails.

North Lakes Dog Park 808 W. Windsor Dr.

• Three large dog areas & one small dog area

Wiggly Field Dog Park 1760 E. Ryan Rd.

• Small dog area for dogs under 30 lbs.

• Large dog area for dogs over 30 lbs.

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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 Bloom at Clear Creek

Clear Creek is home to an abundance of natural wildlife diversity. Here are some of the common plants you might find on your next hike:

• Cephalanthus occidentalis (Common buttonbush): a common wetland plant which serves as food for ducks and other waterfowl.

• Liatris spicata (Gayfeather or Blazing Star): This vibrant purple grassy foliage provides pops of color on the trails.

• Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry): This lush green shrub sprouts beautiful fuchsia berries for wildlife, especially birds.

Trail Map Update

We’re excited to announce the addition of new trails at Clear Creek! Our newest trail map shows additional hiking trails that connect to our Davis Gate and Mountain Bike Trail. Many of the trails have recently been widened for ADA accessibility.

Popular Trails

Wetlands Trail | 1.84 mi – EASY Wetlands Trail is a fantastic introductory hike for first-time visitors. This trail leads around the pond and offers some serene rest spots.

Fisherman’s Trail | 0.56 mi – EASY This is a great hike for aquatic enthusiasts as it leads you along the water’s edge of Clear Creek, the park’s namesake waterway.

Quarry Trail | .14 mi – EASY Quarry Trail is a quick in and out trail and perfect for families with little hikers.

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- Sunday

hunting information

Denton Parks and Recreation offers hunting permits for purchase. Nearly 60 percent of Clear Creek’s 3,000 acres is designated as wildlife management area, which is where hunting is allowed. Hunting is prohibited at the Collins Road or Hartlee Field Road areas of Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area.

Resident: $30, Non-Resident: $50

Dates to Remember:

November 15 - January 2, January 17-30

Turkey and waterfowl | Permits go on sale Oct. 31

February 1 - May 31

Feral hogs and small game | Permits go on sale Jan. 16

Community Garden Plots available for rent

Bowling Green Community Garden is located at Bowling Green Park, 2200 Bowling Green St. For more information call (940) 349-7275 or email parksnrec@

Community Garden Plots are approximately 15’ x 15’ or 11’ x 13’

• Plots will be available February 6th, 2023 at 10 a.m. Register online or in person at the Denton Civic Center.

• Plots are cleared annually in December to prep for the next year.

• Plots are currently first-come, first-served. Registration is required.

• Prior to planting, Denton Parks and Rec will plow and disc garden sites.

• Each tenant is responsible for the soil work and addition of any soils or compost materials.

• Hand watering only, no sprinklers. Watering is allowed daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Teen Outdoor Adventure Camp, Ages 11-17

Let your teen explore like never before with Teen Outdoor Adventure Camp! We offer unique camp experiences with our excursions. No experience is required; only a desire to have fun and be outdoors each day of camp.

Denia Rec Center

March 13-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures Day, Ages 8+

Let your kids explore the outdoors with Outdoor Adventures! They will get a fun expierence through a variety of excursions offered. No experience is required; only a desire to be outdoors.

Denia Rec Center

Dec. 19-Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Outdoor Skills Workshop, Ages 8+

Learn (or refresh) your Outdoor Skills with certified and experienced instructors.

Outdoor skills include tent set-up, pack prep, fishing rod prep, tying knots, etc. as well as principles such as Leave No Trace.

Denia Rec Center

Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rock the Wall, Ages 7-15

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

Starting in January Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Homeschool Rock the Wall, Ages 7-15

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

Starting in January Thursday, 10-11 a.m.

Sustainable Saturdays, All Ages

Join us at Cleark Creek every second Saturday for activities about nature, conservation, and local environment.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center Sustainable Gifts & Wraps | Dec. 10, 10 a.m.–Noon Sustainable Resolutions | Jan. 14, 10 a.m.–Noon Gardening on the Go | Feb. 11, 10 a.m.–Noon

Preschool in Nature, Ages 3-5

Explore the outdoors with Preschool friendly activities!

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center April 15, 10 a.m.-Noon


Kayaking, Ages 5+

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 picinc. Meet at Denia Rec Center April 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kayaking 50+ Active adults can join us on a kayak adventure. Open to all skill levels. Bring a sack lunch and a bottle of water for an adventure picinc.

Meet at Denton Senior Center April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Youth Archery, Ages 8-17

Denia Rec Center Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Homeschool Archery, Ages 8-17

Denia Rec Center Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.

Adult Archery, Ages 18-49

Denia Rec Center Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon

Archery 50+

Denia Rec Center Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Hikes & Biking

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. Children aged 5-11 must be accompanied by caregiver. Children 12+ may hike alone with a parent waiver on file.

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.

Starting in April Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.

International Women’s Mountain Biking Day Take part in a guided bike ride through the Moun tain Bike Park.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center Mountain Bike Park May 6, 10 a.m.-Noon


In November 2021 the City of Denton, Parks and Recreation and 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, University of North Texas who provided significant support to Parks and Recreation during the layout and construction process.

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Denton Parks, Recreation, and Trails System Master Plan

The purpose of this plan is to guide the development of parks, recreation, and trails in Denton over the next ten years, focusing on improving the existing system and expanding the system to meet growing demand.

This includes an implementation action plan to guide future expenditures for parks and recreation, this master plan complies with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) requirements.

City Council adopted the Denton Parks, Recreation, Trails System Master Plan on March 1, 2022. This plan will guide the department over the next ten years. The creation of the Master Plan involved strategically examining the community’s existing services, facilities, and resources and assessing future needs concerning parks, recreation, open space, and greenways.

The Parks and Recreation Department will be making progress on implementing the many components the master plan identifies. Our department is looking forward to continuing the quality of life of our citizens and increasing our efforts to unite, grow, and play!

A compliant master plan provides opportunities for grants and additional funding resources for recreation improvements. You can find a copy of the Master Plan on the City of Denton website.

Who Uses the Master Plan?

TPWD Compliance

To receive bonus points on applications for TPWD funding, the agency requires that a municipality submit an updated park master plan every five years and a completely new plan every ten years.

CAPRA Compliance

This recognition sets parks and recreation agencies apart for excellence in operation and service. The Parks Master Plan is one required element of the accreditation process.

Help Us Plan for the Future

Parks and Recreation is seeking feedback for various upcoming projects. In order to build the future we need your input!

For more information, visit

u Pecan Creek Regional Trail Master Plan u Briercliff Park Master Plan

u Parks and Recreation u City Departments u Community Leaders and Decision Makers u Community Groups u Residents u Other Partners/Outside Groups
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u Aquatic Facilities and Amenities u Active Adult Center Upcoming Projects

As part of the Master Plan the Parks and Recreation department will be making progress on implementing the many components the master plan identifies. You will see some of the vision and goals through current and past projects listed.

Current Projects

u North Lakes Tennis Center

Construction includes twelve (12) tennis courts and eight (8) pickleball courts. At North Lakes Park.

u Park Waste Recepticle Grant

Replacing existing fifty-five-gallon trash and recycling receptacles with new, readily identifiable receptacles in Fred Moore Park, South Lake Park, and Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. The Park and Recreation Department was awarded $199,836 from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement a pilot program to reduce litter and recycling contamination in City parks.

u Cross Timbers North & South Playground

Replacements include interactive, accessible play, and integrated shade.

Upcoming Projects

u Villages of Carmel Park

Starting grant process with TPWD and does not anticipate the Notice to Proceed from TPWD until Spring 2023.

u Bowling Green Park

Working on seeking grants and other funding sources to create this master plan.

Past Projects

Wolff's Park

McKenna Park

Park Planning Staff

John Whitmore

Park Planning Manager (940) 349-7747

Jason Donnell

Sr. Park Planner (940) 349-8275

Chris Escoto

Park Planner (940) 349-8232

Southwest Park

u Tree Plantings

The City of Denton has a Tree Mitigation Fund that provides funding for tree planting efforts located throughout the city. Be on the lookout for new trees!

u Rayzor Ranch

Identified need for a new pavilion. Currently assessing the area of placement and funding.

North Pointe Park

Fred Moore Park

Denia Park Batting Cages

North Lakes Dog Park
Hartlee Field Mountain Bike Park
Tree Plantings
South Lakes Park
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Photos (clockwise, from top left): “Bench People” by artist Madeline Wiener, “Avalon” by artist Russ Connell, “Dog Star” by artist Elizabeth Akamatsu, “Denton Women’s Interracial Fellowship Monument” by artist Dina Fisher, “Vela’s Trophy” by artist Ray King,. “Fetch!” by artist Brandon Taylor, 23 De-sign Co.

Public Art

The City of Denton’s Public Art Committee has a commitment to sustaining and promoting Denton’s unique, creative identity. Art enhances the cultural, physical, and psychological environment by enlivening and humanizing public spaces.

We define “public art” broadly as visual art of all disciplines that is accessible to the public that is aquired by, donated to, and approved by the City. These projects are not paid for with public funds and are often acquired through grants or donations. Here are some of the past, present, and future art projects:

Current Projects

u Tennis Center Sculpture u Traffic Box Art Wraps

Upcoming Projects

u Monument Sign on Eagle/Elm

Past Projects

u Sculptures on Carroll Boulevard u ”Shields of Tradition” at Fire Station 3 u ”Bench People” at MLK Jr. Rec Center u ”Fetch!” at North Lakes Dog Park u ”Vela’s Trophy” at G. Roland Vela Sports Complex u ”Denton Women’s Interracial Fellowship Monument” at Wolff’s Park u “ Dogstar” Bonnie Brae Roundabout Sculpture

For more information visit

memorial program

A park memorial offers donors the opportunity to purchase a bench, tree, brick, or picket in honor of a loved one and allow their memory to live on in an act of service or enhancement to City parks.

Applications can be found on the website or in-person at Parks and Recreation Customer Service located within the Denton Civic Center.

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Book, Rent, & Reserve

Pavilion and Facility Rentals RESERVE AND PAY ONLINE

Rec Center Rentals

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 a gymnasium

MLK Jr. Rec Center

1300 Wilson St.

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

North Lakes Rec Center

2001 W. Windsor Dr.

Two multipurpose rooms and a gymnasium.

Denton Senior Center

509 N. Bell Ave.

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

Rental Rates and Availability

For rates and availability visit us online at

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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.

Denton Civic Center

321 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 76201 (940) 349-7275

Historic Denton Civic Center was designed by renowned Texas Architect O'Neil Ford. It’s centrally located near downtown Denton in beautiful Quakertown Park and is perfect for wedding receptions, banquets, community events, trade shows, and Quinceañeras.

It features:

g 9,000-square-foot indoor rotunda g 4,000-square-foot outdoor, covered plaza g Three meeting rooms g Full prep kitchen g Updated lighting and acoustics g Alcohol permited

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.

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• 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 pary room

Fee Includes

• Party for 15 kids; additional kids $4 each child

• 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

• Pizza (large one-topping): $10 each

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.

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Birthday party packages
To book your party, call or book online!

Extreme Temperatures

Weather conditions are considered inclement when the temperature low is expected to fall below 32 degrees F or the temperature high is expected to exceed 100 degrees F, and when the City declares an emergency for weather conditions such as ice, severe flooding, etc.

Daytime Warming Centers / Cooling Stations

City of Denton public facilities with heating, air condition, public restrooms, water fountains, and sitting areas

Parks & Recreation Centers

Denton Civic Center 321 E. McKinney St. (940) 349-7275

Denton Senior Center 509 N. Bell Ave. (940) 349-8720

Denia Rec Center 1001 Parvin St. (940) 349-8285

MLK Jr. Rec Center 1300 Wilson St. (940) 349-8575

North Lakes Rec Center 2001 W. Windsor Dr. (940) 349-8287

Public Libraries

Emily Fowler Central Library 502 Oakland St. (940) 349-8752

North Branch Library 3020 N. Locust St. (940) 349-8752

South Branch Library 3228 Teasley Ln. (940) 349-8752

Community Providers

Our Daily Bread 300 W. Oak St. Ste 100 (940) 556-1308

Salvation Army Denton 1508 E. McKinney St. (940) 556-3800

Overnight Shelter

Fire Stations

Station 1: Central FIre Station 332 E. Hickory St. (940) 349-8840 Monday - Friday, 8-5 p.m.

Fire Stations with restroom and water fountain access:

Station 2 110 Mockingbird Ln. Station 3 1401 Underwood St. Station 4 2110 E. Sherman Dr. Station 5 2230 W. Windsor Dr. Station 6 3232 Teasley Ln. Station 7 4201 Vintage Pkwy. Station 8 3131 Colorado Blvd.

Must call to confirm inclement weather opening

Our Daily Bread Monsignor King Outreach Center

300S. Woodrow Ln. (940) 514-1007

*New facility coming soon

Salvation Army Denton 1508 E. Mckinney St. (940) 556-3800

Outdoor Parks Inclement Weather

North Lakes Driving Range

The driving range will close if the temperature, or wind chill, drops to 38 degrees or colder. The range may close during other inclement information or rainy weather. If inclement weather occurs, call 940-3498545 for class and league cancellations and facility closing inforamtion.

North Lakes Tennis Center

The tennis center may close during rainy weather or if the wind chill or normal temperature is below 38 degrees. If inclement weather occurs, call 940-3498526 for class and league cancellations and closing information.

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