Austin's Summer Playgrounds Program offers free activities for youth



Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

AUSTIN -- If you're looking for free, structured activities for your kids this summer, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has just the program.

The Summer Playgrounds Program kicks off June 10 at 13 park sites throughout the city. The program runs Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children ages 6 to 12 can attend and participate in activities that promote creativity, teamwork and a healthy lifestyle.  All Summer Playgrounds Program sites offer programming that includes arts and crafts projects, organized sports and creative games. Three Summer Playgrounds Program Premier Sites will offer enhanced activities to include guest speakers, and advanced arts and crafts projects.

Registration is required, at the park site, on the child’s first day of attendance. 

The program will run through August 2, and all sites will be closed on July 4.

For more information contact Ernest Espinoza at 512-974-3912 or by e-mail at  or visit the website at
Summer Playgrounds Program sites and addresses:
Premier Sites:
Quail Creek Neighborhood Park                          1101 Mearns Meadows Dr.
Dick Nichols District Park                                   8011 Beckett Rd.
Davis/White Neighborhood Park                         5909 Crystalbrook Dr.
Quality Sites:
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park                          12138 N. Lamar
Oak View Neighborhood Park                              10800 Oak View Drive
Balcones District Park                                        12017 Amherst
Bartholomew District Park                                  5201 Berkman Dr.
Garrison District Park                                        6001 Manchaca Rd.
Kendra Page Neighborhood Park                         7192 Stoneleigh Place
Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park                907 Slaughter Ln.
Barton Hills School Park                                     2108 Barton Hills
Franklin Neighborhood Park                                4700 Copperbend Blvd.
Chestnut Pocket Park                                        2207 East 16th St
Civitan Neighborhood Park                                 513 Vargas Rd.
Ramsey Neighborhood Park                                4301 Rosedale Ave.
Shipe Neighborhood Park                                   4400 Ave. G

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