Arlington Parks and Recreation

Arlington Parks and Recreation 2018 NRPA Gold Medal Winner The Parks and Recreation Department is a division of the City of Arlington. As a department, we strive to make Arlington a great place to live, work and play.

Arlington is home to over 90 parks and 6 recreation centers. The City of Arlington is one of a select group of cities in the United States to be designated a Playful City USA. Recently, the Arlington Tennis Center became the USTA national facility of the year and has received numerous awards over the past few years. In 2010, ATC hosted a US Open Qualifier as well as many other national tournaments. Tierra Verde Golf Club was named one of the top 100 places to play golf in the country by Golf Digest and is home to the "World's First Audubon Signature Sanctuary Municipal Golf Course. Lake Arlington is the home of the first flat-water paddling trail in Texas and the first water trail in DFW. According to the University of Kansas, the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has more certified Monarch Butterfly Waystations than any other city in the country. The Forestry and Beautification Division has planted over 5,000 trees since 2007 across the city through our LEAF program. The department planted 2010 trees in the course of 100 days to celebrate the 2010 NBA All-Star at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The department is big on the arts! Since 2009, a number of sculptures have been added to the community. 'Caelum Moor Environmental Art' was installed at Richard Greene Linear Park in 2009 after being in storage for a number of years. In 2010 'The Gift' and the 'Kearby Memorial' were installed in Downtown Arlington. For more information about our diverse department, go to naturallyfun.org.

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We love at-home activities that demonstrate the intricate wonders of nature and science! This salt crystal growing exper...
10/06/2020

We love at-home activities that demonstrate the intricate wonders of nature and science! This salt crystal growing experiment is the perfect fall activity. You will need water, salt, leaves, string, a pot, glass jars, and skewers. Try it out and show us your #NaturallyFun results!

Instructions:
Fill a saucepan with enough water to fill your jars, and boil the water on high heat. While the water comes to a boil, tie string around the stem of each of your leaves and then tie the other end of the string to a skewer (popsicle sticks, toothpicks, pencils, or just about any other similar items will work as skewers). Repeat for each leaf you want to crystalize. Use the skewers to suspend the leaves over the jars.

Once your water boils, add enough salt to create a sheet of salt crystals across the surface of the water. Turn off the heat and continue to add salt until it does not dissolve. Then pour the salt water into the jars, fully submerging the leaves. Wait 3-7 days for crystals to form. The longer you wait, the more crystals will form on the leaves.

Once crystals have formed, remove the leaves from the water and dry gently with a paper towel. When the crystals are dry, examine them with a magnifying glass to learn about salt, ionic bonds, and crystal formations!

As of today, Arlington Parks and Recreation's beloved Hugh Smith Recreation Center has closed its doors to the public af...
10/06/2020

As of today, Arlington Parks and Recreation's beloved Hugh Smith Recreation Center has closed its doors to the public after serving as a cherished pillar in the East Arlington community for over 50 years.

Hugh Smith Indoor Pool will close this Saturday, October 10, so there's still time for one last swim! Though the pool is operating at 75% capacity, there are still some open time slots for those who would like to schedule a lap swim or water walking/jogging session. You can call Hugh Smith Recreation Center and Indoor Pool at 817-275-1351 to register for an hour-long water fitness session between 8:00am-3:15pm, and 6:15-8:30pm.

Stay tuned this week as we highlight some of our favorite memories from Hugh Smith Recreation Center and Indoor Pool and say farewell to this Arlington staple! As this chapter closes, we look forward to new beginnings on the horizon as excitement grows for the new East Library and Recreation Center. Sneak peeks coming soon!

The Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this natural oasis in the heart of Arli...
10/05/2020
Arlington’s O.S. Gray Natural Area Marks 10-Year Anniversary

The Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this natural oasis in the heart of Arlington. Read more about how this thriving 20-acre park came to be and how the community will continue to enhance this oasis of nature for all to enjoy!

Friends of the O.S. Gray Natural Area this month are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this natural oasis in the heart of Arlington.

ICYMI: October fitness classes are under way at The Beacon Recreation Center! Whether you opt for in-person or virtual c...
10/05/2020

ICYMI: October fitness classes are under way at The Beacon Recreation Center! Whether you opt for in-person or virtual classes, you're sure to find a workout you love at The Beacon, regardless of age or skill level.

*Gold level membership and registration required for all fitness classes.

Register: bit.ly/BeaconFitness or call The Beacon at 817-575-8340

Happy Monday! Arlington Parks and Recreation wishes you a wonderful week filled with new adventures. 🌻
10/05/2020

Happy Monday! Arlington Parks and Recreation wishes you a wonderful week filled with new adventures. 🌻

Happy National Golf Lover's Day! Whether you love to watch or play, this is a day for all golf enthusiasts to appreciate...
10/04/2020

Happy National Golf Lover's Day! Whether you love to watch or play, this is a day for all golf enthusiasts to appreciate one of the world's most popular sports.

Come out for a round at one of Arlington Parks and Recreation's four beautiful golf courses:

Tierra Verde Golf Club - 7005 Golf Club Dr, 76001

Texas Rangers Golf Club - 701 Brown Blvd, 76011

Lake Arlington Golf Course - 1516 W Green Oaks Blvd, 76013

Meadowbrook Park Golf Course - 1300 E. Dugan St, 76010

Our featured #ParkOfTheWeek is Deaver Park! This 15-acre neighborhood park recently received one of the newest playgroun...
10/02/2020

Our featured #ParkOfTheWeek is Deaver Park! This 15-acre neighborhood park recently received one of the newest playgrounds in Arlington, complete with swings and a geo-climbing structure. Deaver Park is also home to a basketball court, pond, .15-mile paved trail, and plenty of natural space and open fields where you can explore, practice sports, or picnic.
Location: 5800 Kelly Elliot Rd, 76017

10/02/2020
River Legacy Living Science Center

Starting this upcoming Tuesday, October 6, River Legacy Living Science Center will be extending their hours of operation to Tuesdays through Saturdays! You can visit the science center Tuesday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Come learn about nature and see what staff has been working hard on all summer!

Stop by the Nature Center to see our aquariums, terrariums, and Discovery Room! Explore interactive exhibits and see native animals up close at River Legacy Nature Center.

Who doesn’t love the taste of fresh vegetables grown right at home? Growing your own food is a healthy and rewarding exp...
10/01/2020
Tips for Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden

Who doesn’t love the taste of fresh vegetables grown right at home? Growing your own food is a healthy and rewarding experience that even novice gardeners can learn. APRD’s Urban Forestry Land Manager, Wendy Pappas, presents these tips for how to get started with growing your own vegetable garden 🥕🍅🌽

Who doesn’t love the taste of fresh vegetables grown right at home? Growing your own food is a healthy and rewarding experience that even novice gardeners can learn as a sustainable and worthwhile hobby. APRD’s Urban Forestry Land Manager, Wendy Pappas, presents these tips for how to get started...

We are excited to share the October schedule of fitness activities you can take part in at The Beacon Recreation Center!...
10/01/2020

We are excited to share the October schedule of fitness activities you can take part in at The Beacon Recreation Center! Gold membership and registration are required for all classes, and virtual options are available for several classes. Come get fit with us in an engaging environment specifically designed to meet the needs of all skill levels!

Register online at bit.ly/BeaconFitness or call The Beacon at 817-575-8340

It's the end of an era and the start of something new! Hugh Smith Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will close its doors...
09/30/2020
Hugh Smith Recreation Center and Indoor Pool to Close in October in Preparation for East Library and Recreation Center Grand Opening

It's the end of an era and the start of something new! Hugh Smith Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will close its doors in October as we prepare for the grand opening of the East Library and Recreation Center, set for Monday, November 9, 2020. Details inside:

It is the end of an era and the start of something new along New York Avenue as Arlington Parks prepares to close the doors on the beloved Hugh Smith Recreation Center. Though the community is saying farewell to this east Arlington staple, which originally opened in October 1969 as a YMCA facility,....

While navigating cold and flu season is always top-of-mind every winter, staying healthy this season is more important t...
09/30/2020
Navigating Cold and Flu Season in 2020 - Are You a Well Being?

While navigating cold and flu season is always top-of-mind every winter, staying healthy this season is more important than ever before. Read what Texas Health suggests about flu shots, symptoms, and how to receive care safely this year.

We spoke with a family medicine physician to discuss why it’s important to get a flu shot, how to differentiate symptoms, and how to receive care safely.

ICYMI: Here's your friendly mid-week reminder that this is the FINAL week to take advantage of FREE trial classes and ac...
09/30/2020

ICYMI: Here's your friendly mid-week reminder that this is the FINAL week to take advantage of FREE trial classes and activities at The Beacon Recreation Center! Moving forward, all fitness classes will require gold level membership. Come on out this week and try your favorite activities!

Register at bit.ly/beaconFREE or call The Beacon at 817-575-8340

09/30/2020
Walkthrough Wednesday - Gene Schrickel Jr. Park

For today's #WalkthroughWednesday virtual adventure, we are exploring Gene Schrickel Jr. Park! This south Arlington neighborhood park spans 15 acres and offers a wide range of amenities including playgrounds, a .34-mile hiking and biking trail, pond, large practice fields, and a pavilion. It's a perfect spot for a peaceful mid-week nature break!
Location: 4500 Park Springs Blvd, 76017

Get excited - The East Library and Recreation Center is nearing completion! Take a look at the latest progress with this...
09/29/2020
EAST LIBRARY AND RECREATION CENTER September 8

Get excited - The East Library and Recreation Center is nearing completion! Take a look at the latest progress with this updated 360° virtual tour. The 47,249 square-foot facility is slated to open in November 2020!

Virtual Tour | 360 Progression tour of our new EAST LIBRARY AND RECREATION CENTER. | 2018-0208 department plan smaller version

For this week's at-home fun, we are re-sharing one of our most popular activities that we created in Spring: it's time t...
09/29/2020

For this week's at-home fun, we are re-sharing one of our most popular activities that we created in Spring: it's time to go on another Nature Color Hunt! As fall arrives, nature's hues will slowly change and introduce new beautiful colors to appreciate. See how many you can find! 🔎🌱🌻🍂

The Beacon Recreation Center will continue to offer the following FREE trial activities this week! No membership require...
09/28/2020

The Beacon Recreation Center will continue to offer the following FREE trial activities this week! No membership required for these activities; simply register online using the link provided.

Register online here: bit.ly/beaconFREE
or call The Beacon at 817-575-8340

Happy Monday! This fall weather makes us want to explore the outdoors 🌳"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller t...
09/28/2020

Happy Monday! This fall weather makes us want to explore the outdoors 🌳

"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees" - Henry David Thoreau

Photo taken at Bob Findlay Linear Park

Our featured #ParkOfTheWeek is Fish Creek Neighborhood Park! At this 10-acre park you'll find playgrounds, exercise stat...
09/25/2020

Our featured #ParkOfTheWeek is Fish Creek Neighborhood Park! At this 10-acre park you'll find playgrounds, exercise stations, a basketball court, spacious pavilion, practice fields, and access to Fish Creek Trail for hiking and biking.
Location: 2121 Havenwood Drive 76018

ICYMI: You can explore The Beacon Recreation Center inside and out from the comfort of home with this complete 360° virt...
09/25/2020
Arlington SERC 2020-09-14

ICYMI: You can explore The Beacon Recreation Center inside and out from the comfort of home with this complete 360° virtual tour created by Sundt Construction, Inc.!

Check out more info on the new facility and amenities here: bit.ly/2E1etdd

Virtual Tour | Completed! Great job team!! | 2020-09-14 arlington serc ortho 20%

The Beacon Recreation Center’s recent grand opening has brought an array of fitness classes and workout options to South...
09/24/2020
5 Fitness Classes To Try at The Beacon Recreation Center

The Beacon Recreation Center’s recent grand opening has brought an array of fitness classes and workout options to Southeast Arlington! From relaxing yoga to strength training and several youth classes, all visitors are sure to find a class suited for them. Here are 5 unique fitness classes you'll want to try at The Beacon ⬇️

How has Arlington Parks and Recreation positively impacted your life during the pandemic? We would love to hear your sto...
09/24/2020

How has Arlington Parks and Recreation positively impacted your life during the pandemic? We would love to hear your story! Here's how one visitor has been staying active and connected through Tai Chi classes:

"It’s been very important because there have been days where, if it weren’t for this rec center, there would be absolutely nothing I could go do outside of my house. This place really has given me an outlet and a way to get out, and the people that work here at Elzie Odom Athletic Center are super friendly. This is ultra-important to the community: for children, for adults, for senior citizens. There’s something for everyone here." - Judy P., Tai Chi participant

Beginning September 28th through October 9th, Arlington Parks and Recreation will offer Full Day Extended Camp, Hybrid L...
09/23/2020
Arlington Parks to Offer After School Care for Duff Elementary during Hybrid Learning

Beginning September 28th through October 9th, Arlington Parks and Recreation will offer Full Day Extended Camp, Hybrid Learning with After School Care, and After School Care Only options at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center.

Register for Full Day Extended Camp here: bit.ly/3corUAF
Call Dottie Lynn at 817-277-5001 to register for after-school care options.

Beginning September 28th through October 9th Arlington Parks will offer Full Day Extended Camp, Hybrid Learning with After School Care, and After School Care Only options to help meet the needs of families.

A portion of the trail at Bob Findlay Linear Park will be closed and replaced during a Water Utilities project beginning...
09/23/2020
Portion of Bob Findlay Park Trail to be Closed and Replaced with Water Utilities Project Starting in October

A portion of the trail at Bob Findlay Linear Park will be closed and replaced during a Water Utilities project beginning in early October 2020. More details inside:

Bob Findlay Park Trail improvements originally took place in 2017 the trail was replaced except for a small portion located north of Westwood Dr. The delay was due to a partial sanitary sewer line replacement located under the trail.

It's the million-dollar question: When you get injured, how do you know when to use ice and when to use heat? Texas Heal...
09/23/2020
Ice vs. Heat: How to Decide Which is Best for Your Injury

It's the million-dollar question: When you get injured, how do you know when to use ice and when to use heat? Texas Health has the details on which treatment is best for your situation.

How do you know when to use ice and when to use heat? And will using the wrong therapy make matters even worse? We asked an expert!

09/23/2020
Walkthrough Wednesday - Dr. Robert Cluck Linear Park

For today's #WalkthroughWednesday, take a virtual trip through Dr. Robert Cluck Linear Park! This 74-acre greenway in the heart of Arlington's Entertainment District offers over a mile of paved trail for hiking and biking, beautiful natural areas and wetlands, and open spaces for picnics with views of Arlington's most notable structures.
Location: 1600 E Randol Mill Rd, 76011

As we prepare for the opening of the new East Library and Recreation Center, Arlington Public Library - East Arlington B...
09/22/2020
East Arlington Branch Library to Close Sept. 30 in Preparation for New Location

As we prepare for the opening of the new East Library and Recreation Center, Arlington Public Library - East Arlington Branch will close to the public beginning September 30. Details:

We are moving! Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30 the East Arlington Branch located at 1624 New York Avenue will close to the public in preparation for our move into the new facility. This new dual-facility is a collaborative project between the Library and Parks and Recreation departments. This 47,249 s...

We're so excited about this 360° virtual tour - take a look at The Beacon Recreation Center, courtesy of Sundt Construct...
09/22/2020
Arlington SERC 2020-09-14

We're so excited about this 360° virtual tour - take a look at The Beacon Recreation Center, courtesy of Sundt Construction, Inc.! Stepping inside The Beacon itself will leave you in awe, but if you can't make it out to visit this one-of-a-kind center just yet, this is the next best way to see the completed facility up close. Enjoy!

Virtual Tour | Completed! Great job team!! | 2020-09-14 arlington serc ortho 20%

Happy Fall Equinox! Summer has officially left us for the year and autumn is here 🍂 Celebrate with this crafty leaf stam...
09/22/2020

Happy Fall Equinox! Summer has officially left us for the year and autumn is here 🍂 Celebrate with this crafty leaf stamping activity as we watch the foliage begin to change color and fall.

Have fun gathering different types of leaves, then simply coat one side with acrylic paint, press into your paper, and lift. See what creative designs you can come up with to create a unique piece of nature-inspired art! 🌿🍂🍁

It's a brand new week and fall is almost here! We can't wait to get outside and enjoy the (slightly) cooler weather this...
09/21/2020

It's a brand new week and fall is almost here! We can't wait to get outside and enjoy the (slightly) cooler weather this week. Tag a buddy you want to take a nature walk with!

Photo taken at Mary & Jimmie Hooper Park

Reminder: The Beacon Recreation Center will continue to offer FREE trial fitness classes this week! No membership requir...
09/21/2020

Reminder: The Beacon Recreation Center will continue to offer FREE trial fitness classes this week! No membership required; simply register online using the link provided. Virtual options are available for select classes. Read each activity description here, choose one (or more) that you'd like to try and come work out with us! 💪

Register online here: bit.ly/beaconFREE
or call The Beacon at 817-575-8340

The Beacon Recreation Center will continue to offer FREE trials of all special fitness classes along with various other ...
09/18/2020

The Beacon Recreation Center will continue to offer FREE trials of all special fitness classes along with various other activities through next week! Online registration is required for all trial activities. Virtual options are available for select classes. No membership required - come try it out!

Register online here: bit.ly/beaconFREE
or call The Beacon at 817-575-8340

Our featured #ParkOfTheWeek is Cravens Park! This Southeast Arlington park boasts six baseball fields, tennis and volley...
09/18/2020

Our featured #ParkOfTheWeek is Cravens Park! This Southeast Arlington park boasts six baseball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, a basketball court and playgrounds within its 86 acres. Take a stroll, jog, or ride along the newly updated wide concrete trail or try your hand at fishing in the pond.
Location: 400 Cravens Park Drive, 76018

ICYMI: Whether you're a first-time player or a seasoned paddle pro, it's a great time to join in on the fun of paddle sp...
09/18/2020

ICYMI: Whether you're a first-time player or a seasoned paddle pro, it's a great time to join in on the fun of paddle sports at Cliff Nelson Recreation Center! All ages and skill levels will have a blast playing these addicting sports. Don't forget, pickleball is FREE for the month of September! 🏓

09/17/2020
City of Arlington, TX - City Hall

ICYMI: The Beacon Recreation Center Grand Opening Ceremony was a huge success! Here's a recap with some highlights and words of excitement from city and parks leaders.

Arlington Parks and Recreation's The Beacon Recreation Center is open in southeast Arlington! Check out this video from the grand opening celebration welcoming residents of all ages to enjoy recreational programming and activities. Learn more ➡️ ow.ly/2ELA50BrMDM

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Deeply appreciate the work Arlington Parks and Recreation Dept. does to protect the natural environment at River Legacy Parks! This natural habitat shelters many types of wild life and offers visitors a chance to refresh, renew and revive body and spirit. During this challenging time of Covid 19, more than ever, we need nature to help heal our hurts and worries. Thank you for keeping the park safe for humans and wild life!
What happened to you naturallyfun.org website? It had all the parks pictures and descriptions all together. What is there now is awful and how backward, you have to search one park at a time to see info on it or get a plain list with no links, info is incorrect for instance Howard Moore's tennis courts were taken away 4yrs ago and there are no park hours listed anywhere. How disappointing that you would downgrade your website especially when you should have better websites with better tech, but that seems the case with a lot of websites these days :(
We went to George Stevens park today to use their volleyball court. Unfortunately it is still out of commission due to Covid. We decided to stay to allow our boys to play at the park. We noticed two gentlemen sitting on the park benches, we didn’t think anything at first until one gentleman stood up and went behind the tree. We assume he pulled his pen*s out to urinate, but he was 15ft from the play area. We quickly gathered our boys and left. Just a heads up. It’s a beautiful park, and we were sad to have to leave.
What is up with the DJ with loud speakers at the basketball courts at Stovall Park all day the past two Fridays? I know for certain it's in violation of code to have amplified music at that park. I'm all for having fun and using the parks, but geezus, why do people feel the need to blare music for the entire park and neighborhoods to hear? If I have to turn up my TV in my house to drown it out, it's beyond excessive.
Are the skateparks open for use?
I was just at vandergriff park and saw a gathering of over 50 people, I asked a nearby cop if it was alright and he said yeah because it was a vigil? Who is enforcing social distancing? The cops ain’t what are y’all doing??
Let's play, "Name That Park!" Anyone know where this garden is located?
Its stated Legacy Park is closed until April 5, but when I drive by I see that Legacy Park is open and thriving. Which is correct Open or Closed?
Apparently it's not going to be enough to simply request people not be dumb and follow social distancing, it's going to require actual park closings. The past two days, Stovall Park has been jam packed with people on the playground equipment, playing basketball and volleyball. We are currently under a "shelter in place" and people are acting like it's an extended vacation. It's time for Arlington to step up and prevent this unnecessary risk to the health of Arlington residence. Although I feel it was extreme, Texas closed an entire state park (Cedar Hill State Park) due to someone being diagnosed with COVID19 as a visitor, yet, the City continues to allow the unfettered use of its parks. This is insane.
You guys SERIOUSLY NEED TO MOW OUR SOUTH EAST AREA its looking pretty bad , very embarrassing too
Please, please stop the unsupervised cutting of trees in River Legacy. The dead trees need to be clearly marked, then removed. It will take so long for those trees to grow back.
Veterans Park: I was trying to find a good dark (no light pollution) area relatively close to parking so I could use my telescope for astrophotography and I saw Veterans park is open till 12:00. Would I be able to find a good spot there? If not do you have any other suggestions on another location open till 12:00? Thank you for your time, Drew