My Abilene Parks and Recreation

My Abilene Parks and Recreation


Thank you for opening the splash parks for the children!
Abilene Rugby Club has practice tonight st Madison Middle School. 5pm for 10 to 18 year olds, come find out what rugby is about. 6pm for adults, men and women 18 and over. There is no contact at this point, all introduction and skills. We have tournaments coming up all summer.
Come out and try rugby this summer. 10 to 18 year olds, Tuesday and Thursday, 5pm at Madison Middle school
Paw Angel Animal Rescue will be having a Big Tent Sale Fundraiser in the Red Robbin parking lot in the Cat Claw Corner shopping center on Saturday March 30th from 9am-5pm. We will have Dog beds, toys, Dog clothing, and much more! Judy has made Home Made Hard Candy made out of Paw Prints, Watermelon, Cherry,Grape,Cinnamon to sell. We will also have a Silent Auction on some Great Items.They will also have a selection of Dogs ready for forever homes! Come on out and find huge savings for your furry friend!
NEW MONTH NEW SONGS!!! come SHAKE it up with me!!!! Get 2 chances to get ZUMBA for FREE!!! hope to see you there!!!
With the beautiful fall weather, I’ll look for every reason to enjoy the great outdoors. Here’s a great one: My Abilene Parks and Recreation
Is the city sponsoring the Big Country Half Marathon this year? I have participated in the past and training right now for it, but haven’t seen a date or sign ups.
We took 2 of our kids to the new splash pad today. It was too hot to bring the baby. My son went down the red slide over and over again! LOL They enjoyed it! πŸ™‚
When are volleyball sign ups?!
Thank you so much for the splash pads! This is a wonderful addition that Abilene has made. I wonderful for the kiddos (and adults) to cool off in this Texas heat without spending money. I will also be taking kiddos to Adventure Cove this year as I am sure that is wonderful as well! Job well done Abilene!!!
This poor goose at the Grover Nelson Small Pond cannot walk on his leg. Would this be a TP&W deal?
Also would like to set up an appearance on the many summer camps, how people can register, and scholarships.

This is the official page for the City of Abilene Parks and Recreation divisions.

Operating as usual

Here's some Co-ed volleyball that took place at Cobb Recreation Center back in the day! #ThrowbackThursday

Our Haunted Half Marathon is only a few days away! Be sure to register at so you'll be ready for the run Saturday morning!

Employee Highlight Time!

We would like to highlight Mike from our Parks Department. He's one of the parks supervisors, and he also cares for the horticulture in Parks. Mike is a certified arborist, municipal arborist, and of course, loves all things gardening! He's been working with us for over 6 years, and we're glad he's a part of the team!

Our splash pads are coming toward the end of their season with this cooler weather coming. The last day our splash pads will be open is Sunday, October 18!

Mark your calendars for December 5-15, because that's going to be our Trout Fest at Cal Young Park! This event is free, and anyone can participate! There are different age categories and different contests to participate in. Learn more about the event at!

Projects are taking place at Sears Recreation Center! Our staff is working hard to make the recreation center look great, and right now it involves lots of painting!

If you haven't signed up for the Haunted Half Marathon yet, be sure to do it soon! Next week is the race, so don't be too spooked to run, go ahead and sign up! You can register online at or in person at Community Services!

Time for a little #ThrowbackThursday! Here's the initial construction of Redbud Park's 3-year Park Development Project in the early 1990s. Also, who remembers this old playground set?

Another wonderful day at Rose Park Senior Center! Our staff has been serving meals through the drive thru, and they have served over 50,000 meals since March! A round of applause for these people!

Historical Parks in Abilene, Texas | Arthur Sears Park

Arthur Sears Park was named after Mr. Arthur Sears, who was a rancher and banker back in the early 1900s. He had a dream of developing a park next to an exclusive housing addition on the northwest side of Abilene, but sadly his dreams never became a reality during his lifetime due to the Great Depression. However, in 1949 his wife Mrs. Sears donated land to become a public park, and the park was then named "Arthur Sears Park" in his honor on June 16, 1949.

If you guessed Stevenson Park with yesterday's post, you're correct! This park was created from the generous donation of Ellouise and McAllister Stevenson, providing a public park for the local community.

Can you guess this park?

This park was created on March 25, 1949, and it was named after the couple who donated the 14.3 acres of land to develop a public park. Which park do you think it is?

Take an adventurous hike with Mayor Anthony Williams for our 2020 Fall Mayor’s Hike! This 3 mile hike along Cedar Creek will take place Saturday, November 7, beginning at 9:00 A.M. This is a FREE, family friendly event that is open to the public, and leashed dogs are welcome to join as well! Due to the terrain of the trail, strollers and bikes are not allowed. The hike will begin in the grassy area on 100 block of E.S. 11th Street, adjacent to the intersection of Maple and South 11th. Participants will travel north along the bank of Cedar Creek to Stevenson Park then return by the same trail. Parking will be available on South 11th street and signage will direct hikers to the designated parking area.
Visit to learn more about the hike!

Feeling cute, might mow park lawns later, idk.

What costume will you be wearing during the Haunted Half Marathon? πŸ˜‰ Get your best costume ready, because we'll be awarding someone with the best costume at the race!

We’re serving our 50,000th meal for our Rose Park Senior Services since we started doing the drive thru meals! It’s an exciting and fun day today at lunch! πŸŽ‰

It's time for a #ThrowbackThursday!

Here are some football games taking place out at Lee Sports Complex a couple decades ago!

Disc Golf, anyone? πŸ₯ Visit these parks to play a good game of disc golf!

Cal Young Park (950 T&P Lane)
Cobb Park (2302 State Street)
Johnson Park (273 Johnson Road)
Will Hair Park (101 Ambler Avenue)

If you guessed Cobb Park from yesterday's post, you're correct! This park was named after Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Cobb, as the land was donated by them with the encouragement of Mayor Dallas Scarborough. Cobb Park offers a recreation and senior center, a playground area, an activity building, pavilions, ballfields, and as of most recently, disc golf!

We're getting closer to our Haunted Half Marathon, are you ready? πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ Registration is underway, and you can sign up online at Only $35 per person, and the race takes place Saturday, October 10!

Can you guess this park?

This park was named after a couple from the Fort Worth area that donated their land, thanks to the encouragement from one of our Abilene mayors back in the late 1910s!

Who's ready for fall leaves and warm sweaters? πŸ‚πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

Splash Pads are still open! Enjoy the last bits of the Texas heat at either Sears, Redbud, Scarborough, Nelson, or Stevenson Splash Pad!

Haunted Half Marathon - an awesome excuse to run in your halloween costume πŸ˜‰ Sign up today for the race!! Saturday, October 10 at 8:00am, $35 per person! Register online at!

Time for a little #ThrowbackThursday!

Did you know that the basketball court at Sears Recreation Center used to be an open air gym? The first photo was taken in 1968, and the second photo is what Sears Recreation looks like today!

Fall Adventure Guide 2020 | City of Abilene Parks and Recreation

Hip-Hip-Hooray, Fall is underway! πŸ‚ Flip through our Fall Adventure Guide to see what's happening in Abilene Parks and Recreation these next few months! ☺️ This fall we have several activities and events to look forward to; such as our Half Marathon, the Mayor’s Hike and our After School Care Program taking place at all four recreation centers. We look forward to serving you and hope you’ll discover your next adventure along the way!

Who would be your go-to partner if you had to run away from zombies? πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈ Tag them below!

If you guessed Cal Young Park from yesterday's post, you're correct! This park was named after Mr. Cal Young, and the park provides wonderful amenities! A playground area, ballfields, a hockey rink, and of course, a fantastic place to fish! 🎣

Can you guess this park?

This park was donated by the West Texas Utilities Company and their president to develop a park for the community. The name of the park was then changed in 1971 to honor the WTU president as a gesture of thanks from the City.

Time for a good #ThrowbackThursday! Back in the early 1970s, there were three themed playgrounds for the City of Abilene Parks - Space-Age Playground, Frontierland, and Fantasyland! Do any of you remember playing at these parks growing up?

Who's excited for our upcoming Haunted Half Marathon? πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ Register today at to join, only $35 per person!

Historical Parks in Abilene, Texas | Cobb Park

The history of Cobb Park starts back in 1919! Mayor Dallas Scarborough encouraged H. H. Cobb and Susie Cobb from Fort Worth to donate their 6 lots of land to help further a public park, and on June 17, 1919, the land was officially donated to the city. Other monumental moments include acquiring a covered pavilion in the 1950s, a recreation center in 1961, an activity building in 1962, and a playground in 1967. This 14 acre park has offered a lot to the community, and in most recent years has provided fun activities for kids and seniors alike!

Employee Highlight Time!

We would like to highlight Katie Tobolt, our Sears Recreation Center Specialist! She's been with us for about a year now, and she helps put together wonderful programs such as Sear's after school program, summer camps, and even athletic events!

Which splash pads have you been to this summer? Have you visited all five of them? πŸ’¦β˜€οΈ

Haven't signed up for After School Program yet? You can still have your child join us at any of our four recreation centers! Register online at! πŸ“š

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Videos (show all)

Historical Parks in Abilene, Texas | Arthur Sears Park
Historical Parks in Abilene, Texas | Cobb Park
Cedar Creek Waterway Virtual Tour with Richard
Historical Parks in Abilene, Texas | Carver Park
Minter Park Water Curtain
Historical Parks in Abilene, Texas | Vera Hall Minter Park
Parks and Recreation Month Highlight | Jazmyn Gindratt
Parks and Recreation Month Highlight | John Martinez
Parks and Recreation Month Highlight | Mike Flores




633 Walnut St
Abilene, TX

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
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