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The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department staff encourages everyone to live, learn and play. Look to us for ways to enrich your life by enjoying all the opportunities and resources available to you. Take advantage of the wide range of physical, social, nutritional and cultural activities at our City parks, beaches, and recreational facilities. We provide endless ways for you to engage in an active and healthy lifestyle.

Contact Information

Address: 1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9277, Corpus Christi, TX 78469

Phone: (361) 826-PLAY 

Fax: (361) 826-3864

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Parks & Recreation Department Services

78415 Community Youth Development Program

The 78415 Community Youth Development (CYD) Program is a FREE service for youth, and/or family members of eligible youth, who live or attend school in the 78415 ZIP code.

Arts & Culture

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to offering a wide range of arts and cultural activities to enrich the lives of its residents and visitors.

Bay Jammin’ Concert & Cinema Series

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to enjoy our annual Summer Bay Jammin’ Concert & Cinema Series at Cole Park Amphitheater, set under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront.

Beach Parking Permits

Going to the beach? Don’t forget your Beach Parking Permit.

Commission On Children & Youth

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department serves as liaison on the Commission on Children & Youth.

Corpus Christi Beaches

Corpus Christi’s beautiful beaches are the heart and soul of the Texas Gulf Region.

Corpus Christi Public Art

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites you to explore its dynamic Public Art Program.

Golf Courses

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department has two full-service municipal golf courses.

Health & Fitness

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department promotes nutrition and fitness through its many sports, exercise and recreation programs and services.

Heritage Park: The Cultural Center

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department's Cultural Center is located in the midst of the Victorian style homes of Historic Heritage Park.

Juvenile Assessment Center

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Juvenile Assessment Center helps families connect with the services they need to help their children to become productive citizens, avoid delinquency and to assist in the reduction of crime in our community.

Latchkey Program

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department runs the Latchkey Program which offers an after school program, school break day camps and summer camps.

Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center

The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center serves to enhance community understanding for the need to preserve the natural resources of coastal ecosystems for future generations through access and education.

Parks & Development

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for overseeing 2,100 acres of developed and undeveloped open spaces (parks, City beaches, natural habitats, etc.) and facilities (recreation centers, pools, gyms, ball fields, senior centers, tennis and golf courses, etc.) to enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

Parks & Recreation Facilities

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department operates a wide-range of recreation facilities to host sporting events, classes, camps, as well as fitness, recreation, social and nutrition activities.

Parks & Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department provides a variety of meaningful ways for individuals, community groups and businesses to showcase their commitment to the community through volunteering.

Recreation Centers

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department operates four recreation centers located throughout the city which offer programs for youth ages 6-16.

Senior Services

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Senior Community Services (SCS) strives to cultivate the best quality of life for persons age 50 plus.

Special Events Planning

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of venues for your special event, parade or march. Our Special Events Team will work with the event organizer to navigate all t

Sports

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide variety of sports programs, classes, camps, leagues, and tournaments for youth and adults.

Swim Programs & Pools

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Aquatics Program staff encourage residents to build a life-long passion for swimming while enjoying the water.

Tennis Centers

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department has two full-service municipal tennis centers which offer quality courts for play, private and semi-private lessons, leagues, tournaments, a full line of tennis apparel, accessories and professional stringing.

Special Events Planning

Host your event at one of our many venues. Let us help you get started.

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E. Jay Ellington, Director, Parks and Recreation Department

E. Jay Ellington, Director, Parks and Recreation Department

E. Jay Ellington is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Corpus Christi. He received his degrees from University of Virginia, Centenary College and Louisiana Tech University. At Louisiana Tech, he obtained a degree in Recreation Administration and at Centenary College in Business Administration.

He has held many different positions directly in Parks and Recreation in his career all over the United States. His career started in his home state of Louisiana. He has served in an executive capacity as the director of seven local jurisdictions. He has over 40 years of experience in designing and conducting civic engagement processes to effectively involve citizens, key stakeholders and community leaders to achieve desired goals. Recently, Jay served as Interim Assistant City Manager for one year and recently returned as Director of Parks and Recreation.

Jay and his wife Kathy decided to make the move to Corpus Christi to be closer to both of their families in Louisiana. Jay and Kathy have three children and two grandchildren. In Jay’s spare time, he enjoys the outdoors. He especially likes duck hunting and supporting the New Orleans Saints.