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.
► Scroll down to view videos on various parks
NEWS About Parks & Development Projects, & Current Events
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is constantly on the move to maintain and improve its parks and recreation facilities.
2021 Parks & Recreation Master Plan and Bill Witt Park Master Plan
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Master Plan will guide the growth and enhancement of the City’s parks, public grounds, open spaces and recreational assets over the next 10 years. Public engagement will play a key role in shaping the outcome of both Master Plans. City residents and other area stakeholders will be involved throughout the planning process to provide input on Master Plan vision, goals, proposed strategies, and the recommendations in the final document. News Release offers more information. (Released 2-9-2021)
► Take the Online Survey Today!
We want to hear from you about how to make the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation system better. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will give you an opportunity to make your voice heard in the decision-making process to enrich our community. We welcome you to share your thoughts now thru July 30, 2021. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the assessment.
Encuesta en Español » (Spanish)
Queremos saber de usted acerca de cómo hacer que el sistema de Parques y Recreación corpus Christi mejor. ¡La encuesta no debe tomar más de 10 minutos en completarse y le dará la oportunidad de hacer oír su voz! La fecha límite es el 30 de julio de 2021.
► LEARN MORE about the Parks & Recreation Master Plan 2021.
Over 190 parks are listed by category and amenities in this document. We have 120 parks throughout our city with playground equipment for families to enjoy. Surveys indicate that parks are very important to residents and visitors—they enrich the quality of life and are a critical factor that impacts our city's economic development.
► City Parks in Corpus Christi Interactive Map (includes list of amenities)
► View the Park Maintenance Levels to learn about our park operations.
► Learn about our Levels of Care for Parks.
► Old Bayview Cemetery - interactive story map
(created by Corpus Christi Landmark Commission)
Local History of Old Bayview Cemetery »
Genealogy Resources for Old Bayview Cemetery »
► Heritage Park - interactive story map (created by Corpus Christi Landmark Commission)
THE WATER'S EDGE
The Water's Edge is our city's latest scenic bayfront park development located close to downtown. We invite you to explore from Furman Avenue on the south end to Cooper’s Alley on the north end by the marina. It encompasses several parks, along with the city's first dog park, a beach, seawall, pavilion, fitness area, food court, and a lawn to host large events. We invite you to come and fly a kite, explore the playground, ride your bike, relax on the beach, play soccer or basketball...the possibilities are endless! Read more about The Water's Edge.
OSO BAY WETLANDS PRESERVE & LEARNING CENTER
This is a 162-acre nature preserve that is filled with life. We look forward to sharing the wonders of the natural world with you. We invite families, students, and nature lovers to explore the trails and learn with us or on your own. Visitors will learn about the importance of protecting this area now and for future generations to enjoy. As a student of nature, you will find the preserve's "live classroom" truly fascinating. We invite you to venture into the wild.
► VIDEO - "Not Your Typical Park"
Learn more about the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve. We aren't your typical park or your typical preserve.
BIKE & HIKE TRAILS
Learn about the trails - Article
► Corpus Christi BeachWalk l access by Surfside Blvd. (on North Beach; 8 miles; connects with 2 parks)
FEATURED VIDEOS ABOUT OUR TRAILS:
VIDEO - Hike & Bike Trails in Corpus Christi - features Bear Creek Hike & Bike Trail, Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve walking trail and Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge (video by Corpus Christi CVB and KIII-TV3; January 20, 2017)
VIDEO - Corpus Christi Bay Trail - an excellent way for residents and visitors to stay in shape and take in the sites of the city. The hike and bike trail runs along the Corpus Christi Bay and several parks with scenic views and various amenities. (video by City of Corpus Christi; September 20, 2018)
(Bikes are NOT allowed on nature trails)
Three splash pads popped up throughout Corpus Christi during May and June 2020 to the thrill of children and their parents! Each facility offers different interactive water features, so check them all out. All the splash pads are FREE for everyone to enjoy! The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites you to come out, get wet, and let the fun begin!
► Splash Pads are located at Lindale Park, Salinas Park, and Bill Witt Park.
► Operate from May to October.
► Learn more about our Splash Pads
This program is a meaningful way for businesses, groups, and volunteers to showcase their commitment to the community. We hope you will join our efforts. The first step to adopting a park is to submit an Adopt-A-Park application form. Once you have selected a park and completed the application, submit a copy to Lisa Oliver at LisaO@cctexas.com, and the process towards adopting a park will begin thereafter. View the Adopt-A-Park Poster.
VIDEO - Parks and Recreation accepting Adopt-a-Park volunteers (February 12, 2019)
COMMEMORATIVE TREE & BENCH PROGRAM
Individuals, families, or organizations can honor someone special in a loving and thoughtful way through our Commemorative Tree & Bench Program. With this program, you’ll have the opportunity to donate tree or bench memorials to celebrate a loved one within our beautiful parks. Learn more: Commemorative Tree & Bench Program brochure and Program request form.
VIDEOS OF FEATURED PARKS & MORE
► VIDEO - Commit To Be Fit with the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department. (March 26, 2019)
► VIDEO - Bayshore Park Development (now formally renamed The Water's Edge)
► RENDERING - Bayshore Park (now formally named The Water's Edge)
► VIDEO - Free in CC - Walk Along the Bayfront (September 7, 2017)
► VIDEO - Salinas Park Play-for-All Playground Phases 2 & 3 (April 16, 2019)
► VIDEO - Play-for-All Playground at Salinas Park Grand Opening Celebration of Playground Phase 1 on February 4, 2017
► VIDEO - Free in CC - Parker Park (August 14, 2018)
► VIDEO - Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge (May 30, 2017)
► VIDEO - Watergarden (May 3, 2017)
► VIDEO - West Guth Park Improvements (March 17, 2017)
► VIDEO - Free in CC - Walk Along North Beach Beachwalk (October 12, 2017)
CONTACT & MORE INFORMATION
Phone: (361) 826-PLAY
JOIN OUR TEAM
We are always looking for a few good men and women to join our Park Crews.
Tree Advisory Committee
This committee reviews and recommends a formal written plan to the City Council for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of public trees. Learn more about the Tree Advisory Committee.
The application period for the City Beach & Park Vendor Permits during March 2021 to September 2021 has closed. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please check back to this page for the next opportunity to apply in early September 2021.
New Cole Park Pier Construction
The Cole Park Pier is closed for your safety as the old damaged pier is demolished and the new one is constructed. Read the news releases below for updates about the reconstruction of the new pier with significantly improved amenities.
• VIDEO: City Manager announces design firm for Cole Park Pier project (posted February 25, 2020)
• Cole Park Pier Construction Updates (News Release 3-31-2021)
• City Celebrates Cole Park Pier Construction Kick-Off (News Release 2-22-2021)
• City Council Approves Additional Funding from Type B Board to Fully Fund Cole Park Pier (News Release 1-26-2021)