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
Temporary Closure of Playground at The Water’s Edge
Starting on January 6th, the existing play surface of The Water’s Edge playground, 402 S. Shoreline Blvd., will be removed, where a new concrete floor will be poured, followed by a new pour-in-place deck to be installed over the concrete. The playground is scheduled to reopen the second week of March 2020, weather permitting. The Water’s Edge will remain open for patrons to use the other park amenities such as the Islanders Pavilion, Vishal Bhagat Dog Park, and fitness area. Park visitors are asked to be aware of cautionary signage and temporary barriers at the work site to maintain public safety. For more information, please contact Lisa Oliver at LisaO@cctexas.com or (361) 826-3132.
Parkland Restoration Projects at Two Nature Parks
Starting on January 6th, we will begin restoring the Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge and Blucher Park. Funds for the Suter Wildlife Refuge restoration are in part by utilizing a CITGO grant in addition to City funding. The parkland restoration at Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge, 909 Ennis Joslin Road, will enhance the native landscape by selective clearing of invasive plant populations from the 72-acre park. The restoration at Blucher Park, 100 Carrizo Street, will also focus gaining control of non-native invasive tree populations which will regain value of its resources to neotropical migrating bird populations. The work will continue for approximately five weeks at each location, weather permitting. The parks will remain open and we request park visitors to be aware of cautionary signage and temporary barriers in the work vicinity of hand crews to maintain public safety. For more information, please contact Lisa Oliver at LisaO@cctexas.com or (361) 826-3132.
Phases 2 & 3 at Salinas Park
On April 27, 2019, we held the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of phases 2 and 3 of the Play-for-All Playground at Salinas Park, located at 1354 Airport Road. It's a playground where kids of all abilities can play! Read the News Release for more details about the event and park development project. Watch the VIDEO - Salinas Park Play-for-All Playground
NEWS: Play-for-All Playground Earns National Award
The City of Corpus Christi has received a national award from the National Community Development Association (NCDA) for the “Play-for-All Playground” project at Salinas Park. Project to be recognized in Washington D.C. in January 2019. Read News Release for more details.
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 which impacts our city's economic development.
► List of City Parks in Corpus Christi (interactive map with the list of amenities)
► View the Park Maintenance Levels to learn about our park operations.
► Learn about our Levels of Care for Parks.
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. Read more about the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve.
BIKE & HIKE TRAILS
Learn about the trails - Article
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)
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 pier at Cole Park is closed for safety precautions.