► CDC Recommendations When Visiting Parks & Recreation Facilities (Revised 7-30-2020)
► PARKS - BEACHES - BODIES OF WATER:
More details available on the Open Texas page (Revised 7-2-2020)
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
Palm Trees & Foliage Impacted by Recent Freezing Weather
The City’s palm trees and tropical foliage on downtown medians are treasured elements of our beautiful bayfront. These trees and plants could have been damaged due to the recent extreme weather event which dipped into several days of freezing temperatures. The Parks & Recreation staff have implemented a plan to closely monitor the health of these palm trees and foliage. The City’s certified arborist advises it will take approximately two weeks to determine if a freeze-damaged palm tree can revive itself to full health. Brown and dying palm fronds will be left uncut to provide nutrients to the trees to help them recover. In about two weeks, the frost-burnt fronds will be cut from the tree or the entire palm tree will be removed if dead. For more information, please contact Lisa Oliver at LisaO@cctexas.com or (361) 826-3132. Read the News Release for more details about this matter. (Released 2-20-2021)
Repairs to Seawall
Contractors to perform maintenance repairs on the seawall extending from McGee Beach to the Barge Dock. Repairs will include the Selena Memorial and our eight Mirador structures along the seawall. The project will begin construction in April 2021 with anticipated completion by September 2021. Read the News Release for more details. (Released 3-30-2021)
Let's Go Fishing!
This newly completed Bond 2018 Park Project is now open for everyone to enjoy. Pier improvements include the addition of LED lighting for night fishing, new benches and fish washing stations. Renovations to the pier include minor structural member replacement, new floorboards, and a new guardrail. Get your tackle box and fishing rod, and head on over. The reconstruction of the parking lot is expected to be completed by late summer 2021. Learn more about the projects here. (Released 2-3-2021)
Over 200 Trees Planted in City Parks!
The City of Corpus Christi announces the completion of a tree planting initiative of 230 trees in the local park system. In September 2020, Mayor Joe McComb and City Council Members approved a contract to plant these trees at six park locations: Labonte Park, West Guth Park, Los Encinos Park, Lincoln Park, Lions Park, and Mike Zepeda Park. The project began in December 2020 and concluded in January 2021. The trees in this project will provide much needed shade for residents enjoying our parks. For more information, please contact Lisa Oliver at LisaO@cctexas.com or (361) 826-3132. Read the News Release for more information about this project. (Released 2-9-2021)
Bond 2020 Parks Projects
On November 3, 2020, Bond 2020 Park Projects were approved with 73% approval by voters. This shows the community’s confidence in the organization's capabilities to follow through on projects and improvements. Learn about the projects here.
City to Start Planning for a New Bayside Area Development Plan
A modern development plan for the Bayside area is in the works. Council gave the approval to start crafting a long range, 20-year plan for the Bayside area that consists of 16.6 square miles and is bounded by Morgan Avenue on the north, South Padre Island Drive (SH 358) on the south, Ocean Drive/Oso Bay on the east, and the Crosstown Expressway (SH 286) on the west. The Bayside Area Development Plan study area includes well-known locations such as Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course, Sunrise and La Palmera Malls, Six Points, and the Port-Ayers commercial corridor. Community involvement will be key to this effort. Read the News Release for more about this project and how you can provide your input. (Released 9-24-2020)
Making a Splash in Corpus Christi!
It's happened! Three splash pads popped up throughout Corpus Christi in May and June 2020.
Children and their parents shared ideas that were used to design them. Each facility offers different interactive water features, so check them all out. The children are absolutely thrilled! 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.
► Learn more about our Splash Pads
Parkland Restoration Projects at Two Nature Parks
Starting on January 6, 2020, we worked to restore 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, enhanced the native landscape by the selective clearing of invasive plant populations from the 72-acre park. The restoration at Blucher Park, 100 Carrizo Street, also focused on gaining control of non-native invasive tree populations which will regain the value of its resources to neotropical migrating bird populations. The work continued for approximately five weeks at each location. The parks remained open and we requested 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 that 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.
► 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)
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.
• 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)