City of Abilene Recreation Division

Recreation Division provides for constructive use of time by offering a wide variety of leisure and educational classes

The administrative staff for the Recreation Division is located in the Community Services Building at 633 Walnut. Office Hours : Monday - Friday 8a.m. - 5p.m., 325-676-6217


General Information - 325-676-6217

Recreation Administrator-

Jeff White, 325-734-5306


Recreation Supervisor-

Donnie Hart, 325-676-6431

Program Supervisor-
Anita Vigil, 325-734-5301

Recreation Centers are available for rent when they are closed to the public. For additional information click on a recreation center to the left.

Festival Gardens located in Nelson Park is an outdoor facility available for private rentals. This lighted facility has picnic seating for 160 individuals, kitchen facilities, a large barbecue grill, a sand volleyball court, three horseshoe/washer pits, a half court basketball area, and a playground. The outdoor facility is open to the public when not rented.

Cobb Park Activity Building is available on a rental basis for parties, club meetings, family reunions, etc. The facility has a large room, kitchen area, and a restroom. Cobb facility has a 63-person capacity.

Rose Park Activity Building is available on a rental basis for parties, club meetings, family reunions, etc. The facility has a large room, kitchen area, and a restroom. Rose facility has a 75-person capacity.

Rentals are made on a first-come first-serve basis and will need to be done in person at the Community Services Office at 633 Walnut.

Facilities can be reserved for up to five years in advance.

Click here for a copy of our Facility Reservation Policies

Special events are offered throughout the year by the Recreation Division. These events are generated from our staff and citizens, as well as from national organizations. Some of these events include: NFL Punt, Pass & Kick;  Movie in the Park; Daddy/Daughter Date Night; Fall Festival; Easter Egg Hunt; the Steam-N-Wheels Bike Race (Entry form): and many more.  Many of these events rely upon donations and co-sponsorships from local businesses.

The Youth Athletic Program is a very strong program that uses many City facilities throughout the year. The Recreation Division plays various roles in the operation of this program, ranging from individually sponsoring the program to co-sponsoring with parents. The Division originally started the soccer, football, and basketball programs, eventually turning these over to the youth associations but continues to sponsor the tennis program, track and field, and co-sponsors little league and softball.

The Adult Athletic Program sponsors flag football, and co-sponsors softball. The Recreation Division is a member of Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (T.A.A.F.).

Recreational classes are offered at all five Recreation Centers. Classes for both youth and adults are offered during the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Click here to see a copy of our most current Leisure Guide.


We are always looking for new instructors. If you have a talent and want to earn extra money teaching a class, contact us for more information. 676-6217.