700 Clark Parkway just off Ross Avenue (click for map)|
The Port Aransas Community Park is more than a place to drop off the kids. It's for everyone.
Built with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation grant funds and revenue generated from a ½-cent sales tax, the Community Park opened in May 1999 and offered a new source of recreation and exercise to the island community and the guests that visit throughout the year.
At the head of the entrance road, the Community Swimming Pool invites passersby to "get in the swim". The year-round pool is a Z-shaped facility that is ADA-compliant with a zero-depth entry area and heated during the winter months. There is no shortage of programs as the pool offers water exercise classes, youth and adult swim lessons, synchronized swimming, swim team, lap swim, open swim, and rentals for pool or birthday parties. Other classes have included beginning sailing lessons, kayaking and canoeing skills, swim meets and Lifeguard training. Check the pool schedule for the current list of activities and times.
A pavilion area next to the pool contains vending machines and picnic tables for those who want to relax and enjoy a snack under the canopy. For our sunbathers, lounge chairs and benches surround the pool with plenty of shade for the sun-conscious.
The Community Park has three baseball fields available for all levels of players. The Senior League field is lighted and hosts the Port Aransas High School Baseball team and older Little League teams. The younger Little League teams use the lighted Little League field, and T-Ball players have their own field with a 50-foot base path to complete the triplex.
Public restrooms and a concession stand are centrally located at the ball fields.
The Community Park includes a 1.1-mile walking/jogging trail that meanders through the flats and ends at a birding gazebo overlooking Charlie's Pasture. Visitors can take the shorter .46 mile path that circles the baseball fields and use the 10 exercise stations along its length for a variety of workout routines.
A sand volleyball court and a basketball court provide a variety of activities for park visitors.
On New Year's Day, the Parks and Recreation Department hosts the 2000+ Meter Meander, a fun run/walk with courses measuring 2000+ meters and 2 miles. The excitement starts at approximately 2:00 p.m. and there is no charge for this "get your year off to a running start" event.
||Playground equipment includes swings, ladders, and slides to occupy the imagination of our younger visitors. Area is ADA-compliant and the pavilion with picnic tables and vending machines is close by so Mom and Dad can watch the children play from a shaded spot.|
Port Aransas Skate Park|
About 10,000 square feet in size, the skatepark is located on the southern edge of Port Aransas Community Park across the parking lot from the Community Pool near the in-line skate rink.
Link to Skatepark page
Inline Skate Rink|
There is also an inline skate rink (140 ft by 70 ft) of poured concrete, suitable for a leisurely family skate or for a friendly game of roller hockey, complete with goals and dasher boards. Currently there is no organized league. Players and spectators are welcome to come by and join in the fun.
Pickleball also may be played inside the Community Park Inline Skate Rink with courts that are marked off for the game. Equipment may be checked out from the pool when it is open by showing driver's license.