2017-06-01 / Amenities

Swim, play, skate at community park


The pool at the Community Park has a new slide feature that kids are sure to enjoy. The pool at the Community Park has a new slide feature that kids are sure to enjoy. Springtime is upon us and the Port Aransas Community Park is a favorite place to have fun, take a dip and enjoy activities of all sorts.

The park has a spacious pool, dog park, trails, baseball fields, a skating park, inline skate rink, disc golf course, a golf-putting mound and more.

Pool

The pool is the ideal place to take a dip without the salt and sand. It is open Tuesday through Sunday and has plenty of shade, lounge chairs, benches, showers, lockers, poolside cubbyholes for personal belongings — and a picnic area.

Swimmers under the age of 2 get in the pool free and swimmers between 2 and 18, and 60 or older, are admitted for $1. Those who are between 19 and 59 can get in for $2. Children under 3 must wear a swim diaper.

Open swimming is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Water aerobics is available from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Deep-water aerobics is held Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to noon.

Total Body Aquacize is Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

Lap swim and water exercise is 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays except Mondays and from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

All water exercise is $2. But discount passes can be purchased at the pool.

Dog park

A third of an acre of the community park is fenced in and set aside for man’s best friend. Divided into two sides (large and small dogs) the dog park is open from dusk to dawn and has water, toys, pet waste pick-up stations and fire hydrants provided by the Port Aransas Fire Department.

Fields and courts

Baseball fields in the park are home to both Little League and high school baseball games. Concession stands and restrooms are located next to the fields. The larger baseball field doubles as a soccer field. The park also has a sand volleyball court, basketball court, new nine-hole disc golf course, and an area to practice your golf swing.

Skate park

This 10,000-square-foot skate area has concrete bowls, ramps, stairs and more skater-friendly obstacles such as “hubbas,” “flats,” “gaps” and “grinds.” There also is a 7.5-foot-deep kidney-shaped bowl if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush. A large concrete slab inline rink also is adjacent to the park for roller-skating and blading. This rink also has three courts marked for games of pickleball. Equipment for pickleball can be checked out from the community pool with a driver’s license.

Trails

Take in a pet-friendly run, jog, hike or walk on a 6-foot-wide path that branches off an existing trail and heads out into the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture (where dogs are prohibited on trails).The concrete trail also allows bikes and has a long course at 1.1 miles and a short course that circles the baseball field at just under a half-mile.

Disc Golf

The course stretches around the community park’s edge, from the skate area to locations just beyond the outfields of the baseball fields, and over near the swimming pool. It is played like golf, but with players throwing frisbee-like discs, aiming at metal baskets on poles. No appointment is needed. Folks can show up with their discs throughout the daylight hours and play for free.

Pickleball

This paddle sport combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis, and can be played at the Community Park inline skate rink at 700 Clark Pkwy., off Ross Avenue. The rink is marked off for the correct size, allowing three teams to play at a time. If you have equipment and know how to play, the rink may be used any time it is not in use. Know how to play but without equipment, check out equipment at community pool (when open) by showing a driver’s license. For information, contact Pam at (361) 749-4158 or pamg@cityofportaransas.org.

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