Arlington Parks & Recreation
For the Arlington community seeking quality facilities and recreational opportunities, the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department offers value and convenience in your own back yard. Our MissionThe Mission of the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is to provide quality facilities and services that are responsive to a diverse community and sustained with a focus on partnerships, innovation and environmental leadership. Parks and Recreation BoardThe board's regular session usually begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of every month in the Board Room at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 717 West Main. The board discusses items on the agenda, parks and recreation projects going on in the city, and receives input from citizens. All residents are invited to come and observe the board during any meeting. The board may schedule a regular or special meeting at some other location. All changes to the regular meeting date or location will be posted in advance.
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Your membership may be used at all City of Arlington recreation centers with the exception of the Elzie Odom Athletic Center.
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Membership cards are required for participation in all classes and programs at recreation centers. This ID card is issued at the time of purchase and is valid for one year from date of purchase. Membership cards are non-refundable and non-transferable. Resident/Non-Resident Youth (17 & Under) $15/$25 Adult (18 & Up) $20/$40 Senior (55 & Up) $15/$25 Note: Residency is defined as living within the City of Arlington’s incorporated city limits. Proof of residency is required. Membership cards are not required for participants in programs and services at the tennis center, golf courses, adult and youth leagues or outdoor aquatics centers. Daily/Guest Pass: Residents and non-residents may purchase a Day Pass at recreation centers for $6. No membership card required. Valid picture ID required.
Senior citizens 60 and older can eat lunch free however the suggested donation for the meal is $2.00. Donations help to subsidize the cost If the meal and helps to sustain the program.
You must be a participant in the SCS sponsored Senior Meals and eat lunch a minimum of 8 times per month.
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Yes however there is a guest fee of $2 per visit.
It covers use of the facility and all drop in activities and special events do not require a fee. Refer to list of free activities.
The trips program is the only activity that does not require a membership.
No this is strictly a recreation center.
All City of Arlington Recreation Centers and Senior Centers require an annual membership fee (prices based on adult, youth and seniors). This fee enables the customer to receive a COA photo identification card, and grants use of the facility to the customer. Facility Usage Cards are required for all classes, fitness rooms, and programs. Staff will require each customer to provide address and contact information, and may require further information to establish City of Arlington residency.
Each COA facility has various space to rent for parties, showers, special events, as well as gymnasium sporting events at certain location. Reservation information can be obtained by contacting the staff at each center to confirm availability, price, rules and regulations, and any deposit information. To select a facility please visit our rentals page.
Yes. Persons 60 years of age and up may eat lunch at the Senior Recreation Center – New York Avenue Monday through Friday. A $2.00 suggested donation is posted for those who can pay. This fee supplements the cost of the meal program. We ask that customers notify Senior Center Staff 24 hours prior to the desired lunch date. Guests assisting customers during lunch may also eat lunch for a fee of $6.00.
Customers are required to have participated in the Senior Center lunch program a minimum of eight times the month prior to the food bank distribution.
Yes, childcare is provided for members of the Recreation Center. Hours of childcare may vary between recreation centers, so please contact your facility for childcare availability.
Arlington Tennis Center is open Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM, Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Hours may be extended during special events.
Arlington Tennis Center is located at 500 W. Mayfield Rd., Arlington TX 76014. We are across (W. Mayfield Rd.) from MCA Hospital, to the south. You may call us at our main number, 817-459-6163 during regular business hours, or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our Facebook page to learn about upcoming special events and sales.
We have 26 outdoor, lighted courts. Six of our courts are designed for children 10 and Under.
Tennis courts at City of Arlington Parks and Recreation public parks are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Arlington Tennis Center is a City-owned facility that offers monitored court play in an enclosed environment, for which there is a charge of $3.5 per person for 1.5 hours of play (reservations recommended). ATC offers amenities not found at many open park courts, including restrooms, locker rooms and ice machines, as well as a full-service proshop with equipment and merchandise for sale, concessions available for purchase, and fee-based lessons, classes, drills and leagues.
Arlington Tennis Center does not charge monthly membership dues. We do have money-saving passes available for lessons, drills, racquet stringing, court usage and ball machine use.
ATC accepts payment in all common forms, including cash, check (with identification) and credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
ATC does not allow pets inside the fenced areas of the property or in the building. Alcohol is not permitted on the property, except by paid permit arranged in advance through the facility manager. Smoking is not allowed in the building, inside the fenced areas, or within 50 feet of the doors or fence lines.
No, spectators are not allowed on court at any time. This policy is for the safety of players and other guests.
When it rains, the courts may not be playable for some time after the rain stops. In addition, if the weather remains very humid after the rain ends, the courts may not become playable for hours. If the courts are deemed as unsafe, we do not allow customers to play on them. If classes or leagues are cancelled, customers are issued credit vouchers equal to the value of the class. The voucher can be used for future registration or other services (e.g., drills, private lessons).
If you are renting a court to play with your family and friends, you will need to bring your own equipment, or you can purchase it in our proshop once you arrive. If you are visiting us for a lesson, class or league, you will need to bring your own racquet, but we will have tennis balls. If you do not have your own racquet, we have demo racquets available for rental on site.
No, ATC does not place water coolers on the courts for health reasons. We do have three water fountains located strategically around the property, and we have a large commercial ice machine on the northwest patio from which customers may fill water jugs (not coolers). We also have disposable cups if customers do not have their own jugs. Customers may also purchase bottled water or other drinks in the proshop.
Yes, we have men’s and women’s locker rooms, complete with lockers and showers.
Yes, we have a backboard on one court. If you require the use of a backboard, we suggest you call ahead to reserve that specific court.
Yes, ATC has free Wi-Fi for our guests.
Yes. ATC has private lessons, adult drills, junior drills, adult recreational leagues and Junior Team Tennis leagues (for players 18 and under). We also have a full-service proshop with equipment, accessories, clothing, shoes and gifts. In addition, we offer stringing service and racquet demos on site, and we have two ball machines for use on site.
ATC offers classes for all levels and ages four +. If you have never played tennis before, or you have played occasionally at, for example, a park with your friends, you likely need to be in a beginner class. If you have played competitively, you will probably find the intermediate or advanced classes better suited for you. If you are registering for a league, you first need to determine your level (usually known as NTRP level), and we can help you choose the right league for you. Call our customer service staff at 817-459-6163 during regular business hours, and they can assist you in finding just the right fit.
We have classes for ages four+. We have racquets and soft, low compression balls that parents can use to work with their children younger than age four.
ATC offers recreational, USTA and Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD) leagues. If you are interested in joining a recreational league, you may register for it online by clicking here, or call us to register by phone, 817-459-6163. Competitive players who are interested in joining a USTA or TCD league should contact an area league coordinator. Call us, and we can direct you to the league coordinator who manages your level.
To register for programs, recreational leagues and class, you can visit our registration page, select Advanced Search, and enter tennis (or Arlington Tennis Center as the facility). You can also call ATC at 817-459-6163 and register over the phone, or stop by for a visit and register in person. See "How do I register on line?" below.
Visit our registration page. If you already have your log in and pin number, select Programs, and Advanced Search. Enter tennis (or Arlington Tennis Center as a facility), and choose the program or league you want to register for on line. If you do not have your log in and pin, just follow the simple instructions on the NaturallyFun.org home page.
Most players repeat each level several times before moving to the next step. Our teaching pros let players know, usually the last week of class in each session, if they need to move to the next level. Just ask one of our teaching pros about level of play, and they will be happy to help.
If a class or league is cancelled by ATC for rain or other weather-related issues, students and players will receive credit vouchers equal to the dollar value of the class or league. The voucher may be used for future registration or other services, including private lessons and drills. ATC does not offer credit vouchers due to student absences. In addition, classes follow lesson plans, and different groups move at different paces. Drop-ins to classes cannot be accommodated.
All of ATC’s teaching staff are highly qualified. Contact our customer service staff at 817-459-6163 during regular business hours, and they will get all the needed information to find just the right fit for you. The certification levels, P-1, P-2 and P-3 refer to a tennis professional’s level of expertise and knowledge. P-1 is one of the top level certifications offered by the USPTA. P-2 is the most common certification, and P-3 is the lowest level certification.
No. All public courts owned by the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation department, which includes all tennis courts at parks, recreation centers and Arlington Tennis Center, have imminent domain over compensated teaching. Teaching for pay on one of our public courts is against the law, and fines may be assessed.
Yes, ATC has a fully-stocked proshop with equipment and accessories needs for every tennis player. We also carry the most popular tennis court shoes for adults and children, as well as unique clothing and specialty, tennis-themed gifts. In addition, our proshop has a wide variety of concessions and water / sports drinks available for purchase.
Yes, we can special order equipment and merchandise from one of our established vendors. We require prepayment for special orders, and most items arrive in approximately one week.
Our ball machines may be rented for on-site use for $15 per hour for one person. One additional customer may join the primary user for an additional $5. No more than two people may use the ball machine at one time. Money-saving, individual (non transferrable) annual passes are available for ball-machine use. Customers may NOT bring their own ball machines, including fully electric ball machines, due to possible damage to court surfaces.
Our staff are very knowledgeable regarding tennis equipment, and our prices are competitive. We encourage customers to ask one of our teaching professionals or customer service representatives for equipment advice. ATC has a wide range of racquets available, from basic, pre-strung beginner frames to the latest in racquet technology.
Tournaments organized by Arlington Tennis Center staff are posted on our website, www.arlingtontennis.net, and at our facility on our Calendar of Events. Most of our tournaments are also posted on www.usta.com. In addition, players may search for other tournaments on www.usta.com. Select TennisLink, Tournaments and complete the search parameters to find a tournament near you.
Information on ATC’s classes and leagues is available on at our tennis page. Search for Tennis (or advanced search by location Arlington Tennis Center). Classes and leagues run year-round, so there is a new session starting almost every month! Our Calendar of Events can also be found on this website. The Calendar of Events will list upcoming activities and tournaments.
Yes. ATC courts are available for rental for special events, including private tournaments and parties. Please contact the facility manager to discuss options.
No, we do not have a party/meeting room available for rental. For private rentals, we offer our outdoor, covered patio spaces, and we do have a limited number of tents that can be used for special events.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open. The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections. Most sections are comprised of multiple states. However, Texas is a sectional all by itself! Benefits include the opportunity to play in UST leagues and tournaments in Texas and around the country, as well as provide members with discount options for selected travel, official USTA merchandise and tennis vacation packages. Members also receive free subscriptions to TENNIS magazine, and the USTA’s official digital publication, Tennis 15-30. In addition, membership dues help the USTA to build and expand public tennis courts through grants, and provide scholarships and equipment to financially disadvantaged youth.
To join USTA, visit www.USTA.com, select TennisLink, Membership and Join Now. Many options are available for various age groups and length of membership.
NTRP stands for National Tennis Ratings Program. This system, developed by USTA, allows players to compete in leagues and tournaments with other players who are similar in level. Players new to NTRP may self rate. Once rated, the USTA section responsible for ratings will adjust players up or down (or leave at the same level) based on their record. For more information, visit www.usta.com, and select USTA League under Play Tennis.
The United States Professional Tennis Association, USPTA, is the world's oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. The majority of USPTA's membership consists of Professional-level members who work full time in the tennis industry. Professionals are rated at three levels, with Professional 1 being the highest, according to their scores on a five-part certification exam. USPTA Professionals have job titles including general manager, director of tennis, assistant professional and coach. They direct tennis businesses, develop tennis programming, oversee tennis operations, teach lessons and coach teams at all types of facilities, such as private and commercial clubs, public tennis centers and parks, colleges and schools. For more information, visit www.uspta.org.
Generally speaking, in residential areas the City of Arlington does not maintain the area between the curb and sidewalk. However, on some larger roads the right-of-way along one or both sides may be mowed and maintained by the City. Each area is different, so you may need to contact us if you are unsure about a specific area.
According to the Code of Ordinances, limbs must be 7 feet above sidewalks and 14 feet above roads, the owner of the land where the tree is located is responsible for pruning to maintain that safety clearance. In the case of trees on city maintained medians and right-of-ways the city will prune trees to maintain this clearance. Please bring these issues to our attention using the Ask Arlington website or mobile app. For tree related issues, please select "Overhanging Tree Limbs on a Property" if the tree appears to be on private property and use "Tree Maintenance-City Property" if the tree is on a median or right-of-way.
For trees on private property, Code Compliance enforces removal of hazardous trees. For trees on city property, we will determine if the tree is unsafe or needs to be removed. The City does not remove healthy trees for convenience. Please contact the Action Center to have the issue reported to the appropriate department.
Limbs over a property are entirely the responsibility of that landowner, the owner of the land where the tree is located is not responsible for pruning limbs that contact buildings or hang over driveways. Hazard situations may require tree maintenance by the tree owner. Please contact the Action Center http://www.arlington-tx.gov/contact to speak with Code Compliance about this issue.
In some cases, trees on private property are protected and require approval or mitigation for removal. Please contact the Action Center to speak with Community Development and Planning. Trees located on property boundaries require approval by both parties for a tree to be removed. In some cases, trees bordering City of Arlington property may be permitted to be removed by the adjacent owner.
Trees may be planted anywhere on private property, but to prevent issues which result in costs to the owner and the public, please follow these guidelines:
Yes, the data can be provided to researchers or interested individuals. In addition to the UFORE analysis, which provides insights into Arlington's urban forest, we have an extensive inventory of city-owned trees. We hope to make this data available through the City's online GIS system in the future.
Our program provides a L.E.A.F. Community Letter which you can send out to your neighbors to get them interested in participating. The letter outlines just how beneficial trees are and why you should plant them. The letter may be edited to meet your needs.
Don't forget to send the L.E.A.F. Community Letter out to them! If, after demonstrating that you have done your best, and still do not have enough people signed up, you may submit an individual application for consideration.
The designated project leader must complete one L.E.A.F. Application listing the names of all residents participating. Each resident must complete and sign a Commitment of Care form and return it to the project leader. The project leader will then mail or fax all paperwork, before the deadline, to:
City of Arlington - Forestry Office
Matt Churches - Forester1924 W. Randol Mill Rd.Arlington, TX 76012Email: email@example.comPhone: 817-277-0434Fax: 817-801-5762
The project leader fills in the names of all residents participating and signs the application.
Every resident participating must complete and sign a Commitment of Care form and return it to the project leader.
Our program offers 10 different species which are all native to North Texas and have been known to do well in this area. Access the Tree Descriptions link on the left-hand side of the L.E.A.F. website to see tree characteristics and images. Take into account the size of your yard or planting area, whether or not there are power lines overhead, and how tall the tree will grow to be, before making a decision.
After you submit your application, the Forestry crew will come by to assess the property and determine if your selections are appropriate for the area. They will be available to give suggestions for alternate trees and answer any questions you may have at the time. If the Forestry representative feels the tree species you have selected for your location are not suitable you will be contacted via email or phone to inform you of the decision and discuss some alternative options.
After the deadlines, the applications will be reviewed and Forestry staff will have to survey your property to ensure appropriate tree selections. We try our best to contact you with a delivery time within the month. To prevent any delays, make sure to have all the correct paperwork submitted on time.
The trees we provide are between 8 and 12 feet tall.
Upon delivery, staff will provide paper instructions for planting, care, and maintenance of trees. We have a planting guide that may be accessed on our website in the L.E.A.F. brochure. If necessary, they will do a planting demonstration.
Yes, every resident who signs up for trees is responsible for planting them. If you are not able to plant the trees yourself or have a neighbor to help, you may hire a contractor to perform this service for you.
We do not have a list of contractors that provide this service. You may wish to contact a landscape company through the phonebook or internet listings. Your friends and neighbors may also be able to refer you to someone reputable.
Actually fall is a great time to plant in Texas. It is not too hot so the trees have a good chance of getting established. We provide container grown trees, so they may be planted all year round. Just remember to water, water, and water!
No, there is a waiting period in between applications. The Commitment of Care is a two-year contract. Once the two years are up and the trees show that they have been well-maintained, you may apply again.
No, you must be an Arlington resident to apply. They should check with their Parks Department and see if they offer any type of tree program.
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