Registration open online for summer programs and special events with Activity Guide launch

With the school year winding to a close and people making plans for the summer, the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation Department (McPARD) is preparing for the busiest time of the year: when hundreds of residents and visitors to McAllen will be participating in their summer programs and special events. The McPARD Summer Season Programs are designed to offer an enriching, learning experience to help participants get more out of summer break – more friendships, more accomplishments and more activity. Through a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving well-being, kids who participate in the McPARD Summer Programs will learn and master new skills, share and trade interests with friends, exchanging plenty of high-fives along the way.

“With school out during the summer, many kids don’t get enough physical activity or learning,” said Mike Hernandez, Director of the McAllen Parks & Recreation Department. “We kept top of mind while designing our programs, so that kids could get the most enjoyment and benefit when they participate.”

The 2019 McPARD Summer Season includes camps at the three City of McAllen community Centers; learn-to-swim classes; athletic programming, such as lessons in a variety of activities; as well as outdoor recreation activities with a focus on letting kids be kids. Additionally, in collaboration with the McAllen I.S.D. Summertime Food Program, all three community centers offer breakfast and lunch for children age 0-18. Throughout the two summer sessions offered, kids are in a safe environment with nurturing adults where they feel welcome and explore new talents and interests to reach their potential.

Please note that there are different fees associated with the various camps and programs.

To learn more or to register about the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation Summer Programs and special events, visit, follow them on social media @mcallenparks, or call 956-681-3333.