Description: Photograph of a large women's gym class lying in three rows on the floor on their left sides with their heads propped on their left arms, right arm crossed in front of their torsos, legs straight and toes pointed: ready to stretch. Their coats and outer garments are strewn on the wooden bleachers on the right background. A basketball hoop and archery target is visible in the rear of the building. The first organized recreation center in Austin was the privately owned Austin Athletic Club, built in 1923, by William T. Caswell. In 1931. Mr. Caswell sold the club to the City of Austin for "a small remuneration". The name of the center was officially changed to the Austin Recreation Center in 1970. After substantial damage, due to the Memorial Day flood of 1981 that center was closed after the existing center was built and opened in 1986.
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