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Cannery Public Market

The Cannery Public Market will be exceptional redevelopment to the Mitte Cultural District of the City of Brownsville.


On April 16, 2019, the Brownsville City Commission voted to accept a $500,000 grant from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to renovate the Quonset Hut located on 6th and Ringgold Streets in Brownsville Texas into the Cannery Public Market.


The Cannery Public Market is a food hub project initiated by the City of Brownsville in collaboration with the Brownsville Wellness Coalition and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, to increase access to fresh, healthy, and affordable local food.


The Cannery Public Market project will be funded by the $500,000 grant from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, $250,000 of city funds authorized by the Brownsville City Commission, $178,575 pending from the USDA Healthy Food Financing Initiative and $60,000 from the USDA Wholesale Market and Food Hub Design Division.



Zoo Master Plan

Opened in 1971, the Gladys Porter Zoo is a regional destination that brings tens of thousands of people from throughout the region to visit the 1600 species of animals on the 31-acre site.

The City of Brownsville and the Gladys Porter Zoo have entered into a partnership to develop a Zoo Master Plan that will allow for our community to envision our zoo for years to come and beyond.



CROSSROADS 2020

CROSSROADS is a festival in Brownsville that will provide opportunities for learning, networking and innovation through a collaboration of paths in film, music, food, politics, art and innovation.

The three-day event will be held from February 24th through the 26th, during Brownsville’s 87th annual Charro Days Fiesta Celebration week.

A week full of events where the sister cities of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico continue to celebrate the region’s unique heritage and strong roots that bond both sides of the Rio Grande.

Learn more at CROSSROADSBTX.COM



New Airport Terminal

The Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport celebrated a milestone with a “Topping Off” ceremony as the final steel beam was placed atop the 97,000 square foot new passenger terminal building.

This $50 Million Investment (Federal Aviation Administration) is on schedule and plans to land in the 4th quarter of 2020. (FlyBrownsville.com)

Efforts by the City of Brownsville and the Department of Aviation are underway to begin construction of a new 97,000 sq. ft. passenger terminal to better serve the needs of the region for business and leisure travel.Slated for completion 4th quarter of 2020 the current terminal will be replaced by a modern, functional and efficient facility.



Battlefield Trail Extension

Learn more via CaraCara Trails.

On January 29, 2020 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the City of Brownsville and the National Park Service celebrated the groundbreaking of the Battlefield Trail Extension, a 1.8-mile extension to the City of Brownsville’s Historic Battlefield Trail, the first phase in a plan to connect Brownsville with Los Fresnos by trail. 

This is the first of six Caracara Trails catalyst projects that are intended to accelerate development of the 428-mile trail network. During the event, officials from Brownsville, Los Fresnos, Port Isabel, Cameron County and the University of Texas (UTHealth) School of Public Health shared new details of regional trail infrastructure projects and public/private investments that are adding to the pace of trail network development. 

Currently in development through a partnership with RTC; The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation; UTHealth; the cities of Brownsville, Harlingen, Combes, Los Fresnos, Los Indios, Port Isabel, Rio Hondo, San Benito and South Padre Island; the towns of Laguna Vista and Rancho Viejo; and other nonprofits and public agencies, the Caracara Trails will ultimately connect the Lower Rio Grande Valley by trail. This 428-mile trail network vision includes 230 miles of multiuse trails, 120 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes and 78 miles of paddling trails. The Caracara Trails is one of RTC’s TrailNation™ projects, designed to prove what is possible when you connect people and places by trail.



Games of Texas

The Games of Texas is an amateur sports festival created for athletes from throughout Texas.  Brownsville is proud to announce it will host the 2022 and 2023 games!

Patterned after the Olympics, the Games of Texas has emphasis on the recreational athlete and the enhancement of his or her competitive experiences. Not only will it have a positive impact on the economy, but it will allow the City of Brownsville to showcase the Brownsville Sport Park. 

This innovative sports park is the largest of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. Accommodations include practices, league play, camps, tournaments and large events with over 200,000 visitors.

Amenities include:

10 Full-Sized Lighted Multi-Sports Fields

5 Full-Sized Lighted Softball Baseball Fields

5 Sand Volleyball Courts

3 Outdoor Basketball Courts

2 Lakes (.75 acre North & 5 acre South)

1 Full-Sized Lighted Multi-Sports Turf Field

1 BMX Bike & RC Dirt Track

1 Skate Park Concrete Bowl (16,000 ft)

1 Walking/Jogging Asphalt Trail (2.5 miles)

1 Playground Area



Economic Development

Brownsville Broadband

In response to the Digital Divide, the City of Brownsville has spearhead an initiative that will lead our community into the future. By hosting our partners in the Digital Inclusion Planning Workshop, the City has created the next steps in a plan that will propel Brownsville a step closer to city-wide Broadband. This multi-phase project invites community partners to collaborate on this initiative to enhance opportunities and accessibility for you and our student population.


Brownsville Sunrise Mall

The Brownsville Sunrise Mall welcomes its newcomers: Aerie, Hollister and The Creperie by Crepe Town and has announce the addition of two new retailers Wave and Versona, coming in the first quarter of 2020.


New Retail and reinvestment opportunities.

From January 8th – 10th, 2020, City of Brownsville representatives and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation attended the ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers Red River States Conference to recruit investment and development to Brownsville.


Black Bear Diner is coming soon.

Black Bear Diner will open its first location south of Houston in Las Palmas Retail Plaza in Brownsville. Official announcement will be released in early 2020.


The Besteiro-Martinez Building

The Besteiro-Martinez Building located on 11th and Adams St. is currently being redeveloped by ORIGOWORKS. The building was built in 1909 and has been vacant for years. 111 years later, this building is being renovated to host a restaurant on the first floor and mixed used on the second and third floors.


The Hicks Livery Barn Building

The Hicks Livery Barn Building located on the corner of 10th and Adams St. is seeing a similar fate. Also built in 1909, this building is currently being redeveloped to house an art studio-exhibit museum space on the first floor and mixed use on the second.