Sports and Recreation
Sports and Recreation – Harlingen is the home of the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, a North American Baseball League Minor league baseball team. The team has existed from 1994 to 2003 and from 2006 to the present time. In 2000, the WhiteWings won the Texas-Louisiana League championship.
Valley Race Park is a racetrack for Greyhound dogs. Valley Race Park was the first greyhound track in Texas to accept Pari-Mutuel wagering. The facility is fully air-conditioned and the grandstands totals over 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2). The grandstand has over 400 monitors to pick-up the 50 plus Simulcast Live Racing signals from the top Greyhound and Horse tracks from all around the United States. Valley Race Park shut down in the fall of 1995 but reopened five years later, in the spring of 2000.
The World Birding Center has a location in Harlingen’s Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. Work continues on designs for a new 7,250-square-foot (674 m2) visitors’ center at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. The two-story center will include a gift shop, observation tower, meeting rooms and enclosed viewing areas. Meanwhile, visitors at both Ramsey Park and the Thicket will find parking and extensive trails, as well as maps, information and public restrooms.
Harlingen Art Forum located on historic Jackson St, provides fine art for the Rio Grande Valley. This Artist Coop is a non profit organization that provides community outreach related to art and holds several exhibits a year. They present an annual art show in South Padre Island, which provides funding for their scholarship program and other community projects.
The International Cat Association (TICA), a registry of pedigreed and household pet cats worldwide and the organizing body for cat shows in over two dozen countries, has been based in Harlingen since 1982.