Steve Wright is a native Houstonian who graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Kinesiology and is currently working on obtaining his Master of Health Degree (due to be completed in 2018).
Under his direction, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department works to fulfill the Department’s mission:
"To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programming for our community.”
H.P.A.R.D. IN NEWS
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OTHER PARK HEADLINES
Summer Activities Catalog Available Now
Are you ready for a sensational summer? The Houston Parks and Recreation Department will once again make this a fun-filled season for you and your family. There is so much to do for just about everyone. There is a summer meal program, along with youth activities, adult sports leagues, senior programs, water fitness classes, skateparks, our Lake Houston Wilderness Park and so much more! And the best part - most of our summer activities are free! So check our latest catalog and sign up for your favorite summer fun activities at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Looking for a new adventure for you and your family? Check out Lake Houston Wilderness Park, located about 30 miles north of Houston in New Caney on over 4,700 acres of wooded parkland. It is the only park in the H.P.A.R.D. system where overnight camping is available. Cabins and walk-in campsites are available for rental. Plus, you can enjoy hike and bike trails, kayaking, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures. For more information download the pdf flier
Volunteer Opportunity – Sat Feb 17 & Sat Feb 24
Sign up and volunteer with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Natural Resources Management Program for a tree coloring project! The project will be to color the crepe myrtles at the Memorial and Waugh Drive traffic cloverleaf (due to the location all volunteers must be 13 years or older). No background experience is needed and there are two dates available. For more information download the pdf flier and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservation fees for Bethel Park have not yet been approved by Houston City Council. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is not yet authorized to issue permits for this site.
Brock Park Golf Course - June 7, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Beginning Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the Brock Park Golf Course is closed until further notice. Recent weather conditions have damaged two bridges in the park and the course is closed indefinitely for repairs.
Revisions and Updates Impacting Sports Fields Permit Services
In September 2016, all HPARD Permit Holders were informed of Revisions and Updates Impacting Sports Fields Permit Services which would take effect on January 1, 2017. For a copy of these revisions please click here (pdf).
Willow Waterhole Greenway - Levitt Pavilion Houston
Another major milestone was reached in the development of Levitt Pavilion at Willow Waterhole Greenway with City Council’s unanimous approval of an agreement between the City, Friends of Levitt Pavilion Houston, and the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Levitt Pavilion.
The state-of-the-art Levitt Pavilion at Willow Waterhole Greenspace is expected to be completed in 2020 and will be the eighth national outdoor music venue created through the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. The private family foundation was created in 1963 by Mortimer and Mimi Levitt to support the arts, culture and education. The Foundation’s goal is to “reflect the best of American city life by creating community and social interaction among people of all ages and backgrounds; empowering cities across America to reclaim green spaces and reinvigorate public spaces; and ensuring the performing arts are accessible to all through high quality, free concerts.” The Levitt Pavilion seeks to fulfill the foundation’s goal by creating a unique music venue at Willow Waterhole. For more information on Levitt Pavilion Houston visit http://www.levitthouston.org/news. For more information on the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation visit http://levitt.org.
CLOSED OR UNDER REPAIR / CONSTRUCTION
Routine Maintenance / Repair and Improvement Projects
Brays Bayou Trail, south bank between Scott Street and the Tierwester Pedestrian Bridge - November 2015 - Until Further Notice
Brock Park Golf Course - June 7, 2016 -– Until Further Notice
Burnett Bayland Park Splash Pad Area Only – Feb. 5, 2018 – March 2018
Cullen Parks – March 7 – May, 2018
Emancipation Park Off-site Tuam Parking Lot - April 23, 2018 – Early May, 2018
Glenshire Park – October 9, 2017 – Spring 2018
Glover Park Dog Park – Feb. 1, 2018 – April 2018
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails - February 27 – Until Further Notice
Keegan’s Bayou Trail - September 2016 - Until Further Notice
Kendall Community Center – September 2017 – Until Further Notice
Mason Park – April 13, 2017 – Spring 2018
Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Swimming Pool – November 28, 2017 - Until Further Notice
Municipal Golf – April 19, 2016
Brock Park Golf Course is closed.
Memorial Park is closed on Tuesdays.
Sharpstown Park Golf Course is open as a par 3 course.
Portions of Milby Park – August 7, 2017 – Until Further Notice
Sagemont Community Center Gymnasium - October 30, 2017 - Until Further Notice
Sections of the Eastwood Park Skatepark - November 2, 2017 – December 2017
Woodland Park Community Center Closed - December 8, 2017 - Until Further Notice
» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Emancipation Park Conservancy
» Friends of Cherryhurst Park
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» Friends of MacGregor Park
» Friends of Mary Ann Francklow Park
» Friends of Mandell Park
» Friends of Oak Forest Park
» Friends of Woodland Park
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Hermann Park Conservancy
» Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
» Houston Parks Board
» Levy Park Conservancy
» Memorial Park Conservancy
» Trees for Houston
» Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy
OTHER VENUES OF INTEREST
These facilities and park systems are not operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. We provide this contact information as a public service.
» Alkek Velodrome
» Bayou Greenways 2020
» Discovery Green
» Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
» Harris County Precinct One Park System
» Harris County Precinct Two Park System
» Harris County Precinct Three Park System
» Harris County Precinct Four Park System
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Houston Museum of Natural Science
» Houston Zoo
» Market Square
» Miller Outdoor Theatre
OTHER CITY RESOURCES