Houston Parks and Recreation Department



The Houston Parks & Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) was created by City Ordinance on March 15, 1916. The Department of Public Parks, as it was called at that time, consisted of two parks - Sam Houston Park & Hermann Park. Taken together, they totaled about 465 acres of land.


Today, the Houston Parks & Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) stewards & manages over 37,832 acres of parkland & greenspace for the City of Houston; develops & implements recreational programming for citizens of all abilities; maintains greenspace for the Houston Public Library & the Houston Health Department & manages all H.P.A.R.D. facilities.


H.P.A.R.D. works daily to fulfill its mission:


“To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe
well-maintained parks & offering affordable
programming for our community.”

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Parks Master Plan II


»» H.P.A.R.D. Parks Master Plan II
HPARD is in the process of evaluating and adjusting its Master Plan, last published in 2008. The plan gives direction for the growth of the city’s park system for the next twenty years. Since 2007, the City of Houston has been divided into 21 Park Sectors and park need analysis at this level is being done in Phase II of the Master Plan. We need your input, as a resident who uses the park system, to enhance this assessment by providing input on priorities of the items that need to be addressed first with available funding. Currently, a Park Master Plan Survey is being conducted and you can participate by taking the survey.


You will need your Park Sector Number to complete this survey. To determine your park sector number
  1) Visit my http://mycity.houstontx.gov/public/
  2) From the MyCity Map Viewer Bar, click on the Layers Icon and select the Parks Sectors
  layer from the drop down menu

  3) Click on the Locate Address Bar, enter your address and zip code to find your park sector


The survey is available in both English and Spanish and the results can help us shape the new Park Master Plan. Please take a moment to participate in the Parks Master Plan Survey Master Plan Survey English Version Master Plan Survey Spanish Version. For more information on HPARD’s Parks Master Plan visit the following link

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H.P.A.R.D. Latest News


»» 2014 Summer Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s Summer Activities Guide & Class Catalog is available online now! Check out the listings for recreation, fitness, and educational opportunities you and your family can take part in!

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»» Volunteer With H.P.A.R.D.!
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) is seeking volunteers (groups of 5 at one time) to wash transportation vans one Saturday morning (8:30am – 11:30am) a month from May through November. The vans are used to transport youth and seniors to nature, sporting, and community events. All supplies are provided. Volunteers are asked to sign a volunteer waiver form and are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring their own rain boots. The van wash takes place at 6200 Wheeler Street, Houston 77023. If your group of 5 is interested in volunteering for one month or more, please email H.P.A.R.D.’s Volunteer Coordinator at oneika.shelby@houstontx.gov. For more information, please visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/volunteer.html.



»» SK8 Rock – April 19, 2014
Skate and enjoy a free concert at the Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19! Flier

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»» Free Golf Clinics Now – October 25, 2014
Whether you are a novice golfer, an expert, or somewhere in between, you may develop new skills by taking part in a FREE golf clinic at an H.P.A.R.D. golf course near you! Register early, because space is limited!

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»» Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Closed – August 13, 2012 – Until Further Notice
The Buffalo Bayou Hike & Bike Trail beside Allen Parkway will be closed from the Rosemont Bridge to Sabine Street starting August 13, 2012, to accommodate construction on the trail & bank stabilization at Taft Street. Signs are in place to direct runners & bikers to use the trail on the north bank of the bayou adjacent to Memorial Drive.

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»» Memorial Park Seymour Lieberman Trail Survey
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed upgrades to the Seymour Lieberman Trail in Memorial Park. For information on the proposed plans and to take a survey on them, please go to this link.





»» Art In Parks Online
Get up close and personal with great civic art in Houston parks by logging on to Art In Parks, or pick up a free brochure, available at H.P.A.R.D. community centers and at the City of Houston Visitors Center! This guide leads you on art tours through Hermann Park, the downtown area, and parks in the Greater Houston area.

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»» Enjoy a visit to Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Located a few miles north of the city, Lake Houston Wilderness Park offers 4,786.6 acres of forested beauty. Attractions include a nature center with naturalist-guided events, wooded hiking trails, kayaking in Peach Creek, bird and wildlife watching, camping sites, and overnight stays in beautiful cabins! Call 281.354.6881 or go online for more information.

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Public Meetings


Capital Improvement Plan Public Meetings
The City of Houston conducts public meetings on the City's Annual Capital Improvement Plan in each council district. Since 1984, the City has held public meetings to obtain citizen input before preparation of the capital Improvement Plan. These meetings provide citizens the opportunity to participate in the capital Improvement Plan process by contributing comments and suggestions about needed services and improvements.

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Closed For Repair / Construction

Routine Maintenance / Repair & Improvement Projects

»» Woodland Park – February 2014 – April 2014
The Woodland Park restoration project will begin the week of Feb 24th to begin the restoration of the southwest corner of Woodland Park. The restoration project begins with the removal of illegal fill and the removal of bamboo at this edge of the park. The project then replants a variety of tree and shrub species along the high bank and sloped embankment. The lower shelf of the bayou area will receive a new wildflower meadow. Additionally, a small footpath trail will be constructed connecting to an existing park trail. This project is being managed for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department by the Houston Parks Board.

»» Levy Park – January 2014 – Spring 2015
Levy Park is currently under major renovation. The dog park being temporarily relocated to the Levy Park ballfield.The new Levy Park Dog Park is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015. For more information, call 713.524.8000 or visit www.upperkirbydistrict.org.

»» Keith-Wiess Park – September 23, 2013 – May 2014
Construction will begin on Monday, September 13, at Keith-Wiess Park. The scope of work includes a new parking lot with 135 parking spaces, sidewalks, site lighting, electrical services, an underground irrigation storage tank with booster pump and lines, detention basin, site grading and associated landscape and irrigation for three soccer fields. Soccer field lighting will be installed under a separate contract.

»» Mecom Rockwell Fountain – September 9, 2013 – Until Further Notice
The Mecom Rockwell Fountain at Hermann Park is out of service due to mechanical issues until further notice.

»» Tranquillity Park Fountain – September 9, 2013 – Until Further Notice
Due to mechanical repairs, the Tranquillity Park fountain basin has been drained and the tall “stacks” will not be operational for the duration of the project.

»» Eleanor Tinsley Park Parking Lot - August 19, 2013 – Spring 2014
The parking lot in Eleanor Tinsley Park will be closed for demolition and reconstruction as part of the renovation of Buffalo Bayou Park. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2014.

»» Houston Garden Center - August 1, 2013 - Fall 2014
Beginning August 1, 2013, the Houston Garden Center will close for renovation. Completion of the project is expected to take place in Fall 2014.

»» Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Closed – August 13, 2012 – Until Further Notice
The Buffalo Bayou Hike & Bike Trail beside Allen Parkway will be closed from the Rosemont Bridge to Sabine Street starting Monday, August 13, 2012. This closure accommodates construction on the trail & bank stabilization at Taft Street. Signs are in place to direct runners & bikers to use the trail on the north bank of the bayou adjacent to Memorial Drive.

Capital Improvement Projects

»» MacGregor Park – November 2013 – April 2014
Construction work on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in MacGregor Park is expected to last until April 2014. The area most affected will be on the corner of M.L.K. Boulevard and Old Spanish Trail. Scope of work includes: New sidewalk connecting the parking lot to the entry sidewalk and relocation of some site amenities, including some disk golf baskets.

»» Westside Trail - Intermittent Closures November 11, 2013 – Summer 2014
Construction work at the Westside Trail is expected to last into Summer 2014. Trail construction will occur in sections, so that sections of the trail where no work is occurring have not yet been demolished will be open to the public. Scope of work includes: demolition of existing asphalt trail, benches and trash receptacles; removal of trees and shrubs; construction of 1.9 mile long concrete trail and installation of benches and bench pads.

»» Memorial Park Running Trails Center – September 2013 – April 2014
The Memorial Park Running Trails Center is currently under construction. With over 4,400 square feet, it will be located at 7575 N. Picnic Lane, next to the Living Bridge, offering access to all parts of Memorial Park. It is planned for the use of runners and other trail users with the intent to take pressure off the congestion around the Tennis Center. It will include lockers and showers, office space for the Memorial Park Conservancy and Houston Police Department, a large reception hall, meeting room, and vending area.

Spotlight on Community Centers

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department operates 60 community centers across the city. Check out their scheduled activities and consider these locations for your next event.

Charlton Park Community Center
8200 Park Place 77017 - 713.645.3589

Montie Beach Community Center
915 Northwood 77009 - 713.864.6820
Platou Community Center
11655 Chimney Rock 77053 - 713.726.7107
Tuffly Park Community Center
3200 Russell 77026 - 713.674.2355

Park Partners & Sponsorships

» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» Friends of Mary Ann Francklow Park
» Friends of Woodland Park
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Hermann Park Conservancy
» Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
» Houston Parks Board
» Memorial Park Conservancy
» Million Trees + Houston
» Partnering/Sponsorships With Parks
» Trees for Houston
» Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy

Other Venues of Interest

» Discovery Green
» Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Houston Museum of Natural Science
» Houston Zoo
» Market Square
» Miller Outdoor Theatre

Other City Resources

» 311 City Helpline
» Capital Improvement Projects
» Citizen'sNet
» H.P.D. Crime Monitoring
» Houston Bike Share
» Mayor's Office of Special Events

Emergency Contact
Contact 9-1-1:

- To Report Emergencies in Parks
- To Report Wildfires in Parks

Contact 3-1-1:

- To Request A Repair Needed in a Park

Parks & Park Facilities Permit Reservations:

 - 832.394.8804 (Ballfield Reservations)
 - 832.394.8805 (Park Permits)                               More ...
                                                            Online Registration

Rainout & Message Lines:

- Adult Sports Leagues Message Line: 832.395.7004
- Memorial Park Trail Update Line: 713.221.0499

Houston Parks & Recreation Department:

- Main Phone: 832.395.7000

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- Questions & Comments:              askparks@houstontx.gov

Mailing Address:

  Houston Parks & Recreation Department

  2999 South Wayside
  Houston, Texas 77023                                           Map ...

Public Information Requests (TPIA)
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- HPARD TPIA Requests

  Houston Parks & Recreation Department

  2999 South Wayside
  Houston, Texas 77023

  Fax: 832.395.7182

  Email:                                  hpardrecords@houstontx.gov

About the Director
Director Turner


Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, is a native Houstonian. He attended the University of Houston, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Texas Woman's University.

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