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.

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The Play Everywhere Tour, powered by KaBOOM! and Target is coming to Houston on Feb 24, 2018! This FREE fun-filled family play is a great way for families and kids to learn about and experience the benefits of play through games and challenges that will help communities imagine how their neighborhoods could become more playful. Enjoy games, music, food trucks and family fun! (poster pdf).

NOTE: Spots are limited so register TODAY. You'll enter the course within the one-hour time block you select on your registration. After you reach the finish line, stay and join us for other playful festivities! Preregister at

Walk-ins for the course are welcome based on availability. Registration is not required to enter the adjacent festival area where you can enjoy fun family engagements. For more information on The Play Everywhere Tour visit


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Winter / Spring Activities Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s Winter / Spring Activities Guide and Class Catalog is now available online!

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

Bethel Park
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 For more information on the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation visit

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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
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
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
Tanglewood Park – July 15, 2016 - Winter 2017, depending on weather conditions
Woodland Park Community Center Closed - December 8, 2017 -  Until Further Notice

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» 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


» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
» Soccer for Success


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


» Capital Improvement Projects
» H.P.D. Crime Monitoring
» Houston BCycle
» Houston Bike Share
» Mayor's Office of Special Events