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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EMANCIPATION PARK

Emancipation Park Rededication
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the OST/Almeda Redevelopment Corridors TIRZ#7, Emancipation Park Conservancy and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department rededicated Emancipation Park after an extensive renovation process. Thanks to everyone who attended the day-long festival! (Photo Gallery)

The renovations to this historic park include the construction of a new recreation center, the renovation of the existing community center and bath house, the construction of a new swimming pool, reconfigured parking options, an entry plaza, a sprayground, playground, walking trail, and picnic areas.

Thanks to all the partner organizations who made this $33.6 million renovation possible:
The OST/Almeda Redevelopment Corridors-Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 7 (TIRZ#7); Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Houston Endowment; Kinder Foundation; Timken Foundation of Canton; City of Houston; Emancipation Park Conservancy; Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins, District D; the Brown Foundation; Coca-Cola; Wells Fargo; BB&T; Vinson & Elkins; Chevron; the Enrico & Sandra di Portanova Charitable Foundation; H-E-B; Greater Houston Community Foundation; Antioch Project Reach, Inc. (Download pdf) (Press Release)

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LATEST NEWS

Swim Season 2017
When school lets out for summer, parks department pools open for safe and fun swimming opportunities. 35 of the department’s 37 outdoor pool sites will open for the Memorial Day weekend May 27 - May 29, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

 

During the Summer Season (June 3 - August 13) all sites will be open Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm (all pools are closed on Monday for regular maintenance).

During the Fall Season (August 14 - Sept 3) all sites will be open on Saturday and Sunday only and will be closed during the week.

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ATTENTION PARENTS aND GUARDIANS fOR 2017 SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (SEP)

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s 2017 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) officially began on June 5, 2017, at 56 community centers. Registration began April 1, 2017, therefore, many of the community centers have reached their maximum capacity. The SEP program operates with a 1:25 ratio in compliance of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Standards of Care Ordinance.

As of today, June 7, 2017, there are a few community centers that have openings for the program. The ActiveNet Online Registration System will indicate if SEP has reached its capacity at your desired location. Please note that online registration operates in real time and the system updates after each successful registration transaction.

It is imperative that parents/guardians complete the online registration process in its entirety. You must receive a confirmation receipt number once you have successfully registered.

It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to monitor the ActiveNet Online registration system for available spots as there are no waiting lists.

Kindest regards,
Debra Lathan, Assistant Director
Community Center Operations and Programs
Recreation and Wellness Division

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OTHER PARK HEADLINES

Summer Activities Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s 2017 Summer Activities Guide and Class Catalog is available online now!

Bayou Greenways 2020
Bayou Greenways 2020 is a public private project being developed to connect green corridors with hike and bike trails along bayous in the greater Houston Area. Visit the Houston Parks Board website for more www.houstonparksboard.org.

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.

Houston BCycle
Houston BCycle gives you the option to check out a bike for trips of 60 minutes or less. This service is managed by Houston Bike Share, a 501c3 non-profit organization. With 38 stations around Houston, BCycle is a fun, easy way to get around. You can access Houston BCycle rides at 38 stations around Houston, including in several different parks!

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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.

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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
Cambridge Village Park/Southwest Police Station - May 2016 - Fall 2017
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Gragg Park (South Sections) - June 12, 2017 - 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 Pool – July 25, 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.
Tanglewood Park – July 15, 2016 - Winter 2017, depending on weather conditions
Woodland Park Community Center – July 24 - 25, 2017

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PARK PARTNERS

» 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

PARK SPONSORSHIPS

» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
» Soccer for Success


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
» 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

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