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.”
H.P.A.R.D. Latest News
»» Recreation Catalog Available Online
H.P.A.R.D.s Fall Activities Guide and Class Catalog is available online now! Check out the listings for recreation, fitness, and educational opportunities you and your family can take part in!
»» De Zavala Park Volunteer Project November 6 & 7, 2013
On Wednesday, November 6, and Thursday, November 7, volunteers with Lowes Heroes, Rebuilding Together, and Carters Kids took on improvement projects at De Zavala Park and Community Center, the school next door, and several nearby homes. (Photo Gallery)
»» Buffalo Bayou Partnership Tours
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership offers boat, bicycle, and walking history tours with varying themes and times. Please consult their website for information.
»» 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.
»» 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.
Memorial Park Conservancy Public Meeting
The Memorial Park Conservancy will hold their third public input meeting on the long-term Master Plan for Memorial Park from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. The meetings will take place at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 6622 Haskell Street. The topic will be Ecological and Cultural Factors. The speakers will be Thomas Woltz, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, and Suzanne Turner, Principal, Suzanne Turner Associates.
Memorial Park Conservancy Microsite - http://memorialparkmasterplan.mindmixer.com
Memorial Park Demonstration Project Public Meeting December 17
The Harris County Flood Control District has scheduled an informational meeting from 6:00 8:30 p.m., December 17, at Lamar High School, 3325 Westheimer Road, to share details of a proposed restoration project on a section of Buffalo Bayou bordering Memorial Park.
Routine Maintenance / Repair & Improvement Projects
»» Glover Park May 1, 2013 December, 2013
Scope of work includes: a decomposed granite plaza, bocce ball court, seating deck, site amenities, site draining, landscaping, and irrigation. Construction is expected to be completed in December 2013, barring unforeseen weather conditions.
»» 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.
»» 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.
»» 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.
»» 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.
»» 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.
»» Marian Park Sprayground September 18, 2013 Until Further Notice
The sprayground at Marian Park is closed for repairs until further notice.
»» MacGregor Park November 2013 January 2014
Construction work on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in MacGregor Park is expected to last until mid-January 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.
»» Keith-Wiess Park September 23, 2013 March 23, 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. The contract duration for this project is 210 calendar days, barring unforeseen weather conditions.
Capital Improvement Projects
»» 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.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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
» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» 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
- To Report Emergencies in Parks
- To Report Wildfires in Parks
- To Request A Repair Needed in a Park
Parks & Park Facilities Permit Reservations:
Rainout & Message Phone 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
- H.P.A.R.D. Division Phone Numbers More ...- Questions & Comments: email@example.com
Houston Parks & Recreation Department
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Houston Parks & Recreation Department
2999 South Wayside
Houston, Texas 77023
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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