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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H.P.A.R.D. IN NEWS

- 011018 - Steve Wright Talks About Free Programs On Great Day Houston
http://www.khou.com/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-houston/houston-parks-recreation-010818/506808818


- 011018 – Gretchen Jean Gets Moving on Great Day Houston
http://www.khou.com/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-houston/get-fit-for-free-011018/506832813

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

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.

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).

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CLOSED OR UNDER REPAIR / CONSTRUCTION

Routine Maintenance / Repair and Improvement Projects

Blackhawk Park - July 3, 2018 - August 31, 2018
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’s Splashpad - June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2018
Cullen Parks – March 7 – Until Further Notice
Cullen Park Sprayground – May 2018 – Until Further Notice
Emancipation Park’s Largest Sprayground – July 5 – August, 2018
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Glenshire Park – October 9, 2017 – Spring 2018
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 – August 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

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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
» 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

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