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Holiday Closures at Hermann Park
Thursday, November 25, 2021 - The Japanese Garden and public restrooms in The Commons area/Waterplay and Bayou Parkland will be closed. Visitors are asked to use the Miller Outdoor Restrooms during this closure. The garden and restrooms will reopen on November 26, 2021 for normal operating hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Saturday - December 25, 2021 – The Japanese Garden and public restrooms in The Commons area/Waterplay and Bayou Parkland will be closed. Visitors are asked to use the Miller Outdoor Restrooms during this closure. The garden and restrooms will reopen on December 26, 2021 for normal operating hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

HPARD REOPENING

The Parks Department has reopened many of our facilities and amenities. After receiving guidance from Health and Medical experts, we have proceeded as follows making sure that we observe CDC and NRPA safety guidelines.

CURRENTLY OPEN
(In compliance with CDC & NRPA guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19)
  • All parks and trails
  • Benches and picnic tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Spraygrounds
  • Outdoor exercise stations
  • Dog parks
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis courts
  • Disc golf courses
  • Croquet court
  • Curbside Meal Program
  • Skateparks
  • Volleyball courts
  • Alkek Velodrome
  • Soccer mini-pitch courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Memorial Park Pool, for lap swimming only until October 29, 2021, or until the temperature drops below 72 degrees, whichever is sooner
  • Sport fields for league, practice, and tournaments
  • HPARD adult sports leagues
  • HPARD youth sports (Soccer for Success, H-town Academy and GHPAL)
  • Senior Activity Centers* at 18 Community Centers
  • Weight rooms* at 9 community Centers
  • Fitness rooms* at at 2 community centers
  • Gymnasiums* at 19 community centers
  • Memorial Fitness Center (6402 Arnot St, 77007)*
  • Metropolitan Multi-Service Center and swimming pool (1475 West Gray St, 77019)*
  • North Wayside Sports & Recreation Center (9551 North Wayside Dr, 77028)
  • Lake Houston Wilderness Park, 25840 FM1485, New Caney, 77357, including its archery range, playground, dining hall*, overnight camping, group campsites, and group lodges.
  • Outdoor Area Permits and Reservations are open at 100%.

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Remaining community centers (if/or when fully staffed)
  • Remaining aquatic centers (if/or when fully staffed)
  • Community center rentals

PARKS ACTIVITIES, FACILITIES ...

PARK HEADLINES

Love Our Parks Fest

Mayor Sylvester Turner is working with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department to improve and upgrade neighborhood parks through the Mayor’s Love Our Parks Complete Communities initiative. Phase One of the program targets five parks in under-resourced communities with a goal of enhancing neighborhood pride. Through November, four parks have received improvements through this initiative. In Third Ward, Zurrie Malone Park (completed in July) and Our Park (completed in September) received improvements. Upgrades to Woodruff Park in the Magnolia-Manchester neighborhood were completed in October 2021. In November, the department celebrated improvements to Earl Henderson Park in the Near Northside. Improvements to Catherine Delce Park in Kashmere Gardens are expected to be complete in December 2021.

To celebrate the completion of work the Houston Parks and Recreation Department hosts Love Our Parks Fests at each park. Each event features special programming and activities from the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Public Library, the Houston Police Department and the Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL), Houston Health Department, and Houston Public Works.


50/50 Park Partners
The 50/50 Park Partners campaign is a call to action by the Mayor’s Office, Houston Parks Board, Greater Houston Partnership, and the H.P.A.R.D.

Better. Together.
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is proud to partner with Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Health Department.

Charlton Park Improvement Project
To view the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s application for a Texas Parks and Recreation Department Local Parks Urban Outdoor Grant, (click here)

Resilient Houston Tree Planting Portal
Resilient Houston focuses on the pressing challenges and opportunities that will shape Houstonians’ lives today and for future generations. Their are18 Targets outlined in the strategy that will be used to measure the impact of Resilient Houston.

One of the targets that is currently being implemented is the planting of 4.6 million new native trees by 2030.

To track progress on the 4.6 Million tree planting goal, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Resilient Houston Tree Planting Portal to collect data on all tree plantings within the City of Houston.

To register your tree planting on Resilient Houston Tree Planting Portal please fill out the form at https://forms.office.com/g/C5FvvMSsWb.

Comcast Lift Zones provide free hotspot internet access to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their homework. While Houston community centers are closed to the general public, Comcast Lift Zones can be accessed from the outside of the following facilities:

  • Almeda Community Center (14201 Almeda School Rd., 77047)
  • DeZavala Community Center (7521 Avenue H, 77012)
  • Emancipation Community Center (3018 Dowling, 77004)
  • Hartman Community Center (9311 E. Avenue P, 77012)
  • Love Community Center (1000 W 12th St, 77008)
  • Melrose Community Center (1001 Canino Rd, 77020)
  • Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (1475 West Gray, 77019)
  • Townwood Community Center (3403 Simsbrook, 77045)
  • Windsor Village Community Center (14441 Croquet Ln., TX 77085)

PARK PROJECTS AND REPAIRS

  • Alief Park Closed For Renovation - February 7, 2020 – Early 2022
  • Brock Park Golf Course & Brock Adventure Park - June 7, 2016 - Until Further Notice
  • Dodson Lake Park Water Sprayground – June 11, 2021 – Until Further Notice
  • Hermann Brown - June 11, 2021 – Until Further Notice
  • Hermann Park Water Sprayground – June 11, 2021 – Until Further Notice
  • Kendall Community Center – September 2017 – Until Further Notice
  • MKT Bridge – August 2020 – Until Further Notice
  • Shady Lane Park Water Sprayground – June 11, 2021 – Until Further Notice
  • Sagemont Community Center Gymnasium - October 30, 2017 - Early 2022

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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 Riverside 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
 » Sharpstown Parks Alliance
 » Trees for Houston
 » Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy

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OTHER VENUES OF INTEREST
» 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
PARK SPONSORSHIPS OTHER CITY RESOURCES
» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
 » Soccer for Success
» Capital Improvement Projects
 » H.P.D. Crime Monitoring
 » Houston BCycle
 » Houston Bike Share
 » Mayor's Office of Special Events