Register Now for the Fourth Annual Park to Port Bike Ride
Register today for the Hermann Park Conservancy’s Fourth Annual Park to Port Bike Ride, scheduled for October 7! This twenty-mile ride starts in Hermann Park, travels along the Brays Bayou Greenway Trail to the Port of Houston for a turn-around party, then returns for a post-ride celebration! Registration: $35 now through October 5.
The Play Everywhere Tour
The Play Everywhere Tour, previously scheduled for October 14, has been cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. It will be rescheduled in Spring 2018, and details will be forthcoming when available.
Festival of Abilities
Come to Oak Forest Park from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, for the Festival of Abilities! Enjoy adaptive sports, an obstacle course, and fitness events for all ages! There will be a petting zoo, a costume contest, crafts, music, mimes, snacks and refreshments, and much more. Take part in the art tile painting fundraiser! Proceeds benefit the Playground for All Abilities at Oak Forest Park!
Park Facilities Closures and Openings
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department staff is working to restore facilities and services within the park system for the public’s use. The following programs and/or facilities will be closed due to continued assessment and cleanup needs.
- Adult Sports and Ballfields –- Fields are evaluated and open based on field condition. Ballfield lights will not be turned on until the fields have been released for permitting. Please note: that although some fields appear to be playable there may be other issues like damaged lights - contact 832-394-8805 or 832-394-8804 if you have any questions.
- Cullen Park – Picnic areas in Phase IV are open, but all sports fields are under water.
- Kendall Community Center – is closed until further notice.
- Lake Houston Wilderness Park - will reopen to the public on Friday, September 29, 2017. The park will be closed every Tuesday and partial trail closures will be in effect until further notice.
- Memorial Park Southside bike trails – are temporarily closed due to wet conditions. Call the Trail Hotline for up-to-date information on trails open and closed states 713-863-8403 extension 1.
For the latest news and information from the City of Houston on Hurricane Harvey visit www.houstonemergency.org
OTHER PARK HEADLINES
Fall Activities Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s 2017 Fall Activities Guide and Class Catalog is available online now!
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 http://www.levitthouston.org/news. For more information on the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation visit http://levitt.org.
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
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
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
Tanglewood Park – July 15, 2016 - Winter 2017, depending on weather conditions
» 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
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
ACTIVITIES GUIDE & CLASS CATALOG
H.P.A.R.D.’s Fall Activities Guide & Class Catalog is available online now! Check out the listings for recreation, fitness, and educational opportunities you and your family can take part in!
HPARD PERMITS OFFICE
Address: Gragg Park
2999 S. Wayside
Houston, TX 77023
Contact: 832-394-8805 and 832-394-8804
REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC RECORDs
Houston Parks and Recreation Department
2999 S. Wayside Drive
Houston, TX 77023
Recreation and Wellness
- ADAPTIVE SPORTS AND RECREATION /
METROPOLITAN MULTI-SERVICE CENTER
- ADULT SPORTS/SPORTS LEAGUES AND RECREATION
- AFTER-SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (A.S.A.P.)
- AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (A.S.E.P.)
- AFTER-SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM (A.S.M.P.)
- COMMUNITY CENTERS
- FITNESS CENTERS / GYMS
- SENIOR SPORTS AND RECREATION
- TENNIS CENTERS
- YOUTH SPORTS AND RECREATION
Permits and Reservations
- Sep. 5 - HPARD Opens Park Facilities Centers Following Harvey
- Aug. 11 - HPARD Receives Soccer For Success Grant
HPARD Calendar of Events