HOUSTON PARKS AND RECREATION Department
Houston Parks & Recreation Department | April Storm RecoveryThe following facilities operating hours have been adjusted due to Monday’s weather. We appreciate your understanding and will update the information as changes occur.
- Cullen Park is closed and all permits or reservations are canceled until further notice.
- Lake Houston Wilderness Park has reopened as of April 29th and all park visitors are welcome!
- All H.P.A.R.D. After School Enrichment Programs are operating normally following H.I.S.D. standards.
- H.P.A.R.D.’s After School Meal Program restarted on 04/20/16 and is operating normally.
For more information on April Storm Recovery, please visit: http://www.houstonrecovers.org
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department Turns 100 in 2016
This is a big year for employees and associates of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of our department by city council and we hope you will join us as we celebrate 100 years of service to Houstonians. These events will be part of the festivities:
Houston Parks 100 Golf Party - February 18, 2016 at Memorial Park
Many thanks to all the volunteers and the golfers who made the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Caddy Hack Golf Tournament a great success! (Photo Gallery)
100 Year Park Anniversary Celebration Grand Opening of Gragg Park - May 21, 2016 - at Gragg Park
The Gragg Park Grand Opening will be a public event held in celebration of the 100 Year Anniversary of Houston’s park system.
The scope of work for the Gragg Park renovation includes the construction of parking, entry signage, expansion of existing parking, trail work, playground, sportsfield, sportsfield and site lighting, site furnishing, fencing, earthwork, landscaping and irrigation. Project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2016 barring any unforeseen weather conditions. (Gragg Park Illustrative Plan)
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner congratulated the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for 100 years of service to the city and issued a proclamation naming the department’s anniversary date, March 15, 2016, as Houston Parks and Recreation Department Day. District C Council Member Ellen Cohen was on hand to read the proclamation. Photo Link
Houston Parks and Recreation Department Centennial in the News:
Great Day Houston show, February 4 – H.P.A.R.D. Director Joe Turner and Andrea White discuss the department’s 100th anniversary
Chron Blog, March 16, 2016: Two Big Announcements Made During 100-Year Anniversary Party for Houston Parks
Culture Map, March 16, 2016: Parks Department Celebrates 100 Years of Green with a Throwback Party to Remember
Chapter 32 - Parks and Recreation Proposed Ordinance UpdatesChanges to the City of Houston Municipal Code Chapter 32, which governs the Parks and Recreation Department, are currently being proposed. On September 30, 2015, the Department presented the proposed changes to the City Council Quality of Life Committee.
- Click Here for Power Point Presentation
- Click Here for Redlined Copy of Chapter 32 with proposed revisions
PARKS BUILD COMMUNITY
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Vote daily through April 30 for one of three Houston park projects!
The National Recreation and Park Association, Disney Citizenship, ABC Television and ESPN are collaborating to revitalize parks across the U.S., including a park right here in Houston through Parks Build Community! This Earth Month, one of three local park projects will receive a $20,000 grant and you get to choose which one! You can vote once a day throughout April! Help choose which Houston Parks and Recreation Department wins the $20,000 grant! More ...
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary!
Created by city council in March 1916, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department has served the citizens of Houston for 100 years. These events will be part of the centennial festivities:
- Thursday, February 18, 2016 – Caddy Hack Golf Tournament at Memorial Park
- May 14, 2016 – Reopening of the renovated Gragg Park, 2999 S. Wayside Drive
Buffalo Bayou Access at Woodway is now open! Hours: November to March: 7am - Dusk; April to October, 7am - 7pm. For more information visit: http://memorialparkconservancy.org/latest-news/park-updates/62-buffalo-bayou-access-woodway-outfall-project.html
Glenbrook Golf Course is open and operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
Summer Activities Catalog Available Now
Art In Parks Online
Bayou Greenways 2020
Enjoy a visit to Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Park Master Plan
Smoking Ban in City of Houston Parks - Becomes effective September 2, 2014.
CLOSED OR UNDER REPAIR / CONSTRUCTION
Routine Maintenance / Repair and Improvement Projects
Agnes Moffitt Park Playground Improvements - October 2015 - April 2016
Braeburn Glen Park - October 2015 - Spring 2016
Brays Bayou Trail, south bank between Scott Street and the Tierwester Pedestrian Bridge - November 2015 - Until Further Notice
E.L. Crain Park - January 25, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Freed Park Community Center - February 8 – mid-April 2016
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Gragg Park - January 11, 2016 – May 2016
Haden Park - February 2016 – Until Further Notice
Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails - February 27 – Until Further Notice
Intermittent closure of sections of White Oak Bayou Trail and Hogg Park due to construction on I-45 - January 2016 - June 2017
Jaycee Park Ball Fields - January 7, 2016 - Mid-March 2016, depending on weather conditions
Lansdale Park - January 25, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark - April 4 - October 10, 2016
Levy Park - January 2014 - Until Further Notice
Memorial Park Aquatic Center - October 28, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center - January 11, 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.
Tranquillity Park Fountain - September 9, 2013 - Until Further Notice
Wildheather Park - January 25, 2016 – Summer 2016, depending on weather conditions
Wright Bembry Park - January 11, 2016 – Summer 2016, depending on weather conditions
Capital Improvement Projects
Guadalupe Park - May 7, 2014 - Until Further Notice
PARK PARTNERS AND SPONSORSHIPS
» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Friends of Cherryhurst Park
» Friends of Emancipation Park
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» Friends of Mary Ann Francklow Park
» Friends of Mandel Park
» Friends of Woodland Park
» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Hermann Park Conservancy
» Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
» Houston Parks Board
» Memorial Park Conservancy
» Trees for Houston
» Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy
OTHER VENUES OF INTEREST
OTHER CITY RESOURCES
ACTIVITIES GUIDE & CLASS CATALOG
H.P.A.R.D.’s Summer 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!
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
- 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
- POOLS AND AQUATICS
- SENIOR SPORTS AND RECREATION
- TENNIS CENTERS
- YOUTH SPORTS AND RECREATION
Permits and Reservations
- Apr. 7 - Jamail Skatepark Renovations
- Apr. 1 - Foot Golf
HPARD Calendar of Events