Joe Turner was appointed and approved by City Council as the Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in 2004.

As the Director he directs and manages all parks, parkways, and greenspaces belonging to the City of Houston. This includes improvements to those properties and the management of any others assigned to be under his authority by the mayor and city council. It is also his duty to approve and direct all new improvements and maintenance of these properties. He is also authorized to make rules and regulations for park properties.

Under his leadership the Houston Parks and Recreation Department works daily 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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Parks Master Plan
The Parks Master Plan is revisited every 5 - 7 years to evaluate and make recommendations based on existing conditions, data analysis, and public input. The Draft 2015 Parks Master Plan proposal is the result of a two year assessment of the city by individual Park Sector developed through the Parks and Open Space Ordinance. The Ordinance divided the City of Houston (COH) into 21 Park Sectors. The 21 Park Sectors were reviewed and assessed separately to create the individual Park Sector plans which comprise the complete 2015 Parks Master Plan. To determine your  individual Park Sector, please go to, select the Layers function, and select Park Sectors.

The next steps in the Parks Master Plan process include:

  • Presentation to the City of Houston Quality of Life Committee – August 2015
  • Presentation to Houston City Council – September 2015

If you have questions or need more information, please send your questions to:

Copies of the Park Master Plan presentation and the individual park sector plans are available for download at the links below.

For More Information on the 2015 Parks Master Plan or to download an individual Park Sector Plan please Click Here.

HPARD Permits Office Has Relocated

Houston Parks and Recreation Department Permits and Reservations Office has relocated to the H.P.A.R.D. headquarters in Gragg Park, 2999 S. Wayside, Houston, TX 77023.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.5:at the address location of: Gragg Park - 2999 South Wayside, 77023

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Summer Pool Schedule
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department will open 33 pool sites at the beginning of the 2015 summer pool season.
Emancipation Park Pool will be closed for the 2015 summer pool season as it is currently under renovation.

DeZavala Pool Scheduled to Open August 14 at 1:00 pm
The pool is scheduled to open from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the remainder of the season which includes:
  Friday – Sunday                                August 14 – 16
  Monday – Sunday                           August 17 – 23
  Saturday – Sunday                          August 29 – 30
  Saturday – Monday                        September 5 – 7 (Labor Day weekend)

Tuffly Park Pool remains closed at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to visit these alternate sites until your neighborhood pool re-opens:
  Alternate Sites:
  Denver Harbor Park Pool - 1020 Gazin, 77020 (713) 673-7140
  Finnigan Park Pool - 4900 Providence, 77020 (713) 673-7311
  Moody Park Pool - 3201 Fulton, 77009 (713) 238-2215

Fall Recreation Catalog Available Now
Art In Parks Online
Bayou Greenways 2020
Bayou Preservation Association – Memorial Park Demonstration Project
Buffalo Bayou Park Developments
Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Closed
DeZavala Park Pool Closed
Enjoy a visit to Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Memorial Park Master Plan
Seymour Lieberman Trail Refurbishment
Smoking Ban in City of Houston Parks - Becomes effective September 2, 2014.

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Routine Maintenance / Repair and Improvement Projects

Anderson Park Tennis Court Lights/Parking Lot - August 6 – Further Notice
Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Closed - August 13, 2012 - Until Further Notice
Emancipation Park Pool -
Closed for the 2015 Summer Swim Season
Levy Park – January 2014 - Spring 2015
Schweppe Park Playground Improvements - April – November 2015
Tranquillity Park Fountain - September 9, 2013 - Until Further Notice
Tuffly Park Pool Closed - Opening To Be Determined

Capital Improvement Projects

Guadalupe Park - May 7, 2014 – September 2015

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» 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

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» Discovery Green
» Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Houston Museum of Natural Science
» Houston Zoo
» Market Square
» Miller Outdoor Theatre

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

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