The Houston Parks & Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) was created by City Ordinance on March 15, 1916. The Department of Public Parks, as it was called at that time, consisted of two parks - Sam Houston Park & Hermann Park. Taken together, they totaled about 465 acres of land.
Today, the Houston Parks & Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) stewards & manages over 37,832 acres of parkland & greenspace for the City of Houston; develops & implements recreational programming for citizens of all abilities; maintains greenspace for the Houston Public Library & the Houston Health Department & manages all H.P.A.R.D. facilities.
H.P.A.R.D. works daily to fulfill its mission:
“To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe
well-maintained parks & offering affordable
programming for our community.”
H.P.A.R.D. Latest News
»» Winter/Spring Guide and Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.s Winter/Spring 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!
»» H.P.A.R.D. Parks Master Plan II
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) is preparing to gather community input for the Parks Master Plan Phase II.
»» Music at Willow Waterhole April 12, 2014
Enjoy 11 hours of live music at Willow Waterhole, from 11:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12! Area school bands and professional musicians will perform!
»» 4 the Park Fun Run - April 5, 2014
Register now forthis 4-mile walk/run and kids 1K, and support Houstons Memorial Park! Bring your family and friends for a great day under the trees!
»» Tour de Houston March 16, 2014
Its time to take your bike out for a good, long ride! Register now for the Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation, set for Sunday, March 16. Funds raised will help reforest our city! The Tour de Houston is a recommended ride for the BP MS 150. (Press Conference Photo Gallery)
»» Mandell Park Groundbreaking February 20, 2014
Renovations to Mandell Park were kicked off on Thursday, February 20, when ground was broken during a celebration attended by board members of the Friends of Mandell Park, city officials, and neighbors of the parks Mandell Drive location!
»» Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Closed – August 13, 2012
The Buffalo Bayou Hike & Bike Trail beside Allen Parkway will be closed from the Rosemont Bridge to Sabine Street starting August 13, 2012, to accommodate construction on the trail & bank stabilization at Taft Street. Signs are in place to direct runners & bikers to use the trail on the north bank of the bayou adjacent to Memorial Drive.
»» Cherry Trees In Bloom Hermann Park
The Japanese Garden in Hermann Park is filled with beauty, as the cherry trees are in full bloom. Come to the Garden to enjoy this rare sight! Photo Gallery
»» Memorial Park Seymour Lieberman Trail Survey
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed upgrades to the Seymour Lieberman Trail in Memorial Park. For information on the proposed plans and to take a survey on them, please go to this link.
»» Art In Parks Online
Get up close and personal with great civic art in Houston parks by logging on to Art In Parks, or pick up a free brochure, available at H.P.A.R.D. community centers and at the City of Houston Visitors Center! This guide leads you on art tours through Hermann Park, the downtown area, and parks in the Greater Houston area.
»» Enjoy a visit to Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Located a few miles north of the city, Lake Houston Wilderness Park offers 4,786.6 acres of forested beauty. Attractions include a nature center with naturalist-guided events, wooded hiking trails, kayaking in Peach Creek, bird and wildlife watching, camping sites, and overnight stays in beautiful cabins! Call 281.354.6881 or go online for more information.
Capital Improvement Plan Public Meetings
The City of Houston conducts public meetings on the City's Annual Capital Improvement Plan in each council district. Since 1984, the City has held public meetings to obtain citizen input before preparation of the capital Improvement Plan. These meetings provide citizens the opportunity to participate in the capital Improvement Plan process by contributing comments and suggestions about needed services and improvements.
Routine Maintenance / Repair & Improvement Projects
»» Woodland Park February 2014 April 2014
The Woodland Park restoration project will begin the week of Feb 24th to begin the restoration of the southwest corner of Woodland Park. The restoration project begins with the removal of illegal fill and the removal of bamboo at this edge of the park. The project then replants a variety of tree and shrub species along the high bank and sloped embankment. The lower shelf of the bayou area will receive a new wildflower meadow. Additionally, a small footpath trail will be constructed connecting to an existing park trail. This project is being managed for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department by the Houston Parks Board.
»» Levy Park January 2014 Spring 2015
Levy Park is currently under major renovation. The dog park being temporarily relocated to the Levy Park ballfield.The new Levy Park Dog Park is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015. For more information, call 713.524.8000 or visit www.upperkirbydistrict.org.
»» Keith-Wiess Park September 23, 2013 March 23, 2014
Construction will begin on Monday, September 13, at Keith-Wiess Park. The scope of work includes a new parking lot with 135 parking spaces, sidewalks, site lighting, electrical services, an underground irrigation storage tank with booster pump and lines, detention basin, site grading and associated landscape and irrigation for three soccer fields. Soccer field lighting will be installed under a separate contract. The contract duration for this project is 210 calendar days, barring unforeseen weather conditions.
»» Mecom Rockwell Fountain September 9, 2013 Until Further Notice
The Mecom Rockwell Fountain at Hermann Park is out of service due to mechanical issues until further notice.
»» Tranquillity Park Fountain September 9, 2013 Until Further Notice
Due to mechanical repairs, the Tranquillity Park fountain basin has been drained and the tall stacks will not be operational for the duration of the project.
»» Eleanor Tinsley Park Parking Lot - August 19, 2013 Spring 2014
The parking lot in Eleanor Tinsley Park will be closed for demolition and reconstruction as part of the renovation of Buffalo Bayou Park. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2014.
»» Houston Garden Center - August 1, 2013 - Fall 2014
Beginning August 1, 2013, the Houston Garden Center will close for renovation. Completion of the project is expected to take place in Fall 2014.
»» Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Closed August 13, 2012 Until Further Notice
The Buffalo Bayou Hike & Bike Trail beside Allen Parkway will be closed from the Rosemont Bridge to Sabine Street starting Monday, August 13, 2012. This closure accommodates construction on the trail & bank stabilization at Taft Street. Signs are in place to direct runners & bikers to use the trail on the north bank of the bayou adjacent to Memorial Drive.
Capital Improvement Projects
»» MacGregor Park November 2013 April 2014
Construction work on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in MacGregor Park is expected to last until April 2014. The area most affected will be on the corner of M.L.K. Boulevard and Old Spanish Trail. Scope of work includes: New sidewalk connecting the parking lot to the entry sidewalk and relocation of some site amenities, including some disk golf baskets.
»» Westside Trail - Intermittent Closures November 11, 2013 Summer 2014
Construction work at the Westside Trail is expected to last into Summer 2014. Trail construction will occur in sections, so that sections of the trail where no work is occurring have not yet been demolished will be open to the public. Scope of work includes: demolition of existing asphalt trail, benches and trash receptacles; removal of trees and shrubs; construction of 1.9 mile long concrete trail and installation of benches and bench pads.
»» Memorial Park Running Trails Center September 2013 April 2014
The Memorial Park Running Trails Center is currently under construction. With over 4,400 square feet, it will be located at 7575 N. Picnic Lane, next to the Living Bridge, offering access to all parts of Memorial Park. It is planned for the use of runners and other trail users with the intent to take pressure off the congestion around the Tennis Center. It will include lockers and showers, office space for the Memorial Park Conservancy and Houston Police Department, a large reception hall, meeting room, and vending area.
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department operates 60 community centers across the city. Check out their scheduled activities and consider these locations for your next event.
Charlton Park Community Center
8200 Park Place 77017 - 713.645.3589
» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» Friends of Mary Ann Francklow Park
» Friends of Woodland Park
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Hermann Park Conservancy
» Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
» Houston Parks Board
» Memorial Park Conservancy
» Million Trees + Houston
» Partnering/Sponsorships With Parks
» Trees for Houston
» Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy
- To Report Emergencies in Parks
- To Report Wildfires in Parks
- To Request A Repair Needed in a Park
Parks & Park Facilities Permit Reservations:
Rainout & Message Lines:
- Adult Sports Leagues Message Line: 832.395.7004
- Memorial Park Trail Update Line: 713.221.0499
Houston Parks & Recreation Department:
- Main Phone: 832.395.7000
- H.P.A.R.D. Division Phone Numbers More ...- Questions & Comments: email@example.com
Houston Parks & Recreation Department
2999 South Wayside
Houston, Texas 77023 Map ...
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Houston Parks & Recreation Department
2999 South Wayside
Houston, Texas 77023
Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, is a native Houstonian. He attended the University of Houston, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Texas Woman's University.
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