Lisa Johnson was appointed Interim Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation by Mayor Sylvester Turner on March 17, 2017. Effective April 1, 2017, she is tasked with leading a team of more than 700 employees in the development, management, operations and maintenance of all City of Houston parks and community centers, as well as recreation and wellness programs. 

Under her direction, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department works 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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Swim Seasons 2017
When school lets out for summer, parks department pools open to provide Safe and Fun swimming opportunities for all. The department’s 37 outdoor pool sites will open for the Memorial Day weekend May 27 - May 29 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

During the Summer Season (June 3 - August 13) all sites will be open Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm (all pools are closed on Monday for regular maintenance.

During the Fall Season (August 14 - Sept 3) all sites will be open on Saturday and Sunday only and will be closed during the week.

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Emancipation Park Opening Rescheduled
In recognition of the historical significance of Emancipation Park, the City’s celebration of the park’s redevelopment has been rescheduled to Juneteenth weekend 2017. There will be no event on November 12, 2016.

The Emancipation Park Conservancy and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will host a celebration of the park redevelopment with a ceremony and festivities on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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Summer Activities Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s 2017 Summer Activities Guide and Class Catalog is available online now!

Bayou Greenways 2020
Bayou Greenways 2020 is a public private project being developed to connect green corridors with hike and bike trails along bayous in the greater Houston Area

Bethel Park
Houston City Council has not yet approved fees for reservations at Bethel Park, located at 801 Andrews Street. 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.

Houston BCycle
You can access Houston BCycle rides in several different parks for short trips on two wheels

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 For more information on the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation visit

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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
DeZavala Park Community Center – December 19, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Glenbrook Golf Course Parking Lot – May 17, 2017 – May 26, 2017
Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails - February 27 – Until Further Notice
Houston Gardens Park - April 17 – 24, 2017
J.T. Trotter Park - April 17 – 24, 2017
Keegan’s Bayou Trail - September 2016 - Until Further Notice
Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark - June 30 – July 5, 2017
Mason Park – April 13, 2017 – Spring 2018
Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Milroy Park - April 17 – 24, 2017
Milroy Park Community Center - April 21, 2017
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.
Tanglewood Park – July 15, 2016 - Winter 2017, depending on weather conditions
Tranquillity Park Fountain- November 9, 2016 – January 2017

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» 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


» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
» Soccer for Success


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
» 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


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