Steve Wright is a native Houstonian who graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Kinesiology and is currently working on obtaining his Master of Health Degree (due to be completed in 2018).

Mission: "To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programming for our community.

Vision: “The pursuit of a park system that is equitable and balanced, and provides engaging recreational programming for people of all abilities, ages and socio-economic levels.

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Memorial Park Golf Course is currently closed for renovations. The Memorial Park driving range, pro shop, putting green and Beck’s Prime are open and will remain open during most stages of construction. While Memorial Park Golf Course is closed for renovations, we invite you to visit one of the following four municipal golf courses:

These golf courses are conveniently located on the west, central, east and north sides of Houston. (Memorial Park Golf Course / Houston Open FAQs)


Winter and Spring Recreation Catalog Available Now
Autumn and winter are great times to experience everything the Houston Parks and Recreation Department has to offer. Explore the beauty of nature and the great outdoors at spectacular Lake Houston Wilderness Park. Your youngsters can expand their horizons in our after school enrichment program. There are senior programs, skateparks, a youth tennis program, water fitness classes and much more. Many of our autumn-winter activities are free! Find out how the Houston Parks and Recreation Department can help turn this time of year into fun and excitement for you and your family. Check out our latest catalog and sign up for your favorite winter and spring fun activities.

Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Looking for a new adventure for you and your family? Check out Lake Houston Wilderness Park, located about 30 miles north of Houston in New Caney on over 4,700 acres of wooded parkland. It is the only park in the H.P.A.R.D. system where overnight camping is available. Cabins and walk-in campsites are available for rental. Plus, you can enjoy hike and bike trails, kayaking, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures. For more information download the pdf flier

Bethel Park
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.

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).

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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
Glass recycling containers have been removed from H.P.A.R.D. parks:
  - TC Jester Park
  - Glenbrook Park
  - Mason Park
  - Sunnyside Park
  - Alief Community Center
Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails - February 27 – Until Further Notice
Keegan’s Bayou Trail - September 2016 - Until Further Notice
Kendall Community Center – September 2017 – Until Further Notice
Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Swimming Pool – November 28, 2017 - Until Further Notice
Municipal Golf – April 19, 2016
   Brock Park Golf Course is closed.
Portions of Milby Park – August 7, 2017 – Until Further Notice
Proctor Plaza Park Ballfield and Tennis Court Lights – January 16, 2019 – Mid February 2019
Sagemont Community Center Gymnasium - October 30, 2017 - Until Further Notice

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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
» 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


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