Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Joe TunerJoe Turner, Director, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, is a native Houstonian. He attended the University of Houston, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Texas Woman's University.

Mr. Turner was appointed by Mayor Bill White and approved by City Council to serve as the Director of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department in July of 2004. Prior to joining the City, he served as Parks Administrator for Harris County Precinct 4. In the private sector, Mr. Turner worked in the franchise business arena on a local, state & national front for over 35 years.

As the Departmentís Director, Mr. Turner is responsible for overseeing the stewardship of the Cityís parkland, urban forests & greenspace, park facilities & buildings; recreational programming & activities; parks budget management & facilities management practices. He oversees the department budget & a staff of approximately 800 fulltime, part-time, and seasonal employees. He believes in responsive government, customer service & the need to preserve parkland & greenspace for todayís park visitors & for future generations.

Director Turner has used his business experience, as well as his experience in parks management, to raise the bar for the department. He guided the Houston Parks & Recreation Departmentís National Recreation & Parks Association C.A.P.R.A. Accreditation Process, which was received in October of 2008.

Director Turner is a board member of the National Recreation & Park Association and the Houston Grand Prix Race Commission. He is a member of: the Texas Recreation & Park Society, the Greater Gulf Coast Parks & Recreation Director's Association, Trees for Houston, The Houston Garden Center Board, Hermann Park Conservancy, Memorial Park Conservancy, and the Houston Parks Board.

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Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department; Mayor Annise Parker; Carolyn Farb, Chair Playgrounds Without Limits; Council Member Wanda Adams District D

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