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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Chapter 32 - Parks and Recreation Proposed Ordinance Updates

Changes to the City of Houston Municipal Code Chapter 32, which governs the Parks and Recreation Department, are currently being proposed. On September 30, 2015, the Department presented the proposed changes to the City Council Quality of Life Committee.


Fall Recreation Catalog Available Now
Art In Parks Online
Bayou Greenways 2020
Bayou Preservation Association – Memorial Park Demonstration Project
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

Agnes Moffitt Park Playground Improvements - October 2015 – January 2016
Braeburn Glen Park - October 2015 – Spring 2016
Brays Bayou Trail, south bank between Scott Street and the Tierwester Pedestrian Bridge - November 2015 – Until Further Notice
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park – September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Grady Park Renovation - August 2015 – March 2016
Levy Park – January 2014 - Until Further Notice
Memorial Park Aquatic Center – October 28, 2015 – Until Further Notice
Schweppe Park Playground Improvements - April 2015 – End of 2015, Depending on Weather
Tranquillity Park Fountain - September 9, 2013 - Until Further Notice
Playground Fall Surface Replacements – November 2015 - Spring 2016
Edgewood Park
Beverly Hills Park
Sylvan Rodriguez Park
Windsor Village Park
Havilland Park
Boone Road Park
Sharpstown Park
T.C. Jester Parkway
Proctor Plaza Park
Stude Park
Woodland Park
Memorial Park playground by the Fitness Center
Peggy Park
Spotts Park
Melrose Park
Hackberry Park

Capital Improvement Projects

Guadalupe Park - May 7, 2014 – Until Further Notice

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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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