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.”
Parks Master Plan
»» H.P.A.R.D. Parks Master Plan
Last chance to take the Online Parks Master Plan survey! Your input can make a difference in your park. The final deadline is July 31st!! Please fill out a survey and spread the word!
Online Master Plan Survey English https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HPARDMasterPlanSurvey
Online Master Plan Survey Spanish https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/QQ8FM9Z
H.P.A.R.D. Latest News
»» Smoking Ban in Houston Parks
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has announced plans to ban smoking and tobacco products at all department facilities. This policy applies to all interior and exterior spaces, and is an expansion of Ordinance #2006-1054 Sec. 21-243. Click to see the presentation shown to City Council on July 23.
»» Free Golf Clinics Now October 25, 2014
Whether you are a novice golfer, an expert, or somewhere in between, you may develop new skills by taking part in a FREE golf clinic at an H.P.A.R.D. golf course near you! Register early, because space is limited!
»» 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 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.
»» Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark - August 9, 2014
Female skaters of all ages and abilities are invited to join other females who skate. Top pro women riders will be on hand! Saturday August 9, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.
»» 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.
»» Volunteer With H.P.A.R.D.!
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) is seeking volunteers (groups of 5 at one time) to wash transportation vans one Saturday morning (8:30am – 11:30am) a month from May through November. The vans are used to transport youth and seniors to nature, sporting, and community events. All supplies are provided. Volunteers are asked to sign a volunteer waiver form and are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring their own rain boots. The van wash takes place at 6200 Wheeler Street, Houston 77023. If your group of 5 is interested in volunteering for one month or more, please email H.P.A.R.D.’s Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com. For more information, please visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/volunteer.html.
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
»» 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.
»» 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.
»» Memorial Park / Hogg Sanctuary Closed for Repairs - Summer 2014 Fall 2014
The bayou bridge that serves as the public entrance to Bayou Bend is currently closed for repairs. The bridge will reopen in the fall of 2014. For information on how to access Bayou Bend please visit the MFAH website at http://www.mfah.org/visit/bayou-bend-collection-and-gardens/?source-gg0513&gclid=CMGR_Y2D178CFQIT7Aodp0IAqA
»» 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
»» Memorial Park Running Trails Center September 2013 August 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.
»» Keith-Wiess Park September 23, 2013 October 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, picnic tables, bbq grills, pavilions restoration, site grading and associated landscape and irrigation for three soccer fields. Soccer field lighting installation will begin in September under a separate contract.
»» Hermann Square May 7, 2014 - Fall 2014
Hermann Square will be closed to the public for the restoration and upgrade of the fountain mechanical system and plumbing, reflection pond basin repair, installation of reflection pond lighting, installation of site lighting, landscape and irrigation restoration.
»» Guadalupe Park is closed - May 7, 2014 May 2015
Guadalupe Park is being renovated and will be closed during construction. The renovation of Guadalupe Plaza Park is part of the scope of work for TIGER Project #6 East Downtown. This project will construct 10.4 miles of on-street bikeways; 11.2 miles of sidewalks; 6.15 miles of pedestrian enhancements; 2.1 miles of shared use paths; replacement of segments of asphalt trails which are in disrepair with new concrete trail; two pocket parks; new trailhead park along Buffalo Bayou and renovation to Guadalupe Plaza Park. The scope of work will include dual use sidewalks, ramps, seat walls, mid-block pedestrian crossings, drinking fountains, street trees, wayfinding signage, benches, bike racks, waste receptacles and pedestrian lighting. AIA Engineers, LTD is the principle designer of the project, with the SWA Group providing the Landscape Architectural design for the Plaza. The contractor is R. Miranda Trucking and Construction, LLC. The Greater East End Management District will provide Construction Management services during the projects construction. Construction on the park began on May 27, 2014.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston Parks & Recreation Department
2999 South Wayside
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Public Information Requests (TPIA)
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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.
» Brock Park Golf Course - Mgd by HPARD
» Glenbrook Park Golf Course - Mgd by the Lopez Mgmt Group
» Gus Wortham Park Golf Course - Mgd by HPARD
» Hermann Park Golf Course - Mgd by BSL Golf Corporation
» Melrose Park Golf Course - Mgd by Walton Golf Mgmt Group
» Memorial Park Golf Course - Mgd by HPARD
» Sharpstown Park Golf Course - Mgd by HPARD
» Online Reservation System for HPARD Managed Courses
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