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»» Emancipation Park Rededication
The renovations to this historic park include the construction of a new recreation center, the renovation of the existing community center and bath house, the construction of a new swimming pool, reconfigured parking options, an entry plaza, a sprayground, playground, walking trail, and picnic areas.Thanks to all the partner organizations who made this $33.6 million renovation possible:
The OST/Almeda Redevelopment Corridors-Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 7 (TIRZ#7); Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Houston Endowment; Kinder Foundation; Timken Foundation of Canton; City of Houston; Emancipation Park Conservancy; Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins, District D; the Brown Foundation; Coca-Cola; Wells Fargo; BB&T; Vinson & Elkins; Chevron; the Enrico & Sandra di Portanova Charitable Foundation; H-E-B; Greater Houston Community Foundation; Antioch Project Reach, Inc. (Download pdf) (Press Release)
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»» Buffalo Bayou Access at Woodway is now open!
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»» Houston BCycle
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department hosts 6 locations within parks, offering you the opportunity to tour the park or ride a trail on two wheels. You will find BCycle stations within these parks: Antioch Park, 1400 Smith/Clay 77002; Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation 77004; Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels 77003; Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin 77030; Moody Park, 3725 Fulton 77009; and Woodland Park, 212 Parkview 77009.
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»» Smoking Ban in City of Houston Parks
»» Wayside Drive Freeway Southbound Exit Closure
»» Willow Waterhole Greenway- Levitt Pavilion Houston
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 http://www.levitthouston.org/news. For more information on the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation visit http://levitt.org.
Closed or Under Repair / Construction
CLOSED OR UNDER REPAIR
- Brays Bayou Trail, south bank between Scott Street and the Tierwester Pedestrian Bridge - November 2015 – Until Further Notice
Heavy rains have caused the failure of a portion of the Brays Bayou retaining wall and greenway trail. The trail on the south bank between Scott Street westward to the Tierwester Pedestrian Bridge is closed for repair. Signs will divert hikers, joggers, and bicyclists to the north bank. Barriers have been installed to block off the trail. The Harris County Flood Control District is working to repair the damage to the retaining wall, which could take 6 – 12 months. The Houston Parks Board will repair the trail afterward.
- 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.
- Cambridge Village Park/Southwest Police Station - May 2016 - Fall 2017
Cambridge Village Park is currently being redeveloped in conjunction with the new Southwest Police Station Project. A temporary driveway and parking lot for Cambridge Park’s trail and sports fields is currently under construction and is anticipated to be open in July of 2016. The new playground and parking lot are scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.
- DeZavala Park Community Center – December 19, 2016 – March 31, 2017
DeZavala Park Community Center will be closed for renovations from December 19, 2016 through March 31, 2017 for renovations. We invite you to visit Mason Park Community Center at 541 S 75th St 77023 during this time frame.
- Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park –September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Closed for repairs until further notice.
- Glenbrook Golf Course Parking Lot – May 17, 2017 – May 26, 2017
Beginning Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the contractor working on the Sims Bayou Trail Project will demolish sections of the entrance to the Glenbrook Golf Course parking lot. One side of the entrance will remain accessible at all times during this project.
- Gragg Park (South Sections) - June 12, 2017 - Until Further Notice
Beginning Monday, June 12, 2017, contractors will be boring holes in sections of Gragg Park south of the H.P.A.R.D. headquarters building for a waterline replacement project. The work is expected to take four weeks. This will not affect public access to the playground, walking trail, or ball field.
- Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails – February 27 – Until Further Notice
As part of a TxDOT construction project, the Heights and White Oak Bike Trails will experience intermittent closures. For more information on the project and its impact on traffic and bikeways, please consult https://www.houstonbikeways.org/bike-detour-announcements
- Houston Gardens Park - April 17 – 24, 2017
A section of the playground at Houston Gardens Park has been closed for repair work to the fall zone of the playground and the addition of fall surface material in the form of engineered wood fiber. The repairs are expected to take a week and be completed by April 24, 2017 barring any unforeseen delays.
- J.T. Trotter Park - April 17 – 24, 2017
A section of the playground at J.T. Trotter Park has been closed for repair work to the fall zone of the playground and the addition of fall surface material in the form of engineered wood fiber. The repairs are expected to take a week and be completed by April 24, 2017 barring any unforeseen delays.
- Keegan’s Bayou Trail - September 2016 - Until Further Notice
This trail is under construction and is not open to the public. Certain sections received flood damage and will need to be rebuilt.
- Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark - June 30 – July 5, 2017
The Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark will be closed June 30 – July 5, 2017, to set up for the CITGO Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July event.
- Mason Park – April 13, 2017 – Spring 2018
Construction has begun at Mason Park to build the new bridge over Bray's Bayou. The custom-designed bridge, which will be 16 feet wide and stretch 485 feet across Brays Bayou, will become an iconic landmark and community meeting place along Brays Bayou Greenway with cables extending from 70-foot tall towers, lighting and plazas with seating at each landing. Construction will be managed by TxDOT and is expected to be complete by spring 2018.
- Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
The Green Trail in Memorial Park is closed until further notice due to fallen tree that has damaged a bridge. The Green Trail will remain closed until bridge repairs have been completed.
- Meyerland Park Playground – June 5 – 26, 2017
The playground at Meyerland Park will be closed June 5 – 26, 2017, to replace the existing playground equipment.
- Milroy Park - April 17 – 24, 2017
A section of the playground at Milroy Park has been closed for repair work to the fall zone of the playground and the addition of fall surface material in the form of engineered wood fiber. The repairs are expected to take a week and be completed by April 24, 2017 barring any unforeseen delays.
- Milroy Park Community Center – April 21, 2017
Milroy Park Community Center will be closed on Friday, April 21, 2017 for maintenance. It will reopen on Monday, April 24th for regularly scheduled programming.
- 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
Tanglewood Park will be partially closed from July 15 through Winter 2016/17 for the construction of a dog run renovation, storm drainage, parking lot renovation, landscaping and irrigation, and dugout fencing at the ballfield. The work will be conducted in phases, Phase 1 – dog run and underground detention storage, Phase 2 – storm drainage, Phase 3 – parking lot construction. The trail will remain open during construction.
- Tranquillity Park Fountain - November 9, 2016 – January 2017
The Tranquillity Park fountain basin will be fenced off for repairs beginning on November 11, 2016. The repairs on the fountain return line and stacks will run concurrently. Testing of the fountain mechanical system should be completed in January 2017. Public access to the rest of Tranquillity Park will not be affected.
ACTIVITIES GUIDE & CLASS CATALOG
H.P.A.R.D.’s Summer Activities Guide & Class Catalog is available online now! Check out the listings for recreation, fitness, and educational opportunities you and your family can take part in!
REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC RECORDs
Houston Parks and Recreation Department
2999 S. Wayside Drive
Houston, TX 77023
Recreation and Wellness
- ADAPTIVE SPORTS AND RECREATION
- ADULT SPORTS/SPORTS LEAGUES AND RECREATION
- AFTER-SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (A.S.A.P.)
- AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (A.S.E.P.)
- AFTER-SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM (A.S.M.P.)
- COMMUNITY CENTERS
- FITNESS CENTERS / GYMS
- SENIOR SPORTS AND RECREATION
- TENNIS CENTERS
- YOUTH SPORTS AND RECREATION
Permits and Reservations
- Jun. 5 - Summer Food Service Program
- May 25 - Summer Swim Season Kicks Off
HPARD Calendar of Events