H.P.A.R.D. Latest News and Closed Repair

»» Fall and Winter Recreation Catalog Available Now
The fun doesn’t end when autumn and winter arrive at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. There is something for just about everyone. Explore nature at our spectacular Lake Houston Wilderness Park, expand your horizons in our after school enrichment program, or check out our senior programs, skateparks, youth tennis program, water fitness classes and so much more! And the best part – many of our autumn-winter activities are free! So check out our latest catalog and sign up for your favorite fall and winter fun activities at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

»» 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

»» Smoking Ban in City of 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.

Closed or Under Repair / Construction

  • Blackhawk Park - July 3, 2018 to August 31, 2018
    On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, work begins at Blackhawk Park to remove approximately 10 acres of non-native invasive trees from 47 acres of prairie habitat that have become overgrown with woody species. The dominant invasive tree species are glossy privet and Chinese tallow that overtake an area and its native vegetation. The restoration project will begin by removing non-native trees and will be followed by seeding and planting of native grasses and forbs. Once the prairie is established, the site will provide an area that will help mitigate flooding and improve the quality of habitat to support a diverse mix of native birds and wildlife. Work should be complete by the end of August.
  • 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.
  • Burnett-Bayland Park’s Splashpad - June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2018
  • Busby Park – Jan. 23, 2018 – Fall 2018
    Construction will be ongoing at Busby Park beginning with site demolition (Jan 23, 2018) which is expected to last two weeks. The general contractor will mobilize February 12, 2018.  The scope of work for this project includes: a new playground structure, new pavilion, new half basketball, adult exercise station with shade structure, new concrete trails, new site furniture, site drainage and detention, landscaping and irrigation. Please note that the park will be closed to the public during construction. The project is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2018.
  • Cullen Park – March 7 – Until Further Notice
    Cullen Park Phase III will be without power through May. The outage will affect soccer fields 5 and 6, restrooms, and parking lot lights. The outage is due to a failed transformer that CenterPoint Energy is currently replacing.
  • Cullen Park Sprayground – May 2018 – Until Further Notice
    The Cullen Park Sprayground is closed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey and is closed until further notice.
  • Emancipation Park’s Largest Sprayground – July 5 – August
    Emancipation Park’s largest sprayground (near Hutchins St) is currently closed because of a water supply line break. It is expected back in operation in early July. Emancipation Park’s two other spraygrounds (near Tuam) are still operational.
    On July 5, work will begin to install new grass on the ballfield at Emancipation Park. The facility will be closed to the public until the end of August.
  • Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park –September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
    Closed for repairs until further notice.
  • Glass recycling containers have been removed from H.P.R.D. parks
    Glass recycling containers have been removed from Houston Parks & Recreation Department parks because of safety concerns over broken glass. The receptacles were located at the following facilities:
      - TC Jester Park
      - Glenbrook Park
      - Mason Park
      - Sunnyside Park
      - Alief Community Center
    For more information on the closest glass recycling location to you, visit the Houston Solid Waste Department at: http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/recycling_map.html
  • Glenshire Park – October 9, 2017 – Spring 2018
    On Monday, October 9th the parking lot at Glenshire Park will close for construction. This construction will only affect the parking lot and the rest of Glenshire Park will remain open to the public. The construction will consist of the demolition of the exiting parking lot and the construction of a new 73 space parking lot with underground detention, walkway connection to existing trail, landscaping and irrigation when the contractor will start demolition of the existing parking lot. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2018 barring any unforeseen weather delays.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kendall Community Center – September 2017 – Until Further Notice
    The Kendall Community Center is currently closed due to damages from Hurricane Harvey. We invite you to visit on of HPARD’s other community centers during this time.
  • Mason Park – April 13, 2017 – August 2018
    Construction has begun at Mason Park to build the new bridge over Brays 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.
  • Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Swimming Pool – November 28, 2017 - Until Further Notice
    The swimming pool at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center is closed until further notice for repairs to the filtration system.
  • 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.
  • Portions of Milby Park – August 7, 2017 – Until Further Notice
    On August 7, 2017, contractors will begin construction work on the Sims Bayou Trail through Milby Park. The project will include expansion of the parking lot and trail construction, beginning west of the parking lot, then moving east to the far end of the park. Construction is expected to last into Fall 2017, depending on weather conditions.
  • Sagemont Community Center Gymnasium - October 30, 2017 - Until Further Notice
    The gymnasium at the Sagemont Community Center will be closed until further notice for replacement of the floor.
  • Sections of the Eastwood Park Skatepark - November 2, 2017 – December 2017
    The south end of the Eastwood Park skatepark will be closed to the public for repairs through mid-December. The north section of the facility will remain open for public use.