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

»» Avondale Promenade Park – 424 Westheimer
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department submitted a grant application to Texas Park and Wildlife Department on October 1, 2016, requesting $1,000,000 in grant assistance for the development of Avondale Promenade Park at 424 Westheimer. The 0.2292-acre (9,988 sf) property is located on lower Westheimer at Whitney Street in the Avondale neighborhood of the Montrose area. HPARD acquired the property in 2015 conserve open space in this area of high need for parks.

The neighboring community has been involved in the design of the park that will blend with the architectural history of this neighborhood. Proposed elements include a promenade to connect park users to shade structures with swinging benches, a play areal, and a dog run.  The community and HPARD wish to preserve the existing cypress trees and to add evergreen trees along the promenade to provide users with additional shade. Seating benches and period light fixtures will be strategically placed for safety and year-round enjoyment.

Proposed Avondale Promenade Park Plan

»» Winter / Spring Activities Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s 2016-2017 Winter / Spring Activities Guide and Class Catalog is available online now! Check out the listings for recreation, fitness, and educational opportunities you and your family can take part in!

»» Emancipation Park Renovations
In recognition of the historical significance of Emancipation Park, the City’s celebration of the park’s redevelopment has been rescheduled to Juneteenth weekend 2017. There will be no event on November 12, 2016. The Emancipation Park Conservancy and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will host a celebration of the park redevelopment with a ceremony and festivities on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

»» Bayou City Blitz: A History of Houston Football
In conjunction with an exhibit at the Heritage Society Museum covering Houston’s football past from high school to the pros, now on view through April 29, 2017, the Heritage Society will host a panel discussion on the Houston Oilers, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25. Panelists will include Spencer Tillman, Willie Alexander, Garland Boyette, and Mickey Herskowitz.

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»» Bayou Greenways 2020
Bayou Greenways 2020 is a public private project designed to develop connected green corridors with hike and bike trails along bayous in the greater Houston Area. For more information on the project visit: http://houstonparksboard.org/bgi/2020/

»» Buffalo Bayou Access at Woodway is now open!
Hours: November - March: 7am - Dusk;
           April - October, 7am - 7pm.
For more information visit: http://memorialparkconservancy.org/latest-news/park-updates/62-buffalo-bayou-access-woodway-outfall-project.html

»» 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.

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»» Park Master Plan
The 2015 Parks Master Plan is the result of a two year assessment of the City by Park Sectors, which were developed through the Parks and Open Space Ordinance. The Ordinance divided the City of Houston into 21 Park Sectors. The 21 Park Sectors were reviewed and assessed individually to create the Park Sector plans which comprise the 2015 Parks Master Plan. Recommendations were then made both for individual Park Sectors as well as on a city-wide basis through analysis of existing conditions, data analysis, and public input. The Park Master Plan was adopted by City Council in October of 2015.

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»» Register To Be A Summer Food Service Program Provider Site!
Since 1980, H.P.A.R.D. has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program for youth ages 1-18 at sites across the city. Interested groups who would like to register to become a Summer Food Service Program site must complete and return the Request to Participate form by January 30, 2017.

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»» 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.

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»» Wayside Drive Freeway Southbound Exit Closure
If you are heading south on I45 coming to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department offices on S. Wayside Drive, please be aware that the southbound Wayside Drive exit is closed for construction until further notice. An alternate route is to take the Spur 5 exit, turn left onto Old Spanish Trail, right on Wheeler Street, and then right on S. Wayside Drive. Our office building is at 2999 S. Wayside Drive, at the S. Wayside-Wheeler Street intersection.

»» Willow Waterhole Greenway- Levitt Pavilion Houston
Another major milestone was reached in the development of Levitt Pavilion at Willow Waterhole Greenway with City Council’s unanimous approval of an agreement between the City, Friends of Levitt Pavilion Houston, and the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Levitt Pavilion.

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.
  • Fonde Recreation Center – February 6 – 17, 2017
    The Fonde Recreation Center will be closed from February 6 – 17, 2017, for refinishing of the gym floor.
  • Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park –September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
    Closed for repairs until further notice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.