Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Tanglewood Park

Address:

Phone Numbers:

- H.P.A.R.D. Permits Office:
- H.P.A.R.D. Information:
Houston Service Helpline:
5801 Woodway
Houston, TX77057

832.394.8805
832.395.7000
311 or 713.837.0311

On December 16, 1959, the City of Houston paid $50,000 to the Union Baptist Association for a 4.6-acre tract of land at the intersection of Woodway and Bering Drives. The property had been owned since 1956 by the Woodway (formerly Highland) Baptist Church.

Plans were being drawn for development at Tanglewood Park by 1970. Initial improvements included a ball field, and in 1976 the nearby YMCA contacted HPARD about building an exercise trail in the park. Further plans drawn up in 1977 included lighting the field with Capital Improvement Project funds from Park Bond Funds and Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Funds, adding up to $65,000.

Also in 1977, Malcolm Cravens and the Malcolm Cravens Foundation donated $50,000 to build two tennis courts in honor of his brother, James Rorick Cravens. The facility was designed by Tennis Planning Consultants, under the leadership of Jack Kamrath. This news was soon followed by a $100,000 donation by the Behring Family in honor of Bud L. Behring. This was destined to build 2 picnic shelters, a large playground area, a play surface, walks, a drinking fountain, and extensive drainage, fencing, landscaping, and lighting improvements. It was handled through the Houston Parks Board, and brought to completion by Russell Landscaping Company.

The Tanglewood Garden Club purchased $350 worth of trees to be added to the landscaping scheme, which was completed in June of 1980.

An effort by a coalition of neighbors, the Houston Parks Board, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department known as “A Buzz and a Bark at Tanglewood Park” led to a major renovation which will be dedicated on February 14, 2010. Improvements to be unveiled at that time include a dog run, improved drainage in the park, an extensive tree pruning project, new furniture, new fencing around the park and the tennis courts, a new walkway, and a beautiful new gazebo. The majority of this $240,000 project was paid through gifts from individuals and foundations. The City of Houston contributed approximately $42,000 to the project, $23,524.75 of which built the gazebo. The grand opening of the park’s improvements will be emceed by “A Buzz and a Bark” co-chair Flo McGee and will include remarks by Mayor Annise Parker, HPARD Director Joe Turner, and District G Council Member Oliver Pennington. Special thanks go out to former Council Member Pam Holm, who spent a great deal of effort working on this project. In honor of the contributions of the Behring family, Bud Behring’s name has been added to the sign at the entrance to the park.