Youth Sports and Recreation
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) provides programming and recreational sports opportunities for children ages 4 to 18 in a safe, secure and supervised environment.
Youth programming is available year-round through H.P.A.R.D.’s Community Centers. Activities include after-school and summer enrichment programming, after-school and summer food service for youth, teen mentoring and academic support and much more.
A variety of free recreational sports are available. Participants receive equipment, uniforms, facility usage and expert coaching free of charge. League play is organized and directed by experienced youth sports professionals. H.P.A.R.D. staff and volunteers provide coaching assistance, encouragement and support to the children participating in our programs.
We invite you to visit your neighborhood H.P.A.R.D. Community Center to find out more.
H.P.A.R.D.offers free learn to swim classes for youth through the H2OSafe program. Classes are accessible to all and are offered at various skill levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All classes are free. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis during specified registration periods.
- Youth Water Fitness
Water fitness is a great exercise for any age, any fitness level and any body type. No fee is charged. Classes are scheduled from June 7 – August 8. All enrollments are filled on a “first-come, first served” basis.
- Webpage: http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/aquatics.html
FIRST TEE OF HOUSTON JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAM
Children ages 7–18 learn the art of golf through our Junior Golf program using the First Tee Curriculum. This innovative and technically strong golf instruction takes participants through three skill levels: par, birdie and eagle and emphasizes the qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play. This free, year-round program consists of four-week sessions offered at The First Tee of Houston Junior Golf Facility at F.M. Law Park, 8400 Mykawa.
- Phone: 832.395.7300.
- Webpage: http://www.houstontx.gov/municipalgolf/
HERSHEY'S TRACK & FEILD
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers summer track and field meets in conjunction with the Hershey’s Track and Field Games and with support from The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. Boys and girls ages 6 – 14 are encouraged to register for this FREE program. Meets are held in June and July and are designed to promote youth physical fitness and provide fun learning experiences for children through running, jumping, and throwing. The program is a great way to get kids started in a physical fitness program, and any child may participate.
- Phone: 832.395.7292 / 832.395.7294
MINUTE MAID GRAND SLAM FOR YOUTH BASEBALL
Boys and girls ages 4 – 18 may participate in this FREE baseball, softball, and T-ball league. T-shirts, equipment, and coaching are provided. Grand Slam for Youth Baseball is a partnership between the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Houston Astros, and Minute Maid. Volunteer coaches are needed & training is provided. Program registration begins in January. Contact your nearest community center for practice and league startup dates. (Flier)
- Phone: 832.395.7294
- Webpage: http://www.grandslamforyouth.com/city.html
SOCCER FOR SUCCESS
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s program for youth development that uses H.I.S.D. facilities and H.P.A.R.D.’s expertise in organizing and running sports leagues to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles in low-income urban neighborhoods. (pdf flier)
The core components are:
- Physical Activity: Children participate in 90 minute sessions at least three days a week to ensure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
- Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
- Nutrition: Soccer for Success staff deliver relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.
- Family Engagement: Soccer for Success strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program's teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public services that will aid them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
- Phone 713.645.8433
- Webpage: http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/site/c.ipIQKXOvFoG/b.5353055/k.BE1E/Home.htm
YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAM
The Houston Youth Tennis Program (also referred to as the National Junior Tennis & Learning or HTA-NJTL) is a free, year-round program offered at parks across the city for youth ages 6 – 18 (ages 4 - 18 during the Summer). Classes meet after school twice per week, except for the home school program that meets in the morning. This program incorporates basic tennis instruction along with educational opportunities. Participants are encouraged to take part in USTA Junior Team Tennis leagues and play in the annual Holiday Cheer Tennis Tournament in December. The Youth Tennis Program is co-sponsored by the Houston Tennis Association, the United States Tennis Association, HCDE CASE for kids and the Houston Ladies Tennis Association. Information: 832.395.7561.
|Ages:||6 - 18|
|Program Dates:|| Fall I Session: Aug 31 – Oct 8, 2015
Fall II Session: Oct 12 – Nov 19, 2015
|Time:||4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. R1 for ages 6 - 10
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. R2 for ages 10 - 18
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. R3 for intermediate players at selected sites
For current program site information and online registration click here
AFTER-SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (A.S.A.P.)
Since 1997, the city of Houston has funded after-school programming for youth through the Mayor's After-School Achievement Program (A.S.A.P.). This program is designed to engage juveniles in structured, supervised activities after school to reduce juvenile crime and victimization during these dangerous hours.
The A.S.A.P. Goals are as follows:
- To provide safe, supervised, structured programming for youth after school
- To prevent delinquency and reduce crime committed by/against juveniles
- To improve participants’ school performance, conduct, and attendance
- To encourage the ongoing involvement of parents and the community in youth programs.
- To motivate youth to develop citizenship and good health habits
- To build positive partnerships to create fun, affordable, quality after-school programming for youth
Through A.S.A.P., the City of Houston funds schools and non-profit agencies to provide after-school programming for a minimum of 30 children per site, at least five days per week between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each funded school or non-profit organization sets its own curricula, usually with input from students, parents and other collaborative partners. However, each curriculum must incorporate academic enhancement, enrichment, skill development and community service.
- Webpage: http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/asap.html
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (A.S.E.P.)
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers the After School Enrichment Program free of charge to children between the ages of 6 and 13. Children registered in the program take part in a broad range of activities during after-school hours under the guidance of H.P.A.R.D. staff at community centers across the city.Registered children can take part in many recreational activities through the After School Enrichment Program. These include arts and crafts, sports, nature instruction, games, and cultural and special events. They will have the chance to take field trips and benefit from homework assistance.
Parents and guardians may register their children during regular community center hours throughout the After School Enrichment Program period. All Houston Parks and Recreation Department community centers are sites for the After School Enrichment Program.
|Ages:||6 - 13|
|Registration:||Aug 1 - Ongoing (During Community Center Hours)|
|Program Dates||Sept 2 – Dec 19, 2014|
Ages 4 - 6 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Ages 7 - 10 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Ages 11 - 18 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Ages 4-6 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Ages 7-10 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ages 11-18 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
AFTER-SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM (A.S.M.P.)
The After-School Meal Program provides a snack and supper to youth ages 1 – 18 who participate in programming at one of 48 H.P.A.R.D. community centers or at approved partner sites. It is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture (T.D.A.) Child and Adult Care Food Program (C.A.C.F.P.). Sites were approved by the T.D.A. based on their eligibility requirements, which designate eligible areas as those served by a school in which 50% or more of the children enrolled are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.
There are no enrollment requirements for the C.A.C.F.P. program. Participating youth will be served a free snack and supper between 3:00 and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, from September 2, 2014, through May 28, 2015. H.P.A.R.D. manages the program for the City of Houston and participating sites are sponsored under H.P.A.R.D. The facility hosting the program must provide educational or enrichment activities, be open to all children, and not limit participation or membership on the basis of the child’s ability. H.P.A.R.D. accepts registrations throughout the year from groups interested in becoming an After-School Meal Program site. Groups that would like to register to become an After-School Meal Program Site may contact Rummeka Allen at (832) 395-7284.
|Ages:||1 - 18|
|Program Dates||Sept 2, 2014 – May 28, 2015|
|Time:||3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (snack);
5:00 - 6:00 a.m. (supper)
SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (S.E.P.)
S.E.P. is a 10-week day-camp style program for youth ages 6 - 13. Registration is required for this fun-filled program. Available at 49 H.P.A.R.D. community centers, program activities include: crafts, nutrition, fun fitness, track and field, soccer, swimming, junior golf, nature exploration, computer literacy programs, recycling awareness, kayaking, bird watching, fishing and hiking excursions and youth entrepreneur experiences.
Parents are required to attend a program orientation at their registered community center. Transportation to and from community center is the parents responsibility. Student to staff ratio is 1 to 25 with qualified professional recreation staff.
The cost is $30.00 per child per week. Online registration is available at www.houstonparks.org click on the S.E.P. registration link. Payments can be made at the H.P.A.R.D. Permits Office, 1002 Washington, Houston, TX 77002. Fee exemptions are available to parents or guardians who qualify. Appropriate documentation is required. Ask for more information regarding qualification criteria.
The program operates smoothly and to verify information. Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by City and State officials.
H.P.A.R.D.’s Summer Enrichment Program operates under “Texas Standards of Care” as defined by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
(NOTE: Any scheduled field trip costs are not a part of the registration fee).
|Ages:||6 - 13|
|Registration:||April 1, 2015 (Until Community Center Capacity Is Reached)|
|Fee:||$30 per child per week|
|Program Dates||June 1 – August 7, 2015|
|Time:||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Location:||49 H.P.A.R.D. Community Centers|
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS (S.F.S.P.) - JUNE 1 THROUGH AUGUST 14, 2015
Since 1980, H.P.A.R.D. has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program for youth ages 1 to 18. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) and administered through Texas Department of Agriculture. This summer (2014), The Walmart Foundation’s Texas State Giving Program has teamed up with H.P.A.R.D. to help alleviate childhood hunger in Houston.
The Summer Food Service Program is available at over 400 sites in Houston and Harris County, providing nutritious lunches and snacks Monday through Friday at Houston Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers and other participating locations including: churches, apartment complexes, learning centers and other nonprofit organizations. No registration is required.
The nutritious packed lunches are prepared and delivered daily to each site and comply with federal and state requirements. They include one serving of milk, two or more servings of vegetables and/or fruits, one serving of grain or bread, and one serving of meat or meat alternative.
Interested organization who would like to register to become a Summer Food Service Site must meet and follow these requirements:
- Complete and return a 2015 Request to Participate Form now available from the Department's Summer Food Service Program Office and online.
- Participate in and pass a Pre-Operational Visit. This visit is required to determine that site locations have the facilities to provide meal service for the anticipated number of participants in attendance and the capability of conducting the proposed meal service.
- Attend a Site Supervisor's Training Session before the 2015 Summer Food Service Program operation begins. Site staff is required to attend this session and a Summer Food Service Program Operating Manual is provided.
- Participate in continuing site visits by the Summer Food Service Program Staff throughout the program's operation. These visits are conducted to ensure that the program operates smoothly and to verify information. Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by City and State officials.
- Site Supervisor maintains accurate records of meals that are served. No billing or food preparation is involved. The Summer Food Service Program is FREE for youth.
|Ages:||1 - 18|
|Program Dates||June 1 – August 14, 2015|
|Time:||11:00 am – 1:00 pm (lunch)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (snack)
|Location:||400 Sites including H.P.A.R.D. Community Centers, churches, apartment complexes, learning centers, and other non-profit organizations|
(in English or Spanish)
|Call 2-1-1 For Locations
TINY TOTS PROGRAM
Parents are invited to participate in this program for youth ages 4 and under. This parent/child program include fitness activities, arts and crafts and social games. Parents and/or guardian must accompany child at all times.
|Ages:||6 months - 4 years|
|Program Dates||January 6 – May 9, 2014|
ATHLETES SEEKING KNOWDLEGE (A.S.K.)
Athletes Seeking Knowledge (A.S.K.) provides FREE educational support, resources and tools to middle school and high school students to help them excel academically. It is open to Houston area students registered in H.P.A.R.D.’s After School and Summer Enrichment Programs or other H.P.A.R.D. recreational sports and nature programs. The A.S.K. Education Fund provides scholarships and resources to assist youth in the pursuit of a college education, trade school program, or to help improve their current academic standing.
Since 2000, over $200,000 in A.S.K. scholarships and education incentives have been awarded to H.P.A.R.D. participants. For information on the A.S.K. scholarship program or educational activities, contact your local community center.
OPENING DOORS TEEN WORKSHOP
Opening Doors gives teens an opportunity to provide community service in their community during the summer. The program is designed to develop teen character and self-worth, while preparing them for future job interviews. A mock interview and suggestions on resume preparation are part of the program. Teens also participate in hands-on service learning projects, field trips, educational workshops, and a team building camping experience at Lake Houston Wilderness Park. The 8-week summer workshop program meets at Judson Robinson, Jr., Community Center.
|Ages:||14 - 18|
|Registration:||April 28, 2014|
|Fee:||$30 per week (No Personal Checks Accepted)|
|Time:||Mon - Thu (8:00 am – 6:00 pm)|
|Location:||Judson Robinson, Jr (2020 Hermann Drive, 77004)|
HOUSTON TEEN'S OUTSIDE WITH NATURE
This year-round program is open to tweens and teens, ages 14-18. It offers participants opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem through mentoring and program support with H.P.A.R.D. programs and special events. HTOWN will offer a variety of activities and events including: community and volunteer projects, teen forums and educational workshops, field trips and tours, hands-on outdoor activities, monthly awareness events, sports and special events.
|Ages:||14 - 18|
|Program Dates:||Year Around|
|Location:||Judson Robinson, Jr. 9 (2020 Hermann Drive, 77004)|
TEEN ADVENTURE CARAVAN
This program offers a variety of fun programs, mentoring opportunities, and peer group special events for teens,14 - 18, at community centers during the summer. Year round programs are coordinated through the Teen Program Section. Activities include motivational speakers, essay competitions, talent exhibitions, teen camp experiences, nature activities, cultural programs, special events and college tours.
|Ages:||14 - 18|
|Program Dates:||Year Around|
|Location:||Judson Robinson, Jr.(2020 Hermann Drive, 77004)|
D-TAG TATTO REMOVAL
A FREE tattoo removal program for youth and young adults ages 10 - 24 years old and younger who live in the greater Houston metropolitan area. All youth under 17 must complete a parent/guardian permission form to participate. D-Tag was designed to help individuals re-enter mainstream society be removing tattoos which could identify them as participating in or supporting anti-social behavior. The D-Tag Tattoo Removal Program is co-sponsored by H.P.A.R.D. and the Harris County Medical Society.
|Ages:||10 - 24|
|Program Dates:||Once A Quarter (On 2nd Sat of Scheduled Month)|
|Time:||9:00 am – 3:00 pm|
|Location:||Judson Robinson, Jr. (2020 Hermann Drive, 77004)|
Recreation and Wellness
Permits and Reservations
- Aug. 21 - North Shore Trail
- Jul. 8 - TIGER Grant
HPARD Calendar of Events