Alief Park and Alief Neighborhood Center
|Address||11903 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, Texas 77072|
|Opening Date:||January 14, 2023|
|Hours:||12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., M - F
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sat
Closed on Sunday
In 1993, the City of Houston purchased the former Quillian Memorial Center from the First United Methodist Church of Houston at a cost of $3.5 million and added it to the city’s park inventory. The park was originally called Southwest Park and later Quillian Park. In 1997, at the request of former Council Member Ray Driscol the park was officially renamed Alief Community Park, to reflect its community.
THREE DEPARTMENTS – ONE ROOF
On November 10, 2020, the Houston Health Department, Houston Public Library, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department held a groundbreaking ceremony on a first of its kind public facility designed to better serve the Alief Community.
The project was completed in the fall of 2022 and the Alief Neighborhood Center is scheduled to reopen on January 14, 2023. The new center will house three City Departments under one roof, the Houston Public Library, the Houston Health Department, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
HOUSTON PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT - ALIEF COMMUNITY CENTER
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Alief Community Center, housed inside the facility, will offer a wide range of recreation programs for all ages. Programming will include:
- Afterschool Enrichment Program (AEP) promotes arts and entertainment, crafts, fun fitness, nutrition, nature, and sports for youth populations, ages 6 – 13. The FREE program offers a wide range of recreational activities Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. The program is not day care licensed; however, it is operated under Standards of Care Ordinance (Article XII of Chapter 32 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances).
- Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) promotes summer day camp style programs available for youth ages 6-13 and provides a wholesome summer experience in a safe environment. SEP offers a wide range of recreational activities, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. which includes arts and crafts, nature, sports, games, field trips at a minimum cost, and cultural and special events. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. The program cost is $30.00 per week per child and offers free exemptions for those who qualify. The program is not daycare licensed; however, it is operated under Standards of Care Ordinance (Article XII of Chapter 32 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances).
- Teen Program provides a wide variety of year-round programs for teens, ages 14 – 18. Teens are provided with opportunities to build self-esteem through mentoring, HPARD programming, and special events. Activities include community volunteer projects, teen forums, educational workshops, college tours, nature and outdoor recreation, sports, monthly awareness events, and special events. Programming is FREE of charge unless otherwise indicated.
- Senior Program provides a wide variety of recreation and leisure activities for seniors, ages 55 years and older. Activities include creative and specialty crafts, fitness, walking clubs, craft exhibitions, holiday events, cultural and special events, field day activities, and sports programs. Programming is FREE of charge unless otherwise indicated. Seniors are responsible for providing their own their materials for most classes and certain field trips may require a minimum fee.
- Nature Program is offered to youth, teen, and senior populations. The activities include active and passive indoor and outdoor recreation including hiking, geocaching, scavenger hunts, birdwatching, fishing, and archery, as well as day and overnight excursions. Grant-funded and other sponsorship programs supplement program operations.
- Volunteer Program allows teen and adults to assist with a variety of programs and activities, including community projects, sports programs, cleanup projects, park beautification, and community center programs and special events. All adults must undergo a background check.
- Gymnasium provides space for indoor sports (basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, badminton, etc.), fitness activities, and line dancing.
- Fitness Room offers a variety of free and resistant weight equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, other cardio equipment, and a walking track.
OUTDOOR PARK AMENITIES
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s outdoor park amenities will include a swimming pool where classes like Learn to Swim lessons, water aerobics, open swim, and lap swimming may be offered. There will be walking paths throughout the park with distance options. Active sports enthusiasts will have tennis courts, a basketball court, a skatepark, soccer fields, practice field, and futsal courts. Youth focused amenities include a playground, which includes a large climbing net structure and climbing wall that will be the first in the HPARD system. Passive and natural spaces will provide a place for the community to unwind.
PERMITS AND RESERVATIONSRegistration for park amenities, facilities, and programs should be made via the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Permits & Reservations Office. Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/permits.html for more information.