Address: 6501 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
Phone: H.P.A.R.D. Permits Office: 832.394.8805
H.P.A.R.D. Information: 832.395.7000
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Memorial Park is a 1,464.24-acre park (3501 Memorial Drive). In 1924, the City of Houston purchased the land from Varner Realty Company, owned by the Hogg family, at their cost, with strict deed restrictions that it be used exclusively for park purposes only. The park was purchased with annual payments from the City over a period of 10 years with the initial deed dated in 1924.
Prior to becoming Memorial Park, (1917 – 1919) the site served as part of a World War I military training facility known as Camp Logan. Following the camps closure, the site was turned over to the U.S. Public Health Service. When the site was closed, the property was bought by the Hogg Family. By 1922, most of the camp structures had been removed.
One of the deed covenants was that the name of the land “shall be and remain “Memorial Park”” to serve as a memorial to the soldiers who trained there and lost their lives serving in the battlefields of Europe in World War I.
In her later years, Ima Hogg formed a group of friends with common interests in the park which later was formalized as the Memorial Park Advisory Board. This private group later evolved into the Memorial Park Conservancy that we have today.
In a series of agreements, the Memorial Park Conservancy (M.P.C.) took on greater responsibility leading to a 2017 agreement with the City for the organization to manage much of the park’s area. For information on Memorial Park facilities managed by MPC visit https://www.memorialparkconservancy.org/.
FACILITIES OPERATED BY H.P.A.R.D.
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department operates the following facilities within Memorial Park. The Memorial Park Golf Course, the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Memorial Park pool and fitness center, and the Memorial Park ballfields and permitting process.
The Memorial Park Golf Course (1001 Memorial Loop Drive East) was a 9-hole sand golf course. It was replaced in 1934 with a championship quality 18-hole course covering over 260 acres that was designed by golf course architect John Bredemus. In 1995, following a golf course restoration campaign, the course reopened with a lighted driving range and a new clubhouse facility.
In winter of 2019, the Memorial Park Golf Course was closed for renovations. During those renovations, the Memorial Park driving range, pro shop, putting green and Beck’s Prime restaurant are open and will remain open during most stages of construction. While Memorial Park Golf Course is closed for renovations, we invite you to visit one of the following four municipal golf courses:
- Hermann Park Golf Course (2155 MacGregor Way, Houston TX 77030)
- Sharpstown Park Golf Course (6600 Harbor Town Drive, Houston, TX 77036)
- Gus Wortham Park Golf Course (7000 Capitol Street, Houston, TX 77011)
- Melrose Park Golf Course - Par 3 course – (401 East Canino Road, Houston TX 77076).
These golf courses are conveniently located on the west, central, east and north sides of Houston. (Memorial Park Golf Course / Houston Open FAQs)
The Memorial Park Tennis Center (1500 Memorial Loop) has 18 hard-surface courts, a practice wall, a pro shop with lockers, and shower facilities available for a nominal fee. Lessons, tournaments, leagues, corporate outings and other events may be scheduled through the Center Staff. Information: 832.395.7556.
The Memorial Park Pool (6402 Arnott, 77007) is a 33-meter rectangular outdoor pool. It is adjacent to the Memorial Park Fitness Center. The pool is open free of charge during summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For a complete list of pool hours visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/pools.html.
The Memorial Park Fitness Center (6402 Arnott, 77007) is open year-round and provides Houstonians with a variety of free-weight and resistance equipment as well as lockers and shower facilities. Daily or monthly memberships are available for a small fee. Information: 713.802.1662
The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (4501 Woodway Drive) is a part of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s system operated by the Houston Arboretum a private non-profit. The urban nature sanctuary is located on the western edge of Memorial Park. For more information on the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center visit https://houstonarboretum.org/about/.