HOUSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
100 Year Park Anniversary Celebration Grand Opening of Gragg Park10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
October 1, 2016
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the grand reopening of Gragg Park, following an extensive makeover! The headquarters for H.P.A.R.D. since 1976, Gragg Park is famous as NASA’s first location in Houston!
This free public event, held on Oct 1st, will celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of Houston’s park system, which was created by city council in 1916. Festivities being at 10:00 am with a ceremony which includes the burial of a time capsule scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The scope of work for the Gragg Park renovation includes the construction of a playground area with a modular unit with slides, decks, climbers, and plexipanels that cast colors on the ground, a net climber and swing unit, a play hill with decorative elephant statuary featuring the work of graffiti artist Gonzo, shade structures, a picnic area, sportsfield, sportsfield and site lighting, parking, entry signage, expansion of existing parking, trail work, site furnishing, fencing, earthwork, landscaping and irrigation. (Gragg Park Illustrative Plan)
100 Year Park Anniversary Celebration Committee:
Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks & Recreation Dept.
Michael Cordura, Co-Chair
This is a big year for employees and associates of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of our department by city council and we hope you will join us as we celebrate 100 years of service to Houstonians. These events will be part of the festivities:
2999 South Wayside Blvd.
Houston TX, 77023
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner congratulated the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for 100 years of service to the city and issued a proclamation naming the department’s anniversary date, March 15, 2016, as Houston Parks and Recreation Department Day. District C Council Member Ellen Cohen was on hand to read the proclamation. Photo Link
Houston Parks 100 Golf Party - February 18, 2016 at Memorial Park
Many thanks to all the volunteers and the golfers who made the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Caddy Hack Golf Tournament a great success! (Photo Gallery)
Houston Parks and Recreation Department Centennial in the News:
Great Day Houston show, February 4 – H.P.A.R.D. Director Joe Turner and Andrea White discuss the department’s 100th anniversary
Chron Blog, March 16, 2016: Two Big Announcements Made During 100-Year Anniversary Party for Houston Parks
Culture Map, March 16, 2016: Parks Department Celebrates 100 Years of Green with a Throwback Party to Remember
Fall Activities Catalog Available Now
H.P.A.R.D.’s 2016 Fall Activities Guide and Class Catalog is available online now!
Art In Parks Online
Available as a publication, by cell phone, or on the web, Art In Parks is a multi-platform guide that offers information on 91 pieces of municipal art located in 24 parks across the city
Bayou Greenways 2020
Bayou Greenways 2020 is a public private project being developed to connect green corridors with hike and bike trails along bayous in the greater Houston Area
Houston City Council has not yet approved fees for reservations at Bethel Park, located at 801 Andrews Street. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is not yet authorized to issue permits for this site.
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.
Hermann Park Conservancy Park to Port Bike Ride - October 15, 2016
Bring out your bike and join the Hermann Park Conservancy for their Third Annual Park to Port Bike Ride, from Hermann Park to the Port of Houston and back! Registration is limited! Register now!
Hermann Park Conservancy Run in the Park -November 12, 2016
Hermann Park Conservancy will host its 13thAnnual Run in the Park, Saturday, November 12, 2016. Come out for this 5K run/walk and a 1K kids’ fun run under the historic live oaks of Hermann Park.Registration is limited! Register now!
Municipal Pools Open Weekends Through Labor Day
Houston’s swimming pools are open Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. City of Houston swimming pools will be closed beginning September 6 until the 2017 summer swim season.
Share Your Ideas About the Future of Hermann Park - August 24, 2016
Join the Hermann Park Conservancy for an open house, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, to share your ideas for the future of Hermann Park! Meet at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive 77004, to discuss how Hermann Park can serve the community in the future. Can’t make the open house but still want your thoughts and ideas heard? Write to email@example.com.
Winter / Spring Activities Catalog Available Soon
H.P.A.R.D.’s 2016 Spring / Winter Activities Guide and Class Catalog will be available online soon!
Zina Garrison Academy Fun Walk – October 1, 2016
The Zina Garrison Academy invites Houstonians to take part in their First Annual ZGA Fun Walk, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at MacGregor Park.
CLOSED OR UNDER REPAIR / CONSTRUCTION
Routine Maintenance / Repair and Improvement Projects
Braeburn Glen Park - October 2015 - Spring 2016
Brays Bayou Trail, south bank between Scott Street and the Tierwester Pedestrian Bridge - November 2015 - Until Further Notice
Brock Park Golf Course - June 7, 2016 -– Until Further Notice
Cambridge Village Park/Southwest Police Station - May 2016 - Fall 2017
Cloverland Park Pool - July 28, 2016 – Until Further Notice
E.L. Crain Park - January 25, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Grady Park - July 15, 2016 – August 2016
Gragg Park - January 11, 2016 – Fall 2016
Haden Park - February 2016 – Until Further Notice
Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails - February 27 – Until Further Notice
Intermittent closure of sections of White Oak Bayou Trail and Hogg Park due to construction on I-45 - January 2016 - June 2017
Jaycee Park Ball Fields - January 7, 2016 - Mid-March 2016, depending on weather conditions
Lansdale Park - January 25, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark - April 4 - October 10, 2016
Levy Park - January 2014 - Until Further Notice
Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center - January 11, 2016 - Until Further Notice
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 2016/17, depending on weather conditions
Tranquillity Park Fountain - July 15, 2016 - Winter 2016/17, depending on weather conditions
Wildheather Park - January 25, 2016 – Summer 2016, depending on weather conditions
Wright Bembry Park - January 11, 2016 – Summer 2016, depending on weather conditions
Capital Improvement Projects
Guadalupe Park - May 7, 2014 - Until Further Notice
PARK PARTNERS AND SPONSORSHIPS
» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Friends of Cherryhurst Park
» Friends of Emancipation Park
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» Friends of Mary Ann Francklow Park
» Friends of Mandel Park
» Friends of Oak Forest Park
» Friends of Woodland Park
» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Hermann Park Conservancy
» Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
» Houston Parks Board
» Memorial Park Conservancy
» Trees for Houston
» Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy
OTHER VENUES OF INTEREST
OTHER CITY RESOURCES
ACTIVITIES GUIDE & CLASS CATALOG
H.P.A.R.D.’s Fall 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!
HPARD PERMITS OFFICE
Address: Gragg Park
2999 S. Wayside
Houston, TX 77023
Contact: 832-394-8805 and 832-394-8804
REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC RECORDs
Houston Parks and Recreation Department
2999 S. Wayside Drive
Houston, TX 77023
Recreation and Wellness
- ADAPTIVE SPORTS AND RECREATION
- ADULT SPORTS/SPORTS LEAGUES AND RECREATION
- AFTER-SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (A.S.A.P.)
- AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (A.S.E.P.)
- AFTER-SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM (A.S.M.P.)
- COMMUNITY CENTERS
- FITNESS CENTERS / GYMS
- SENIOR SPORTS AND RECREATION
- TENNIS CENTERS
- YOUTH SPORTS AND RECREATION
Permits and Reservations
- Jun. 30 - Hermann Park July 4 Traffic
- Jun. 28 - July Is Park And Recreation Month
HPARD Calendar of Events