Steve Wright is a native Houstonian who graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Kinesiology and is currently working on obtaining his Master of Health Degree (due to be completed in 2018).

Mission:

"To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programming for our community.

Vision:

The pursuit of a park system that is equitable and balanced, and provides engaging recreational programming for people of all abilities, ages and socio-economic levels.

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H.P.A.R.D. IN NEWS

- 011018 - Steve Wright Talks About Free Programs On Great Day Houston
https://www.khou.com/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-houston/houston-parks-recreation-010818/506808818


- 011018 – Gretchen Jean Gets Moving on Great Day Houston
https://www.khou.com/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-houston/get-fit-for-free-011018/506832813

OTHER PARK HEADLINES

Winter and Spring Recreation Catalog Available Now
Autumn and winter are great times to experience everything the Houston Parks and Recreation Department has to offer. Explore the beauty of nature and the great outdoors at spectacular Lake Houston Wilderness Park. Your youngsters can expand their horizons in our after school enrichment program. There are senior programs, skateparks, a youth tennis program, water fitness classes and much more. Many of our autumn-winter activities are free! Find out how the Houston Parks and Recreation Department can help turn this time of year into fun and excitement for you and your family. Check out our latest catalog and sign up for your favorite winter and spring fun activities.

Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Looking for a new adventure for you and your family? Check out Lake Houston Wilderness Park, located about 30 miles north of Houston in New Caney on over 4,700 acres of wooded parkland. It is the only park in the H.P.A.R.D. system where overnight camping is available. Cabins and walk-in campsites are available for rental. Plus, you can enjoy hike and bike trails, kayaking, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures. For more information download the pdf flier

Bethel Park
Reservation fees for Bethel Park have not yet been approved by Houston City Council. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is not yet authorized to issue permits for this site.

Revisions and Updates Impacting Sports Fields Permit Services
In September 2016, all HPARD Permit Holders were informed of Revisions and Updates Impacting Sports Fields Permit Services which would take effect on January 1, 2017. For a copy of these revisions please click here (pdf).

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CLOSED OR UNDER REPAIR / CONSTRUCTION

Routine Maintenance / Repair and Improvement Projects

Blackhawk Park - July 3, 2018 - August 31, 2018
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
Burnett-Bayland Park’s Splashpad - June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2018
Cullen Parks – December 10 – 14, 2018
Cullen Park Sprayground – May 2018 – Until Further Notice
Emancipation Park’s Largest Sprayground – July 5 – August, 2018
Friendship Pavilion in Hermann Park - September 15, 2015 - Until Further Notice
Glass recycling containers have been removed from H.P.R.D. parks:
  - TC Jester Park
  - Glenbrook Park
  - Mason Park
  - Sunnyside Park
  - Alief Community Center
Glenshire Park – October 9, 2017 – Spring 2018
Heights and White Oak Bayou Trails - February 27 – Until Further Notice
Keegan’s Bayou Trail - September 2016 - Until Further Notice
Kendall Community Center – September 2017 – Until Further Notice
Mason Park – April 13, 2017 – August 2018
Memorial Park Green Trail - January 29, 2016 - Until Further Notice
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Swimming Pool – November 28, 2017 - 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.
Portions of Milby Park – August 7, 2017 – Until Further Notice
Sagemont Community Center Gymnasium - October 30, 2017 - Until Further Notice
Sections of the Eastwood Park Skatepark - November 2, 2017 – December 2017

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PARK PARTNERS

» Buffalo Bayou Partnership
» Emancipation Park Conservancy
» Friends of Cherryhurst Park
» Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center
» Friends of MacGregor Park
» Friends of Mary Ann Francklow Park
» Friends of Mandell Park
» Friends of Oak Forest Park
» Friends of Woodland Park
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Hermann Park Conservancy
» Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
» Houston Parks Board
» Levy Park Conservancy
» Memorial Park Conservancy
» Trees for Houston
» Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy

PARK SPONSORSHIPS

» Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
» Soccer for Success

OTHER VENUES OF INTEREST

These facilities and park systems are not operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. We provide this contact information as a public service.

» Alkek Velodrome
» Bayou Greenways 2020
» Discovery Green
» Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
» Harris County Precinct One Park System
» Harris County Precinct Two Park System
» Harris County Precinct Three Park System
» Harris County Precinct Four Park System
» Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
» Houston Museum of Natural Science
» Houston Zoo
» Market Square
» Miller Outdoor Theatre

OTHER CITY RESOURCES

» Capital Improvement Projects
» H.P.D. Crime Monitoring
» Houston BCycle
» Houston Bike Share
» Mayor's Office of Special Events