Houston Parks - HPARD

Houston Parks - HPARD The Houston Parks and Recreation Department stewards and manages over 37,832 acres of parkland and greenspace for the City of Houston. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.)
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was created by City Ordinance on March 15, 1916. The Department of Public Parks, as it was called at that time, consisted of two parks - Sam Houston Park and Hermann Park. Taken together, they totaled about 465 acres of land. Today, the H.P.A.R.D. stewards and manages over 37,832 acres of parkland and greenspace for the City of Houston; develops and implements recreational programming for citizens of all abilities; maintains greenspace for the Houston Public Library and the Houston Health Department; and manages all H.P.A.R.D. facilities. The Department's mission is:"To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe well-maintained parks and offering affordable programming for our community.”

Mission: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe well-maintained parks & offering affordable programming for our community.

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The Emancipation Park Conservancy is bringing holiday cheer to all wherever they are. The 2nd Annual Holiday in the Tre ...
12/09/2020

The Emancipation Park Conservancy is bringing holiday cheer to all wherever they are. The 2nd Annual Holiday in the Tre presented by H-E-B will be held virtually on December 12, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Viewers can join in on the fun right from the comfort of their own home on the Emancipation Park Conservancy page.

Today we began renovating the playground at Tony Marron Park on the east side of Houston.  We started taking down old pl...
12/09/2020

Today we began renovating the playground at Tony Marron Park on the east side of Houston. We started taking down old play equipment; new equipment will be installed in the coming days.

Houston Health Department
12/08/2020

Houston Health Department

We report 79* cases of #COVID19 today, bringing #Houston's total to 101,360**. There is one newly-reported death, bringing the city’s total to 1,468. Today’s low case count may be due to testing sites closures during the Thanksgiving holiday.

*Of the 79 cases reported today, 81% (64) have specimen collection dates within the past 14 days. **19 cases were identified as duplicates and were removed from the total count.

Keep doing the small things: #MaskUp, #SocialDistance, #WashHands and #Get Tested to crush COVID-19. #DontStopDontForget houstonhealth.org
#hounews Mayor Sylvester Turner City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Harris County Public Health ReadyHarris

12/08/2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner

We thank Mayor Sylvester Turner and Comcast for providing safe places for kids to do their online schoolwork at some of our community centers.

Providing #COVID19 update for the City of Houston. The City and Comcast are partnering on two programs. "Lift Zones" will help provide low-income students with a safe, clean space to participate in distance learning during the day or do homework before or after school and an Internet Voucher Program for low-income Houstonians made possible by CARES Act Funding.

Mayor Sylvester Turner
12/07/2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Today is National #PearlHarborRemembranceDay, the 79th anniversary of the attack at #PearlHarbor on Oahu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Flags across the city are being flown at Half-Staff to honor the lives lost. Let us remember and honor all the lives lost on that tragic day. 🇺🇸

Mayor Sylvester Turner
12/04/2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Yesterday, I announced the appointment of Kenneth Allen as the interim director of the Houston Parks - HPARD following the resignation of Parks Director Steve Wright.

Allen is a Houston native with 36 years of “hands on” professional experience in the Parks and Recreation field. A graduate of Madison High School and Indiana University, along with studies at Clemson University, he has worked in the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for 28 years -- with the last 11 serving as the Department’s Assistant Director/Recreation and Wellness. He oversaw a $20-million budget, managed adult sports programming, and HPARD’s ballfield permitting office. He also managed operations of City aquatic facilities, tennis centers, and golf courses. He has managed greenspace inventory, crew assignments, and projects, and maintained and managed parks in the City’s Central region.

I am pleased to name Kenneth Allen as Interim Director of the Parks and Recreation Department while we conduct a national search. He has a wide range of skills and experience that I hope will continue to make the Houston Parks Department one of the best in the nation. He’s also a native Houstonian who’s very familiar with the value of neighborhood parks and what they mean to our communities. I look forward to working with him and look forward to more good things from the Parks Department to make the City proud.

Kenneth managed the Parks Department’s partnership with the Police Activities League (PAL) and has advocated for funding on Capitol Hill for the Parks Department’s acclaimed Soccer for Success program. And for several years, he hosted the U.S. Youth Games in Houston, as well as the Houston Corporate Games.

“I am proud to accept the interim appointment and continue the good work of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. I know what our parks mean to Houstonians and I will work hard every day to make sure our neighbors have parks and greenspaces they can point to with pride and enjoy with their families. I’m ready to get to work," said Allen.

Kenneth has proven experience in building community programs and facilities through partnerships, corporate sponsorships, and grants. He also has strong community ties – especially related to our neighborhood parks.

He is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association. He also was a Big 10 Athlete of the Year Award winner in football at Indiana University and an Honorable Mention All-American at Indiana University in football.

Read more at https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2020/interim-parks-director.html

Mayor Turner appointed Kenneth Allen as interim Director of Parks & Recreation.  Mr. Allen will leverage his 28 years of...
12/03/2020

Mayor Turner appointed Kenneth Allen as interim Director of Parks & Recreation. Mr. Allen will leverage his 28 years of experience with our department to maintain Houston’s park-and-trail system. We sincerely thank departing Director Steve Wright for his service to the City.

12/02/2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

I do not advocate shutting down the city, but local government needs the tools to better manage the spread of the #COVID19 virus until we get a #vaccine.

Special Events, City of Houston
12/02/2020

Special Events, City of Houston

About last night ... which one is your favorite?

We’re SO excited about the Reliant Energy ® Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular this Saturday at 6:30p on ABC13 Houston!!

The Emancipation Park Conservancy is bringing holiday cheer to all wherever they are. The 2nd Annual Holiday in the Tre ...
12/02/2020

The Emancipation Park Conservancy is bringing holiday cheer to all wherever they are. The 2nd Annual Holiday in the Tre presented by H-E-B will be held virtually on December 12, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Viewers can join in on the fun right from the comfort of their own home on the Emancipation Park Conservancy page.

Special Events, City of Houston
12/02/2020

Special Events, City of Houston

THIS SATURDAY!!

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 Reliant Energy ® Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular 101st year event has been reimagined as a virtual holiday celebration. Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday from the comfort of home. The virtual show will take place on December 5, from 6:30 pm. – 8:00 pm., LIVE Streamed on ABC13 Houston Digital Platforms.

The show will be rebroadcast on Friday, December 18, 7 pm. – 8 pm on ABC 13.

Learn about our amazing entertainment here: http://www.houstontx.gov/mayorsholiday/2020entertainment.html

Mayor Sylvester Turner
12/02/2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Today, I joined Reliant Energy ® to add the finishing touches on the City Hall #holiday tree in preparation for the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular this weekend!

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.  This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are contin...
11/26/2020

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are continuing to do their best to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.  This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are contin...
11/25/2020

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are continuing to do their best to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

11/25/2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

🦃Disfrute de las actividades de Acción de Gracias 🙏 y tome medidas para protegerse y proteger a otras personas de contraer o propagar el COVID-19. Recuerda, que en Houston, somos mejores juntos.🤎

11/24/2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

It's not safe for people to gather in large groups or to sit down at the table with people outside of their immediate households. Remember, don’t invite COVID to #Thanksgiving.

The virus is still spreading, and hospitalizations are increasing.

But until we get a vaccine, our mask is our vaccine. We must continue to mask up, social distance, wash our hands frequently and get tested. #COVID19 #DontStopDontForget

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.  This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are contin...
11/24/2020

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are continuing to do their best to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

What Your Test Results Mean - YouTube
11/24/2020
What Your Test Results Mean - YouTube

What Your Test Results Mean - YouTube

Learn what actions to take to protect yourself and others when you receive either a negative or a positive COVID-19 test result.Comments on this video are allow...

Mayor Sylvester Turner
11/24/2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner

We encourage everyone to limit in-person #holiday gatherings to household members to #SlowTheSpread of #COVID19 & prevent another surge this winter. Don't invite #COVID to #Thanksgiving! Houston Health Department News release: http://ow.ly/JopS50CgDRW

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.  This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are contin...
11/24/2020

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. This year, we're thankful for the people of Houston who have done and are continuing to do their best to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Elliot Lapin with the Houston Chronicle writes about two new parks coming to the Westchase District of Houston in 2021 a...
11/23/2020
New parks coming to Westchase District - one of the most park-poor areas of Houston

Elliot Lapin with the Houston Chronicle writes about two new parks coming to the Westchase District of Houston in 2021 and 2022: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/Westchase-District-set-to-get-2-parks-by-2022-for-15745095.php

The 4.2-square mile West Houston District — which is bounded by Westheimer Rd to the north, Westpark Tollway to the south, S Gessner Road to the east and West Houston Center Blvd to the west — is getting two new parks, in July 2021 and Dec. 2022.

What Your Test Results Mean - YouTube
11/23/2020
What Your Test Results Mean - YouTube

What Your Test Results Mean - YouTube

Learn what actions to take to protect yourself and others when you receive either a negative or a positive COVID-19 test result.Comments on this video are allow...

Houston Health Department
11/20/2020

Houston Health Department

We report 367* cases of #COVID19 today, bringing #Houston’s total to 92,412**. There is one newly-reported death, bringing the city’s total to 1,406***.

*Of the 367 cases reported today, 79% (293) have specimen dates within the last 14 days. **223 cases identified as duplicates were removed from the total case count. ***** One death has been removed from the official count due to a non-COVID related death determination.

Keep doing the small things: #MaskUp, #SocialDistance, #WashHands and #GetTested to crush COVID-19. #DontStopDontForget #BetterTogether houstonhealth.org #hounews Mayor Sylvester Turner City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Harris County Public Health ReadyHarris

Houston Health Department
11/20/2020

Houston Health Department

We report 367* cases of #COVID19 today, bringing #Houston’s total to 92,412**. There is one newly-reported death, bringing the city’s total to 1,406***.

*Of the 367 cases reported today, 79% (293) have specimen dates within the last 14 days. **223 cases identified as duplicates were removed from the total case count. ***** One death has been removed from the official count due to a non-COVID related death determination.

Keep doing the small things: #MaskUp, #SocialDistance, #WashHands and #GetTested to crush COVID-19. #DontStopDontForget #BetterTogether houstonhealth.org #hounews Mayor Sylvester Turner City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Harris County Public Health ReadyHarris

City of Houston Office of Emergency Management
11/20/2020

City of Houston Office of Emergency Management

COVID-19 testing at Houston Health Department-affiliated sites is free, fast and safe; and does not require proof of residency, citizenship or insurance. #COVID19 #GetTested #BetterTogether #DontStopDontForget

Testing: http://ow.ly/L5bh50Cm7Js

This morning we inspected the progress on the new playground being installed at Burnett-Bayland Park.
11/20/2020

This morning we inspected the progress on the new playground being installed at Burnett-Bayland Park.

Houston Health Department
11/19/2020

Houston Health Department

Winter Wonderland Drive-thru Food Fair! Don't get out of your car; just pop your trunk open. Fresh produce from the Houston Food Bank and WHAM, free gift cards for the first 50 families, music and more!

Sat., Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LeRoy Crump Stadium
12321 High Star Dr

Mayor Sylvester Turner
11/18/2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Friends and family said goodbye to fallen Sergeant Sean Rios of the Houston Police Department today.
Sergeant Rios died in the line of duty on Nov. 9, 2020. He was a life-long public servant and gave his life while serving & protecting.

I had the honor of attending his memorial service this morning. Sergeant Rios was a proud Marine, police officer, father & one of Houston’s finest. He leaves behind four children.

On behalf of the City of Houston, I want to say thank you to Sergeant Rios’ family for sharing him with us. His dedication and love for public service is an inspiration to us all and we are better because of him. Our hearts are with the Rios family.

Houston Health Department
11/17/2020

Houston Health Department

You can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Our health centers offer flu shots on a sliding fee scale. Call 3-1-1 to find a center near you. #COVID19 #FluShots

Health centers: http://ow.ly/42R750Cm83F
Drive-thru flu vaccine clinic: http://ow.ly/ZsTC50Cm83G

Mayor Sylvester Turner
11/17/2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Due to COVID-19, the city and sponsors will not produce the 2020 H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. In lieu of this year’s parade, we will instead host the H-E-B Family Thanksgiving Distribution THIS Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., or until product has been depleted.
The distribution will include groceries for preparing your own Thanksgiving Feast! This is an opportunity to assist families in need during the pandemic.

This morning we did a walkthrough of the recently completed Brock Adventure Park, whose amenities include disc- and foot...
11/17/2020

This morning we did a walkthrough of the recently completed Brock Adventure Park, whose amenities include disc- and footgolf courses, an adult obstacle course, and a new bridge that runs across Greens Bayou and reconnects the two sides of Brock Park.

Here are the Health Department's fast, free, and safe COVID-19 testing sites for this week.
11/16/2020

Here are the Health Department's fast, free, and safe COVID-19 testing sites for this week.

FREE+FAST+SAFE | Getting tested for #COVID19 empowers you to protect your family. Our sites are free, waits are minimal, results average 2-4 days, and safety is top priority. Visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 or call 832-393-4220 to find a nearby site. #BetterTogether #DontStopDontForget

#hounews Mayor Sylvester Turner City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Houston Parks - HPARD City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Texas Division of Emergency Management Curative Houston Astros Houston Police Department Houston Fire Department

Houston Health Department
11/12/2020

Houston Health Department

We report 834* cases of #COVID19 for Nov. 11-12, bringing #Houston’s total to 88,882**. There are six newly-reported deaths over the same two-day period, bringing the city’s total to 1,382.

**Of the 834 cases reported today, 86% (717) have specimen dates within the last 14 days. **188 cases identified as duplicates were removed from the total case count. (This is a two-day report due to the Veterans Day holiday.)

Keep doing the small things: #MaskUp, #SocialDistance, #WashHands and #GetTested to crush COVID-19. #DontStopDontForget #BetterTogether houstonhealth.org Mayor Sylvester Turner City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Harris County Public Health ReadyHarris

Houston Health Department
11/12/2020

Houston Health Department

Drive Thru Flu Vaccinations | Southeast Houston

✔️ REGISTRATION REQUIRED by calling 832-393-4220

Saturday, November 14, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
EB Cape Center | 4501 Leeland St., 77023

#Flu shots are also available by appointment at our health centers. Call 832-393-5427 for information.

Free flu shots available for:
- Adults 19 years and older who are uninsured
- Medicare recipients and children 18 years and younger who are uninsured, underinsured, enrolled in Medicaid, enrolled in CHIP, Alaskan Native or American Indian. houstonhealth.org

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