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The Houston Parks & Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) 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 & Hermann Park. Taken together, they totaled about 465 acres of land.

 Today, the Houston Parks & Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) stewards & manages over 37,832 acres of parkland & greenspace for the City of Houston; develops & implements recreational programming for citizens of all abilities; maintains greenspace for the Houston Public Library & the Houston Health Department & manages all H.P.A.R.D. facilities.


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Apache Corporation Sponsors Trees for Houston's 31st Annual Arbor Day at Herman Brown Park

Celebration Marks Another Successful Arbor Day Season of Tree Plantings

Mayor Sylvester Turner, Apache Corporation, and volunteers from across the City will join the Houston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, January 21, 2017, to celebrate Houston's 31st Annual Arbor Day. The official Arbor Day Program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be followed by the plantin...

H.P.A.R.D.'s Youth Ambassador Program Engages Youth as Leaders for Health and Wellness

Funded by N.R.P.A. Commit to Health, Works in Partnership with Furr High School

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) has received $15,000 in grant funding to implement a Youth Ambassador Program as part of its pledge to Commit to Health through the National Recreation and Park Association (N.R.P.A.). H.P.A.R.D. is one of three agencies selected to pilo...

Volunteers and Participants Needed! For H.P.A.R.D.'s 8th Annual Metal and Muscle Expo

FREE Event Runs December 2, 3, and 4th at George R. Brown Convention Center

The 8th Annual Metal and Muscle Expo is just two weeks away and now is the time to volunteer or sign up to participate! The Houston Parks and Recreation Department's Adaptive Recreation Section hosts the Expo to introduce sports and recreation options for people with disabilities. The Expo will t...

H.P.A.R.D.'s Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark Honored on National Website

The Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark has been chosen as one of the nation's best skateparks in the U.S. by Best of AmericanTowns. Best of AmericanTowns selected fifteen skateparks from across the country as their top choices in skateparks for enthusiasts to visit. "The Houston Parks and Recreation ...

Photo Op: H.P.A.R.D. Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Tribute Planting Project

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the 10th Annual Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Tribute planting at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016. One of the Houston area's favorite volunteer events, this annual wildflower planting project began in 2007 as a tribute to Lady Bird Jo...

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