Parks are important. They are where people of all backgrounds can talk, exercise, learn, or relax. They are all over Houston and right in our backyard. Let’s get closer to the green spaces we love. Let’s share our ideas for what can improve and act on them together. With the launch of Bayou Greenways 2020, millions of Houstonians will be able to create the parks and trails they want to see. Let’s get started.
Houston Parks Board is inviting you to join the Neighborhood Partnership Program, where you can rally with others to transform a park near you. When you volunteer, you’ll have access to the technical and strategic support you’ll need to get things moving: through your community group, Houston Parks Board, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD).
1300 Seamist Dr, Houston, TX 77008
Through the guidance of Houston Parks Board and with support from major funding partners and numerous community members, the Friends of Jaycee Park successfully led the complete renovation of Jaycee Park in 2012. The park now includes a 1/3-mile walking trail, new basketball court, renovated tennis courts, a new playground, an H-E-B Water Playground, reforestation, picnic tables, benches, and more.
Karl Young Park
800 Stella Link Rd, Houston, TX 77025
The improvement to Karl Young Park is a model example of the Neighborhood Park Program. Neighborhood leaders raised more than $500,000, secured strong neighborhood involvement, and oversaw the design and construction for improvements to the park between 2000-2005. The 5.5-acre park now includes two age-appropriate playgrounds with shade structures, a shade pergola, a refurbished gazebo, a new tennis court, new walking trails, picnic tables and grills, benches, drainage improvements, decorative fencing, and landscaping.
Nellie Keyes Park
801 Lester St, Houston, TX 77007
Houston Parks Board partnered with the Association of Washington Avenue Neighbors (AWAN) to add amenities like a playground, landscaping, benches, and lighting to Nellie Keyes Park in 2006, and to make drainage improvements and reforestation and other beautification efforts in 2013. Enhancements to the half-acre park were funded by neighborhood residents as well as private foundations, and made possible through partnerships with Urban Harvest and Trees for Houston.
5801 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057
In 2005 and 2006, with the support of foundations, individuals, businesses, and community members, more than $350,000 of improvements—including a walking trail, playground, toddler equipment, ride-on spring toys, and swings—were made to Tanglewood Park. After the devastating loss of many trees in Tanglewood Park due to the 2011 drought, the community rallied once again to fundraise for additional improvements including two new gazebos and several new large trees, made possible with additional help from Trees for Houston.
Join Our Program
Houston Parks Board (HPB) is proud to provide technical and strategic support to groups interested in becoming stewards to Houston's park assets. The goal of the Neighborhood Partnership Program is to improve city parks and green spaces through a cooperative effort between community groups, HPB, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD). Selected projects must meet Neighborhood Partnership Program criteria, established by HPB and HPARD. Please note that this is not a grant making program.
PROJECTS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA
- HPARD Master Plan area of need
- In line with HPB planning initiatives—Bayou Greenways 2020 and Beyond the Bayous
- HPARD capacity to assimilate the project into park system
- Capacity of requester to fund or fundraise for the project
- HPB's capacity to manage the project
- HPARD must approve all projects before any fundraising activities take place.
- HPB is not a foundation or granting entity—we do not have funds available for new projects.
- HPB charges a fee during the initial programming phase equivalent to 10% of the cost of planning and programming, which partially covers HPB’s costs. Creating new park projects can be a complicated process. Beyond initial processing and review with HPARD, exploring project potential often requires professional service costs which the applicant will be expected to cover.
- After the programming phase is completed, HPB will also charge a fee not to exceed 10% of the project budget during the implementation phase, with the percentage determined by project scope and HPB’s role.
Allow up to 30 business days for HPB to substantially respond to your request.