LOCAL Houston | The City Guide April 2017 - Page 46

Memorial Park www.memorialparkconservancy.org By Tim Moloney | Illustration by Christy Sanderson CREATED BY CITY ORDINANCE ON MARCH 15, 1916, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PARKS, AS IT WAS CALLED AT THE TIME, BEGAN WITH TWO FACILITIES, SAM HOUSTON PARK AND HERMANN PARK. TODAY, THE HOUSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT (H.P.A.R.D.) SYSTEM INCLUDES 373 DEVELOPED PARKS AND MORE THAN 220 GREENSPACES TOTALING OVER 37,851 ACRES. HERE, WE’VE HIGHLIGHTED FOUR OF THE MAJOR ONES WHERE HOUSTONIANS GET GET HEALTHY AND HAVE FUN. . Golf Running Biking Tennis Swimming Hermann Park Buffalo Bayou Park www.buffalobayou.org Running Biking Canoeing Skatepark www.hermannpark.org Running Golf Hill Climbing Paddleboating Theater Zoo Levy Park www.levyparkhouston.org Walking Trails Community Garden Dog Park Theater Playground Yoga ACRES | 1,466 46 L O C AL | april 17