Do I need to reserve a picnic pavilion?
Reservations are required for the picnic pavilions at Burroughs Park, Dennis Johnston Park, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, Mathews Park, Mercer Botanic Gardens, Meyer Park, Spring Creek Park, and Southwell Park. All other pavilions at Precinct 4 parks are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis without reservations.
How far in advance can I reserve a pavilion?
Most pavilions can be reserved up to three months in advance and reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the requested date. Availability of a specific date is not guaranteed. Some dates may be unavailable due to county festivals, holidays, or other special circumstances. To check available dates, please visit https://apps.hcp4.net/parksreservationssearch/client/public/availability
What types of indoor activity rooms and community centers are available for rental?
Precinct 4 offers space for private reservations at Mangum-Howell Center and Big Stone Lodge, which may be reserved up to one year in advance for a security fee and deposit. Please visit http://hcp4.net/communitycenters/for more rental details.
We also offer two small community buildings at Southwell Park and Mathews Park free of charge that can be reserved up to three months in advance. Southwell Park and Mathews Park limit the reservation times to nonadjustable timeframes of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., which includes setup and cleanup times. To check for available dates at Southwell Park or Mathews Park, please visit https://apps.hcp4.net/parksreservationssearch/client/public/availability
Where can I go camping?
Overnight tent and RV camping is offered at Spring Creek Park to the public at no cost. Group campsites for youth-based nonprofit organizations are available at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve and Fritsche Park. Reservations are required for all overnight campers. Please submit a camping request at https://apps.hcp4.net/pct4forms/camping_form.aspx
I have filled out an online request form but have not received a response. What next?
It can take up to 10 business days to receive a response after submitting a request form. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book to ensure our response to your request is received. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders as our emails can end up there as well. For reservation concerns, please send an email to email@example.com or call 281-353-8100.
Can I decorate a community building or picnic area in the park for a party?
It is permitted to decorate the picnic tables at the parks with tablecloths, tabletop decorations, flowers, or photo boards. It is not permitted to decorate the pavilion structures, fences, posts, or trees. Confetti, glitter, and colored powders are strictly prohibited. Balloons are prohibited at Burroughs Park, Mercer Botanic Gardens, and Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. All decorations must be completely removed and the area left clean after the event.
It is permitted to decorate the tables and counters at community buildings with tablecloths, tabletop decorations, flowers, or photo boards. Confetti, glitter, and colored powders are strictly prohibited. No décor may be adhered to the walls, windows, or ceiling of any building. All decorations must be completely removed after the event. Trash cans and liners are provided, but you must bring your own cleaning supplies and disinfect tables, counters, and kitchen appliances after use. Failure to clean a facility after an event may result in loss of deposit and/or forfeiture of all future Precinct 4 Park reservations.
What am I allowed to bring to the park?
You are welcome to bring coolers with food, water, and nonalcoholic beverages. Glass containers are not permitted. It is permitted to bring your own propane or charcoal grill, popup shade canopies, folding chairs, and folding tables to set up your own picnic space in an open area of a park, so long as you are not blocking any parking spaces, designated sports fields, trails, or sidewalks. You are welcome to bring your own sports equipment, fishing equipment, yard games, bicycles, scooters, or skateboards. Most parks offer picnic tables and charcoal grills for free public use on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do you offer any activities at the parks?
Precinct 4 offers many free activities for individuals, families, and senior adults. Please visit http://hcp4.net/eventsfor a list of upcoming park activities.
Where can I go to safely walk or ride my bike?
The majority of Precinct 4 parks offer paved or natural surface trails for multi-purpose use. Our longest paved trail is the Spring Creek Greenway Trail, which is 16 miles long from I-45 in Spring to I-69 in Humble. Walkers, runners, bicyclists, and horseback riders are welcome to share the ADA-accessible trail seven days a week from 8 a.m. to dusk. Pets must be on a six-foot (or shorter) leash at all times. Parking for Spring Creek Greenway Trail is available at Dennis Johnston Park, Pundt Park, Carter Park, and Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Equestrian trailer parking is available at Pundt Park.
The greenway is patrolled by park rangers and Precinct 4 constables. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the greenway trail. Bicyclists must follow all speed limit signs and must dismount at crosswalks and dismount zones. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians, and all trail users must yield to horses. For more information on the Spring Creek Greenway or other park trails, please call 281-353-8100 or visit hcp4.net/parks.
Mountain bike trails are available at 100 Acre Wood Preserve, Burroughs Park, and Collins Park through a partnership with the Greater Houston Off Road Biking Association (GHORBA). Please visit http://ghorba.org/trails/for details on mountain biking.
Where can I bring my horse to ride the trails?
Horseback riders are welcome along all 16 miles of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. Equestrian trailer parking, hitching posts, and picnic areas are available at Pundt Park from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Dogs are not permitted to follow equestrian riders on the trails. Please call 281-353-8100 for additional information.
Can I bring music to the park?
Small music players such as Bluetooth speakers, CD players, and radios are permitted so long as the volume does not disturb other park visitors. Large or professional sound systems, DJs, and live bands are not permitted. Any device that features voice amplification, such as a microphone, megaphone, or PA (personal address) system are strictly prohibited.
Can I bring a piñata to the park?
Piñatas are permitted at Pundt Park and Meyer Park, and only at the designated piñata stands near the playgrounds. Piñatas are not permitted at any other Precinct 4 parks.
Can I bring a bounce house, moonwalk, or other large party equipment to the park?
Moonwalks, bounce houses, cotton candy machines, snow cone machines, and popcorn machines are permitted only with confirmed pavilion reservations at Burroughs Park, Dennis Johnston Park, Mathews Park, Meyer Park, Spring Creek Park, or Southwell Park. It is required that you bring a generator to power the equipment and submit a copy of the rental company’s liability insurance to the reservation office at least two weeks prior to the event for approval.
Trackless trains and pony ride corrals are not permitted. Any type of water-related recreational equipment such as water slides, swimming pools, sprinklers, water cannons, and dunk-tanks are not permitted.
Where can I launch a boat?
While we do not offer any park facilities for motorized boats, we do offer many locations with free water access for canoes and kayaks. Please visit https://secureservercdn.net/22.214.171.124/kpt.47a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Canoe-Kayak-Reservation-Form-Policies-1.pdf to review our canoe/kayak launch policies and to register your trip down Spring Creek or Cypress Creek.
Registration is not required for launching a canoe or kayak in Marshall Lake at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. For additional information, please call 281-353-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I go fishing?
Precinct 4 offers 11 locations with access to fishing and six locations with stocked fishing lakes or ponds. Please visit http://hcp4.net/parks/fishing/or call 281-353-8100 for additional information.
Do I need a fishing license to fish at county parks?
A state fishing license is required for everyone 17 and older who wishes to fish at a Harris County park. All TPWD rules and regulations apply to the public waterways within Precinct 4. For more information on obtaining a fishing license, please visit tpwd.texas.govor call 800-792-1112.
Can I bring alcohol to the park?
Alcohol is not permitted at any Precinct 4 park, except for groups with confirmed reservations at Big Stone Lodge, Burroughs Park, or Spring Creek Park with Precinct 4 constable security present. Please mention your interest in serving alcohol at the time of booking. Any event serving alcohol without Precinct 4 Constable security present will be cancelled immediately and result in forfeiture of all future park reservations.
Are weddings allowed in the parks?
Wedding ceremonies and receptions are permitted with confirmed reservations at Big Stone Lodge, Burroughs Park, Dennis Johnston Park, Mathews Park, Meyer Park, Spring Creek Park, or Southwell Park. Alcohol is permitted only with confirmed reservations and Precinct 4 Constable security at Big Stone Lodge, Burroughs Park, and Spring Creek Park. For more information, please contact Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029 or the park administration office at 281-353-8100.
Are food trucks allowed in the parks?
Food trucks are not permitted in Precinct 4 parks, except for pre-approved vendors during sporting tournaments or county-sponsored events. For information on becoming an approved vendor, please contact one of our sports associations at http://hcp4.net/parks/sportsassociations/or our Special Events Division at 713-274-4050.
Are animals allowed in the parks?
Pets are not permitted at Farm League Park. Domestic cats and dogs are permitted at all other Precinct 4 parks but must remain on a six-foot (or shorter) leash and always be under the owner’s control. Aggressive or unimmunized pets are not permitted. Owners are responsible for removing pet waste. Horses are permitted only in designated equestrian areas.
Animals are not permitted in buildings or community centers, except for ADA service animals. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Is swimming allowed?
Swimming is not permitted at any Precinct 4 park, lake, or pond. We do not currently offer any public swimming pools.
Where can I bring injured/orphaned wildlife?
We cannot not accept orphaned or injured wildlife. Please call the Wildlife Center of Texas at 713-861-9453 or 281-667-0171 to make arrangements with a licensed wildlife rescue facility.
Can I fly a drone or model aircraft at the park?
A person may not operate a drone or model aircraft in a Harris County park except in a specifically designated area, and the drone or model aircraft must remain in the operator’s line of sight, unless otherwise authorized in writing by the park superintendent.
Model aircraft may be used only in the designated area at Dyess Park with prior written permission from SPARKS RC Flyers Club. Please visit http://www.sparksrc.com/to contact SPARKS RC Flyers Club.
Can I use a metal detector at the park?
Metal detecting is permitted only in parks that do not border Spring Creek or Cypress Creek, including: Bane Park, Bauer Park, Bayer Park, Doss Park, Dyess Park, Emnora Park, Froehner Park, Hellums Park, Independence Park, Lindsay-Lyons Park, Lloyd Park, Mathews Park, Matzke Park, MUD 257 Park, Mulrooney Park, Pitner Park, and Southwell Park. For reasons of protecting cultural artifacts, all other Precinct 4 parks not listed above do not allow metal detecting.
Can I hold a 5k benefit or fundraising event at a county park?
It is permitted for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in good standing with the IRS to host fundraising events at a Harris County park with prior written approval from the park superintendent and Harris County Commissioners Court. Requests must be submitted in writing on the letterhead of the nonprofit organization. Please call 281-353-8100 or email email@example.com for more information.
Can I host my fitness class at a Precinct 4 park?
It is permitted to host fitness classes or bootcamps at certain Precinct 4 parks with proof of insurance and prior written approval from the park superintendent. Please 281-353-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can I request a memorial bench be placed in a Harris County park?
It is possible to purchase a park bench with a personalized plaque. The request to purchase a bench must be added to the Commissioners Court agenda and approved by Harris County Commissioners Court, which may take 12-16 weeks or more. Please call 281-353-8100 or email email@example.com for more information.
Where can I take my recycling?
Precinct 4 parks no longer accept paper, plastic, or aluminum recycling materials. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call 4-1-1 to find a recycling center in your area.
How do I know if our game or practice at your park has been rained out or rescheduled?
Rainout dates are not determined by the parks department, but by the individual leagues that lease our fields. You must contact the league directly or go to their website to find out about scheduling and rain-out dates. For a list of our sports associations, please visit http://hcp4.net/parks/sportsassociations/
How do I register my child for a sports team?
Registration for sports teams are not managed directly by the parks department, but by the individual leagues that lease our fields. You must contact the league directly or go to their website to find out about schedules and registration. Please visit http://hcp4.net/parks/sportsassociations/to see which leagues play at Precinct 4 Parks.
How do I reserve practice time on a sports field?
Field availability is not determined by the parks departments, but by the individual sport associations that lease our fields. You must contact the sports association directly or go to their website to find out about scheduling and field availability. For a list of our sports associations, please visit http://hcp4.net/parks/sportsassociations/
This does not apply to the soccer fields at Collins Park and Independence Park or the baseball fields at Mathews Park, which can be reserved for weekly practices at no cost. For more information, please fill out an online sports field request form, call 281-353-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who manages the sports fields at the parks?
Most of the sports fields at Precinct 4 Parks are currently leased to different sports associations. For a full list of our park with leased fields and the managing sports associations, please visit http://hcp4.net/parks/sportsassociations/. This does not apply to the soccer fields at Collins Park and Independence Park or the baseball field at Mathews Park, which can be reserved for once weekly practices at no cost. For more information, please fill out an online sports field request form at https://apps.hcp4.net/pct4Forms/sportsfield_form.aspx or email email@example.com
I lost an item at the park during a sporting event. Do you have a lost and found?
Each sports association maintains their own lost and found. Please contact the sports association directly to check their lost and found. For a list of our sports associations, please visit http://hcp4.net/parks/sportsassociations/
Are there areas for RV parking during a sporting event?
Overnight camping is permitted at Spring Creek Park only. We do not recommend driving RV’s or motorhomes to any other Precinct 4 park, as the parking lots were not designed for oversized vehicles and there may not be adequate space to maneuver or exit.