Policies & Regulations

Parks

For more information regarding Precinct 4 buildings and pavilions, please contact Parks Reservations at 281-353-4196, or refer to the Harris County Park Rules and Regulations.

To make a reservation online, visit Parks Reservation Search System.

Outdoor/Open Air Pavilions

  • Alcohol is permitted in all Harris County Precinct 4 Parks exclusively with a pavilion reservation. With an alcohol reservation, you will be required to secure the services of Harris County Precinct 4 or Precinct 5 Constables.
  • Glass containers are not permitted in any Precinct 4 Parks.
  • Fireworks and sparklers are not permitted in any Precinct 4 Parks.
  • Hunting is not allowed in any Precinct 4 Parks.
  • Piñatas are permitted only with a pavilion reservation and a self-provided stand. Piñatas cannot be secured to any park structures or trees.
  • Water–related equipment/activities are not permitted in any of the parks.
  • Littering and dumping are prohibited in all parks.
  • Fundraising activities are restricted to non-profit organizations that receive prior approval and a written agreement from Harris County’s Commissioners’ Court.
  • No person or group shall use any area or facility of the parks or pavilions for any purpose other than for which they are designed and designated.
  • It is at the discretion of the assigned park staff to designate the location of recreational items within the park.
  • The use of metal detectors is prohibited in all Precinct 4 Parks and park land.
  • Children under the age of 18 must always be supervised by an adult.
  • Generators are required for any permitted entertainment items, i.e., bounce houses, popcorn poppers, cotton candy machines, etc.
  • The use of bounce house equipment requires insurance from the bounce house provider. Proof of liability coverage must be presented at the time the equipment is set up in the park.
  • The person or group making the reservation is responsible for the behavior of all guests.
  • Pets must be kept on a 6 ft. leash and always under the owner’s control while visiting all Precinct 4 Parks.
  • Groups and/or individuals are responsible for leaving pavilions in the same condition as found prior to use. Abuse or violation of any amenity, facility, or park can result in denial of future reservations.

Dog Park Rules

  • Use of the dog park is at your own risk.
  • Harris County is not responsible for any accidents or injuries to dogs or humans.
  • Dogs must be at least four months old, with current vaccinations and license tags worn at all times.
  • All dogs must be healthy and free of contagious diseases and parasites.
  • No more than two dogs per person during a visit.
  • Guardians are responsible for picking up after their dogs; bags are located at the pet stations.
  • No other animals are permitted – dogs and humans only.
  • Children under nine years old are not recommended, and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while in the dog park.
  • Guardians must be in the dog park and monitor/control their dog(s) at all times.
  • Dogs must be leashed when exiting and entering the dog park.
  • Guardians must have a leash for each dog while in the dog park.
  • Any dog displaying aggressive behavior must be removed immediately.
  • Dogs in season/heat are not allowed.
  • Dogs are not permitted to dig holes, and accidental holes must be filled in by the guardian.
  • Please leave all food, drinks, solid dog chews, etc. outside the dog park.
  • Training (edible) treats are permitted.
  • Please pick up after yourself (cigarette butts, litter, etc.), as well as your dog.
  • Please be considerate of neighbors and other park visitors by quieting noisy dogs.
  • Please wash/rinse dogs on concrete washing pads only.
  • Follow all regular park rules.
  • To report aggressive dogs or service concerns please call 281-353-8100.

All TPWD rules and regulations apply to the public waterways within Precinct 4. For more information on fishing regulations, licensing, and stocking, please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Web site or call 800-792-1112.

The instructions and information contained herein prescribe guidelines and procedures for the management of “Geocaching” activities in Precinct 4 parks that ensures resource protection and visitor safety, while encouraging responsible recreational activity.

Section I
Background Information

Geocaching involves “hiding” items, usually containers holding various “treasures” and then providing specific Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) coordinates for each “cache” on a Web site. Visitors to these Web sites can choose which “geocache” they would like to locate using their own personal GPS device or GPS-enabled smartphone. Cache searchers typically bring along a pen to sign the log book, and their own “treasures” to make an exchange once the cache has been located. Virtual Caching involves locating not a cache, but a specific landmark, feature, park sign, etc.

Section II
General Procedures

Geocaching on Precinct 4 park lands may only be done during regular operational hours. Geocachers should only access Precinct 4 parks through typical public access points. Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Department accepts no responsibility for damage to or loss of any cache or its contents.

Section III
Removal of Caches

  1. If it is determined that a cache has been the cause of adverse resource damage, causes a public safety concern, or is unauthorized, the cache may be removed by the park superintendent or designee at any time.

Section IV
Cache Containers and Contents

  1. Cache containers must be non-breakable, and have some form of latch or other closing mechanism to prohibit content exposure to wildlife.
  2. Each cache container, excluding micro-caches and virtual caches, must have an identification label affixed to the outside identifying it as a geocache.
  3. Caches may not contain inappropriate or dangerous items. Such items include, but are not limited to, hazardous materials, food, medications, alcoholic beverages, personal hygiene products, pornography, weapons or ammunition of any type, or fireworks.
  4. All caches are subject to random inspection by park superintendent or designee. Park staff has the authority to immediately remove any cache or item held in a cache deemed unacceptable or that is in violation of these policies.

Section V
Cache Locations

  1. The location of a cache must be pre-approved by the park superintendent.
  2. Caches shall not be placed in a location that leads to the creation of spur trails or other resource impacts.
  3. Caches may not be buried, nor may living vegetation or any historic features be disturbed to place a cache.
  4. Caches may not be placed in dangerous, inappropriate or protected areas and habitats, on cliffs, underground, in wetlands or underwater.
  5. Caches shall not be placed in a location that is visible to the casual site visitor or that will degrade scenic views.
  6. Caches may be removed if a placement results in unacceptable resource impacts. Removal shall be at the discretion of the park superintendent.
  7. Metal detectors may not be used in cache searches.

Section VI
Compliance

  1. Failure to comply with this policy directive or the Rules and Regulations for County Parks in Harris County, Texas, will result in the removal of geocaches.
  2. If geocaching activities as a whole are found to have a negative impact on park resources or if safety becomes an issue in geocache searches, the park superintendent may ban geocaching from certain areas or from the entire park.

Rules and Regulations for County Parks in Harris County, Texas

Community Centers

Reservations are available at Bayland, Hockley, Steve Radack, Tracy Gee, and Weekley community centers.

Civic Groups

Civic Group Reservations are defined as meetings of community and neighborhood groups. These include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts groups, scouts, community support meetings, special interest groups, school districts, and government entities.

Law Observance and Rules

User, and User’s service providers and agents, shall comply with all applicable federal, state, community, and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

No activity, performance, exhibition, or entertainment shall take place on the premises which is, or may be perceived as being, dangerous, indecent, obscene, immoral, or offensive in any manner.

Reservations may be denied based on User’s past performance.

The selling of goods and services in the center is prohibited.

No person or group shall use an area or facility of a center for any purpose other than for that which it was designed or assigned.

Harris County Precinct 4 park rules and regulations are enforced.

No smoking is allowed in any Harris County community building.

No alcohol is allowed in the center or in the parking lot.

Children under 18 must be supervised at all times.

No pets allowed in the center, unless a properly identified service animal.

Availability

All reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Civic reservations can take place only during center business hours. Room(s) may be reserved for up to two hours, including setup and cleanup time.

Requested dates must be submitted ahead for the entire calendar year. Community center staff have the authority determine availability and if all requested dates can be accommodated.

Reservations may be forfeited after the third failure to inform community center staff of canceled meetings.

The center personnel assign rooms to maximize capacity each day; therefore, the center reserves the right to change rooms to accommodate other groups.

All groups must be considerate of others using the center and may not interfere with or disrupt other group activities.

Deposits

Reservations must be made in person through the center staff and the deposit is due at that time.

A $100 refundable cleanup damage deposit is required. Only group, company, and personal checks are accepted. No money orders, cashier’s checks, or cash will be accepted.

Decorations, Alterations, and Equipment

All displays, lecture materials, equipment, supplies, etc. must be removed daily unless your group is assigned a locker. Lockers are only available at select centers.

No red or grape-colored drinks allowed because they permanently stain the carpet.

No food is to be left out or left behind after use of the building.

Center decorations may not be removed. Additional decorations for the civic meeting can be added. No nails, staples, tacks, tape, or adhesive materials may be used on the walls.

Room(s) reserved must be cleaned and returned to original setup.

The Contact Person is responsible for conveying rules of center usage to anyone taking charge of the group, as well as participants attending meetings.

Private Reservations

Private Function Reservations are defined as one-time special events or meetings. These include, but are not limited to, birthday and anniversary parties, family reunions, baby showers, seasonal celebrations, corporate events, and resource or job fairs.

User, and User’s service providers and agents, shall comply with all applicable federal, state, community, and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

No activity, performance, exhibition, or entertainment shall take place on the premises which is, or may be perceived as being, dangerous, indecent, obscene, immoral, or offensive in any manner.

User must be at least 21 years old and present during the event.

Reservations may be denied based on User’s past performance.

The selling of goods and services in the center is prohibited.

Attendance shall not exceed the room capacity at any time during the event. Entrances, exits, and passageways must be kept clear at all times.

No person or group shall use any area of the community center for any purpose other than what it was designed or assigned.

Harris County Precinct 4 park rules and regulations are enforced.

No smoking is allowed in any Harris County community building.

No alcohol is allowed in the center or in the parking lot.

Children under 18 must be supervised at all times.

No pets, other than properly identified service animals, are allowed in the center. Emotional support animals are not allowed.

Availability

Private functions can take place only during the following hours, including setup and cleanup time:

  • Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (4 hours)
  • Or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 hours)

No reservations are available on Harris County holidays.

All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. No organization, person, or family may book more than one event per calendar year.

Reservations can be made no more than six months in advance, and no less than 30 days in advance.

Patrons attending functions at the center may not remain in the building or parking lot at any time other than the hours reserved for the event.

Deposits and Fees

Reservations must be made in person through the center staff. The rental fee and deposit are both due at the time reservations are made.

A non-refundable fee of $150.00 is required. Only money orders and/or cashier’s checks made out to Harris County will be accepted.

A separate and refundable cleaning/damage deposit of $500.00 is also required. Only group, company, and personal checks made out to Harris County are accepted. No money orders, cashier’s checks or cash will be accepted for the damage deposit. Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4 reserves the right to cash the deposit check in the event any rules listed are not followed, or the function does not end within the reserved time.

Security is required at all private functions. The Harris County Precinct 5 Constables will determine how many law enforcement officers are necessary. Contact Deputy Dewain Natho of the Precinct 5 Constables Office at 713-515-0486 to confirm security and payment.

Decorations, Alterations, and Equipment

The center is equipped with a coffee machine. User is responsible for providing their own coffee, sugar, creamer, cups as well as any other supplies needed for the event.

Kitchen area is for food distribution only. No cooking or preparation of food is permitted. Ovens are for warming only.

No red or grape-colored drinks are allowed because they permanently stain the carpet.

Candles, open flames, flammable, or combustible materials are strictly prohibited. Chafing burners are allowed only in the kitchen area.

Center decorations may not be removed. Personal decorations for private functions may be added. No nails, staples, tacks, tape, or adhesive materials may be used on the walls.

The facility reserved must be cleaned and returned to the original setup. This includes completing the following:

  • Ensure all tables are wiped off and placed correctly on the table racks
  • Vacuum carpet
  • Sweep floors and wipe down counters in the kitchen
  • Mop spills on hard floors
  • Remove trash from the building and place in the outside receptacle
  • Remove all personal items, and ensure all rented equipment is collected within the reservation time
  • Conduct a final walk through with the center representative on site prior to leaving
  • Allow at least one hour for cleanup and the final walk through.

User is responsible for conveying rules of center usage to anyone taking charge of the group, as well as all participants in attendance.