Memorial Park Conservancy

Safety and General Information

What number do I call for an emergency in Memorial Park? 

What number do I call for reporting potholes in Picnic Loop Lane or along Memorial Loop East/West? 
Call 3-1-1 and they will report it to Public Works & Engineering.

Can I host an event at Memorial Park? 
Picnic tables are available for rental year-round for small gatherings. Permits for special events must be made through Memorial Park Conservancy. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Where do I recycle in Memorial Park? 
The recycling for plastic bottles/containers are at the entrance to Picnic Loop, the trailhead near ballfield 4, the Rugby Parking Lot and near the stretching area on the Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center recycles newspapers and has a drop box.

Are there Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs)? 
Yes. Memorial Park Conservancy vehicles are equipped with AED devices for rapid response.  There are also defibrillators in the Tennis Center, Golf Pro Shop, Fitness Center, HPARD Maintenance Office, and Running Trails Center.


How do I find out about recreational activities in the Park?
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department manages recreational activities at the Tennis Center, Golf Course and Fitness Center as well as sports field use. Further information can be found at Memorial Park Conservancy is responsible for permitting other recreational activities in the Park.

Who was Seymour Lieberman?
One of the first runners in Memorial Park. He was officially given the moniker the "Father of Jogging" by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

What number do I call to find out if the trails are closed or open?
The natural surface trail system within the Park is delicate, and we ask users to please respect trail openings. For up-to-date information, call the Trails Hotline at 713-863-8403 extension 1.


Who supervises MPC forestry and other conservation projects to ensure least impact on natural resources? 
MPC employs conservation and natural resource management professionals and works closely with a panel of experts, as well as our partners at the City of Houston.

What about the wildlife? 
Memorial Park’s wildlife has been reduced significantly due to the damaged forest. In addition to improving the quality of the forest, our conservation program and master plan focus on enhancing wildlife habitat in the Park.


What is the relationship between Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Memorial Park Conservancy?

The Conservancy works in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. MPC manages the Park on a day-to-day basis, including providing proactive natural resource management, daily park maintenance, permitting and programming, and capital improvements.

Is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center a part of Memorial Park?
Yes. It is comprises nearly one-tenth of Memorial Park and is an important nonprofit partner of Memorial Park Conservancy. To learn more about the Arboretum, please visit

Park Reservations

Can I reserve part of the park for a private event?

Yes. The Conservancy can help you make a reservation for a picnic area, volleyball court, or at our Cullen Running Trails Center. Visit our Park Reservation tab for more information.

Can I sell my product in the park?

There are only a few ways this will be approved. We issue permits to Food Trucks through an application process (click here to view). Map of Food Truck locations is available via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sale of goods may be allowed during a permitted event or program only, at the discretion of MPC.

Check out our Park Reservation FAQs for more answers.