General Park Information

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General Park Information

Memorial Park plays an important role in Houston’s public health. Thousands of people come to the Park to run, walk, play, and enjoy the outdoors.

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Park users must comply with directions from Park personnel. Please obey all posted rules and signs.

Alcohol

  • Alcoholic beverage consumption is allowed in Memorial Park. Distribution or sale of beverages is prohibited. Glass containers are not allowed.

Bicycling

  • We encourage biking in the Park, except on the Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail.

  • Bikes are not allowed on the Seymour Lieberman Trail.
  • Houston BCycle has two locations in the Park to rent bicycles – at the Cullen Running Trails Center and at Picnic Loop.
  • BCycle bikes are allowed on paved surfaces such as Picnic Loop or the roadways as well as on the Outer Loop Trail.

Crawfish Boils

  • Crawfish boils are not allowed in Memorial Park.

Dogs

  • Dogs are welcome in the Park but must remain on their leash at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets (Ordinance 200-1275, Sec. 6-24).

Driving

  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited off roadways and beyond parking areas. Improperly parked vehicles will be towed.
  • Picnic Loop is closed to motorized vehicles (except for Park staff and law enforcement) Monday through Thursday from 7 pm until 9 am the following day. Picnic Loop will remain open during regular Park hours on weekends and holidays. Each year, during June, July and August, Picnic Loop closes at 4 pm on Wednesday evenings due to the Criterion bike races. Additionally, from time to time, the Loop may be closed due to special events. Due to ongoing construction in the Park, gate closures may be subject to change as needed.

Drones

  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aerial vehicle within the boundaries of Memorial Park is prohibited. All aerial photography is prohibited.

Events

  • Memorial Park Conservancy is able to accommodate 5k’s and run/walk type events on a limited basis. More information on any required permits and/or reservations is available by contacting the Conservancy at reservations@memorialparkconservancy.org or 713.863.8403 x0.

Firearms

  • Hunting or use of firearms is prohibited.

Fires

  • Fires may be built for the purpose of food preparation only and must be contained in a grill. Fires are not permitted if there is a burn ban in effect in Houston or Harris County.

Food Trucks

  • Memorial Park Conservancy is pleased to have a variety of Houston food trucks participating in the food truck program throughout the week and at locations on both the north and southside. The daily food truck schedule is posted on twitter and in the pop out on the right side of the homepage. For information about becoming a sanctioned Memorial Park Food Truck, please email reservations@memorialparkconservancy.org.

Group Fitness Vendors

Lost and Found

  • Items found in Memorial Park can be turned in to the Memorial Park Conservancy front desk located in the Cullen Running Trails Center (7575 North Picnic Lane. Houston, TX 77007). Please call the front desk at 713.863.8403 x0 to inquire about lost items.

Photography

  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aerial vehicle within the boundaries of Memorial Park is prohibited. All aerial photography is prohibited.
  • No photography or film props exceeding hand-held size or lighting amendments may be used in the Park for any reason.
  • Film and professional and/or commercial photography requires a Film and Photography Permit issued by Memorial Park Conservancy. For information, please email reservations@memorialparkconservancy.org.

Reservations

  • Reservations can be made online for picnic areas, volleyball courts, sports fields, or croquet courts. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. A reservation is required for gatherings of 75+ people.

Sales/Vending

  • The sale and/or marketing of goods and services are not permitted.
  • Vending or commercial sales of any sort, including recreational offerings, are prohibited without permit.
  • Exhibiting or performing to derive revenue is not permitted.

Seymour Lieberman Running Trail

  • The Seymour Lieberman Trail is for pedestrians only. No bikes are allowed on the trail.
  • Runners/walkers should stay to the right.
  • Please do not run or walk more than two abreast to allow for other runners and walkers to pass.

Scooters and Skateboards

  • Scooters and skateboards are prohibited on natural surface (hike and bike) trails and the Seymour Lieberman Trail.

Smoking and Tobacco

  • Memorial Park strictly adheres to the City of Houston Smoking Ordinance and is smoke-free.

Trash and Recycling

  • Littering is prohibited: please use trash receptacles.
  • You can recycle at the Cullen Running Trails Center, Eastern Glades, the entrance to Picnic Loop, and the Tennis Center. We can accept, plastic bottles and containers, paper, glass, and steel, aluminum, and tin cans. To recycle newspaper, visit the drop box at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

Other

  • For the comfort of other Park users, generators are prohibited without a special use permit. Only permitted for special events on a case by case basis.
  • Gambling of any kind is prohibited.
  • To ensure the health, the Park ecology, and the safety of other park users, the following activities are prohibited: Water activities such as dunking booths or ‘slip and slides’, water balloons, petting zoos or non-domestic animals, moonwalks, bounce houses, candles, confetti, silly string, and other substances of that nature.
  • Control noise levels – please be respectful of others. A City of Houston Noise and Sound Permit is required if noise levels will exceed 68 decibels at any time.

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