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Parks & Recreation

A Message from the Director
Multiple Opportunities for Quality of Life

The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is: to provide and manage superior parks and recreational facilities, innovative programs, and services that will provide our customers with pleasure and enrichment. Our City Council has long been an advocate for recreation and La Porte has an enviable array of recreation facilities for a city its size. The Department is moving forward with new equipment, new facilities, and park upgrades to continue to improve the quality of life for our citizens.

In the past year, the City has added a new La Porte Dog Park. Located in Little Cedar Bayou Park behind the Wave Pool, the Dog Park is almost 4 acres in size, with sections for small dogs and large dogs. It is starting to gain in popularity as more people discover the fun their dogs can have, as well as providing a social gathering place for owners as well.

The City of La Porte operates a 350,000 gallon Wave Pool, a membership driven Recreation & Fitness Center, 2 bayside parks, 2 fishing piers, a rodeo/open riding arena, and 3 neighborhood swimming pools, a Playground-Sprayground at Brookglen Park; all for the benefit of the citizens of La Porte. Recent additional facilities to the park system are Pecan Park & Sports Complex with its 10 youth baseball fields and pavilion; Wood Falls Park, both on the City’s near west side; and the Five Points Park in the Main Street District.

The City has a total of 22 parks and recreation facilities, with baseball, softball, soccer, football, bicycle/pedestrian/exercise/nature trails, a senior center, a Special Populations Center, and other amenities for the enjoyment of our citizens and visitors. The City is continuing to work on our bicycle-pedestrian trail system. With the completion of the Pecan Park Bridge and Connector trail, we now have approximately 12 miles of trails, connecting many of our parks and schools. There are now trail connections from San Jacinto College to the La Porte Senior High School, and continuing on to Five Points Town Plaza and to Morgan’s Point. New trails go northward from Fairmont to Spencer; at both Bay Area Boulevard, and at Canada Road. The trails from Five Points to Sylvan Beach Park and on to the La Porte Recreation & Fitness Center are now complete. The Parks and Recreation Department also operates three recreation centers and rental facilities used for community functions by residents and other local groups.

We will continue to make quality the guiding light for our activities, so that our community will continue to have the very best parks and recreation opportunities in the area, and the best quality of life. Come see what we've done to make life fun in La Porte! For further information regarding recreational opportunities in La Porte please contact the Department at 281.470.7275, or by email at parksandrec@laportetx.gov.


Stephen L. Barr
Parks and Recreation Director