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The Man Responsible For The Greenest Parts of Houston

When the Houston Parks and Recreation Department was created nearly 100 years ago, it oversaw two facilities; Sam Houston Park and Hermann Park. Today, the department’s system includes more than 350 developed parks and more than 37,000 acres of green space. Joe Turner has served as the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department since 2004. […]

Houston Parks (Image courtesy Hongwei)
Houston Parks (Image courtesy of Hongwei)

When the Houston Parks and Recreation Department was created nearly 100 years ago, it oversaw two facilities; Sam Houston Park and Hermann Park. Today, the department’s system includes more than 350 developed parks and more than 37,000 acres of green space.

Joe Turner has served as the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department since 2004. He joins us to discuss the latest projects and programs, as well as what’s in the pipeline for the city’s parks and green space.

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