Commissioner R. Jack Cagle Partners with City, Houston Dynamo FC, And Gulfton Area Activists to Bring New Pitches to Burnett Bayland Park
The FIFA World Cup, the most anticipated sporting event in the world, is coming to Houston in 2026, but the sport’s future superstars can start honing their soccer skills even sooner.
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Houston City Council Member Edward Pollard, Gulfton community activist Tammy Rodriguez, and John Walker, president of the Houston Dynamo FC, broke ground today on two soccer pitches at Burnett-Bayland Park in Gulfton to ensure soccer lovers of all ages have a safe, comfortable place to play.
The hard-surface mini-pitches will sit side by side and include lighting, fencing, goals, benches, ADA-compliant access, and lockable storage. Thanks to its modular design, a three-person crew can assemble or disassemble all soccer pitch amenities in approximately 16 hours, allowing a more customizable space.
Cagle pledged $150,000 from his parks fund to supplement the $100,000 supplied by Pollard and the Gulfton Area Management District to build the foundations for the two pitches. The Houston Dynamo FC agreed to finish the project by adding a painted, acrylic surface over the foundation, similar to a basketball court, and installing the amenities.
Burnett Bayland Park is at 6000 Chimney Rock Road in Houston.