The World Cup is Coming to Houston in 2026, But Two New Soccer Pitches Are Coming to Gulfton Now!

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.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.