Officials with Harris County Precinct 4 and the Gulfton community broke ground July 8 on two new hard-surface mini soccer pitches in Houston’s Gulfton neighborhood.

Located in Burnett-Bayland Park at 6000 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, the July 8 groundbreaking event took place three weeks after FIFA chose Houston as one of the 16 host cities for the 2026 World Cup.

“Soccer is a tool in the building of community, of helping us come together,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle said at the groundbreaking.

The Dynamo, Houston’s major league soccer team, partnered with Harris County to develop 15 mini-pitches across the city and county.

“Once these are built, we won't go away. We will continue to program out here for kids to give them a safe and quality environment to be taught the skills of soccer and to allow them to have some free play,” Dynamo President John Walker said at the groundbreaking.

One of the fields will be branded with the Dynamo logo and the other will have the logo of the Dash, Houston’s professional women’s soccer team.

The project includes lighting, fencing, goals, benches and lockable storage at the site. Harris County will provide $150,000 from its parks department for completion of the fields.