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Friday, September 6, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission discusses how to make the Heritage Tree Ordinance even more tree-centric

Austin values its trees. According to the city arborist’s office, trees are a $16 billion asset to the community.In 1982, in an effort to better protect its trees, Austin implemented its inaugural tree ordinance, which was unique both then and…

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks department’s 10-year plan lays out need for more spaces, programming

Parks and Recreation staff are nearing the end of the public input process on the next 10-year plan for the city’s expansive system of parks facilities and programming needs.In recent weeks PARD’s acting assistant director, Kim McKnight, has taken the…

Friday, August 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Toxic algae blooms expected to recur

Algae in Austin’s waterways is nothing new. In the summertime when the water warms up and flows slowly, it’s common to see tendrils of blue-green algae floating in the current.“It’s a very seasonal pattern. A very regular pattern,” Brent Bellinger…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Waller Creek parks system now called Waterloo Greenway

The $250 million system of parks planned for areas surrounding Waller Creek in downtown Austin will be known as the Waterloo Greenway going forward, following a naming ceremony held Wednesday at the headquarters of the conservancy in charge of developing…

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Zebra mussels have muscled their way into Lakes LBJ and Pflugerville

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Monday that reproducing populations of zebra mussels have been found in lakes Lyndon B. Johnson and Pflugerville, bringing the number of statewide lakes infested with the invasive species to 17.In Central Texas, reproducing…

Monday, August 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission pushes to make park sites viable for music, arts events

Members of the Music Commission are pushing for an up-close look at city parks facilities that could be used to host music performances and other arts and cultural events in coming years. The effort is partly tied to the $12…

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