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Friday, June 9, 2017 by Kate Groetzinger

Plan ranks pools to pinpoint where city needs to dive in with repairs

The city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department will present the latest version of its Aquatics Master Plan to the public in two meetings this week. The city boasts 51 public pool facilities, including everything from splash pads to Barton…

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Could pocket parks be the new norm?

Grappling with a number of park-deficient areas around the city, various Austin neighborhoods are struggling to find places that could serve as parkland nearby residents can enjoy. This week, members of the Parks and Recreation Board agreed on a possible…

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Parks board embraces plans for Republic Square

Ten years after Austin first announced its vision for the remodeling of Republic Square, the space is finally set to make its debut in the heart of downtown Austin this fall. Mandi Thomas, the partnership and development director of the…

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

City looks to clean up graffiti program

A program that was originally intended to help at-risk youth gain job skills has evolved into a city-funded graffiti clean-up service that is doing the work that should be left to private property owners. “It’s a great program and we…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Mose Buchele

For many Austinites, city parks remain out of reach

From the hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake to Mount Bonnell, Austin is proud of its parks. But a new study ranking city parks around the country suggests that pride might not be fully justified. Austin ranked just…

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks officials eye hotel tax dollars for underfunded capital projects

With changes expected in how Austin allocates its fast-growing pool of tax money generated from local hotel and motel stays, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has put forward the first version of its wish list for expensive infrastructure projects.…

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