Monday, July 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Communication breaks down between city and community over Sunken Garden tree removal

When the city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department decided to remove three trees from Sunken Garden, home to one of the three cardinal springs that feed Barton Springs, it did so before seeking community input — and now the feedback…

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Should Austin’s small parks be held to different standards?

The Parks and Recreation Department says it does not make sense to create a unique policy addressing pocket parks – small urban parks less than 2 acres in size – despite the challenges faced by locals who say it has…

Friday, July 10, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

New parkland dedication fee would “maintain” park-to-person ratio

With recent unanimous approval from members of the city’s Planning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Department says it might soon be able to recalibrate the fee it charges residential developers in lieu of making parkland available. Developers unwilling or unable…

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Open-space recycling a challenge to city, says staff

Austin’s recycling requirements are ambitious, but they don’t cover one major area — open spaces. Now, the city is taking steps to make up for it. The Austin Resource Recovery Department recently performed an assessment on Parks and Recreation Department…

Friday, June 5, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin ventures into civic crowdfunding

The Internet is replete with crowdfunding appeals for endless pet projects: help fund your college roommate’s rap EP, pitch in for your buddy’s film or donate a few dollars toward your cousin’s volunteer trip to Haiti. But what about a…

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Metz and Mabel Davis pools to remain open

This summer, the Parks and Recreation Department plans to keep open both Metz Neighborhood Pool and Mabel Davis Municipal Pool. Late last month, the department announced its intention to close the District 3 pools. Last summer, Mabel Davis lost 25,561…

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