Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin pools face major problems

Austin pools are in big trouble.In a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday night, Acting Department Director Kimberly McNeeley described a system of aging pools that are on life-support due to a lack of investment in maintenance and…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

New proposal connects residents to transit corridors via parklands

Austin residents are calling for a more compact and connected city. Thanks to a proposed strategy to reimagine the use of parklands around the city, Sustainable Neighborhoods might have the solution residents are seeking.Steve Zettner of Sustainable Neighborhoods presented the…

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 Springs…

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 solution:…

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 Downtown…

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 want…

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