Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks remain accessible, but playscapes cause community concern

Austin’s public parks are institutions of expansive green space and outdoor recreation that would appear to be prime locations to abide by social distancing policies while offering the chance to get out and about. However, depending on the destination, enjoying…

Monday, March 2, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Drip, drip, drip

Givens has broken… It turns out that Givens Pool is failing faster than predicted, and a February memo from the Parks and Recreation Department advises its immediate closure. The department identified Givens as one of seven pools in critical condition…

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board does deep dive on Austin City Limits Fest contract for Zilker Park

The city’s contract with Austin City Limits promoter C3 Presents was put under the microscope at Tuesday’s meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, as part of an overall look at how the Parks and Recreation Department can generate more…

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Working group to examine changes in how to rename Austin’s parks facilities

The Parks and Recreation Board has started the process to ask City Council to amend an ordinance that dictates the process for renaming parks facilities.At its meeting last week the board voted 6-2 to form a three-member working group to…

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks staff mark completion of first phase of Walnut Creek trail project

The city has brought to a close all major work on the portion of the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail that runs through Balcones District Park, located to the west of MoPac Expressway. In a presentation to the Parks…

Friday, January 31, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Oakwood Cemetery chapel report soon to be released

After years of anticipation, the Parks and Recreation Department has finalized its report on the East Austin Oakwood Cemetery chapel restoration project. The two-volume report will soon be delivered to the Texas Historical Commission for review.The city received the first…

Thursday, January 30, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin to look for new Zilker Zephyr operator as current one steps down

The company that runs the Zilker Zephyr, the miniature train that runs through Zilker Park, will stop operating the ride. But the Austin Parks and Recreation Department says it’s looking for another company to run it.The family-run business Texas Special…

Monday, December 16, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Two Apples, one day

Update on Oakwood… A Dec. 13 memo from Austin Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley gives an update to the Oakwood Cemetery archaeological findings, with “next steps for the reinterment, memorialization and educational outreach related to burials that were…

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board expresses concern over metered parking in public parks

After postponing their decision in October about parking meters on city parkland, the Parks and Recreation Board broached the subject again at its Dec. 3 meeting. Following a long discussion about the equity and access issues that accompany metered parking,…

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Community members divided over renaming of Dove Springs Recreation Center

After the Parks and Recreation Board unanimously supported the name change of the Dove Springs Recreation Center at its Oct. 22 meeting, the discussion item reappeared on the agenda on Dec. 3.Yet despite dozens of community members signed up to…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin reopens Red Bud Isle after dog-killing toxins from algae subside

Red Bud Isle has reopened after being closed for months because of toxins that attached to blue-green algae, city officials say.The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said at noon Friday it reopened the area on Lady Bird Lake, which had…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council to consider park priorities, long-range plan

City Council will consider adoption of the Austin Parks and Recreation Long-Range Plan on Thursday, though not all Council members are sure the plan’s top priorities jibe with the city’s vision for housing, walkability and equity.If adopted, the plan will…

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Katherine Corley

New recycling receptacles coming soon to Austin parks

Years of advocacy to implement recycling in Austin’s 300 parks is beginning to pay off. Starting this fall, 800 new recycling bins will be installed alongside 800 new trash cans in Austin’s parks over the next four years, said Meredith…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board tries to negotiate impasse over use of Republic Square

Managers of the weekly farmers market that has taken place at Republic Square since 2003 have expressed frustration that the Downtown Austin Alliance’s use of the space for special events has started to negatively impact some of the more than…

Monday, September 16, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The end of Austin?

And another thing… In arguing against the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center at last week’s Music Commission meeting, local developer Brian Rodgers drew some confused and sideways glances from commission members. Rodgers, a Tourism Commission member who helped…

Monday, September 9, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board to reconsider request to OK parkland for Dove Springs health center

The city’s Parks and Recreation Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to reconsider a request to use city parkland in Southeast Austin for the site of a new community health center.The special session is a follow-up to last month’s meeting…

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…

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board vote could delay ‘fast-tracked’ health center for Dove Springs

A community health center proposed for the Dove Springs area in Southeast Austin could be delayed by several months after the city’s Parks and Recreation Board voted last week to delay approving the use of parkland to build the long-needed…

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…

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council to reconsider changes to Zilker Botanical Garden agreement

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department released a memo Friday detailing a plan for the future management of Zilker Botanical Garden.The additional detail comes in response to a request last month from Council Member Kathie Tovo…

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