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Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Board, public debate may slow approval of MACC master plan

City and community leaders hope to move forward with a spring approval of a new master plan for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center despite a frequently contentious meeting of the center’s advisory board last week marked by…

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves pools plan but funding questions remain

On Thursday, City Council overwhelmingly approved the Aquatic Master Plan, a 640-page document crafted by the Parks and Recreation Department that provides guidance for repairing and expanding the city’s aging system of pools.The plan says that the capital costs necessary…

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Parkland Events Task Force recommendations need more work

Almost exactly a year ago, the Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with implementing the final recommendations that were adopted by City Council from the 17-member Parkland Events Task Force.Established in 2015, the task force was given the assignment to…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Nash Hernandez joint-use facility will remain indefinitely unopened 

For seven years, East Austin’s Nash Hernandez Building has remained empty as the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department have worked to create a 9,600-square-foot joint-use facility for Austin’s park rangers and park patrol units. As…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City likely to exceed its budget for pools, again

While City Council members have decidedly mixed opinions about a proposed $124 million bond aimed at upgrading Austin’s aquatics system, everybody acknowledges that the city’s pools are in desperate need of repair.The problem, of course, is that right now the…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Dispute continues over program to expand artists’ access to cultural centers

There appears to be little progress in a dispute between a group of Austin arts organizations who claim they’ve been mistreated and marginalized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in its work to expand operating hours and access at…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Parks department mired in drama over cultural center access program

The Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board voted Wednesday night to ask for the indefinite suspension of a new program that would keep the city’s various cultural arts centers open in the late-night hours.The move came after three performance groups…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Human Rights Commission finds the naming of Austin public spaces inequitable

In Austin, streets have their names changed from time to time. City parks, however, rarely seem to undergo name changes, but the Human Rights Commission wants to change that.On Nov. 27, the Human Rights Commission considered amending its previous recommendation…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Aquatics task force says in all scenarios, Austin pools need more money

After several months of scrutiny by both the public and the City Council-appointed Aquatic Master Plan Task Force, the 150-page Aquatic Master Plan is getting the final touches to be presented to Council in December.The redesign of Austin’s aquatics system…

Monday, November 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Free the trees

What it all boils down to… Will Congress Avenue be getting a new pocket park? Members of the Historic Landmark Commission hope not. The pocket park in question would be established in the right of way at 823 Congress Ave.,…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin parks reconsidering leash law enforcement

It’s no secret that although many parks around Austin require dogs to remain on leash, there always seem to be free-range dogs chasing Frisbees and splashing around in the greenbelt. Amanda Ross, the natural resources division manager for the Parks…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy to turn over Holly Power Plant site by December

The bitter reminder of decades of pollution that the Holly Street Power Plant presents to the residents of the Holly neighborhood will soon disappear.As of the Parks and Recreation Board meeting on Sept. 26, the plant is in its final…

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Whose job it is to provide recycling in Austin parks?

Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance mandates that by Oct. 1, all commercial properties in Austin will be required to provide recycling. However, open spaces, including public parks, are not included in the current ordinance, which leaves the Parks and Recreation Department…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The Aquatic Master Plan

This week, Interim Director of the Parks and Recreation Department Kimberly McNeeley sits down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Jack Craver. Tune in below for a conversation about the Aquatic Master Plan, which is done after years of work and…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Memo identifies preliminary locations for temporary homeless shelters

As part of a recent push to help Austin’s homeless, the city has been looking into using city-owned buildings to help ease overcrowding in downtown shelters. Last week, the Parks and Recreation Department provided a list of recreation centers that…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Jack Craver

Unhappy with pools plan, Council members push for a new task force

Unsatisfied with an Aquatic Master Plan that they say endangers many of Austin’s most beloved pools, some City Council members are pushing for a new pools task force to explore ways the city could raise more money to preserve its…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council wades nervously into pools plan

City Council delivered decidedly mixed reviews of the Parks and Recreation Department’s recently unveiled Aquatic Master Plan, with some Council members decrying what they fear is a plan to shut down neighborhood pools and others bemoaning the unequal distribution of…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Jack Craver

Proposed bond includes big money for parks

The Austin parks system is looking to win big from a major bond that voters will likely be asked to approve in 2018.A citizen task force is currently in the process of drafting a general obligation bond to fund affordable…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: We have questions

Not a priority… When it comes to more transit priority lanes, Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar is not running any red lights. At the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Traffic Jam last week, Spillar talked about the tricky nature of dedicating…

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…

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