Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County leaders urge vigilance on flooding

Heavy rains over the past two weeks have not resulted in major residential flooding, but at least one death appears to be linked to flooding and government officials are urging residents to avoid certain waterways and to be on high…

Monday, May 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Kitchen backs reopening Butler Park golf course contract

City staff has been directed to examine options to reopen the bid process for management of the Butler Park Pitch and Putt golf course so the longtime owner of the course can be considered for a contract extension.City Council Member…

Monday, May 13, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Dougherty move OK’d but questions remain

Council voted Thursday to instruct the Parks and Recreation Department to move forward with preparing a design for a new site for the Dougherty Arts Center at Butler Shores Park. However, the instructions were not an all-out endorsement of the…

Monday, May 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

With mural saved, East Austin groups seek clarity on public art process

A community gathering Wednesday at Givens Park in East Austin is expected to look at how the city and residents can work together to prevent a repeat of controversy over a mural created to memorialize a recent murder victim.The event,…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Golf course owner hopes Council will intervene in Butler Park contract dispute

The owner of Butler Park Pitch & Putt golf course is hoping City Council will reopen the contract process that threatens to end the nearly 70-year family operation.Lee Kinser, owner and president of the small golf course tucked off South…

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

ACL Fest’s $264M economic impact comes with $5M gift to parks foundation

The 2018 Austin City Limits Festival pumped more than $264 million into the Austin economy, according to data released Monday by festival organizers and the city. That represents an increase of more than $10 million in impact created by the…

Friday, April 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks and Recreation lacks $2.4 million in funding, potentially faces more cuts

As the question of property tax caps continues to loom in the state Legislature, city departments are wrestling to pare down their budgets in anticipation of what management expects to be a $51.7 million gap in funding for the entire…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Summer pilot aims to save Zilker from parking overload

The first piece of a long-term effort to systematically rethink Zilker Park’s parking, transportation and environmental needs may come into play this summer with a short-term transportation pilot program aiming to reduce traffic and parking demand in and around the…

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Development fees could help parks department, study shows

The city of Austin could collect approximately $360,000 from development reviews done by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, according to a cost of service study done by the Matrix Consulting Group at the request of City Council.Currently, the department…

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board OKs Givens Park Master Plan

After months of preparation and committee reviews, the Givens District Park Master Plan arrived before the Parks and Recreation Board on Jan. 22 as a consent item, only to be pulled due to members of the public who attended the…

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Jack Craver

A new vision for Brush Square Park

City officials believe that Brush Square Park, home of the O. Henry Museum, the Susanna Dickinson Museum and Austin Fire Station 1, has the potential to be a downtown gem. As it stands, however, it is an inefficiently used piece…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Even with new funding, parks board says city has a long way to go to repair pools

The year 1996 was the gold standard for Austin’s city Aquatics Division, according to Richard DePalma, a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. Since then, “We’ve just continued to shrink.”At the Dec. 4 meeting of the board, DePalma noted…

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

City cemeteries will soon see the light with new bond funding and event space

The city of Austin has operated cemeteries since 1839; however, it was only in 2013 that the Parks and Recreation Department assumed responsibility for cemetery operations, at which point the department made a few changes.Despite funding challenges allowing for only…

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

People living on the streets can now clean up Austin’s parks for an hourly wage

People experiencing homelessness can now work for the city of Austin.The city’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with Austin Public Health, The Other Ones Foundation and City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, highlighted the pilot program Monday in South Austin.Joe Pacheco,…

Monday, October 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

PARD unburies contract infringement with cemetery contractor

Recently, city auditors found major flaws in how the city manages its contracts, and based on the testimony by a citizen at the Oct. 23 Parks and Recreation Board meeting, the city’s cemetery contract may fall into that category.“We have…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Fee increase at Barton Springs among host of aquatics centers plans

A far-reaching analysis of changes in operations at the city’s pools and aquatics centers includes a jump in admission prices for Barton Springs, one of the city’s most popular tourist and recreation spots.The new fee schedule included in a recent…

Monday, September 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

City doesn’t want Austin Rowing Club’s special deal to be too sweet

City Council voted in June to grant the Austin Rowing Club the unusual privilege of negotiating a contract renewal with the city without going through the typical bidding process.ARC and Council members argued that the special deal was warranted because…

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Seaholm Waterfront study produces a plan that PARD recommends

Seven years ago, the Seaholm Intake building along the shores of Lady Bird Lake was turned over to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and it has since stood waiting for change.Now, after months of study, community input, and a partnership…

Monday, July 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Grave concerns

We only know how to bury ledes… A very strongly worded memo from the Parks and Recreation Department’s Acting Director Kimberly McNeeley warns that failure to extend a contract for interment and burial services in city cemeteries could have serious…

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Rowing center contract bounced back to committee

After reviewing the reworked terms of the Austin Rowing Club’s new contract extension, the Parks and Recreation Board suggested that they go back to the drawing board.City Council voted unanimously in June to give the Austin Rowing Club the go-ahead…

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